Job Opening

Posting Title: Environmental and Social Coordinator (Roster all areas), F
Job Code Title: Environmental and Social Coordinator
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: LEB - Other cities
Posting Period: 25 April 2023 - 08 May 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Engineering-UNRWA-202539-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 reports to the Chief Field Infrastructure and Camp Improvement Programme


Familiarization with procedures, routines and documentation.
By the start of the assignment, the ESC will familiarize with existing procedures and routines as well as with available documentation, comprising, but not limited to
• KfW's Sustainability Guideline (2016)
• Host country environmental, social, occupational health and safety and labor legislation
• ILO Core Labor Standards, WB/IFC EHS Guidelines and relevant sector specific EHS Guidelines
• Environmental Social Management Frame Work (ESMF) developed by Short-Term Consultant for UNRWA-Projects funded by the German government through KfW.
• UNRWA standard bidding documents and standard contracts for construction/rehabilitation activities
• Any project specific E&S documentation and/or other relevant information
• Any other relevant documentation, including related project drawings and maps (such as general layouts), minutes from stakeholder meetings, any grievances/complaints related to the project, any technical reports.

The ESC will, based on the procedures as set out in the ESMF and in consultation with FICIP, ensure, conduct and monitor the established/ agreed processes for the identification, assessment and management of environmental and social risks and impacts for UNRWA interventions in Jordan, Lebanon and Gaza.

Tasks during project Preparation Phase
In the course of project preparation, the ESC will in line with the ESMF:
• Conduct environmental and social site risk assessments, in order to inform E&S risk screening and in order to inform the development of the project/ site specific ESMP
• Identify any requirements from national environmental, social, occupational health and safety and labor legislation, including EIA legislation and integrate these accordingly into environmental and social management plans;
• Ensure that an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) is undertaken if national legislation does require so for a given project
• Ensure that ESIA is undertaken as per requirements of KfW for a given project (if required)
• Assess whether an intervention would result in voluntary relocation and/ or land take and ensure that in case of involuntary land take, the process would be undertaken according to the ESMF.
• Prepare project/ site specific Environmental and Social Management P lan (ESMPs) and make sure that these would be integrated into the bidding documents/contracts with construction contractors
• Engage and consult early with local communities (see below)

Tasks during project Implementation Phase
• Review and approve the contractor's Construction Environmental and Social Management Plan (Construction ESMP, to be developed by the Contractor based on the project/ site specific ESMP and in accordance with national rules and regulation),
• Ensure that the contractor provides trainings to workers and all workers, and all workers informed about their obligations and developing monitoring data base to assure that they understand their respective responsibilities, that subcontractors and suppliers (in particular those for major supply items) are familiar with the Construction ESMP requirements and guidelines valid on site and that the contractor complies with the Code of Conduct, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and health and safety regulations along with protection guidelines are applied.

• During project implementation, monitor the the contractors' E&S performance and undertake immediate reporting and investigation on any serious environmental and social incidents and accidents, and that recommended follow-up actions are implemented; ensures operational/functional complaints mechanism for all stakeholders. Monitoring and evaluation that injuries, incidents etc. are handled properly with insurance companies, in developed
data base
• Establish back to office reports (weekly and monthly) after field-monitoring missions and discuss results of missions and assessments of the project implementation and its adherence to the ESHS and quality control standards with the respective of FICIP in order to agree on necessary actions.
• Ensures that all Environmental, Social and Health and Safety (ESHS) policies, procedures, rules and regulations are adhered to, kept up to date and communicated to the relevant parties. Ensures that complete and accurate health and safety records are maintained. Coordinates and develops ESHS polices, systems and tools of work and procedures in line with UNRWA rules and regulations, ensuring the staff awareness thereof
• Provides continuous capacity building support to UNRWA staff supervising/monitoring contractors, and ensures that safety inspections are carried out, fire drills are correctly reported, risk assessment procedures are managed and all staff and workers are aware of their obligations and responsibilities

Stakeholder Engagement and Community Participation, all project phases
• Establish cooperative relationships with and facilitate communication between community members and contractors in order to facilitate community involvement in the works, mitigate conflicts and to ensure an efficient and effective implementation of project activities
• Organize awareness-raising and training activities relating to environmental and social safeguards and the corresponding measures (with a focus on the project/ site specific ES MP )
• Monitor working conditions on sites, ensuring adherence to labor laws and decent work principles.

