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Project Coordinator (Protection) (re-advertised)

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 Project Coordinator (Protection) reports to the Chief, Protection Division.


-Updates and revises the workplan for the project, which includes defined activities, budgetary requirements, timelines, expected outcomes, monitoring indicators and the overall strategy. -Develops project implementation budgets; plans and forecasts grant expenditure, project activities, procurement and staffing to ensure compliance with the project contract and to prevent overspending or underspending; authorizes project expenses based on project plans and UNRWA financial planning. -In close collaboration with the Information Management and Technology Department (IMTD) and Field Offices, coordinates and conducts monitoring and evaluation activities based on defined monitoring indicators. -Coordinates with staff from a variety of different departments (Education, Protection and Education, Information Management & Technology) across all five fields (Gaza, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank, Jordan) on the humanitarian principles initiative; regularly liaises with Field Offices to ensure that project deadlines are being met; facilitates and organizes regular communications with relevant staff, offices, departments and concerned parties, including organizing meetings and workshops; ensures recruitment processes relevant to the project are conducted in a timely manner. -Manages administrative, financial and logistical issues related to the project in close collaboration with the relevant departments and units in UNRWA at all levels and with external parties as necessary. -Ensure that the relevant data is collected and reported to donors in a timely fashion; produces, in coordination with the Associate Reporting Officer, progress reports.


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. i. Adapting and Responding to Change ii. Planning and Organizing iii. Relating and Networking iv. Analyzing v. Deciding and Initiating Action Other Competencies: -Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting. -Ability to independently plan and manage work processes. -Ability to promote organizational learning and knowledge sharing. For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews: https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=AYI


An advanced university degree from an accredited educational institution in social sciences, finance, international development, project management, or a related discipline.

Job – Specific Qualification

Not available.

Work Experience

At least five years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in project management, international development, or a related field, is required. Unless already serving as an international staff member in the UN Common System, a candidate for an international post must have at least two 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, is required. An advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution in social sciences, finance, international development, project management, or a related discipline, is required. Experience working with the humanitarian principles in the United Nations, is desirable. Knowledge of Palestine refugees and/or humanitarian response and development in the Middle East, is desirable. Proficiency in programme cycle management, inclusive of monitoring and evaluation and the logical framework approach, is desirable. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.


Excellent command of written and spoken English, is required. Knowledge of 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: One year project funded, with the possibility of further extension, subject to availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need. 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 an 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. Equivalency: A first level university degree in combination with additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. 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.

The link to browse the JO is: https://careers.un.org/jobSearchDescription/227922?language=en

No Fee


How to apply

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

The link to browse the JO is: https://careers.un.org/jobSearchDescription/227922?language=en

Deadline: 11 Mar 2024

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