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Associate Donor Relations and Project Support Officer (2 posts)

Gaza (Palestinian Territory)






UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions. UNRWA is the largest UN operation in the Middle East with more than 30,000 staff. For its international team, UNRWA is seeking to employ a qualified:


Associate Donor Relations and Project Support Officer

“2 posts”


Vacancy Announcement Number




Deadline for Applications

24 February 2016

(8 February 2016 for internal applicants)

Duty Station

Gaza Field


Under the direct supervision of Head, Donor Relations and Projects Support Office and in accordance with the established Agency policy and procedures, the Associate Donor Relations and Project Support Officer will:


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

         Prepare project proposals and reports as required and as assigned by the Head Donor Relations and Project Support Office,  work on assigned project/s independently and coordinate with relevant staff in projects team;

         Formulate high-quality and responsive project proposals, concept papers, and project reports in coordination with Gaza Field Front Office and respective field departments;

         Monitor the implementation of projects in coordination with field departments and verify adherence to the donor requirements;

         Assist in building the capacity of field department staff to develop proposals and prepare reports; assist with the writing, editing, formatting, and proof reading of proposal and report documents;

         Ensure that Project Cycle Management (PCM) principles are incorporated into the formulation and implementation of all projects.




Professional Knowledge and Experience

         University degree from an accredited educational institution in International Relations, Development Studies, Public Administration, Social Sciences or other related field;

         A minimum of four years’ practical experience in a relevant field, including at least one year with an international or large governmental organization, outside one’s home country;

         Excellent command of written and spoken English.



         Good grasp of contemporary development principles, issues and concepts;

         Excellent research and technical report drafting skills;

         Ability to develop clear goals and identify priority activities and assignments;

         Supporting and advising on multiple projects with changing priorities and deadlines without compromising on quality;

         Proficiency in computer applications including statistical applications, word processing, spread sheets and databases;

         Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with staff and outside collaborators.


Desirable Qualifications         

Knowledge of Arabic or Hebrew.


Additional information

The incumbent may be required to travel in the Agency’s area of operations.



When the minimum requirements are not fully met, the Human Resources Department may substitute part of the unmet requirements under UNRWA’s equivalency determination guidelines with a combination of relevant academic qualification, additional professional training and/or progressive relevant work experience. Note: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered sufficient for an equivalency determination.


Conditions of Service 

UNRWA offers an attractive compensation package including annual salary starting at $50,965 net tax free with dependants or $47,803 single, plus post adjustment of 52.9% (subject to change without notice). Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include education grant, dependency allowance, home leave, pension fund, health insurance and 6 weeks of annual leave. All UNRWA duty stations (with the exception of Gaza and Syria) are family duty stations. Initial contract is for one year, with the possibility of further extensions subject to the availability of funds, performance and the continuing need for the post.


How to Apply

To start the application process, applicants are required to register at by creating a personal profile and completing UNRWA Personal History Form. Please note that UNRWA only accepts degrees from accredited educational institutions. Only applications received through 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 (application, testing, interviewing, etc). The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts.


General Information

UNRWA encourages applications from qualified women.


UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.


UNRWA is a United Nations organization whose staff are 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.


The statutory 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.


On appointment, all individuals will be asked to sign a self attestation, confirming that they have not committed, been convicted of, or prosecuted for, any criminal offence and that they have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.


Date of issue: 26 January 2016 / LAN



Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNRWA - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees
  • Location: Gaza (Palestinian Territory)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • International Relations
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Administrative support
    • Communication and Public Information
    • International Relations
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2016-02-24

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