Deadline: 04 April, 2022

Location: Khartoum, Sudan

The United Nations (UN) is seeking to fill the role of Head of Office (Humanitarian Affairs).

The United Nations is an intergovernmental organisation that aims to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, and be a centre for harmonising the actions of nations.


  • Serve as senior policy advisor to the UN RC/HC, the UN country team and the humanitarian country team on safeguarding the humanitarian principles, and initiatives to facilitate effective delivery of humanitarian assistance and protection
  • Develop and maintain contacts with the international community in order to raise awareness and advocate issues of humanitarian concerns
  • Act to strengthen cooperation across humanitarian organisations on policy issues of interagency concern and serve as a key interlocutor with relevant government partners
  • Advise, promote and provide guidance to the UN RC/HC, the UN country team and the humanitarian country team on humanitarian affairs
  • Provide strategic support to the UN RC/HC in the preparation, implementation and monitoring of a coherent and comprehensive humanitarian needs overview and work plan for the broader humanitarian response (usually expressed though an HNO/HRP), soliciting and negotiating inputs with relevant authorities, UN agencies, NGOs, etc
  • Consult on a regular basis with the HC, heads of UN agencies and programmes, NGO heads of mission, the government and the donor community on all appropriate aspects of the implementation and delivery of humanitarian activities
  • Support the planning, monitoring, and evaluation of humanitarian programmes, facilitating incorporation of lessons learnt, policy guidelines etc. into humanitarian response activities
  • Promote best practices in humanitarian planning, response and evaluation
  • Facilitate interagency resource mobilisation in support of response efforts, including through humanitarian pooled funds, the UNCERF and other relevant mechanisms for ongoing as well as new and/or emerging emergencies
  • Develop, reinforce and maintain effective coordination mechanisms with the humanitarian county team and other key humanitarian stakeholders
  • Establish/manage information management systems to effectively map areas of humanitarian needs and response activities in support of coordination and response efforts
  • Foster and reinforce linkages between field monitoring, information management, coordination efforts, operations and decision-making
  • Facilitate implementation of relevant IASC and UN commitments across the collective humanitarian response and within the OCHA operation on PSEA, GBV and accountability to affected people
  • Ensure timely and appropriate assistance to the UN RC/HC and (if applicable) the United Nations Disaster Management Teams (UNDMT) in response to disasters and emergencies
  • Support interagency efforts to build in-country UN, government and civil society capacity to manage natural disaster response
  • Provide substantive support and leadership to government institutions and local humanitarian entities to build national capacity for emergency and/or disaster management
  • Promote dialogue, regional alliances, sharing of knowledge and resources, among national and, as appropriate, regional humanitarian actors in disaster risk reduction, disaster/emergency preparedness and response
  • Promote and lead contingency planning processes in close cooperation with relevant entities
  • Develop joint initiatives on disaster management with other UN and (if applicable) regional actors, including early warning mechanisms


  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in Business or Public Administration, Finance, Accounting, Law, Social Sciences, International Affairs, Political Science or a related area
  • First-level university degree combined with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree
  • 15 years, minimum, of progressively responsible experience in disaster relief coordination, humanitarian assistance, protection, human resources management, administration, logistics, financial management, budget or a related field
  • Humanitarian experience in the field
  • Experience in either coordinating relief/humanitarian response or participating in coordination (desirable)
  • Four years, minimum, of relevant experience at the international level (desirable)
  • Experience in a humanitarian context within the UN common system or other comparable international organisation (desirable)
  • Experience in eastern/southern Africa or Middle East/North Africa (desirable)
  • Fluency in English 
  • Knowledge of another UN official language (desirable)

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