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Needed Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner

Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner-General, P-4 HQ Amman, Jordan

Closing date

Vacancy Announcement
Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner-General, P-4
HQ Amman, Jordan
Deadline for Applications
7 September 2020
(23 August 2020 for internal applicants)
Duration
2 year, with the possibility of further extension
Vacancy Announcement Number
20-HQ-AM-23
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 (based on, for example, gender, geography, disabilities).
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 professionals wishing to make a change.
UNRWA’s strategic objectives
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. 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 disease burden is reduced; (c) school-age children complete quality, equitable and inclusive basic education; (d) Palestine refugee capabilities are strengthened for increased livelihood opportunities; and (e) Palestine refugees are able to meet their basic human needs of food, shelter and environmental health.
Do you want to make a lasting difference?
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 responsible for providing support and assistance to the Deputy Commissioner-General (DCG) in the day-to-day performance of his/her management, supervision and leadership functions.
The main responsibilities include:
• Ensuring optimal preparation for and follow up from DCG ‘s contacts with internal and external interlocutors;
• Undertaking research and writing (including presentations, taking points, speeches, minutes, and notes for the record) on a wide range of general administrative, financial and operational issues of concern to the office of the Commissioner-General;
• Drafting, for review and signature by the DCG, correspondence on matters of concern to the Commissioner-General’s Office, including letters to high ranking State officials and senior staff of UN and other international bodies;
• Following-up as required on the implementation of decisions and on other matters referred by the Commissioner-General and the Deputy Commissioner-General to departments and offices at headquarters and the fields and contributing to optimal flow of information to, from and within the Executive Office;
• Managing consultancy contracts on behalf of the Office of the Commissioner-General;
• Maintaining contacts and liaison with UN offices, specialized agencies, non-governmental organizations and other external UNRWA interlocutors;
• Representing the Office of the Commissioner-General and/or UNRWA at meetings and conferences;
• Providing advice and assistance on organizational and managerial effectiveness and efficiency;
• Acting as secretary for specific meetings.
To qualify for this position, you will need:
Education
Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution in public or business administration, social sciences, law or a related discipline; a first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
Work
Experience
A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible and relevant experience, including a minimum of 3 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;
Excellent knowledge of and experience with the use of new digital tools, the full range of IT-platforms etc.
Language(s)
Excellent command of written and spoken English.
You will also need to demonstrate the following competencies:
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. Default managerial competencies may apply.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
• Ability to independently plan and prioritize own work, work well under tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent activities;
• Positive attitude and strong analytical, interpersonal and communication skills;
• Proven excellence in drafting, particularly in analytical writing, report writing and written communication on policy, operational and organizational development matters;
• High level of political and organizational awareness;
• Proven ability to exercise initiative and resourcefulness necessary for prioritizing multiple clusters/components;
• Ability to develop clear goals and identify priority activities and assignments;
• Knowledge of contemporary issues of the Middle East.
For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews: https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=AYI
Desirable qualifications:
• Knowledge of UN Rules and Directives, and of the sources from which they are compiled;
• Good command of Arabic or French or other UN languages;
• Familiarity with programme and budget management and resource mobilization;
• Working knowledge and experience of the Agency’s operations in the Middle East, and knowledge of Middle Eastern culture.
Additional information
The incumbent will be required to reside in Amman and to travel within UNRWA’s area of operations in the Middle East.
Conditions of service
UNRWA offers an attractive compensation package including annual salary starting at $73,516 net tax free with post adjustment of 44.6% (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:
 Dependency allowances
 Rental subsidy
 Education grant for children
 Home leave travel
 6 weeks (30 working days) annual leave
 Pension fund entitlements under the
UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
 International health insurance; optional
life insurance
 Disability protection
How to apply
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, only short-listed applicants will be contacted via e-mail only. 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.
General information
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.
A roster may be created from the selection exercise and successful candidates may be eligible for appointment to the same post or a similar post. UNRWA may also share its roster pool with other UN Agencies as part of the Mutual Recognition Agreement.
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.
Who we are
For 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/
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.
Date of issue: 11 August 2020/CX

How to apply

How to apply
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, only short-listed applicants will be contacted via e-mail only. 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.



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