Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Advisor Policy, P5
Job Code Title: Senior Advisor Policy
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: JERUSALEM
Posting Period: 18 March 2021 - 14 April 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Administration-UNRWA-152188-R-Jerusalem (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Senior Advisor Policy reports to the Chief of Staff.


ExCom and Management Committees’ Secretariats:
- Serves as Secretariat for the Executive Committee (ExCom) and the Management Committee, created to assist the Commissioner-General (CG) in taking decisions on issues of strategic consequence requiring principal-level attention across all pillars of UNRWA work, which require approval by the CG;
- Is accountable for ensuring that there is a well-defined decision-making process; steers the substantive preparations of the sessions ensuring that the political perspective is considered in all key corporate potential decisions, that proposed decisions are identified, tracked and presented to the CG in the appropriate way;
- Oversees the administrative organization for its agendas and meetings, coordinates follow-up activities and implementation of decisions across the Agency in a disciplined and timely manner;

Political Analysis, Advice and Reporting:
- Identifies, analyzes and monitors key political developments, trends and emerging issues in the fields of operation and beyond the region that have potential impact on the implementation of the Agency’s services and operations with a view to provide early warning advice;
- Assesses implications after incorporating an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, humanitarian principles and gender perspective and makes recommendations for immediate and long-term courses of action to senior management on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to facilitate and advance the Agency’s mandated objectives;
- Prepares analytical reports and papers on sensitive and high-profile matters of concern, including but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, options papers, and input for the reports of the CG to the Security Council, General Assembly or other bodies; plays a key role in facilitating and marshaling the political knowledge internally and externally;

Internal Governance Mechanisms
Ensures effective functioning of internal governance mechanisms, particularly those chaired by the EO; tracks status of Organizational Directives to ensure they are up-to-date and aligned with decisions of the Executive Committee; maintains, revises and updates Organizational Directives managed by the EO, tracks TORs of different committees to ensure that the necessary systems, structures, and procedures are in place; this includes, but is not limited to, reflecting new Committees in the internal governance structure, and reviewing membership/role/frequency of meetings of the various Committees;


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.

- Coping with Pressure and Setbacks
- Relating and Networking
- Deciding and Initiating Action
- Analyzing
- Formulating Strategies and Concepts
- Persuading and Influencing

For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews:


Advanced university degree (Masters’ or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or related field.

Work Experience

- A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible professional experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area
- At least five years of international exposure in senior leadership and management functions, including coordination of interdisciplinary teams, project management and in dealing from/or with a UN entity;
- Proven track of substantive policy development and management, and designing and facilitating complex development interventions
- A minimum of 2 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
- Experience in political outreach, analysis, advice and reporting is required
- Familiarity with the United Nations system and practices (desirable)
- Knowledge of historical and contemporary issues of the Middle East (desirable).


Excellent command of written and spoken English.

Working knowledge of written and spoken French and/or Arabic (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: 2 years, with the possibility of further extension

- Given the nature of the demands of the office of the Commissioner-General, the incumbent will be frequently required to work outside normal office hours.

- 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: Nations

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.

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