Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief Protection Division, P5
Job Code Title: Chief Protection Division
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: HQ Amman
Posting Period: 10 June 2021 - 07 July 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Administration-UNRWA-157339-R- (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Chief Protection Division reports to the Chief of Staff.


Plans, directs and manages the work of the Protection Division, including developing a realistic and achievable work-plan, staff supervision, budget and financial management; provides strategic leadership and management support to professional staff working to mainstream and integrate protection, disability and gender in all aspects of the Agency’s work across the fields;

- Leads the reform of the Protection Function and oversees the development and implementation of UNRWA’s protection strategy and associated operational plans, including programmatic interventions and advocacy activities, and ensures that the strategies and plans are regularly reviewed and updated, and their results monitored and evaluated;

- Coordinates protection activities across the Agency and ensures the centrality of protection in UNRWA services delivery through coordination with all stakeholders;

- Works closely with UNRWA Programmes and other Departments to ensure protection mainstreaming and alignment with minimum protection standards;

- Develops and supports protection activities at the field level, specifically through providing technical support and advice to protection teams in the field offices;

- Develops and keeps under review protection policies, guidance, and procedures, ensuring that these reflect best practice and complement UNRWA’s programmes;

- Provides practical information and guidance to staff on the use of UNRWA’s protection tools and methodologies, identifies protection training needs and coordinates with other UN agencies and NGOs working on protection.


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.

- Leading and Supervising.

- Applying Technical Expertise.

- Planning and Organizing.

- Creating and Innovating.

- Adapting and Responding to Change.

- Deciding and initiating action.

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Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution in law, social or political science, international relations or related fields, with a focus on international human rights, humanitarian law and/or refugee law.

Work Experience

At least ten years of progressively responsible and relevant experience.
At least five years at a senior international level in positions of significant responsibility in country-wide protection operations.
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.
Familiarity with relevant organizations of the UN system (e.g. OHCHR, UNHCR, UNICEF and OCHA) (desirable)
Familiarity with the work of non-UN organizations working in protection-related fields (desirable)
Knowledge and understanding of the Palestine refugee situation and the political context of the Middle East (desirable)


Excellent command of spoken and written English.

Working knowledge of 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 duty station of the post is either HQ Amman or Jerusalem.

The Chief, Protection Division may be required to travel in the Agency’s areas of operation.

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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