• Any other relevant tasks which may be identified during the assignment of the ESC, by other UNRWA team members or other project partners/consultants, will be considered and integrated as appropriate into the tasks and responsibilities of the ESC


• Creativity and ability to take initiative;
• Effective organizational and planning skills;
• Excellent negotiation and communication skills;
• Excellent Problem solving skills;
• Demonstrate ability to empowering others;


First level university degree in environmental sciences, civil engineering or other related field.

Focus of professional and practical experience in the area of environmental and social management, occupational health and safety, construction supervision, community engagement

Work Experience

At least five years of work experience in relevant field, preferably from construction/engineering with a focus on environmental, social, health and safety issues. (Or, 4 years in case you hold master's degree), is required.

Expert knowledge and practical experience in the field of environmental and social health impact assessment, particularly in the application of national and international standards in construction, maintenance and infrastructure projects; is required.

Applicants are required to mention if they have close relative(s) in UNRWA (mother, father, daughter, son, sister brother), please provide full name(s) and relationship. If applicable, please provide further details below.

Applicants are required to mention if they are a Palestine refugee. If yes, please provide you Registration Card Number


Excellent command of spoken and written English and Arabic

Special Notice

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: Employment roster, Limited Duration Contract (LDC) Band F for 9 months, with the possibility of further extension, subject to availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing needs.
This vacancy notice is open to internal and external candidates. Only candidates residing in Lebanon, 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 Lebanon, and without a valid work permit, the appointment may be rescinded.
Preference will be given to registered Palestine refugees and candidates assisting the Agency to meet its commitment to gender parity.
UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with 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.
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.
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.
Candidates (internal and external) must declare when filling the family details in their Inspira profile whether they have any close relative (father, mother, brother, sister, son and daughter) working in the United Nations Secretariat which encompasses all organizations in the United Nations System including UNRWA. Non-declaration of a close relative working in the UN system will lead to immediate disqualification of the candidate.
Internal candidate on Fixed-Term appointment should resigned from their current positions
No candidate is entitled to be provided a copy of his or her scored test or be informed of the scores given, or the tests and scores given to other candidates. A candidate does not have the right to request his or her test to be reassessed or to be given an opportunity to repeat the test.
For UNRWA internal staff, they are required to specify and include their current UNRWA grade level. To do so applicants should select under "Category" RLG, scroll down to see all categories, then select their local grade.
Equivalency: Equivalency may apply for this post.
NB: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination.
Desirable qualification:
Experience and familiar with community engagement and/ or community development is considered an asset.
Conditions of service: Monthly basic salary USD 1,674 + USD 167 Special Allowances. Other benefits include compulsory medical insurance, 30 days of annual leave, pre-rated to he duration of the contract where less than one year and family 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 vacancy will be shown on INSPIRA after 24 hours from the posting date. Sending CVs by email are not acceptable and they will be automatically ignored.
Advertisements published only in English will only accept applications in English, and Arabic submissions will not be considered.
The Agency may disqualify applicants whose name appears on the UN Sanctions List or a UN database of staff separated for reason of misconduct or of staff who separated whilst misconduct processes were pending.
UNRWA shares investigation and misconduct information with other UN Agencies, and past and prospective employers, about staff members who have been separated for misconduct, or who have separated whilst an investigation and/or disciplinary process for misconduct is underway; and such persons may be prohibited from employment with the United Nations.
The Agency will immediately disqualify applicants who are ineligible for any reason in accordance with the Agency regulatory framework.
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. The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the difficult circumstances in which they live.
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.
UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.
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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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