Chief, Protection Division, P-5 Amman, Jordan

Vacancy Announcement
Chief, Protection Division, P-5
Amman, Jordan
Deadline for Applications
23 November 2019
(9 November 2019 for internal applicants)
Duration
2 years, with the possibility of further extension
Vacancy Announcement Number
19-HQ-AM-56
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.
UNRWA’s strategic objectives
The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the difficult circumstances in which they live. In line with this mission, the Agency works towards five strategic outcomes: (a) Palestine refugee rights under international law are protected and promoted; (b) Palestine refugee health is protected and disease burden is reduced; (c) school-age children complete quality, equitable and inclusive basic education; (d) Palestine refugee capabilities are strengthened for increased livelihood opportunities; and (e) Palestine refugees are able to meet their basic human needs of food, shelter and environmental health. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states, regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions.
Do you want to make a lasting difference?
If you are passionate about making a lasting difference for Palestine refugees, this role will be responsible for leading and managing the Protection Division at headquarters and coordinating and supporting the development and implementation of policies, practices and activities related to the protection of Palestine refugees in all the fields of the Agency’s operations: Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
The main responsibilities include:
 Planning, directing and managing the work of the Protection Division, including developing a realistic and achievable work-plan, staff supervision, budget and financial management; providing strategic leadership and management support to professional staff working to mainstream and integrate protection, disability and gender in all aspects of the Agency’s work across the fields;
 Overseeing the development and implementation of UNRWA’s protection strategy and associated operational plans, including through programmatic interventions and advocacy activities, and ensuring that the strategies and plans are regularly reviewed and updated, and their results monitored and evaluated;
 Coordinating protection activities across the Agency through the Protection Working Group at the headquarters level as well as with UNRWA’s focal point on protection issues;
 Developing and supporting protection activities at the field level, specifically through providing technical support and advice to protection teams in the field offices;
 Developing and keeping under review protection policies, guidance, and procedures, ensuring that these reflect best practice and complement UNRWA’s programmes;
 Providing practical information and guidance to staff on the use of UNRWA’s protection tools and methodologies, identifying protection training needs and coordinating with other UN agencies and NGOs working on protection;
Conditions of service
UNRWA offers an attractive compensation package including annual salary starting at $87,108 net tax free with post adjustment of 45.6% (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
To qualify for this position, you will need:
Education
Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution in law, social or political science, international relations or related fields, with a focus on international human rights, humanitarian law and/or refugee law as required; a first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree;
Work
experience
A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience, including positions of significant responsibility in country-wide protection operations, as well as two years of international experience at international level outside one’s home country;
Language(s)
Excellent command of written and spoken English.
Desirable qualifications:
 Familiarity with relevant organizations of the UN system (e.g. OHCHR, UNHCR, UNICEF and OCHA);
 Familiarity with the work of non-UN organizations working in protection-related fields;
 Knowledge and understanding of the Palestine refugee situation and the political context of the Middle East;
 Working knowledge of Arabic.
Additional information:
The incumbent will be required to travel frequently within, and occasionally outside the Agency’s area of operations in the Middle East.
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/
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. Default managerial competencies may apply.
 In-depth knowledge of best practice approaches to protection in both theory (policies) and operational delivery;
 Leadership to provide a clear vision on protection in the Agency and translate this into demonstrated results;
 Excellent communication, negotiation and training skills and demonstrated ability to handle sensitive situations diplomatically;
 Proven ability to pioneer protection approaches in programmes and operational settings;
 Strong organizational skills and ability to coordinate and manage a diverse array of responsibilities.
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.
Date of issue: 27 October 2019/CX

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.