UNRWA - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

UNRWA in Gaza, occupied Palestinian territory

Posting Title: Protection Officer (Mainstreaming), P3

Job Code Title: Protection and Neutrality Officer

Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)

Duty Station: FO West Bank

Posting Period: 18 September 2022 – 08 October 2022

Job Opening Number: 22-Humanitarian Affairs-UNRWA-185099-R- (R)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational 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 Protection Officer (Mainstreaming) reports to the Protection and Humanitarian Principles Team Leader; the Director of UNRWA Affairs is overall responsible and accountable for the implementation of the UNRWA protection mandate and humanitarian principles framework at the Field level.


– Coordinates protection mainstreaming activities and promotes protection principles and standards in UNRWA service delivery and programmes including the implementation of situational, needs and capacity assessments; contributes to the development of area-based workplans for mainstreaming and integrating protection; ensures the realization of programme key performance indicators, actions plans and strategies, cross-cutting Field and agency-wide programmatic interventions.

  • Undertakes the bi-annual Protection Alignment Reviews (PAR) across UNRWA programmes (Education, Health, Relief and Social Services, and Infrastructure and Camp Improvement); identifies, analyses and documents good practices, challenges and limitations and develops corresponding recommendation; plans, develops and oversees protection mainstreaming activities and interventions in support of these programmes according to agreed priorities, including in the areas of general protection, gender-based-violence, child protection and disability inclusion and provides the necessary support and guidance to enhance integration and mainstreaming.
  • Supports monitoring of key protection threats, providing technical support to the team to ensure that documentation is consistent with international standards and supports programmatic and advocacy responses in line with UNRWA policies and procedures.
  • Develops context-adapted tools for planning, implementing, and tracking protection mainstreaming initiatives including outreach, beneficiary participation, programme safety and risk analysis; supports programmes to enhance participation and consultation of communities and works with them and other relevant departments to strengthen accountability to affected populations.
  • Develops and maintains effective relations with all UNRWA programmes by leading coordination on protection mainstreaming across all UNRWA departments, including regular meetings and/or chairing/co-chairing internal protection mainstreaming coordination mechanisms and externally with other protection partners including UN agencies and NGOs.
  • Identifies, coaches and trains staff from UNRWA’s programmes, including nominated protection focal points, to enhance their competencies and develop adequate attitude, knowledge, skills to mainstream protection and other cross-cutting issues within their programmes and services.

  • Identifies entry points, prepares advocacy and communication materials, and implements internal advocacy plans and activities to promote the centrality of protection within UNRWA services and integrate protection into on-going and new initiatives.
  • Contributes to fundraising efforts including project design, writing proposals and concept notes to advance mainstreaming priorities; prepares or contributes to the preparation of related reports, as required.


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.

  • Analyzing
  • Applying Technical Expertise
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Persuading and Influencing
  • Relating and Networking
  • Excellent negotiation skills and an ability to handle sensitive issues diplomatically.

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A university degree from an accredited educational institution in social science, social work, political affairs, international relations, international law or a related field.

Work Experience

– At least six years of of progressively responsible relevant professional experience is required;

-Unless already serving as an international staff member in the UN Common System, a candidate for an international post must have a minimum of two 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 is required;

– Demonstrable knowledge, understanding and experience of working on humanitarian protection and related principles, policies and approaches is required;

– Understanding of political, social, cultural and economic issues in the region is desirable.

A university degree from an accredited educational institution is required in social science, social work, political affairs, international relations, international law or a related field.


– Excellent command of written and spoken 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 Protection Officer (Mainstreaming) will be required to reside at the duty station and may be required to travel daily throughout the Field of operations in the course of his/her duties.

Possession of a valid driving license.

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.

UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.

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 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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