Op-ed by Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)
When last visiting the Yarmouk refugee camp, in Damascus, I was confronted with a scale of devastation unlike anything I had witnessed before in almost three decades of work in war zones around the world.
Ranya al Musa, 34, has three daughters aged between six and twelve years-old. She has raisied them on her own since her husband went missing in 2012. “My youngest was just one month old when my husband disappeared,” she says. The family’s only income is UNRWA cash assistance. “We survive on instant noodles and potatoes. Now that I have received cash assistance, I will buy some chicken as a treat,” she explains.
Today in Brussels, the Minister-President of Flanders, Geert Bourgeois, and the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Pierre Krähenbühl, signed a three-year agreement (2019-2021) in the value of EUR 479,000 to support the core services of UNRWA. The Government of Flanders guarantees an early disbursement of the funding.
Aromatic parsley, burgeoning red-leaf lettuce and fragrant, fresh mint – these are just a few of the herbs and vegetables flourishing in an organic rooftop garden in the most unlikely of places: Burj Barajneh camp in Beirut – one of the teeming Palestine refugee camps in Lebanon where some 18,000 people live in a tangle of crowded roads and tangled electricity wires, where water leakage, dampness and poor ventilation are common.
A partnership between United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and OFID (the OPEC Fund for International Development) has financed a total of 101,484 loans valued at US$ 141.3 million as of December 2018. The loans include 74,218 disbursed in the West Bank and 27,266 in the Gaza Strip.
As of December 2018 and through OFID, the UNRWA Microfinance Department (MD) has cumulatively financed a total of 101,484 loans valued at US$ 141.3 million. This includes 74,218 loans disbursed in the West Bank and 27,266 loans in the Gaza Strip.
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COPING STRATEGIES CONSULTANCY - TERMS OF REFERENCE
CONSULTANCY - TERMS OF REFERENCE
· Conducts desk study and home visits to refugees applying for Social Transfer Assistance (Social Safety Net Programme (SSNP) and Emergency Programmes); collects socio-economic data to determine eligibility for assistance, and conducts periodic site re-assessments for active recipient cases in accordance with Relief Services Instructions (RSI) or applicable emergency assistance instructions;
UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCY
FOR PALESTINE REFUGEES IN THE NEAR EAST
CONSULTANCY - TERMS OF REFERENCE
Senior Humanitarian Response Officer, P-4
Deadline for Applications
5 April 2019
(22 March 2019 for internal applicants)
1 year, renewable; Appointment subject to funding availability
Vacancy Announcement Number
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.