Job Opening

Job Code Title: Human Resources Policy and Legal Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: HQ Amman
Posting Period: 17 June 2022 - 14 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Human Resources-UNRWA-184300-R- (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.

This position is primarily responsible for providing operational advice on human resources issues, incorporating international administrative law analysis, that deal with staff grievances, harassment complaints and disciplinary cases; supports the development of human resources policies and issuances.

The Human Resources Policy and Legal Officer reports to the Senior Legal Officer (Administrative Law).


- In close coordination with the Senior Legal Officer (Administrative Law), provides advice to the Director of Human Resources (DHR) on policy issues related to the interpretation and application of the regulations, rules and other administrative issuances taking into account past practice and jurisprudence; handles substantive and procedural questions related to administration and management of staff;

- Prepares and assists in the preparation of policy guidance, reports and correspondence; conducts research and prepares or assists in the preparation of analysis of existing human resources practices and prepares guidance to harmonize practices Agency-wide and procedures to meet the evolving needs of the Agency; assesses the adequacy of existing HR policies, identifies issues that require change, proposes modifications and drafts related policy papers, reports and opinions, taking into account best practice of the Agency and the United Nations Common system in general; represents the division on internal committees and working groups related to HR policy development and coordination;

- Reviews Department of Internal Oversight Services (DIOS) investigation reports, and coordinates related actions related to staff due process and disciplinary matters; provides guidance to the DHR on investigations and allegations of misconduct; advises DHR, through his/her supervisors, whether to support recommendations from the Fields to terminate for misconduct;

- Examines and provides technical HR input on HR matters, including Decision Review Requests (DRRs) and appeals submitted by International and Area staff submitted to UNRWA's Dispute Tribunal and Department of Legal Affairs;

- Drafts or reviews miscellaneous reports and correspondence of a legal nature, as required, including responses to audits and the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU).


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.

- Applying Technical Expertise
- Analyzing
- Relating and Networking
- Planning and Organizing
- Learning and Researching

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


A university degree from an accredited educational institution in law (required).
License to practice law in any jurisdiction (required).

Work Experience

At least six years of progressively responsible and relevant experience, two of which should have been with an international organization, preferably on matters related to staff entitlements, appeals, grievances and/or employment/labour law (required).

A minimum of 2 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).


Excellent 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

Type of Contract and duration: 2 years, with the possibility of further extension.

The Human Resources Policy and Legal Officer will be required to reside in Amman and to travel occasionally throughout the Agency's area of operations in the Middle East.

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 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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