Job Opening

Posting Title: Special Assistant (Donor Relations) (re-opened), P3 [Cancelled]
Job Code Title: Spcial Asst to the Extrnl Rltns Dpt Mngt
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: JERUSALEM
Posting Period: 30 March 2022 - 25 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Public Information-UNRWA-177967-R-Jerusalem (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

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 personnel wishing to make a change.

If you are looking for a rewarding opportunity to make a tangible difference for one of the most vulnerable communities in the world, UNRWA would like to hear from you.

The Special Assistant (Donor Relations) reports to the Director of External Relations.


- Assists the Director of External Relations and supports the Director of Partnerships as necessary and as advised by the Director of External Relations on current and long-term strategic functions related to donor relations and resource mobilization.
- Undertakes research and writing papers on a wide range of general administrative, financial, and operational issues of concern to the Department of External Relations, including drafting presentations, talking points, speeches and notes for the record; prepares reports and correspondence as requested.
- Follows up, as required, on the implementation of decisions and on other matters referred by the Director of External Relations to departments and offices at Headquarters and the Fields, and contributes to the optimal flow of information to, from and within the department.
- Supervises administrative aspects across the department by liaising with Directors/Chiefs and coordinating with administrative personnel as necessary.
- Maintains contact and liaises with offices of donor representatives; follows up with internal and external interlocuters as necessary.
- Acts as secretary for department meetings and other meetings as required.
- Represents the Department and/or the Agency at UN or other meetings and conferences, as required.


UN Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism 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
- Analyzing
- Planning and Organizing
- Adapting and Responding to Change
- Learning and Researching

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


A university degree from an accredited educational institution in public or business administration, social sciences, law or a related discipline.

Work Experience

At least six years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in administrative affairs, advocacy and outreach with governmental and non-governmental organizations (required).

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 (required).

Working understanding of principles, procedures and organizational culture associated with Official Development Assistance (desirable).

Knowledge of contemporary issues relating to the Middle East (desirable).

Working knowledge and experience of the Agency’s operations in the Middle East, and knowledge of Middle Eastern culture (desirable).


Excellent command of written and spoken English.

Knowledge of a second UN language is desirable.


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

Special Notice

Type of Contract and duration: 2 years, with the possibility of further extension (This post is reopened to expand the pool of candidates).
Candidates who have already applied, need not re apply.

The Special Assistant (Donor Relations) will be required to reside in Jerusalem and may be required to accompany the Director of External Relations on missions beyond the region in pursuit of the Agency’s resource mobilization strategy.

Only applications that have been fully completed in UNRWA's online e-recruitment system inspira will be considered and no late applications will be accepted. The Personal History Profile (PHP) should be completed with full work experience under the experience tabs as per the requirements in the Job Opening.

A roster may be created from the selection exercise, and successful candidates may become eligible for an appointment to the same post or a similar post.

UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.

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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