Job Opening

Posting Title: Area Support Mainstreaming Officer (readvertised), P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: Area Support Mainstreaming Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: FO Syria
Posting Period: 13 January 2022 - 26 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Administration-UNRWA-172335-J- (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

Area Support Mainstreaming Officer reports to the Senior Area Support Officer. He/She is assigned to strengthening Humanitarian Principles (HP) initiative. He/she is responsible for ensuring that all activities related to protection as identified by the UNRWA protection policy are mainstreamed into core programmes in an effective, efficient, ethical and politically sensitive manner, and that institutional capacity development takes place to embed protection into service delivery at all levels of operations. In the implementation of this function, the incumbent will also be responsible to ensure, as and where appropriate, that relevant other cross-cutting issues, such as gender, disability and youth, are included in protection mainstreaming initiatives and activities.


- Provides support to the integration and mainstreaming of UNRWA protection policy and standards in programmes including but not limited to Education, Health, and Relief and Social Services and to other protection-related initiatives in UNRWA Programmes; develops, supports and coordinates the implementation of a programme cycle management strategy to mainstream protection standards throughout UNRWA programming and services including needs assessment, work plan, implementation and monitoring & evaluation;
- Oversees and coordinates measures to ensure programmes’ compliance with protection standards;
- Identifies and coaches Programme Protection Focal Points to develop adequate knowledge, leadership and capacity to mainstream protection within their programmes and services;
- Provides technical support and policy advice in respect of agreed themes and activities; supports the Protection Working Group through the Project Cycle Management approach to develop an annual work plan with clear deliverables and indicators of success;
- Supports fundraising, formulation and implementation of field protection programme initiatives responding to protection needs;
- Supports the revision and completion of Strategic Response Plans, ensuring protection is effectively mainstreamed within Programme planning and implementation, and beneficiary participation and outreach;
- Supports the development and delivery of protection-related training and knowledge building including the development of a training strategy based on clearly defined standards and competencies;
- Develops and maintains effective external relations, including with UNRWA partners, other agencies, donors, and beneficiary stakeholders related to protection mainstreaming, humanitarian coordination, and institutional capacity development on cross cutting issues.


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.

- Relating and Networking

- Planning and Organizing

- Analyzing

- Creating and Innovating

- Respect for Diversity

- Professionalism

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A university degree from an accredited educational institution in public or business administration, social sciences international humanitarian assistance, law, international relations or related discipline, with a focus on international rights, international humanitarian law and/or refugee law.

Work Experience

- At least six years of progressively responsible relevant experience, including at least two in an international or large government organization in the area of refugee protection, protection mainstreaming and humanitarian project management.

At least two years of work experience in an international or large government organization in the area of refugee protection, protection mainstreaming and humanitarian project management.

- 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.

- Experience in the design, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of protection-tailored projects.

- Previous work experience in refugee settings, preferably with international organizations, such as UNHCR, UNRWA or ICRC, or other relevant international non-governmental organizations.

- Knowledge of activities of UNRWA operations and services (desirable).

- In-depth knowledge of Middle Eastern geo-political realities and their socio-cultural implications (desirable).


- Fluency in spoken and written English;
- Working knowledge of Arabic (desirable).


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

Special Notice

This is a re-advertisement of the post. Candidates who applied to JO#165563 need not reapply.

Type of Contract and Duration: Temporary Appointment for 6 months up to 30 September 2022, with the possibility of further extension subject to availability of funds, need and performance.

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.

Syria is a non-family duty station.

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.

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 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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