Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Humanitarian Principles Officer, H (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: Senior Humanitarian Principles Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: HQ Gaza; JERUSALEM;
Posting Period: 02 December 2021 - 15 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Administration-UNRWA-167188-J- (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Senior Humanitarian Principles Officer reports directly to the Senior Humanitarian Principles Coordinator and is expected to provide advice to the Senior Humanitarian Principles Coordinator on the application of humanitarian principles across UNRWA’s areas of operation.


-Identifies, analyzes and monitors key developments, trends and emerging issues that impact on UNRWA's ability to apply humanitarian principles;. All analyses must include and assessment of risk to Palestine refugees and the agency.

- Develops strategic plans and implements work plans in accordance with the Agency's direction on humanitarian principles; works with other key staff at HQs and Fields to ensure effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation;

- Coordinates with various strategic partnerships inside UNRWA and with other UN organisations on humanitarian principles; provides information, analysis and updates on activities and results as appropriate;

- Manages internal communication on the matter of humanitarian principles with the objective of having constant dialogue and feedback relating to challenges and possibilities;

- Creates proposals, decisions, and internal communication with colleagues in the field so as to ensure that the application of humanitarian principles forms part of staff identity;

- Develops appropriate indicators and evaluation techniques, monitors the impact and progress of interventions/actions in coordination with the concerned HQ(A) departments;

- Prepares analytical reports and papers on sensitive and high-profile matters of concern,
including but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, options papers.


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 eight 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 as well as proven track of substantive policy development and management, and designing and facilitating complex development interventions.

- Knowledge of historical and contemporary issues of the Middle East.

- Experience in outreach, analysis, advice and reporting is required.

- Familiarity with the United Nations system and practices (desirable)


Excellent command of written and spoken English and Arabic.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Type of Contract: Limited Duration Contract (LDC - Band H) .

Duration of Contract: Up to one year - with the possibility of further extension, subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need.

The Limited Duration Contract applies to external candidates and UNRWA candidates on LDC.

Only candidates residing in any of the following locations Gaza, Jerusalem or West Bank, with authorization to work in that duty
station at the time of application are eligible to apply. The Agency will not assume responsibility or accountability to support or facilitate the issuance of work permit in those locations, and without a valid work permit, the appointment may be rescinded.

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.

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.

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

When the minimum requirements are not fully met, the Director of Human Resources may exceptionally substitute part of the unmet requirements with a combination of relevant academic qualifications and progressive relevant work experience.

NB: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination.

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.

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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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