Job Opening

Job Code Title: Field Programme Support Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: JERUSALEM
Posting Period: 15 March 2023 - 11 April 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Programme Management-UNRWA-204540-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 Field Programme Support Officer reports to the Deputy Director of UNRWA Affairs (Programmes), or Deputy Director of UNRWA Affairs (Operations), as applicable; and to Chief, Evaluation Division for technical guidance on evaluation activities.


- Supports programme, project and emergency appeal planning processes and provides input, within the context of relevant Agency strategic planning frameworks, into field level strategic plans and annual operational plans; builds Field capacity to assess, deliver, monitor, report on and evaluate Field interventions.

- Manages the application of Programme Cycle Management (PCM) in his/her respective field; provides support to Programme Chiefs in carrying out all phases of PCM with due focus on project management; facilitates results-based programme plans built on evidence from evaluations and assessments and using theories of change and logical frameworks; incorporates efficient use of inputs, outcome, output and activity indicators; oversees the reporting and analysis of results data through the Agency Results Based Monitoring system, contributing to quarterly Field level management reviews, semi-annual Agency-wide results reviews and annual Agency-wide and Field specific results reporting.

- Assists the DDUA/P or DDUA/O in coordination of all programmes in the field, including health, education, relief and social services and microfinance, through an integrated and cohesive programme management framework.

- Provides guidance to the Field Office to enhance quality of project design and management and ensure effective results through capacity and skill development; manages PCM and other training courses.

- Integrates cross-cutting themes (gender, protection, livelihoods social inclusion) with field-specific programme planning process.

- Manages decentralized evaluations at the field level and supports centralized evaluations Agency-wide.


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.

- Creating and Innovating
- Relating and Networking
- Planning and Organizing
- Formulating Strategies and Concepts
- Delivering results

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Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution in programme management, public or business administration, social sciences, or a related discipline.

Work Experience

At least eight years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in programme or project management, results-based management of humanitarian and development assistance programmes and monitoring and evaluation is required.

A minimum of four years of relevant international work experience at a senior level is required.

unless already serving as an international staff member in the UN Common System, at least two continuous years of relevant international experience outside UNRWA, and outside the country(s) of citizenship is required.


Excellent command of written and spoken English is required.


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 duty station is Jerusalem, working for the West Bank Field Office.

The incumbent may be required to travel to UNRWA area of operations.

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.

A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
NB: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination.

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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