Humanitarian Coordination Officer

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The UN Secretary-General launched on 1 January 2019 a bold and new global reform which repositioned the UN Development System to deliver more effectively and efficiently with the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. As part of this reform, UN Resident Coordinator Offices (UN RCO), under the leadership of an empowered and independent UN Resident Coordinator…

Job Information

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    Duty Station Kathmandu
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
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    Job Level : Mid-Level
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    Job Experience : 5+ years
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    Job Category UN | United Nations
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    Job Qualification : Master
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    Posted Date : Jul 22, 2022

Job Description

The UN Secretary-General’s launched on 1 January 2019 a bold and new global reform which repositioned the UN Development System to deliver more effectively and efficiently with the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. As part of this reform, UN Resident Coordinator Offices (UN RCO), under the leadership of an empowered and independent UN Resident Coordinator – the highest-ranking official of the UN
Development System and Representative of the UN Secretary-General at country level – support countries in the achievement of their development priorities and the attainment of the SDGs.

With the aim of delivering on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN Development System is repositioning itself with a reinvigorated resident coordinator system at the center. The UN Resident Coordinator and the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office are instrumental in supporting coherence on the ground among UN agencies. The Humanitarian Coordination Officer will be a member of the RCO Nepal.

Nepal is at high risk from multiple natural hazards including earthquakes, floods, landslides, and fires. In April and May 2015 Nepal experienced two significant earthquakes of 7.8M and 7.3M which caused major loss of life and damage across central and western regions of the country. Most floods and landslides in Nepal occur during the monsoon season, between June and September when 80 per cent of the annual precipitation falls, coinciding with snowmelt in the mountains. River flooding occurs when streams augmented by monsoon rains overflow in the Terai plains in the south of the country. Nepal is generally categorized into three geographical zones – the Terai, Hill and Mountain areas.

Nepal is also affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic. The health and wider socioeconomic impacts of this will likely been seen throughout the upcoming years. Additionally, landlines and flooding within the monsoon season usually impact the infrastructures as well and the households of those who are reportedly already facing challenges in securing adequate food and other essential relief items.

The position is located in the United Nations Resident Coordination Office (RCO) in Nepal and typically reports to the Head of the Resident Coordinator’s Office.


  • Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Coordination Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

    In close coordination with UNCT, Humanitarian Country Team HCT and relevant government entities; monitors, analyses and reports on humanitarian developments, disaster relief/management or emergency situations in the country.

  • Advises and supports UNRC, HCT and the relevant government institutions in the coordination of the common humanitarian programme cycle (needs assessment and analysis, joint planning, fundraising and resource allocation and monitoring and evaluation).
  • Facilitates the organization of analyses and advocacy on humanitarian, emergency relief and related issues; organizes follow-up work, including interagency technical review meetings to support policy development work, advocacy and decision-making on important issues.
  • Participates in inter-agency disaster response/preparedness initiatives; assists in the coordination of humanitarian/emergency assistance for disaster situations and in ensuring the necessary support; drafts situation reports, apprising of situation to date and specifying unmet requirements of disaster-stricken communities.
  • Ensures a broad range of substantive support on policy issues, strategic planning, work and cost planning, annual reporting, work plan, resource mobilization, advocacy and contingency planning.
  • Liaises and assists in partnership-building with government officials, other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and regional organizations.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with a wide group of operational humanitarian partners to advance humanitarian action.
  • Undertakes and provides support to technical assistance at the province level and undertake in-depth reviews of coordination mechanisms.
  •  Prepares or contributes to the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications, e.g. drafts sections of studies, background papers, policy guidelines, parliamentary documents, briefings, case studies, presentations, correspondence, etc.
  • Reviews and provides advice on policy issues related to safeguarding humanitarian principles and ensuring the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance.
  • Organizes and participates in work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters.
  •  Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement on coordination, resource mobilization, SDGs, Gender and Social Inclusion; Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to country policy goals.
  • Provides guidance to, and may supervise, new/junior staff.
  •  Performs other duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of a range of humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and related human rights issues, including approaches and techniques to address difficult problems. Analytical capacity and in particular the ability to analyze and articulate the humanitarian dimension of issues which require a coordinated UN response. Ability to identify issues and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of problems. Ability to conduct research, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the humanitarian rights situation in assigned country/area. Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human misery); ability to provide guidance to new/junior staff. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Required Qualification & Experience


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, social science, public administration, international studies, economics, engineering, earth sciences or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or other related area is required

Knowledge of the humanitarian issues and human rights situation in Nepal is desirable

Work Experience in the United Nations system operations and priorities in Nepal is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, Fluency of written and spoken English and Nepali is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

NOTE: ‘Fluency’ equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write and understand) and ‘knowledge of’ equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment, such as a written test, which will be followed by a competency-based interview by phone or teleconference.

Special Notice

This is a project post. Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate or the availability of the funds. Staff Members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her.

How to Apply

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