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Judge D-1, HQ Amman JO#228810

UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

Org. Setting and Reporting

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 personnel wishing to make a change. 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. The incumbent reports to the UNRWA Internal Justice Committee, established pursuant to Area and International Staff Rule 111.5.


Adjudicates applications submitted to the UNRWA Dispute Tribunal (DT) in accordance with the Statute and Rules of Procedure of the UNRWA DT by analyzing complex evidentiary records and legal issues. Drafts and issues judgments and interlocutory orders. Manages a significant case load comprising diverse administrative law issues. Conducts hearings, including taking witness testimony and ruling on oral motions.


UN Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity, and Core Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by default. Deciding and Initiating Action Managing Complexity and Change Planning and Organizing Delivering Results Applying Technical Expertise High moral character and impartial. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including extensive judgment-writing experience in English. For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews: https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=AYI


Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in law from an accredited educational institution. A first-level university degree in law in combination with two additional years of relevant legal experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Job – Specific Qualification

Not available.

Work Experience

At least 15 years of progressively responsible and relevant legal experience or the equivalent, within one or more jurisdictions is required. At least 10 years of judicial experience in the field of administrative law, including employment law, or the equivalent within one or more national jurisdictions is required. Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in law from an accredited educational institution or a first-level university degree in law in combination with two additional years of relevant legal experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree is required. Work experience in legal matters in an international organization is desirable. Relevant international legal experience outside UNRWA, and outside the country(s) of citizenship is desirable. Legal experience in two or more jurisdictions is desirable. Demonstrated experience managing a complex and heavy caseload is desirable. Significant experience in conducting evidentiary hearings, drafting judgments and/or other complex legal submissions is desirable. Experience on managerial/ supervisory level is desirable. Working proficiency in written and spoken Arabic is desirable.


Excellent command of written and spoken English is required. Working proficiency in written and spoken Arabic is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Type of Contract and duration: 7 years, non-renewable. 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. UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities. 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. Join our eco-friendly organization dedicated to environment sustainability and targeting to be plastic free by 2025. NB: work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination. 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. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


How to apply

The link to browse the JO is: https://careers.un.org/jobSearchDescription/228810?language=en

Deadline: 18 Mar 2024

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