Chief Area Office Candidates who applied before do not need to re-apply

UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff working across five areas of operations.

UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current UN-wide gender agenda. In this spirit, we strongly encourage qualitied and highly dedicated senior female professionals to apply.

UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.

Vacancy Announcement Number

JF/16/2019

Contract Status

Option One:-

Fixed-Term Appointment for 3 years (applies to internal candidates on Fixed-Term contract only); including 1 year probation period, with the possibility of further extension, subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need

Benefits

Grade 20, Monthly Salary from JD 1,392.300 Fils plus Special Occupational Allowance (SOA) equal to 89.32% of the basic salary. Other benefits include Provident Fund contribution (15% of basic salary paid by the Agency) & medical insurance. Dependency allowance is subject to eligibility.

Contract Status

Option Two:-

Limited Duration Contract for 1 year (applies to external candidates and internal candidates on LDC); renewable; Appointment subject to funding confirmation.

Benefits

  • LDC: Band (H / Step 1) starting from JD 2.175.50 Fils depending on qualification and experience.

  • Contract Status: 1 year (Extendable) subject to availability of funds, satisfactory performance of the incumbent and the continuing need for the post).

  • Other benefits include medical insurance and dependency allowance (if applicable).

Department

Office of the Field Director

Duty Station

All Areas

Issue Date

25 September 2019

Deadline for Applications

24 October 2019

Place in the Organisation

The incumbent of this post is responsible to the Field Director. He/she liaises and coordinates with Field Department Heads on operational and administrative matters. The post is an essential management layer in the Field organization structure and brings a comprehensive perspective to Area level issues that cut across a wide range of programme and support service functions.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

In accordance with established Agency policy and procedures the incumbent is responsible for:

· Represents the Agency at the area level and liaises with Host government authorities, refugee community representatives and humanitarian organizations on the general application of Agency policies and programmes as well as other issues of interest to the Agency in particular the security situation likely to affect UNRWA operations, or incidents affecting the humanitarian situation of Palestine refugees;

· Leading an area management team and in close collaboration with responsible managers in the Field Office, coordinates the work of the Area Programme Officers; plans, directs and controls administrative, finance, supply, distribution, transport, personnel, building maintenance and camp service function in his/her Area to ensure that the Agency’s operations and programmes address the needs of refugees within the context of the local political, social and security situations, and reports on their effectiveness and efficiency accordingly to supervisor; assists in and advises on the integration of programmes and support service activities; where necessary, takes corrective measures within his/her authority as outlined by DUO/DUA;

· Is responsible for effective communication in his/her Area; disseminates information collected through regular meetings with relevant interlocutors to his/her team members, the Front Office, Heads of Programme and Support Departments;

· Monitors potential situation in his/her area, identifies risks and issues, brings together key staff to address problems and advises the Field Director accordingly. In situations of acute emergencies and critical incidents, as declared by Field Director, is responsible for the Agency’s emergency response and has the authority over all staff and assets in the designated Area; coordinates such matters with responsible staff at Field Office level;

· Is accountable for control and disbursement of funds allotted to the Area Office by Expending Officers;

· Ensures that all programme activities include cross-cutting themes such as protection, gender equality and PCM initiatives;

· Where applicable, ensures protection issues affecting Palestine refugees in the area of responsibility are brought to the attention of the Field Protection Coordinator and are adequately addressed by Programmes and/or other relevant Departments;

· Is responsible for training of Agency staff assigned to his/her Area with particular emphasis on training Area staff in their area of expertise and broader issues including cross-cutting themes;

· Performs such other duties as may be assigned the supervisor(s).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

· Advanced university degree in business, public administration, political science, sociology or other related discipline.

· At least ten years of relevant experience of which five years should have been in a large governmental or international organization at a senior level.

· Excellent command of written and spoken English and Arabic.

Competencies

· High level of interpersonal, supervisory and managerial skills;

· Proven negotiation skills with the community and organizational players including at progressively higher levels;

· Proven experience in dealing with sensitive situations including areas of specific security concerns;

· Ability to present information and data in a clear and instructive manner;

· Creativity and ability to take initiative;

· Sound judgment on importance, priority and confidentiality of issues;

· Ability to work under pressure.

For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews:

https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=AYI

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

· Thorough knowledge of the Agency and of his/her area;

· Possession of a valid driving license.

Other Information

· This vacancy is an area staff post and open for local staff residing in the duty station of the post; candidates applying from outside the duty station are eligible for appointment if they have a valid work permit. The Agency cannot support for the issuance of the residency / work permit for the selected candidate, and will not provide coverage for relocation costs.

EQUIVALENCY

When the minimum requirements are not fully met, the Field Director may exceptionally substitute part of the unmet requirements with a combination of relevant academic qualifications, additional professional training and progressive relevant work experience.

NB: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to register at http://jobs.unrwa.org by creating a personal profile and completing an UNRWA Personal History Form. Please note that UNRWA only accepts degrees from accredited educational institutions. Only applications received through http://jobs.unrwa.org will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted. Please ensure that the e-mail address that you will indicate in your Personal History Profile is accurate, candidates shortlisted for test or interview will only be contacted by e-mail. No follow up phone calls will be made.

The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process (application, testing, interviewing, etc). The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts.

For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews, please visit: https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=AYI

General Information

UNRWA encourages applications from qualified and experienced women.

UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.

This vacancy notice is open to internal and external candidates.

UNRWA is a United Nations organization whose staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for human rights, for diversity, and for non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNRWA staff are expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. UNRWA is a non- smoking work environment.

The Agency reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.

On appointment, all individuals will be asked to sign a self attestation, confirming that they have not committed, been convicted of, or prosecuted for, any criminal offence and that they have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.

Date of issue: 25 September 2019

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How to apply:

Applicants are required to register at http://jobs.unrwa.org by creating a personal profile and completing an UNRWA Personal History Form. Please note that UNRWA only accepts degrees from accredited educational institutions. Only applications received through http://jobs.unrwa.org will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted. Please ensure that the e-mail address that you will indicate in your Personal History Profile is accurate, candidates shortlisted for test or interview will only be contacted by e-mail. No follow up phone calls will be made.

The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process (application, testing, interviewing, etc). The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts.

For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews, please visit: https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=AYI