Libya – A Humanitarian Affairs Officer based in Tunis and Benghazi

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Libya – A Humanitarian Affairs Officer based in Tunis and Benghazi



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Type of contract

Fixed Term Contract

Expected start date

As soon as possible

Duration of mission

6 months

Position summary


Crisis context

After more than forty years in power, the revolution of 2011 put an end to Mouammar Kadhafi’s reign. Libya has been ever since confronted to a challenging political instability due to the state breakup. Since 2014, a new civil war has been underway. In this context, the country is divided between different military and political forces. This instability has a strong impact on the Libyan population’s living conditions. It reduces day after day its access to essential services.

In 2019, thousands of persons remain displaced in camps across the country while some went back to their household. These persons, displaced or “returnees”, are facing a high level of vulnerability. Simultaneously, numerous refugees, asylum seekers and migrants fleeing authoritarian regimes or poverty are passing through Libya. Some of them are into the hands of human traffickers before risking their lives crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

Recurrent armed conflicts, political instability and economic collapse have led to a complex humanitarian crisis. The United Nations estimate 823,000 persons are going to need humanitarian assistance this year in Libya (OCHA, HNO 2019).

Thus, after eight years of crisis and instability, access to essential services remains largely limited, in particular for the most vulnerable persons. Première Urgence Internationale has identified an extremely concerning situation in terms of psychosocial disorders and access to healthcare. To a great extent, the former is due to the persisting conflict and the dysfunction of basic services. The latter is explained by infrastructure destructions, breaks in drug supplies and a shortage of medical material and qualified human resources.

In the Southeast of the country, the tensions between the Tebu and the Zway tribes seriously affects the health system and the access to basic services. Tribe communities, when they are a minority in the area, are suffering from segregation in most of Al kufra’s institutions, including health care facilities. This occurs in a context of underdevelopment and poverty that exacerbates the impact of the conflict on the population in the region. Indeed, this area has been suffering, even before the conflict, from a poor investment from the central government. However, few information are available on this area and its humanitarian needs due to a poor, if not almost inexistent, presence of NGOs.


Under the overall supervision and direct line management of the Head of Mission, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer (HAO) is a specialist position leading on the integration of humanitarian analysis, civilian protection, and advocacy’s strategy into PUI’s operational response, in line with PUI policies and values.

The HAO is responsible for the monitoring, analysis, and reporting regarding the humanitarian response and context developments in Libya. He/She provides sound analytical inputs and advice that contribute to develop an advocacy agenda, as well as improving institutional and capacity to articulate PUI operational strategy in Libya within the framework of International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law.

Main activities

Under the direct supervision of the Head Of Mission:

Context follow up and analysis: He/She ensures the monitoring and analysis of local and regional context and stakeholders’ analysis, in order to provide a sharpened understanding of the Libyan situation and to produce briefing materials and other reports for dissemination to PUI staff.

Communication and advocacy: Through the gathering of information and context analysis, he/she develops advocacy materials and dissemination activities to enhance the protection of civilians and humanitarian principles into PUI’s operational response. He/She actively contributes to PUI’s communication plan design and implementation. He/She produces external communication tools.

Internal & External Coordination/Representation & Networking: At the sight of the local context and external developments, He/She provides advices and ensures that humanitarian principles and good practices are transversely integrated in the mission’s projects. . He/She represents PUI before external actors (NGOs or clusters) or in humanitarian coordination forums.

Protection mainstreaming: He/She supports the technical coordinators by focusing on protection/”Good practices” inputs in the projects’ design, implementation and monitoring.

Required profile


Master’s degree in Law (IHL and/or IHRL), Social Sciences or a related university degree, or equivalent professional experience.


Field humanitarian experience in similar contexts (conflict, disasters, resource-poor environments) with PUI or another humanitarian NGO.

Previous experience in developing and implementing advocacy strategy

Experience of writing, reviewing and editing narrative reports, intended to diverse audiences, and including an excellent attention to detail. Experience in networking and building relationships.

Experience in mainstreaming protection in other sectors

and skills

Strong knowledge of Humanitarian Principles, Core Humanitarian Standards, and International Human Rights Law

Good understanding of current humanitarian debates and of the dilemma/compromise nature of modern humanitarian interventions.

Capacity to build consensus and facilitate collaboration with other humanitarian agencies


Excellent command in writing and editing documents in English.

Proposed terms


Fixed-Term Contract: 6 months

Starting date: As Soon As Possible

Monthly Gross Income: from 1 815 to 2 145 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI


Cost Covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…

Insurance: including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation

Housing in collective or private accommodation

Daily Living Expenses (« Per diem »)


Break Policy: 5 working days at 3 and 9 months + break allowance

Paid Leaves Policy: 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

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Julien DONDENNE , Human Resources Officer for expatriates

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