Org. Setting and Reporting
The Head Gender Section reports to the Chief Protection Division.
Leads and coordinates the Agency's initiatives to develop relevant policies, strategies and
operational guidance aimed at ensuring the promotion of the rights and protection of Palestine
refugees women and girls, including through the UN's women peace and security agenda (a
series of UN resolutions that refer to the protection of women and girls from GBV, sexual
violence and PSEA as well as women and girls' participation in humanitarian response and
Promoting gender mainstreaming through UNRWA's core programmes: coordinates with the
Senior Protection Mainstreaming Officer to ensure that proper gender analysis aimed at
identifying gender vulnerabilities and gaps is carried out within UNRWA programmes and
services; and provides technical advice on addressing these vulnerabilities and gaps.
Related to acute crisis and emergency response, ensures that gender is considered in
protection assessments; and that protection response is gender sensitive and inclusive of
women and girls.
Leads Agency initiatives aimed at protecting Palestine refugees from Gender-Based Violence
including during emergencies; works with others to ensure response, prevention, and riskmitigation
to GBV; and ensures quality of Gender related processes managed by others.
Develops operational guidance that ensures the equal participation and full engagement of
Palestine refugees women and girls in the design and delivery of programmes and services;
and ensures that mechanisms related to accountability to affected population are gender
Supports the collection of sex, age, and diversity disaggregated data; leads its analysis and
makes sure it informs gender sensitive programming and gender responsive services.
Builds capacity for gender sensitive emergency response; mainstreams gender and GBV into
protocols and procedures for emergency response.
Provides advice to the Executive leadership and other senior managers on how to achieve
greater gender equality within UNRWA's workforce.
UN Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity, and Core
Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by
- Delivering Results
- Engaging and Nurturing
- Formulating Strategies and Concepts
- Applying Technical Expertise
- Adapting and Responding to Change
- Deciding and Initiating Action
Advanced university degree from an accredited educational institution in gender studies,
development studies, human rights, or any other related social or political science field.
Job Specific Qualifications
A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience
including in gender equality and women's empowerment, gender mainstreaming, protection of
women from Gender Based Violence (GBV), and project management including in
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.
Familiarity with relevant organizations of the UN system (e.g., UN-Women; UNHCR; WFP;
Familiarity with the work of non-UN organizations working in gender equality and women's
empowerment-related fields (desirable).
Knowledge and understanding of the Palestine refugee situation and the political context of
the Middle East (desirable).
Fluency in written and spoken English.
Working knowledge of Arabic (desirable).
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be
followed by competency-based interview.
Type of Contract and duration: 2 years, with the possibility of further extension.
The incumbent will be required to travel frequently within, and occasionally outside, the
Agency's area of operations in the Middle East.
Applicants have to complete the Personal History Profile (PHP) in inspira in order to be
considered. The PHP should be completed with full relevant work experience as per the
requirements in the Job Opening, in order to be considered.
A roster may be created from the selection exercise, and successful candidates may become
eligible for appointment to the same post or a similar post.
A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying
experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
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/
How to apply
To start the application process, applicants are required to register at https://careers.un.org/lbw/Home.aspx go to Department and choose UNRWA for UNRWA posts. Only applications received through https://careers.un.org/lbw/Home.aspx will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received, only short-listed applicants will be contacted via e-mail only.
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