Cover letter for humanitarian job(4 samples)

This blog post will show samples of cover letters for a humanitarian position.

Examples of cover letters for a humanitarian position

To get a humanitarian position, you need a well-written cover letter that showcases your passion for and dedication to the industry. When writing a cover letter for a humanitarian position, these are some of the essential things to include in your letter:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient or hiring manager).”
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Write a short sentence about why you’re interested in the position.
  • State your skills and work experience; ensure they are similar to the job position. When stating your skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1:

“Dear Ms. Schneider.

Upon learning of your need for a Humanitarian worker, I am writing you to submit my resume for consideration. As a Humanitarian with 10 years of volunteer experience and a recent recipient of a Master’s degree in Sociology, I believe I have the education and experience necessary to succeed as a Humanitarian worker for your organization.

My professional experience includes 10 years of volunteering for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. While this was not paid work, I think my experience has prepared me well for helping your organization achieve its goals.

Below are some of my achievements and qualifications.

Earned Master’s degree in Sociology from Boston University

Developed and implemented logistical plans for Habitat for Humanity construction projects

Coordinated the efforts of architects, construction professionals and fellow volunteers on several projects

Ordered construction supplies without going over budget

Recruited and trained other volunteers

Although I may not have the experience other candidates have, I have an insatiable desire to help people, and I think that makes me a great candidate. If you would like to grant me an interview, then please contact me at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your consideration.


Lawrence G. Skidmore”

Sample 2:

“POSITION: Humanitarian Program Officer

In response to your job opening, please consider my application in your search for the Humanitarian Adviser – CHASE OT. I come with extensive experience in Humanitarian Affairs/project management capacity, while providing support /assistance to vulnerable communities and those at risk, ensuring a protective environment that respects human rights for all, and strengthening the cluster approach, via the Cash for Work Program (CFW) and Utilization of various computer applications such as; MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.

In practical, I utilized my In-depth experience in humanitarian affairs, data collection, management, research and report writing, to ensure all vulnerable communities and those at risk have access to basic services such as: sanitation, education, health facilities and especially water. As a humanitarian staff of Mercy Corps Nigeria, I conduct myself in a way which is acceptable to the community, hence easy acceptability of Mercy Corps to the community.

I have proved to be an independent worker with a reputation as a resourceful problem-solver who uses his initiative and organizational skills to get the job done. Regarded as a competent team member, who is always prepared to go the extra mile, with ability to remain focused and self-directed in a fast paced work environment, while dealing with conflicting demands”

Sample 3:

“Humanitarian Affairs Officer 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”

Sample 4:

“Dear Ms. Jackie Mack,

I am writing to express my interest in filling the Aid Worker position at New Hope Services, Inc. that is now available.

I have invested twelve years as an Aid Worker during which time I have gained a vast amount of experience and knowledge that I would like to share with your company. I have real compassion for those in need and I fully understand how important it is to be discreet when handling delicate situations.

My work experience, qualifications and skills include:

•A bachelor’s degree in Social Work

•The ability to work on my own or as part of a team•The ability to stay on schedule•Exceptional time management skills•The ability to work well under pressure and in high stressful situations•Excellent organizational skills•The ability to communicate both orally and in writing

I have personal experience responding to and coordination emergency situations in which I:•Developed objectives and monitored the effectiveness of varies programs•Coordinated with government officials and their agencies to help resolve issues•Coordinated and provided support for volunteers during emergency situations•Created reports and proposals for emergency intervention•Made sure all the work was conducted in compliance with the national and International regulations, laws and policies

I believe that I am qualified to fill this position and that my pervious training will aid in the growth of your company as well as my career.

Please call (555)-555-5555 anytime. I look forward to meeting you in person to discuss the position in more detail and what I can contribute to your company.


Your Signature

Mary Holbert

Enclosure: Resume”

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are your professional career objectives examples?

General career objective examples

“Seeking an entry-level position to begin my career in a high-level professional environment. To secure employment with a reputable company, where I can utilize my skills and business studies background to the maximum. Seeking a challenging career with an MNC.”

Why should we hire you with no experience?

“Because I am a good team member. That helps your organization. You should hire me because as I am a fresher I can learn many things and grow my career. And if you give me a chance, I will definitely give my 100% efforts which is good for me as well as good for the origination also so.”

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