Deputy Director of UNRWA Affairs (Operations), P-5, West Bank

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Org. Setting and Reporting
UNRWA Field Offices generally have two Deputy Directors reporting directly to the Director of UNRWA Affairs.
The Deputies will each manage a substantive portfolio of programme or operations responsibilities. The
operations portfolio will typically require management and oversight of finance, human resources,
procurement, logistics, IT, etc. Depending on field specificity, the Director of UNRWA Affairs may split the
portfolios in varying configurations to meet field needs. The Deputy Director will contribute to the Field’s
strategic and operational plans and budgets, guide and direct specialist staff, respond to emerging needs,
manage staff performance and ensure optimal use of resources. Deputy Directors will liaise with external
interlocutors including UN country teams, host government representatives, the refugee community and others.
Deputy Directors may be assigned as Acting Director of UNRWA Affairs during the absence of the Director of
UNRWA Affairs and, as such, assume full responsibility and accountability for the management of the Field.

  • Is responsible for the management of the Field operations cluster which includes finance, administration,
    human resources, procurement & logistics, and/or other functions and is the principal adviser to the Field
    Director on these functions; depending on field specificity, the Director of UNRWA Affairs may split the portfolios
    in varying configurations to meet field needs;
  • In close collaboration with other senior staff in the Field, ensures the development, preparation, coordination
    and monitoring of Field Plans (Strategic and Annual Operational) and Budget, Medium-Term Strategy for the
    operations functions in his/her Field, ensuring integrated approach to the management of operations services
    and exercising decision-making authority over human and financial resources and capital assets of the Field, in
    line with UNRWA regulatory framework and SPARE principle;
  • Provides support and advice to the Director of UNRWA Affairs in implementing the Agency’s reform plans;
    leads the implementation of pertinent reform initiatives in his/her organizational cluster; coordinates the work of
    cross-functional teams to achieve field-wide outcomes and promotes integration of cross-cutting issues into the
    field operation service framework;
  • Provides guidance and support to senior administrative staff in his/her own area; mentors and evaluates for
    training purposes, as necessary;
  • Liaises with government and local authorities to ensure their cooperation in facilitating the Agency’s
    operations; assists the Director of UNRWA Affairs in managing and promoting inter-agency and donor relations;
  • As assigned, acts for the Director of UNRWA Affairs during his/her absence, with full responsibility for the
    management of the Field, and reporting to the Commissioner-General USG and/or Deputy Commissioner-
    General, ASG;
  • Where applicable, acts as the Field security focal point and liaises with the Agency’s Director of Security and
    Risk Management and the Office of Security and Risk Management in the Field, where available;
  • Undertakes relieving assignments and performs other related duties as may be required by the Director of
    UNRWA Affairs.
    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
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    competencies may apply.
    Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and
    mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and
    achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced
    with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
    Leadership: Strong managerial/leadership skills; demonstrated flexibility in leadership by performing and/or
    overseeing the analysis of complex human resources, financial, administrative or management policy and
    programme issues; proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling environment,
    including the ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff and design training/skills
    enhancement initiatives to ensure effective transfer of knowledge/skills; tact in negotiating skills; good
    judgment and decision-making skills; demonstrated ability to provide leadership and commitment to the goal
    of achieving gender balance in staffing.
    Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority
    activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources
    for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and
    actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
    Managing performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making
    authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately
    judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches tasks to skills; monitors
    progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and
    coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the
    development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
    Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s
    strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational
    direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.
    Communications: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from
    others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way
    communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in
    sharing information and keeping people informed.
    Technology Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitations of
    technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness
    to learn new technology.
    Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely
    valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal
    agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not
    entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts; joint responsibility for team
    For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews:
    Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution in one of the
    Agency’s operations academic fields (such as Business or Public Administration, International Relations, Law,
    Finance, or Human Resources Management or related areas) supplemented by studies in management; a firstlevel
    university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in
    lieu of an advanced university degree;
    Work Experience
    At least 10 years of progressively responsible relevant experience in operations management.
    At least six years of professional experience managing large-scale, multi-sector operations at managerial level
    in a large governmental or international commercial organization, working at international level outside one’s
    home country.
    A minimum of 2 continuous years of relevant international experience outside UNRWA, and
    outside the country(s) of which the candidate is a national or holds citizenship, a passport or a
    national identity number.
    Knowledge of activities of UNRWA operations and services (Desirable)
    Knowledge of Middle Eastern geo-political realities and its socio-cultural implications (Desirable)
    Experience with United Nations administration/financial policies and practices (Desirable)
    Working knowledge of Arabic (Desirable)
    Excellent command of written and spoken English.
    Working knowledge of Arabic (Desirable).
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  • Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise followed by competency-based
    Special Notice
  • Type of Contract and duration: 2 years, with the possibility of further extension.
  • The incumbent will be required to travel frequently throughout the Agency’s area of operations in the Middle
  • UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states, regional bodies, business
    foundations and individual contributions. The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full
    potential in human development under the difficult circumstances in which they live.
  • For more details on UNRWA, please visit: https://www.unrwa.org/
    United Nations Considerations
    Staff members are subject to the authority of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA and to assignment by him
    or her.
    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 applicants from under-represented groups.
    At UNRWA, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of
    securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic
    diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. UNRWA is
    committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation
    for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when
    requested and indicated in the application.
    UNRWA Considerations
    UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence, neutrality, impartiality
    and integrity. 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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with UNRWA if they
    have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law,
    sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they
    have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. Candidates who have committed crimes other
    than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. The Agency may disqualify applicants who
    have separated for reason of misconduct, who left a UN Agency while misconduct processes were pending, or
    who appear on the UN Sanctions List.
    UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.
    Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For
    more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by
    clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
    The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application
    according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United
    Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations
    and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate
    information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in
    inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or
    modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration
    for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
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How to apply

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