Director, UNRWA Representative Office, New York

New York City | Washington D.C

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UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCY

FOR PALESTINE REFUGEES IN THE NEAR EAST

UNRWA

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 seeks the services of a seasoned and innovative professional, highly motivated to provide skilled leadership in the position of:

Director, UNRWA Representative Office, New York

Vacancy Announcement Number

16-LO-NY-32

Grade

D-1

Deadline for Applications

24 July 2016

Duty Station

New York

UNRWA encourages applications from qualified women and welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.

This post is located at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Under the direct supervision of the Commissioner-General, the Director, UNRWA Representative Office, New York is responsible for ensuring optimum strategic management of UNRWA’s relations with UN Headquarters, with Member States and UN Agencies. It is essential that the incumbent maintains close and mutual supportive working relations with the Deputy Commissioner-General, Director, External Relations and Communications, and the Head of the Representative Office, Washington DC (ROWASH). Also essential are frequent consultations with the Spokesperson and The Legal Advisor. The incumbent supervises one post at P-4 level, a P-2 level Junior Professional Officer (JPO) and a post at G-6 level. The post is available 1 December, 2016. In accordance with the established Agency policy and procedures, the incumbent will:

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

· As required by the Commissioner-General, represent and promote UNRWA’s interests, engaging actively with the Member States on a bilateral and multilateral basis, including with regional groupings, with UN agencies and with relevant decision-making bodies of the United Nations, notably the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly, to increase financial and political support for UNRWA and Palestine refugees in key-intergovernmental fora in UN Headquarters in New York;

· Work closely with the Deputy Commissioner-General and Chief of Staff; represent the Agency in senior inter-agency fora at UN Headquarters in New York, and in coordination with the relevant Departments of the UN Secretariat and UN Agencies, on issues of direct concern to UNRWA’s operations and mission, including UN biennium budget and audit matters, staffing table issues, protection of civilians and Palestine refugees, gender issues and other thematic issues of relevance to the Agency. Engage with the Secretariats of other international organizations based in New York on matters of mutual concern to strengthen synergies where possible and enhance support for UNRWA and Palestine refugees; report frequently to the Commissioner-General;

· Represent the Agency vis-à-vis Member States , engaging those that provide contributions to UNRWA or which are part of the Resource Mobilization Strategy regularly to ensure that they are briefed fully regarding UNRWA’s mandate, mission and requirements in the context of the regional issues of the Middle East; perform the same vis-à-vis interlocutors in line with principles of neutrality; report frequently to the Commissioner-General;

· Under the direction of the Director, External Relations and Communications and in coordination with the UNRWA Spokesperson, support the implementation of UNRWA’s resource mobilization and strategic communications frameworks across UN Headquarters and Member States. Regularly disseminate information to UNHQ-based media in New York as well as civil society organizations that interact with UNHQ; respond to queries from media and other organizations; give interviews and fulfill speaking engagements concerning Agency affairs;

· Under the direction of the Director, External Relations and Communications, and in coordination with UNRWA Spokesperson ROEU, and ROWASH, build and sustain partnerships with international organizations, the private sector, national and local charitable institutions, and high value individuals, amongst others; maintain awareness and support through special events requiring dedicated support, speaking engagements and informational outreach; support all fundraising efforts of the Agency;

· Supervise the administration functions carried out by the Office.

Professional Knowledge and Experience

· Advanced university degree from an accredited educational institution in political science, public or business administration or a related field;

· At least 15 years’ experience in political or administrative affairs of which at least 10 years should have been in a large governmental or international organization, including at least five years in, or in close association with a United Nations organization;

· Excellent command of written and spoken English.

Competencies

· Positive attitude and strong analytical, interpersonal and communication skills, such as required in UN organizational and inter-governmental settings and in promoting relations with partners;

· Proven ability to exercise the initiative and resourcefulness necessary for simultaneously pursuing multiple tasks and achieving positive outcomes;

· Excellent communication in both spoken and written English, including demonstrated ability in public speaking, the ability to draft/edit a variety of texts, and the ability to articulate ideas in a clear and concise style;

· Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others in a team environment, with senior officials and diplomats and with people of diverse backgrounds, culture and nationalities; experience in stewardship of donors and government interlocutors; proven track record in resolving challenges and conflicts between stakeholders; a natural conciliatory approach to internal and external relations;

· Sound judgment on political, media and diplomatic matters, including on high profile issues of international policy, and the capacity for rigorous respect for confidentiality;

· Ability to handle media relations competently and effectively.

Desirable Qualifications

· Working knowledge of written and spoken Arabic;

· Familiarity with political affairs in the Middle East;

· Knowledge of United Nations political, budgetary and administrative procedures;

· Knowledge of the Middle East history and Palestine refugee issues.

Additional Information

· The incumbent will occasionally travel to the Agency Headquarters and to its area of operations in the Middle East

Equivalency

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 $132.290 net tax free with dependents or $105.572 single, plus post adjustment of 64.9% (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 two years, with the possibility of further extensions subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory performance and the continuing need for the post.

Please note that conditions of service may be subject to change as of 1 July 2016 in accordance with standards set by the International Civil Service Commission or determined by the General Assembly, subject to detailed regulations, rules and administrative issuances as may be promulgated by UNRWA and any amendments made thereto from time to time.

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. Please note that UNRWA only accepts degrees from accredited educational institutions. 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 (application, testing, interviewing, etc). The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts.

General Information

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: 22 June 2016 / LF

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. Please note that UNRWA only accepts degrees from accredited educational institutions. 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 (application, testing, interviewing, etc). The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts.

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: New York City | Washington D.C
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • International Relations
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2016-07-24

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