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Sample cover letter for Full Time position at UN

POSITION:

HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS OFFICER

Humanitarian Affairs Officer Competencies

Competencies

I am knowledgeable and experienced in the field of humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and related human rights issues. I gained this experience during my employment first as District Administrator with the Ministry of Local of Government in Zimbabwe where I would coordinator development and drought relief programmes. I also spent a cumulative total of 12 years working for the United Nations World Food Programme in Zimbabwe as well as South Sudan. It was during the tenure with WFP that I gained experience in working under difficult and stressful conditions especially in South Sudan. I was a Programme Officer leading a team that was responsible for providing emergency food aid to war affected areas in the Upper Nile Region in South Sudan. I was responsible for coordinating the programme among different stakeholders such NGOs, INGOs, UN agencies the government among others. This served to unsure that the UN operational procedures and principles such as non-discrimination, do no harm approach gender issues among others where adhered to. I also possess research skills and experience emanating from formal training in Social Research Methods and conducting different assessment as required by the office. I also participated in more than 5 Food Security Assessment Surveys at local and Nationallevel in Zimbabwe.

Communication is very important in humanitarian work as it is way of providing information on implementation of the programme. I was therefore responsible for providing feedback through compiling qualitative and quantitative reports on a regular basis. Sometimes verbal reports were also made when necessary.

My training in conflict resolution enabled me to ensure cooperation and a smooth working environment while the sociology training fosters good working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-racial and multi ethical environment. I also worked under such conditions in South Sudan.

Finally, I feel that in view of the above mentioned experiences, I possess the necessary competencies for the above mentioned post

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