Job Opening

Posting Title: Child Protection Officer (4 Posts), (Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, West Bank), P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: Child Protection Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: FO Jordan; FO Lebanon; FO West Bank; FO Gaza;
Posting Period: 06 October 2021 - 19 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Inspection and Evaluation-UNRWA-165645-J- (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Child Protection Officer reports directly to the Protection and Neutrality Team Leader / Senior Area Support Officer. Additionally, technical guidance is provided by the Chief, Protection Division, HQ-based. The Child Protection Officer is assigned to strengthening Humanitarian Principles (HP) initiative.


- Plans for and leads the roll out and implementation of the Child Protection policies and standards in the Field Office, including updating and following up on the implementation of a multi-sector child protection work plan across departments and programmes;

- Provides expert advice and support to the Field Office on child protection issues to increase the capacity of the Agency with respect to child protection, including the provision of technical assistance to Protection and Neutrality teams in UNRWA’s area offices; and provides support on child safeguarding issues and guidelines for safe identification and referral of child protection cases as well as other guidelines as part of the rollout and implementation of the Child Protection policies and standards;

- Regularly visit installations to undertake checks and ensure the integration of child protection principles;

- Identifies child protection capacity building needs among UNRWA staff and frontlines in collaboration with UNRWA departments and provides support to develop training plans to address them;

- Oversees the collection and documentation of accurate and timely data on child rights violations and, where necessary, oversees the development of analysis on trends and patterns for internal and external reports, presentations, or briefing notes;

- Drafts other key guidance documents on child protection and provides input into other relevant guidelines, SOPs, procedures and processes as needed, and in particular to ensure the development and maintenance of child protection information management collection in close cooperation with the Field Protection Officer / Senior Area Support Officer;

- Develops close working relationships and strategic partnership with and represents UNRWA at a range of child protection system actors including national authorities, UN agencies and NGOs;

- Monitors child protection referrals across programmes in coordination with Information Management staff and programme colleagues, ensuring that such systems are child-friendly;

- Works closely with Education programme staff on initiatives addressing violence against children, and with the Investigations Office on cases involving children;

- Leads the project management of child protection projects (proposal writing, reporting, budget management, monitoring and evaluation).


Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Commitment to continuous learning:
Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession. Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally. Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates. Shows willingness to learn from others. Seeks feedback to learn and improve.

Planning and organizing:
Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

Building trust:
Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion. Manages in a deliberate and predictable way. Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda. Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients. Gives proper credit to others. Follows through on agreed upon actions. Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.

Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


A university degree from an accredited educational institution in international law, social science, social work, political affairs, anternational relations, or a related field.

Work Experience

At least six years of progressively responsible relevant experience in the field of child protection (preferably direct implementation and management of child protection programmes as well as systems building experience), either for UN agencies or NGOs

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. 


Excellent command of written and spoken English language.


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 with the possibility of further extension subject to availability of funds, need and performance.

The incumbent maybe requested to travel in the Field in the course of duty.

Within the framework of the Inter-Agency Mobility Agreement, UNRWA will seek to engage staff members from other UN entities under this framework, should they be found suitable for this Temporary Appointment.

A roster may be created from the selection exercise, and successful candidates may become eligible for a temporary appointment to the same post or a similar post.

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.

Planning and Organizing
Relating and Networking
Applying Technical Expertise
Adapting and Responding to Change

Gaza is a non-family duty station.

Applicants have to complete the Personal History Profile (PHP) in inspira in order to be considered. The PHP should be completed with full relevant work experience as per the requirements in the Job Opening, in order to be considered.

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
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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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

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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