Job Opening

Posting Title: Projects Manager REPAC- LDC- Band, G
Job Code Title: Camp Improvement Projects Manager
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: AMMAN
Posting Period: 12 September 2022 - 25 September 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Human Resources-UNRWA-189552-R-Amman (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

• Title of Supervisor : Deputy Chief of Infrastructure and Camp Improvement Program JFO will be the direct line manager and the Chief Of Infrastructure and Camp Improvement Program JFO.

• Title of Supervisee/s: REPAC project team including Structural Engineers, Urban Engineer, Social Workers, Admin Officer, Environmental social Officer, Quantity surveyor, surveyor, Socio-Economist specialist with Data Analyst and GIS skills, Community Development Specialist/Community Planner, Reporting Officer, Social workers, and others

• Working conditions: Office environment with access to telephone, PC and other automation equipment, internet, and intranet. Regular local travel to the project areas is required.


• Acquaint him/herself with the Agreement signed between the Donor and UNRWA and all its integral parts and prepare all the project documentation regarding schedule, budget, and project set-up; develop the Project Implementation Plan and update it regularly ensuring that UNRWA rules and regulations on technical matters as related to the project are applied.
• Guide and supervise the preparation of Camp Improvement Plan (CIP) for Marka camp. The task will include participatory planning, urban analysis, socio-economic data analysis, surveys, focus group, and thematic group discussion, preparation of conceptual project proposals, and working with the community and stakeholders.
• Use the existing shelter prioritization list and community outreach structures already in place or those that will be created in Marka camp during the preparation of CIP, Facilitate project detailed design and implementation through cooperation and coordination with other Programme Departments and the Department for Palestinian Affairs (DPA). Monitor the project's work-plan and progress
• Complete projects and activities within the approved budget, timeline, and scope. Identify and mitigate the risks of delays and budget overruns in a timely manner.
• Ensure that UNRWA processes and procedures are adhered to during the implementation of the project and that any deviation is immediately raised to the supervisor.
• Manage and supervise architectural and engineering design activities, design staff, and consultants, if any, hired for REPAC project,
• Plan Shelter rehabilitation, from an urban & architectural point of view and decide on the implementation interventions based on technical and structural assessment.
• Ensure effective planning and implementation of participatory processes involving beneficiaries and other stakeholders in shelter rehabilitation and other camp improvement interventions.
• Finalize the preliminary designs, detailed designs, and tender documents.
• Produce a detailed budget of the project and establish accurate, timely and effective budget tracking. The task includes preparation and monthly updating of financial forecasts for the effective implementation of the project and being accountable for the management of budgets and expenditures, and elimination of delays and cost overruns.
• Develop and maintain effective relationships with external project stakeholders including beneficiaries.
• Maintain regular contact with the beneficiaries.
• Ensure effective project visibility from an Agency and donor perspective.
• Coordinate tendering and contracting of construction works with HQ-A, Central Support Services Division, and Field Finance Department (FFD), incorporating self-help components in the shelter, where applicable.
• Ensure proper visibility in line with donor requirements.
• Lead the Site Engineers to ensure proper supervision and quality control of construction works and administer construction contracts and ensure regular site visits are conducted. Oversee the validity and accuracy of bills of quantities and financial accounts for work executed.
• Prepare high quality reports on project progress and achievements as well as best practices, evaluations and lessons learned, as well as the project final report.
• Perform other duties as may be assigned.


•Excellent skills in project management
•High level skills in the projects management of low-cost housing programs/ projects or urban planning.
•Substantial experience in the area of construction project management, low-income housing and infrastructure works.
•Demonstrated ability in report writing along with good analytical and numerical skills, including the use of MS Excel, Primavera, and other related computer proficiencies.
•Solid experience/ability in involving the stakeholders in the planning and implementation of development projects utilizing multi-disciplinary teams.
•Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others in a collaboratively team environment.
•Ability to present information and data in a clear and constructive manner.


• Advanced University degree in Civil Engineering or Urban Planning/ Development Studies or Architecture with specific knowledge of planning and implementation of low-income housing projects with ten years of experience in project management relevant to the post's duties and responsibilities in addition to experience as technically in charge of the overall planning, management, and execution of planning and construction projects, or ;
• A Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline with twelve years of relevant experience may be considered on an equivalency basis.

Work Experience

•Ten years of experience for the (MA holder) and twelve years of experience for the (BA holder) in project management relevant to the post’s duties and responsibilities in addition to experience as technically in charge-of the overall planning, management, and execution of planning and construction projects is required

•Experienced in the application of participatory methodologies is required


•Excellent command of written and spoken English and Arabic


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

Special Notice

Contract Status:
Limited Duration Contract for 6 months (Extendable) subject to availability of funds, satisfactory performance of the incumbent, and the continuing need for the post.

-- Monthly salary of JD 1.834.80 Fils (as set for LDC holders on Band "G"/ S2) or higher, commensurate with the years of experience of the successful candidate.
-Contract Status: six months (Extendable) subject to availability of funds, satisfactory performance of the incumbent and the continuing need for the post.
-Other benefits include medical insurance and annual leave and dependency allowance (if applicable).

Department/Office: Infrastructure and Camp Improvement Program.

Duty Station: Jordan Field Office/Amman.

Desirable Qualifications:

•Experience in the construction industry in the Middle East, preferably low-cost housing projects.
•Experience in upgrading and/or rehabilitation projects in built environment similar to the camps.
•Experience with project management and computer-aided design software (eg. MicroSoft Project and/or AutoCAD).
•Project management certification (eg. PRINCE2, PMP, or related internationally recognised accreditation);
•Previous experience in producing detailed plans for improvements of infrastructure in selected areas (camps).
•Work experience of the UN system.


When the minimum requirements are not fully met, Field Director for Field Area staff and Director of Human Resources for Headquarters Area staff, in consultation with the concerned supervisor may exceptionally substitute part of the unmet requirements with a combination of relevant academic qualifications, additional professional training and progressive relevant work experience.

NB: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination.

General Information:
UNRWA is seeking to employ a qualified project manager for REPAC projects.

The overall objective of REPAC is "the construction, extension and rehabilitation of social and economic infrastructure selected through participatory selection processes in and around
Palestinian Refugee Camps in the Near East".

After the launch of REPAC in May 2011, UNRWA JFO started operating for REPAC with preparation activities such as selection of projects and participatory planning processes in 2012. Project implementation of the rehabilitation of physical infrastructure for REPAC started in February 2013. Both REPAC I and II were completed.

REPAC VII launched in December 2015 for construction of 63 shelters in Husn and Talbiyeh camp, construction of Talbiyeh Girls school and Improvement of the Street Infrastructure works in Jerash camp and this project completed on May 2020.

REPAC VIII commenced on 17 October 2018 and will be completed on April 2022 with the following activities in Jordan:

- The Rehabilitation of shelters in Husn, Jerash and Talbieh Camp (28 in each camp).
- The Improvement and continuation of the Street Infrastructure works in Jerash camp.
- The Upgrading and improvement of the camp's playground in Husn camp.
- The improvement of the educational environment of the Boys' School in Talbieh camp.

REPAC XI agreement was signed for establishing camp improvement plan for Marka camp and establish wheeling station:

In Jordan, Camp Improvement Plans (CIPs) have already been developed in three Palestine refugee camps; in Husn, Talbieh camps through KfW funding and in Jerash camp through funding from the European Union obtained in December 2012. This has enabled the provision
of an overall framework for the urban and socio-economic development of the camps and generating Action Plans that outline priority projects based on community needs.

In line with the methodology of the Camp Improvement Plan and the selection process for identifying the priority camps for intervention, UNRWA will undertake a new CIP for Marka Palestine refugee camp. The Camp Improvement Plan in Marka would be initiated in the same
way that has been followed for Jerash, Husn and Talbieh Camps, that is by following the established CIP steps:

·Initial Contact and Formation of the Working Group/Participatory Planning Platform.

·Needs Assessment.

·Prioritize the needs list.

· Comprehensive Planning.

·Action Plans.

·Cost Estimated Projects.

Shelters rehabilitation already implemented in Jordan in the framework of the REPAC initiative have significantly improved the conditions of Palestine refugees living in Jerash, Talbieh and Husn camp. In line with the needs highlighted by the refugee community itself,

the bulk of the contributions was allocated to shelter rehabilitation. Therefore, UNRWA believes that regardless of camp's location, shelter rehabilitation remains the most urgent
demand to be addressed.

Therefore, with this proposal, on top of developing a fully-fledge CIP in a participatory manner, UNRWA aims to rehabilitate 40 shelters in Marka camp to ensure a decent standard of living for approximately 200 Palestine refugees.

In order to identify the Palestine refugees eligible for shelter rehabilitation, field visits to the shelters will be carried out by UNRWA team of site engineers, architects and social workers to identify the level of eligibility of the families for intervention according to the established criteria. The assessment team will be using a scoring evaluation form to check and record several aspects that give insights into the actual living, health and socio-economic conditions of the families and the status of their shelters.

The new design of the shelters will be based on a participatory process and will involve the families in the layout and design of their shelters taking into consideration gender needs, accessibility of disabled persons, needs of the elderly, etc.

For the wheeling station , it will be built on a plot of land at UNRWA's Amman Training Centre in South Amman and will meet most of the energy requirements of the installations in South Amman, North Amman and Zarqa areas as well as UNRWA's Head Quarter office in Amman. The government approval through JEPCO was provided for a capacity of 3 MW kW-AC.

•This vacancy notice is open to internal and external candidates. Only candidates residing in Jordan, and within commuting distance of the duty station 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.

•Since the Vacancy is an Area Staff post, the Agency will not provide coverage for relocation costs.

•UNRWA encourages applications from qualified and experienced women.

• A roster may be created from the selection exercise, and that successful candidates may be appointed to the same post. In the case of multiple or recurring posts, that a roster will be created from which the candidates will be selected for appointment;

•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 PHP should be completed with full relevant work experience under the experience tabs as per the requirements in the Job Opening. All acquired university degrees must also be stated, if applicable. Applicants applying to positions for Grades 12 to 20 must submit a cover letter/motivational statement in order to be considered. Additionally, providing incorrect or misleading information on an application will result in the immediate disqualification of a candidate.

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•The Agency will immediately disqualify applicants who are ineligible for any reason in accordance with the Agency regulatory framework.

•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.

•Applications from UNRWA staff member who had been demoted with deferred eligibility for promotion will not be considered. •Applications from Staff members who were recipients under the Early Voluntary Retirement or Exceptional Voluntary Separation Schemes will not be considered.

•Applications from Internal candidate serving for less than one year in your current post will not be considered.

•The Agency reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description or to change the contract Modality.

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.
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