Job Opening

Posting Title: COVID-19 Coordinator, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: COVID Coordinator
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: HQ Amman
Posting Period: 04 May 2021 - 24 May 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Human Resources-UNRWA-155038-J- (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The COVID Coordinator reports directly to the Deputy, Director of Human Resources (DDHR).


- Conducts policy mapping and analysis of COVID-19 response policies in accordance with relevant UN/UNRWA regulations, rules, policies and procedures, including those pertaining to confidentiality;

- Leads critical policy work, including drafting and reviewing drafts of policies, guidelines and SOPs;

- Follows up with relevant stakeholders to ensure consistent policy development as well as field specific guidance, as required;

- Assists in swift implementation of the decisions taken by the COVID Taskforce;

- In close coordination with Health Department, develops back to office guidance, including contextual specificity, recognizing importance of returning to office when possible, and impact of vaccination on such guidance including addressing the issues of front-line workers (such as healthcare staff) refusing to be vaccinated;

- Coordinates with other agencies, and guidance from WHO / UNCT to establish consistent guidelines;

- Produces policy briefing papers and policy position statements in alignment with UNRWA's mandate, UN Common System policies and host government guidance;

- Drafts presentations, reports and briefs for/or minutes from workshops, meetings and consultations with relevant stakeholders;

- Provides support to knowledge management, monitoring, and reporting.


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.

- Formulating Strategies and Concepts
- Planning and Organizing
- Relating and Networking
- Persuading and Influencing
- Deciding and initiating actions

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


Advanced university degree from an accredited educational institution in international development, international relations, political science, business administration or other job related field.

Work Experience

- A minimum of eight years of progressively relevant experience in the following areas: political affairs, development, human rights, health response, programme management and emergency settings
- 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.
- Experience in providing strategic analysis and advice, policy development, building and managing partnerships with various stakeholders.
- Experience working in the United Nations System (desirable)
- Experience working in a health emergency (desirable)
- Experience working on COVID-19 issues and responses (desirable)


Excellent command of spoken and written English.


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 6 months.

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.

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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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