Deadline for Applications: 27 August 2019; (13 August 2019 for internal applicants)
Duration: 2 years, with the possibility of further extension
Vacancy Announcement Number: 19-RO-BR-45
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 seeking talented and committed professionals for a rewarding role.
The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the highly challenging 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 the disease burden is reduced; (c) school-age children complete a quality and equitable basic education; (d) Palestine refugee capabilities are strengthened to increase livelihood opportunities; and (e) Palestine refugees are able to meet their basic human needs of food, shelter and environmental health.
If you are 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. In this role, you will be an integral member of the UNRWA Brussels team pursuing creative and effective advocacy strategies for the Agency priorities. Embedded in a small and dynamic team, the Liaison Officer contributes to the development of relations with UNRWA largest donor, the European Union (EU). Based at the heart of Europe, the Liaison Officer, under the direct supervision of the Director of the UNRWA Representative Office to the EU, plays a crucial role in ensuring that EU policies take into account the interests of Palestine refugees, recognize UNRWA as a relevant partner contributing to effective human development of Palestine refugees, work towards the attainment of the SDGs, and contribute to the stability and development of the Middle East.
The post aims to: a) enhance understanding and recognition of Palestine refugees’ plight and UNRWA’s mandate and role, as reflected in EU decisions, statements, resolutions, policies and programmes; b) secure sufficient, predictable and sustainable funding from a broad range of EU external financial instruments; c) raise awareness of Palestine refugees’ plight and UNRWA’s mandate in Europe; and d) strengthen the political partnership between the EU and UNRWA.
UNRWA offers an attractive compensation package including annual salary starting at $60,233 net tax free with post adjustment of 43.2% (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:
The incumbent will occasionally travel to the Agency Headquarters and to its area of operations in the Middle East.
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.
For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews: https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=AYI.
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/.
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.
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.