Deadline for Applications:
21 February 2018
(7 February 2018 for internal applicants)
2 years, with the possibility of further extension, subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need.
Vacancy Announcement Number:
UNRWA encourages applications from qualified women and welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.
The right to adequate housing for every Palestine refugee
Of the some 5 million Palestine refugees registered with our Agency, roughly one third live in 58 recognized refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Over the years, these camps have transformed from temporary ‘tent cities’ into hyper-congested masses of multi-storey buildings with narrow alleys. The camps are considered to be among the densest urban environments in the world, but because camp structures were built for temporary use, over the decades the buildings have become overcrowded, critically substandard and in many cases life-threatening. Launched in 2007 to address the deteriorating environments of the camps, the Infrastructure and Camp Improvement Programme (ICIP) adopts an integrated, comprehensive, participatory and community-driven improvement of the built environment of Palestine refugee camps.
Do you want to make a lasting difference?
If you are passionate about making a lasting difference for Palestine refugees, in this role you will be a member of the UNRWA senior management team and responsible for the strategic planning, policy development and implementation of the Agency’s Infrastructure and Camp Improvement Programme with a focus on the following core functions; i) housing and shelter rehabilitation; ii) school and health clinic constructions iii) environmental infrastructure; iv) health infrastructure; and v) social infrastructure.
The main responsibilities include:
· Leading the development and implementation of ICIP strategies and policies to accelerate the Programme’s five core functions; developing work plans, budgets, and monitoring mechanisms; providing strategic advice on infrastructure and camp improvement projects; providing leadership to Programme Chiefs and specialists and is responsible for performance management of ICIP staff;
· Providing regular advice and monthly reports to the Executive Office on the planning, implementation and monitoring of camp and infrastructure initiatives, including project management of emergency response, post-conflict interventions and the streamlining of protection measures vis-a-vis UNRWA installations;
· Providing guidance to field technical staff on planning (including urban and project), coordination and implementation of projects including technical and policy advice, ensuring that all plans and activities are aligned with the Mid-Term Strategy and Agency frameworks;
· Conducting and managing field visits and site management to assess service efficiency, identifying risks and implementing remedial measures to ensure continuity of operations in normal and emergency conditions;
· Liaising with Headquarters Programmes and Field Directors on all aspects of the work of ICIP, including following up with donors on project proposals and implementation in close consultation with External Relations and Communications Department (ERCD) and Field Directors, and providing advice on the management of relationships with contractors;
· Overseeing the clearance of all construction/reconstruction/rehabilitation maintenance and other engineering projects submitted by the Fields to ensure overall consistency of approach; providing clearance of monitoring and final reports to donors on infrastructure projects and ensuring that the projects priority list is followed;
· Overseeing the drafting and implementation of construction/infrastructure management policies and standards with a view to improve construction quality, cost efficiency and protection measures in UNRWA installations.
Conditions of service
UNRWA offers an attractive compensation package including annual salary starting at $96,865 net tax free with post adjustment of 44% (subject to change without notice). All UNRWA duty stations (with the exception of Gaza and Syria) are family duty stations. Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:
· Dependency allowances
· Rental subsidy
· Education grant for children
· Home leave travel
· 6 weeks (30 working days) annual leave
· Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
· International health insurance; optional life insurance
· Disability protection
The incumbent will be required to travel frequently throughout the Agency’s area of operations in the Middle East.
To qualify for this position, you will need:
Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in engineering (civil/structure/infrastructure); a first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree;
At least 15 years of experience in the application of the knowledge acquired in the advanced degree mentioned above, of which ten years should have been with UN, governmental or international agency including 5 years at a senior managerial level, including two years of experience at international level outside your home country;
Experience in project management, fundraising and working with donors;
Excellent command of written and spoken English.
You will also need to demonstrate the following competencies:
· Formulating Strategies and Concepts;
· Leading and Supervising;
· Planning and Organizing;
· Entrepreneurial Thinking;
· Relating and Networking;
· Political Awareness.
For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews:
How to apply
To start the application process, applicants are required to register at http://jobs.unrwa.org by creating a personal profile and completing UNRWA Personal History Form. Only applications received through http://jobs.unrwa.org will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received for UNRWA vacancies, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted. The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process. The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts.
UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality at all times. 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. UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.
The retirement age for staff entering or re-entering service in the UN Common System after 1 January 1990 is 62 and 65 after 1 January 2014. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete a term of appointment will normally 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.
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