Overview of actors

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies.

With its partners, OCHA contributes to principled and effective humanitarian response through coordination, advocacy, policy, information management and humanitarian financing tools and services. OCHA’s country and regional offices are responsible for delivering the core functions in the field by leveraging functional expertise throughout the organisation.

Focusing on the following sustainable development goals (SDGs)

No Poverty
Zero Hunger
Good Health and Well-being
Quality Education
Gender Equality
Clean Water and Sanitation
Affordable and Clean Energy
Reduced Inequalities
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Climate Action
Life on Land
Partnerships to achieve the Goals

How we work

OCHA's strength lies in the diversity and dedication of its global workforce who work tirelessly to ensure effective humanitarian assistance. In fulfilling OCHA’s mandate, OCHA’s workforce is guided by its core values; Inclusion, Integrity, Humility and Humanity. These are our cultural cornerstones and are deeply ingrained in our day-to-day actions. How we partner with others enables OCHA to deliver on effective humanitarian response.

... and why

OCHA mobilises and coordinates effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors to ensure crisis-affected people receive the assistance and protection they need. It works to overcome obstacles that impede humanitarian assistance from reaching people affected by crises, in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies, advocate the rights of people in need, promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions.

Career opportunities

Seeking candidates mainly in

Environment and Disaster Risk Management
External Relations
Information and Communication Technology
Media and Communication
Monitoring and Evaluation

OCHA’s strength lies in the diversity and dedication of its global workforce. A career path in OCHA provides an exciting opportunity to work across various country, regional and liaison offices around the world, and with colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people on four continents.

Opportunities offered

Internships for students yes
Traineeships/Talent programs for graduates no
Positions/programs for young professionals yes
Staff positions for professionals yes
Senior or management positions yes
Consultancy opportunities yes


OCHA strongly encourages applications from qualified candidates who are:

  • from the global south, to support OCHA’s efforts to increase geographic diversity among its workforce,
  • fluent in French, Spanish, Arabic or Russian (in addition to English), as these language skills are in high demand for field office roles,
  • experienced in humanitarian delivery/support in the field and are interested and available to work in OCHA’s field operations, including hardship duty stations,
  • women; in support of OCHA’s efforts to achieve gender parity at all levels,
  • willing to travel and work anywhere at a moment’s notice to contribute to OCHA’s emergency surge support as disasters unfold.
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Type of organisation

UN organisation

Field(s) of activity

Humanitarian Aid


New York, USA and Geneva, Switzerland

Region(s) of operation

Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Latin America and the Caribbean
Middle East and Northern Africa
South/East Asia and Pacific
Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of employees

In Switzerland:
Between 50 and 200

Outside Switzerland:
More than 1000

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