Job Opening

Posting Title: Special Advisor, Gulf Region, D1
Job Code Title: Special Advisor, Gulf Region
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: HQ Amman
Posting Period: 23 March 2021 - 12 April 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Administration-UNRWA-152513-R- (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Special Advisor, Gulf Region reports to the Commissioner-General.


- Represents and promotes UNRWA’s interests with the Member States, regional organizations/groupings and other entities, including charitable organizations, from the Gulf, with the aim of strengthening UNRWA’s understanding of and capacity to anticipate Gulf interests, agendas and concerns related to UNRWA and Palestine Refugees, including as those relate to, or are shaped by developments in US policy;

- Secures and sustains political and financial support from these Member States, regional organization/groupings and other entities including charitable organizations from the Gulf;

- Supports and advises on opportunities to strengthen ties with the US administration to exploit future US-Gulf dynamics that may positively affect UNRWA and Palestine Refugees; advises the Commissioner-General on engagement strategy with Gulf entities, and produces regular analysis on opportunities and risks of such engagement;

- In close collaboration with the Director, External Relations and the Director, Partnerships, supports the implementation of UNRWA’s resource mobilization strategy with regards to Member States, regional organizations/groupings and other entities, including charitable organizations, from the Gulf; advises notably on opportunities resulting from US re-engagement for sustaining funding support from both the Gulf and the US; identifies potential opportunities, establishes and nurtures high level contacts and proactively disseminates all relevant information to the External Relations department, who is responsible for maintaining donor stewardship, including reporting obligations;

- In close collaboration with Strategic Communications, identifies and helps sustain partnerships with media organizations in the Gulf; advises and supports media campaigns and strategic communication initiatives;


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.

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

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


An advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution in political science, public or business administration or a related field.

Work Experience

- At least fifteen years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in political or administrative affairs.
- At least ten years in a large governmental or international organization.
- A minimum of 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.
- Familiarity with political affairs in the Middle East, including engagement of international actors in the Middle East (desirable)
- Knowledge of interests, agendas and policies of Member States, regional organizations/groupings and other entities, including charitable organizations in the Gulf (desirable)
- Extensive knowledge of Middle East history and Palestine refugee issues (desirable)
- Knowledge of the United Nations (desirable).


- Excellent command of written and spoken English.

- Working knowledge of written and spoken Arabic.


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.

- The incumbent will regularly travel to the Agency’s area of operations in the Middle East.

- 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.

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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.

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