Job Opening

Posting Title: Deputy Chief Field Infrastructure & Camp Improvement Programme (for female applicants only), 18
Job Code Title: Dep Chief Fld ICI Prog-Operations
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 09 November 2021 - 22 November 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Engineering-UNRWA-167265-R-Beirut (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The incumbent reports to the Chief Field Infrastructure and Camp Improvement Programme (CFICIP), and particularly supports in the overall planning, programmatic, technical, managerial and operational aspects of the Programme in the field.


Advises and assists the CFICIP on all matters related to the development and implementation of the Infrastructure and Camp Improvement Programme in the Field; assists supervisor in developing operational plans and overseeing their implementation and on impact of these plans on lives of refugees in the camps; assists supervisor in overseeing the development and implementation of specific programmatic plans for camp improvement (CIPs), environmental infrastructure projects related to sewerage, drainage and water supply systems as well as management plans of environmental health services, particularly those related to solid waste in all camps;

Assists supervisor in steering the strategic direction and effective and efficient operation of the Programme; contributes to strategic planning for the Programme Agency-wide under the direction of the Director of Infrastructure and Camp Improvement; responsible for results-based management, including monitoring, reporting and follow up on indicators and evaluation of Programme performance in the field; writes and oversees the preparation of reports on Programme performance; writes project proposals.

Is directly responsible for managing all the Department administrative support functions including GIS-CAD, software and hardware needs, collection and organization of information related to the Programme performance; ensures coordination of all procurement, personnel, finance and logistics matters; supervises preparation of Department budget and controls expenditure in accordance with plans; participates in the recruitment and appraisal of staff performance as directed by the CFICIP;

Contributes to the overseeing preparation of cost estimates, tender invitation and tender analysis for all projects to achieve best value of money and safeguard the Agency funds and assets; studies, analyses samples of contract proposals and provides recommendations and technical advice thereon to CFICIP in line with UNRWA policies and instructions; follows up with Field and HQ Awarding Authorities ;

Performs a neutral support and check for the CFICIP in her/his capacity as Director of Works; checks and analyses submissions and defines critical issues, particularly those related to variations, payments and claims and makes recommendations;

Provides technical oversight and guidance to all divisions particularly in the area of risk management and communication with stakeholders to ensure efficient execution of the Programme, including self-help construction and rehabilitation projects performed by refugees; where is applicable, assists in overseeing the design works prepared either in house or by local consultants in order to ensure that designs meet UNRWA requirements and department objectives;

Maintains good and professional working relationships within the Agency and with refugees and their representatives, concerned officials in governments and relevant institutions as well as non-governmental organizations for coordination of projects and services of the Programme; contributes to and makes sure of coordination with relevant departments and external stakeholders prior to and during the planning, design and execution of camp improvement plans, construction and maintenance works as well as environmental health services;

Assesses training needs and plans and directs in-service training for all staff members of the Department;

Acts for CFICIP during the latter’s absence;

Performs such other duties as may be assigned.


Excellent programme management skills;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others in team environment;
Excellent communication and negotiation skills, sound judgment and demonstrated problem-solving skills;
Ability to present information and data in a clear and constructive manner;
Excellent communication and report writing skills;
Excellent computer and data analysis skills;
Proven ability to develop camp improvement plans.


Advanced university degree in civil/structural engineering or architecture.
(Bachelor degree with additional 3 years of qualifying experience in lieu of Advanced degree may be considered).

Work Experience

At least eight years’ experience in design, planning and implementation of infrastructure and camp improvement works.
(For PHD holder 5 years qualifying, and for Bachelor degree holder 11 years of qualifying experience may be considered).

Of which at least three years with a supervisory relevant responsibility at large commercial or governmental institutions or NGOs operating in works and projects of a similar size.


Excellent command of written and spoken Arabic and English.


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

Special Notice

Please make sure that your application is filled properly, correctly, and completely; any missing or incomplete information may lead to the rejection of the application by the system.

If the recruitment process generates a large number of applicants who pass the test, the Agency may interview only the top passing applicants to ensure sufficient number of candidates to be listed on a recommended list or an employment roster based on the Agency’s needs. This is intended to ensure efficiency and timeliness of the recruitment process.

Type of contract and duration: Fixed – Term appointment for 3 years including 1 year probation period, with the possibility of further extension, subject to availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need.
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 (based on, for example, gender, disabilities).
UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff working across five areas of operation, is looking for highly committed professionals wishing to make a change.
UNRWA’s strategic objectives: The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the difficult circumstances in which they live. In line with this mission, the Agency works towards five strategic outcomes: (a) Palestine refugee rights under international law are protected and promoted; (b) Palestine refugee health is protect and disease burden is reduced; (c) school – age children complete quality, equitable and inclusive basic education; (d) Palestine refugee capabilities are strengthened for increased livelihood opportunities; and (e) Palestine refugees are able to meet their basic human needs of food, shelter and environmental health.
UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states, regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions.
Equivalency: Candidates with an equivalent combination of relevant academic qualifications, professional training and progressive work experience may also be considered.
N.B: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination.
Desirable qualification: Knowledge of project management and grants management;
Knowledge of relevant local laws and regulations
Conditions of service: Monthly basic salary USD 1,833.40 + SOA 38.90% + SPLA USD 167
Other benefits include monthly Provident Fund contribution (15.2% of basic salary paid by the Agency), compulsory medical insurance, 30 days of annual leave, and dependency allowance (if applicable).
Candidates need to check the Junk Email as emails from INSPIRA may go to Junk; it is the candidate's responsibility to check his/her email.
Additional information: N/A
General Information: This vacancy notice is open to internal and external female candidates. Only candidates residing in Lebanon with authorization to work in that duty station at the time of application are eligible to apply. The Agency will not assume responsibility to support or facilitate the issuance of work permit in the duty station, and without a valid work permit, the appointment may be rescinded.
During and after the completion of the recruitment process, candidate’s request for review of decisions must be submitted within 48 hours from the formal notification by UNRWA. Requests received after that will not be considered.
UNRWA is a United Nations agency whose staff are therefore expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity, and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNRWA staff are expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs.
The Agency will 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.
The Agency reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.

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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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