Programme Support Officer, P-3 Damascus, Syria

Temporary Vacancy Announcement
Programme Support Officer, P-3
Damascus, Syria
Deadline for Applications
29 October 2019
Duration
364 days on temporary appointment subject to availability of fund, with the possibility for further extension based on need, funding and performance
Vacancy Announcement Number
19-FO-SA-53
UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current UN-wide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified women.
UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.
UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff working across five areas of operation, is looking for highly committed professionals wishing to make a change.
Palestine refugees in Syria
Even before the outbreak of the current conflict, Palestine refugees in Syria were a vulnerable population, lagging behind the host population in key development indicators. The community had higher rates of infant mortality and lower rates of school enrolment among other significant indicators and their long-term future was uncertain. Palestine refugees have also been vulnerable to the ongoing conflict, as violence has increasingly enroached upon the Palestine refugee camps. Many have been displaced within Syria, while thousands of others have fled to neighboring countries, including Lebanon and Jordan. The situation remains volatile, with numbers and needs constantly changing, but despite the many challenges, UNRWA is continuing its emergency relief, health and education services in Syria.
Do you want to make a lasting difference?
If you are passionate and looking for a rewarding opportunity to make a tangible difference for one of the most vulnerable communities in the world, UNRWA would like to hear from you.
The main responsibilities include:
 Coordinating all programme and project management processes within Syria Field Office and supporting the strengthening of Project/Programme Cycle Management procedures, processes, structures and capacities at all management stages (assessment, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting). Establishing and/or strengthening processes and enhancing regular review of programme and project performance, and supporting decision-making processes within the Field;
 Providing inputs and support and ensuring quality and effective planning processes within UNRWA Syria Field Office. Supporting the implementation of the Field Strategic Plan (SP) and subsequent annual work plans, and coordinating the identification of needs and priorities by providing technical support to programmes, departments and areas. In addition, enhancing internal coordination by identifying areas requiring integrated programming and taking the lead and develop joint activities involving two or more programmes. Supporting the implementation of SFO’s strategic plan by developing and overseeing the implementation of, and reporting against annual work plans;
 Contributing to resource mobilization for UNRWA Syria Field Office by drafting high quality project proposals for regular and emergency projects, including the Syria Emergency Appeal. Ensuring UNRWA’s participation and providing quality inputs to the development of joint projects with other UN Agencies in line with the Field’s priorities;
 Supporting Field Programme Support Officer (FPSO) in providing guidance to Deputy Director of UNRWA affairs D/DUA (Programmes), and more generally to the Office of Field Director and senior management and enhancing the quality and impact of SFO programmes and projects; contributing and building the capacity of programme staff in relation to programme management and planning; supporting and improving liaison with donors, Syrian authorities and other external stakeholders;
 Ensuring the mainstreaming of cross-cutting issues (youth, gender, disability, protection, mental health and psychosocial) within all aspects of programme planning and implementation.
Conditions of service
UNRWA offers an attractive compensation package including annual salary starting at $60,233 net tax free with post adjustment of 32.8% (subject to change without notice). All UNRWA duty stations (with the exception of Gaza and Syria) are family duty stations. Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:
 Dependency allowances
 Rental subsidy
 Education grant for children
 Home leave travel
 6 weeks (30 working days) annual leave
 Pension fund entitlements under the
UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
 International health insurance; optional
life insurance
 Disability protection
Additional benefits available to staff working in Syria:
 Danger pay
 Family visit travel
 Hardship allowance
 Rest and recuperation leave every 4
 Non-family service allowance
weeks (subject to change without notice)
NB: If a current UNRWA staff member already employed with the Agency on Area staff contract is found suitable and consequently selected for the post they would be required to choose one of the following options:
a. transfer to an International staff contract. Return to an Area staff contract at the end of the assignment would not be possible; or
b. undertake the temporary appointment in the form of an Acting assignment with applicable allowances, and return to their Area staff contract at the conclusion of the assignment.
Who we are
For almost 70 years, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA) has been working on the ground in five fields of operations in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip providing direct assistance and protection for some 5 million Palestine refugees in the Middle East. UNRWA is mandated by the UN General Assembly to provide this assistance and its mission is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development until there is a just and lasting solution for their plight. UNRWA restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who have been uprooted by conflict with services encompassing education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance.
For more details on UNRWA, please visit: https://www.unrwa.org/
Additional information
The incumbent may be required to travel to UNRWA area of operations.
To qualify for this position, you will need:
Education
A university degree from an accredited educational institution in programme management, public or business administration, social sciences, or any related subject;
Work
experience
At least six years of relevant experience in the field of programme or project management, including a minimum of four years of international experience outside your home country, preferably in crisis settings;
Experience in project and/or programme management in a complex setting;
Language(s)
Excellent command of written and spoken English.
Desirable qualifications:
 Knowledge of UNRWA Rules and Directives, and of the sources from which they are compiled;
 Good command of written and spoken Arabic;
 Working knowledge and experience of the Agency’s operations in the Middle East, and knowledge of Middle Eastern culture.
You will also need to demonstrate the following competencies:
UN Core Values of Professionalism, Integrity and Respect for Diversity and Core Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by default.
 Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; proven ability to function harmoniously in an environment with multiple supervisors and knowledgeable senior local staff;
 Ability to work efficiently in a conflict environment and to implement creative adaptations to programmes in volatile and evolving circumstances;
 Ability to plan and prioritize own work, work well under tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent activities;
 Positive attitude and strong analytical, interpersonal and communication skills;
 In-depth understanding of political, social and economic issues in the region;
 Excellent research, proposal writing and drafting skills;
 Evidence of utilization of planning tools and methodologies for the application of assessment, design, monitoring and evaluation purposes.
For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews:
https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=AYI
How to apply
To start the application process, applicants are required to register at http://jobs.unrwa.org by creating a personal profile and completing UNRWA Personal History Form. Only applications received through http://jobs.unrwa.org will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received for UNRWA vacancies, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted. The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process. The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts.
General information
UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality at all times. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity, and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. 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.

How to apply:

How to apply
To start the application process, applicants are required to register at http://jobs.unrwa.org by creating a personal profile and completing UNRWA Personal History Form. Only applications received through http://jobs.unrwa.org will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received for UNRWA vacancies, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted. The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process. The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts.