Job Opening

Posting Title: Area Health Officer (NLA and Saida), H09
Job Code Title: Area Health Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: LEB - Other cities
Posting Period: 09 September 2022 - 22 September 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Medical-UNRWA-190585-R- (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The incumbent of this post is responsible to the Chief, Area Office and receives technical guidance from the Chief, Field Health Programme and supervises health staff in his/her assigned Area.


Manages the delivery of health services with special attention to quality and contents to refugees in his/her assigned area to ensure that the overall achievement of the Health Programme is improved to reach goals and standards as determined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNRWA. In particular, the incumbent focuses on:

(i) Medical Care: primary health care, disease prevention and control, maternal and child health and family planning services, school health services, oral health services and curative services including out-patient services, hospitalization, physical rehabilitation and other support services such as laboratory and x-ray;

(ii) Participates in the development of health activities, infrastructures and systems to guarantee the quality, consistency and efficiency of the health programme in his/her assigned area;

(iii) Directs the process of effective department performance, overseeing performance management, recruitment, training and development of staff to ensure high level of engagement and a motivated work environment; assists in the in-service training for the health staff in the area to which he/she is assigned;
Manages and guides Heads of Health Centres to ensure the smooth and consistent delivery of health services to beneficiaries by the medical clinics; provides oversight of administrative matters pertaining to the health operations and services in his/her assigned area including budget and expenditure control and supply matters;

Oversees the inspection of Health Clinic premises, furniture, medical/other equipment used in the clinic to ensure that they are being used and are maintained in accordance with the Agency’s standards;

Is responsible for implementation of the Health activities to ensure that updated and accurate methods are used to provide proper medical care to beneficiaries;

Builds relationships with the NGOs, community leaders, government institutions, municipalities and other relevant organizations in order to ensure continuous support to the Health Programme in the area;

Performs such other functions as may be assigned.


Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others in team working environment;

Excellent communication and negotiation skills, sound judgment and demonstrated problem-solving skills;

Leadership and ability to organize and implement the health training programmes;

Supervisory skills and ability to develop staff;

Very good analytical and reporting skills;

Ability to use the computer especially programmes used by UNRWA and health statistical applications;

Ability to work under pressure and cope with heavy workload.


A university degree in medicine from a recognized university including an internship of at least twelve-month duration;

Advanced degree in public health;

A valid license to practice medicine in the country of duty station (where applicable).

Work Experience

Applicants are required to have at least seven years professional working experience.

Applicants are required to have three years should have been in a supervisory position with public health services, preferably with the Agency.


Excellent command of spoken and written Arabic and English.


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

Special Notice

All applicants who applied for this post through the VA (171375) will remain in the competition and should not re-apply.

Please make sure that your application is filled properly, correctly, and completely; any missing or incomplete information may lead to the rejection of the application by the system.

If the recruitment process generates a large number of applicants who pass the test, the Agency may interview only the top passing applicants to ensure sufficient number of candidates to be listed on a recommended list or an employment roster based on the Agency’s needs. This is intended to ensure efficiency and timeliness of the recruitment process.

Type of contract and duration: Fixed – Term appointment for 3 years including 1 year probation period, with the possibility of further extension, subject to availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need.
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 (based on, for example, gender, disabilities).
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 professionals wishing to make a change.
UNRWA’s strategic objectives: The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the difficult circumstances in which they live. In line with this mission, the Agency works towards five strategic outcomes: (a) Palestine refugee rights under international law are protected and promoted; (b) Palestine refugee health is protect and disease burden is reduced; (c) school – age children complete quality, equitable and inclusive basic education; (d) Palestine refugee capabilities are strengthened for increased livelihood opportunities; and (e) Palestine refugees are able to meet their basic human needs of food, shelter and environmental health.
UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states, regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions.
Equivalency: Candidates with an equivalent combination of relevant academic qualifications, professional training and progressive work experience may also be considered.
N.B: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination.
Desirable qualification: N/A
Conditions of service: Monthly basic salary USD 2,287.00
Other benefits include monthly Provident Fund contribution (15.2% of basic salary paid by the Agency), compulsory medical insurance, 30 days of annual leave, and dependency allowance (if applicable).
Candidates need to check the Junk Email as emails from INSPIRA may go to Junk; it is the candidate's responsibility to check his/her email.
Additional information:The incumbent is required to travel frequently in the field and area of operations;
Possession of a valid driving license in the country of duty station.

General Information: This vacancy notice is open to internal and external candidates. Only candidates residing in Lebanon with authorization to work in that duty station at the time of application are eligible to apply. The Agency will not assume responsibility to support or facilitate the issuance of work permit in the duty station, and without a valid work permit, the appointment may be rescinded.
During and after the completion of the recruitment process, candidate’s request for review of decisions must be submitted within 48 hours from the formal notification by UNRWA. Requests received after that will not be considered.
UNRWA is a United Nations agency whose staff are therefore expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity, and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNRWA staff are expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs.
The Agency will 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.
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.

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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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