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  • Organization: UNRWA - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees
  • Location: Jerusalem
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-20

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Media Liaison Consultant, ISP (Individual Service Provider)-Field Office Jerusalem- Protection & Neutrality Department

Jerusalem (Israel)

Vacancy Announcement

Media Liaison Consultant, ISP (Individual Service Provider)

Deadline for Applications

20 February 2019

Contract Type & Duration

Individual Service Provider (ISP), 4 weeks; 01 March– 31 March 2019.

Vacancy Announcement Number


Duty Station & Department

Field Office Jerusalem- Protection & Neutrality Department

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 women.

UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.

UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff working across five areas of operation, is looking for professionals like you.

UNRWA's human development goals

UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states, regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions. UNRWA has identified four human development goals as the focus of the Agency's operations in committing to fostering human development of Palestine refugees by helping them to: lead long and healthy lives, acquire knowledge and skills, achieve decent standards of living and enjoy human rights to the fullest possible extent.

How can you make a difference? 

You will be joining a team of around 4,400 staff in the West Bank Field Office working to foster the human development of some 800,000 registered Palestine refugees.••

The consultant will be working for 4 weeks, with the objective to draw international awareness on the major protection challenges facing Palestine refugees in the West Bank. The consultant will be tasked to do this through organizing media field tours for journalists working with European Media outlets.

The consultant will be accountable to the Team Leader of the Protection and Neutrality Department during the time of the consultancy. The consultant will be provided with an office space in the West Bank Field Office in Jerusalem during the time of the project.

The main responsibilities include:

In accordance with Agency policy and procedures, the incumbent is to:

•         From his/her internal professional network, the consultant will identify and mobilize appropriate locally based journalists (Ramallah, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv) working with European Media outlets to take part to Media field tours;

•         The consultant will act as liaison with the Media outlets for all logistics on the field tours;

•         S/he will organize together with UNRWA's Public Information Office (PIO) and the Protection and Neutrality Department (P&N), and take part to 3 media field tours before the end of March 2019. Each field tour aims to have 5 journalists present.

•         S/he will be responsible for the organization and preparation of the field tours and act as their focal points for all requests;

•         S/he will be responsible for preparation of all background materials for the field briefings for the journalists;

•         S/he will be responsible for arrangements for media and/or background interviews with affected beneficiaries, including ensuring translation, obtaining consent.•

•         He/she will obtain and share the feedbacks from those attending the field-tours through follow-up discussions with the attending journalists.

•         At the end of the project, the consultant will produce in English:

1.    A short report: documenting the field visits, providing an analysis of the feedback obtained, lessons learned, recommendations for future media work;

2.    A complete contact list of media contacts who participated, those expressed interest but were unable to participate, and suggested additional media contacts.

3.    A media report – in written English prose and by video - for UNRWA's use on the use of force and highlighting at least one of the beneficiary cases interviewed in the briefings.

The incumbent will be given guidance and support in the following areas:

•         Selection of the locations for the media field tours; these will likely be in refugee camps (e.g. Dheisheh, Arroub, Jalazone, etc.).

•         Identification of beneficiaries for the interviews.

•         UNRWA field staff to assist tours and meeting with beneficiaries.

•         Possible logistical support with a bus / van and a driver to transport the journalists and the consultant to the field tours' locations.

•         Distribution of ethical guidelines for interacting with beneficiaries to all attending journalists.

•         Background information to be used in materials provided to journalists.

Conditions of service•

ISP's are fully responsible, at their expense, for insurance covering the period of their services with the agency.

Additional information

Ability to travel in all West Bank areas including East Jerusalem.

To qualify for this position, you will need:


Degree from an accredited educational institution in journalism, political science, human rights or a related field.



Three years of relevant work experience in media and journalism.

Work experience in the West Bank including East Jerusalem.


Excellent command of written and spoken Arabic and English.


Candidates with an equivalent combination of relevant academic qualifications, professional training and progressive work experience may also be considered.

You will also need to demonstrate the following competencies:

•         Strong network with existing locally based journalists (Ramallah, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv) working with European media outlets.

•         Proven commitment to human rights and refugee issues.

•         Strong interpersonal skills.

•         Demonstrated organizational skills.

•         Knowledge of communication strategies and techniques.

•         Able to work independently.

•         Strong computer skills: must be competent in the use of Windows, MS office programs (Word, Excel), email programs.

Other Information:

For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews:


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. 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. Please ensure that the e-mail address and mobile phone number that you will indicate in your Personal History Profile are accurate, candidates shortlisted for test or interview can be contacted by e-mail or phone.

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.

General information

This vacancy notice is open to internal and external candidates. As an Area post, preference will be given to local candidates already based in the duty station of the post.

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 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: 12 February 2019

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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