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

Job Code Title : Projects Support and Compliance Officer
Department/ Office : UNRWA – other
Location : FO Gaza
Posting Period : 14 March 2023-27 March 2023
Job Opening number : 23-ADM-UNRWA – other-204470-J-FO Gaza (E)
Staffing Exercise : N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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 Projects Support and Compliance Officer reports to the Deputy Director of UNRWA
Affairs, Operations.
– Provides substantive support to senior management at the Field level during the preparation
of Fields’ priorities and master plan, ensuring that projects are integrated thereof, to meet the
increasing refugees’ needs, and that projects synergize within the Agency’s overall policy,
strategies and priorities, and that UNRWA requirements are addressed and followed
efficiently and effectively through adherence to project management principles and best
practices; participates in the Fields’ relevant management committees.
– Leads the assessment of planning and implementation of projects’ related activities, ensuring
compliance with applied rules, directives and technical instructions as well as donor
requirements; analyses the existing systems and processes for the purposes of identifying
areas of improvements and drafting guiding papers/ documents to address the related needs
and backfilling administrative and reporting gaps, where needed.
– Maintains monitoring & guidance system for internal systematic application of procedural
requirements when planning, implementing, and concluding relevant projects; in conjunction
with existing technical expertise at Field Programme Support Office, provides oversight and
compliance of key project deliverables, including project controls and reporting;
– Provides guidance and support to the projects owners/managers during setting priorities,
planning and preparation of the Project Implementation Plans and their execution as per the
applicable standards and norms; provides support in contract management, oversight and
compliance for the contracts related to the projects within the implementing Programmes /
– Maintains contacts with, and facilitates the response to, the queries from external
stakeholders, including donors, UNRWA HQs, UN sister agencies, emergency clusters and
implementing partners, public service and local authoritative organizations; provides input to
introduce innovative approaches for establishing partnerships and funding the essential
– In coordination and cooperation with Human Resources department and Heads of
Departments/ Offices, facilitates the internal capacity building of the Field’s staff on Project
Cycle Management (PCM) principles and activities, including specialized training session
throughout the different stages of project development and implementation; supports process
of accumulating and documenting lessons learned as well as knowledge retention and sharing
on related activities activities.
– Works closely with the Field Programme Chiefs and Heads of Departments / Offices in
support of emergency preparedness; prepare various related reports, for internal and external
use, including project implementation plans and their execution.-
UN Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity, and Core
Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by
– Persuading and Influencing
– Planning and Organizing
– Relating and Networking
– Delivering Results
– Managing Complexity and Change
– High level skill in the management of a broad range of programmes.
– Excellent writing skills including experience in drafting strategic documents, reports,
proposals, and presentations.
– Excellent computer skills.
For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews: https://careers.un.
Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational
institution in development studies, business administration, programme or project
management or a related discipline.
Job Specific Qualifications
Work Experience
At least eight years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in project planning,
oversight and compliance, programme controls or project management and coordination,
including the application of results-based management/project cycle management in large
public, international or non-governmental organizations is required.
Unless already serving as an international staff member in the UN Common System, at least
two continuous years of relevant international experience outside UNRWA, and outside the
country(s) of citizenship is required.
Excellent command of written and spoken English is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be
followed by competency-based interview.
Special Notice
Type of Contract and duration: Temporary Appointment for 364 days, with the possibility of
further extension, subject to availability of funds, need and performance.
Gaza is a non-family duty station.
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 a temporary 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.
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:
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.

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