Job Opening

Posting Title: Social Development Specialist (re-advertised), 17
Job Code Title: Social Development Specialist
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: HQ Amman
Posting Period: 27 January 2022 - 09 February 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Social Affairs-UNRWA-173360-R- (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Social Development Specialist reports to the Chief Relief and Social Services, HQ (Amman).

Responsibilities

- Provides substantive support to all the technical aspects of the social services programmes Agency-wide to ensure that the programme objectives and strategies are met;

- Contributes to the formulation of the Social Services strategies and objectives in compliance with UNRWA’s overall policies and the development and periodic update of the Social Services Policy and Guidelines and monitors adherence by the concerned staff in the fields;

- Provides technical guidance to the Field Relief and Social Services Officers responsible for the implementation of the social services programmes to ensure proper implementation of all services and activities in terms of planning, managing, monitoring and evaluation, with a special focus on mentoring and coaching social work staff and field counselors engaged in the provision of psycho-social support and case management;

- Identifies the human resources and technical skills required for the Relief and Social Services staff, related to his/her domain, in coordination with Field Offices and advises on staffing structure; manages their technical development, identifies training needs and delivers specialized training, as required;

- Contributes to the annual programme of work, including developing key performance indicators (KPIs) and budget preparation; reviews and technically analyses the Fields’ reports, provides feedback and makes appropriate recommendations; prepares periodic and Ad-hoc reports for internal and external use; plans and conducts the annual meetings for Programme Officers;

- Provides the Fields’ Relief and Social Services (RSS) staff with information and consultation regarding partnership initiatives network with other UNRWA programmes and local/national and international NGOs in promoting a multi-disciplinary and participatory approach to community development;

- Reviews projects related to social services programmes prepared by the Fields and provides technical input, making sure that the strategic interventions are covered;

Competencies

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.

- Leading and Supervising
- Relating and Networking
- Formulating Strategies and Concepts
- Planning and Organizing
- Applying Technical Expertise
- Learning and Researching

For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews: https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=AYI

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution in sociology, social work, psychology, community development and counseling or other related field.

Work Experience

- At least seven years of progressively responsible relevant experience in social work, psychotherapy and counseling, community development, or closely related discipline.

Three years of professional experience in social work or psychological counseling field also covering area of policy and guideline development, planning, monitoring and evaluation, supervising, training of technical staff; networking and building technical cooperation with other partners in the same fields of specialization..

Knowledge of the Middle East environment and culture.

Knowledge of relevant institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to social development

Previous experience with UNRWA or other UN Agency

Experience in case management

Languages

Excellent command of spoken and written English and Arabic.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

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 vacancy notice is open to internal and external candidates. Only candidates residing in Jordan with authorization to work in the 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 Jordan, and without a valid work permit, the appointment may be rescinded.

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.

Equivalency
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.

The incumbent will be required to travel, as needed, in the Agency's area of operations in the Middle East, and may be required to work beyond regular working hours.

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.

For more details on UNRWA, please visit: https://www.unrwa.org/

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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