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  • Organization: UNRWA - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees
  • Location: Amman
  • Grade:
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Gender-based violence
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2018-05-20

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ISP - Gender/ Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Amman, Jordan

Amman (Jordan)



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.


Individual Service Provider - Gender/ Gender-Based Violence (GBV)

Amman, Jordan




In recent years UNRWA has strengthened the implementation of its protection mandate and the Agency’s approach to protection has evolved accordingly. This has included the establishment of a Protection Division at the Agency’s headquarters in January 2016 which also comprises the Gender Section. In 2007, UNRWA adopted its Gender Policy which defines the Agency’s approach to gender mainstreaming in its programmes and service delivery. In 2017, UNRWA began the roll-out and implementation of the new Gender Equality Strategy (GES) 2016-21 which is aligned with and contributes to the goals of the UNRWA Medium Term Strategy (MTS) 2016-2021 given the cross-cutting nature of gender. The GES 2016-2021 employs a ‘dual-track’ approach focusing on organizational and programme changes, two levels which are mutually reinforcing and contribute to achieving more inclusive and equitable services for Palestine refugees. Since 2009, UNRWA has worked on addressing gender-based violence (GBV) in all its fields of operations through a multi-sectoral approach. To begin with, UNRWA established referral systems for survivors of GBV while efforts since 2014 have focused on systemising GBV prevention and building capacity to respond, mitigate and prevent GBV in emergencies.


In the framework of its efforts to mainstream gender and GBV in its programmes and service delivery, UNRWA is seeking a Gender/GBV Consultant which, under the direct supervision of the Head of the Gender Section in the Protection Division at UNRWA headquarters in Amman, will be responsible for:


  • Coordinating the implementation, monitoring and reporting related to phase 1 and 2 of the UNRWA “Building Safety: mainstreaming GBV in emergency” project;
  • Providing technical support to programmes and field offices related to all activities and interventions to address (respond and prevent) GBV, including in emergencies;
  • Supporting gender mainstreaming processes, including the implementation of the Gender Equality Strategy;
  • Supporting the development of other interventions related to addressing GBV and gender as part of the Gender Section.



  • Ensure the finalization and roll-out of the different products developed under the “Building Safety” project as per the project proposal;
  • Provide technical support and guidance to field offices and headquarter programmes on implementing and mainstreaming GBV interventions, including on mobilizing community structures, giving a voice to women and girls and addressing gender-related vulnerabilities among Palestine refugees;
  • Lead the reporting process and knowledge products related to addressing GBV, organizing learning opportunities and designing Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) tools and frameworks;
  • Provide support to gender mainstreaming issues and the protection of the most vulnerable amongst women and girls in relation to UNRWA services and programmes;
  • Provide support to other gender and GBV related interventions, including project development.  



  • Advanced university degree (Master’s) in psychology, social sciences, international affairs, development studies, gender, women’s studies or any other related field;
  • A minimum of 5 years work experience in project management in interventions, operations and programmes related to gender and GBV;
  • Work experience in emergency settings, preferably with the United Nations or  international non-governmental organizations;
  • Experience in the design, development, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of projects;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English.




  • Knowledge of best practice approaches to address GBV and gender mainstreaming;
  • Planning and organization skills with initiative and an ability to work under pressure and to prioritize effectively;
  • Communication skills, inter-personal skills, and capacity to influence others;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in programme management.




  • Knowledge of UNRWA mandate, operations and services;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Palestine refugee situation and the political context of the Middle East;
  • Experience working in emergency situations;
  • Working knowledge of Arabic.




The Consultant is required to reside at the duty station and may be required to travel to other fields in the course of her/ his duties.




  • The duration of the assignment is 8 months (with the possibility of extension);
  • The Consultant will be based in Amman, Jordan;
  • Remuniration for this consultancy will be based on the current UNRWA salary scale and will depend on the qualifications and experience of the candidate.



Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV or UN Personal History Form demonstrating clearly the knowledge and experience required to meet the consultancy requirements via, indicating the title of this consultancy “Gender/ GBV Consultant” in the subject line of the message. The deadline for the submission of applications is 20 May 2018. Late applications will not be considered.


UNRWA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from both women and men. UNRWA encourages applications from qualified and experienced female candidates. Only those applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted. UNRWA is a non-smoking environment.

7 May 2018

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