Job Opening

Posting Title: Monitoring & Research Advisor (Multiple Duty Stations: Amman, Gaza or Jerusalem), 17
Job Code Title: Monitoring & Research Advisor
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: HQ Gaza; JERUSALEM; HQ Amman;
Posting Period: 19 January 2022 - 01 February 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Education-UNRWA-172579-R- (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Monitoring and Research Advisor reports directly to Head Monitoring, Research and EMIS.


- Provides substantive support to the development and implementation of Agency-wide policies, strategies and programmes related to monitoring, research and the Education Management Information System (EMIS) and any relevant technical instructions, ensuring alignment with the Agency's Medium-Term Strategy;

- Provides technical support in any updating of the methodology of Strategic Objectives indicators in terms of definition, calculation and justification; collaborates with the Planning Department in the issues related to Results Based Management (RBM) system and the indicators of Education Department;

- Provides technical support to Field Education staff including to the Strategic Support Units in education, in the area of Monitoring and Research; works to integrate Education in Emergencies (EiE), protection and gender standards into the M,R&EMIS Unit's work; ensures the collection and reporting of Monitoring and Research data is accurate and timely, utilizing the Agency-wide EMIS as a key data source; supports the analysis and interpretation of performance data for the M,R & EMIS Unit;

- Supports the identification of relevant areas for research for the Department, in coordination with other Units, as well as leading and coordinating Agency-wide key research together with the DE's office; supports in the dissemination of key research findings, good practices and lessons learned Agency-wide and to external organizations or governmental bodies as required;

- Takes a lead role, as required for the Education Department in the preparation of high level reports; works as a focal point to collect, analyze and validate data from the Fields to support the preparation of Annual Operational Report (AOR) and to review the data regarding the Annual Results Review (ARR) from the Fields;

- Supports the development of quantitative and qualitative research design and monitoring tools for the Department and Fields; supports quantitative and qualitative data analysis and interpretation of research results; provides recommendations to the concerned units; supports in the dissemination of research findings, good practices and lesson learned all Fields to external organizations;

- Plans and implements capacity building activities for Field Staff, including the Strategic Support Units when needed, to empower and professionally develop the skills and competencies of Education staff Agency-wide in the area of research methods; assists in coordinating the research activities with ED units at HQ(A) and Fields, and with relevant governmental and non-governmental organizations, as needed, to share experiences;

- Advises on and assists with the implementation and monitoring of the Agency-wide Quality Assurance Framework, with regards to Monitoring, Research and EMIS;

- As assigned, supports the Head of the Unit in:
* Setting direction for the Unit's activities and planning priorities and workflows;
* The development of communication material and in communicating the Unit's planning, key outputs and achievements;
* Maintaining, as appropriate, constructive work relationships with counterparts in the Host authorities, UN Agencies, non-governmental organizations and educational institutions, for coordination of common activities and sharing of best practices;
* Creating collaborative, innovative and results-based teamwork;
* Provision of coaching and mentoring to staff in the Unit.


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
- Applying Technical expertise
- Analyzing
-Learning and Researching
- Adapting and responding to change
- Delivers Results

For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews:


Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution in a relevant area.

Work Experience

At least seven years' experience in conducting research, preferably in an educational institution;

At least three years of working experience in subjects relevant to the Unit.


Excellent command of spoken and written English and Arabic.


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

Special Notice

This is a re-advertised Job Opening. Candidates who applied to JO #159294 need not re-apply.

Type of Contract: Fixed Term Appointment

Duration of Contract: 3 years including 1 year probation period, with the possibility of further extension, subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need.

This job opening is open to internal and external candidates. Only candidates residing in any of the following locations Amman, Gaza or Jerusalem/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.

The Monitoring and Research Advisor may be required to travel frequently in the Agency’s areas of operations.

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.

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