Job Opening

Posting Title: School Principal, Gaza Field Office, (For Internal Staff Only), 15
Job Code Title: School Principal
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: GAZA
Posting Period: 07 December 2021 - 26 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Education-UNRWA-170256-R-Gaza (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The incumbent is responsible to the Deputy or Chief Education Programme, through the Area Education Officer on technical issues and to the Chief Area Office through the Area Education Officer on administrative issues. S/he is responsible for equitable, inclusive quality education, safe and effective learning environment in schools through the management of all staff assigned to his/her school, monitoring and supporting their professional development with the support of Education Specialist and in cooperation with the Deputy School Principal, the local community and other stakeholders.


In accordance with established Agency policy and procedures, the incumbent:

(A) Leads, in cooperation with all professional support cadres, ongoing and relevant professional development for all staff:

(i) Evaluates the training needs of school staff in line with the School Development Plan and Agency and Field education focus and priorities;
(ii) Enables and supports school-based professional development, including peer support, discussions and training;
(iii) Facilitates participation in external training as appropriate;
(iv) Oversees and manages staff professional performance;

(B) Manages the delivery of quality inclusive education services to all students in the assigned school, in line with UNRWA policies and practices;

(C) Develops and ensures effective communication mechanisms are in place and utilized to engage parents and the wider community in the provision and monitoring of quality inclusive education for all students;

(D) Leads on overall installation management, including pupil registration, record keeping and EMIS data entry; ensures appropriate school budgeting, financial management, and resource utilization in line with UNRWA approved policies, processes, and procedures;

(E) Develops and maintains an inclusive, safe, secure and effective learning environment;

(F) Ensures school ethos and practices of monitoring and evaluation and formative and summative assessment of all pupils to facilitate inclusive quality education and maximize the potential of all students;

(G) Performs such other duties as may be assigned.

Additional Information:

The incumbent may be required to work beyond the regular working hours.


(i) Knowledge of UN values, UNRWA general and education specific rules, policies and practices;

(ii) Commitment to and understanding of education and leadership theories and practices;

(iii) Ability to lead and inspire a school and its community (students, staff and parents);

(iv) Demonstrated ability to communicate both verbally and in writing;

(v) Ability to work under pressure and meet target deadlines;

(vi) Problem solving and decision making skills;

(vii) Proficiency in the standard PC applications used by the Agency;

(viii) Integrity and positive attitude.


(i) A university degree from a college or university in an appropriate school related subject plus at least one year of professional teacher training; or

(ii) A university degree from a college or university in an appropriate school related subject plus a higher diploma or advanced degree in education.

Desirable Qualification:

(i) Advanced degree in a related subject; professional training.

Work Experience

At least seven years satisfactory teaching experience.

A minimum of one year experience as Deputy School Principal.


(i) Excellent command of spoken and written Arabic;

(ii) Good 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

Conditions of Service:

* Basic Salary: Monthly basic salary from $1592.60; and monthly dependency allowance up to $123.25.
• Leave: 36 days of annual leave for staff attending UNRWA duty stations with six-day working week. 30 days of annual leave for staff attending UNRWA duty stations with five-day working week.
• Pension: Provident Fund contribution (15.2% of basic salary paid by the Agency)
• Other conditions of service and benefits may apply.


When the minimum requirements are not fully met, the Director of UNRWA Operations, Gaza may exceptionally substitute part of the unmet requirements with a combination of relevant academic qualifications, additional professional training and progressive relevant work experience.
NB: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination.

General Information:

This vacancy notice is open to internal candidates only.

As an Area post, preference will be given to local candidates already based in the duty station of the post.

UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.

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.

On appointment, all individuals will be asked to sign a self-attestation, confirming that they have not committed, been convicted of, or prosecuted for, any criminal offence and that they have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of
international human rights law or international humanitarian law.

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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