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Amman (Jordan)

  • Organization: UNRWA - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees
  • Location: Amman (Jordan)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Documentation and Information Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-28

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Org. Setting and Reporting

The UNRWA Dispute Tribunal is utilized by the Agency as the neutral first instance of the United Nations two-tier formal system of administration of justice. The UNRWA Dispute Tribunal is established under UNRWA’s Area and International Staff Regulations and Rules and is competent to hear and pass judgments on an appeal of: (1) an administrative decision taken by UNRWA Management in respect of a staff member that is alleged to be in non-compliance with the terms of appointment or the contract of employment; or (2) an administrative decision imposing a disciplinary measure.

The Registrar provides substantive technical and administrative support to the Judge/s of the UNRWA Dispute Tribunal in the discharge of their functions in accordance with the Statute, Rules of Procedure and any Practice Directions of the UNRWA Dispute Tribunal.

The Registrar directly supervises a number of professional and general services staff members in the UNRWA Dispute Tribunal at HQ (Amman).


Provides substantive, technical and administrative support to the Judge(s) of the UNRWA Dispute Tribunal in the adjudication of cases, including by enforcing compliance with the Rules of Procedure of the UNRWA Dispute Tribunal; edits outputs of the Tribunal and researches case law, rules and regulations; develops best practices for purposes of uniformity and clarity in the parties’ filings and the smooth operation of the Tribunal; reviews cases for receivability and for the purpose of scheduling hearings; schedules and manages all logistical aspects of hearings; identifies cases that are amendable to informal resolution, to be brought to the attention of the Judge(s) for possible referral to the mediation coordinating group; reviews judgments and orders for content, accuracy, consistency and editorial purposes;

Analyzes implications of emerging issues in and affecting the Registry and UNRWA Dispute Tribunal and develops strategies and measures to address them; prepares periodic reports on the work of the Dispute Tribunal; maintains the UNRWA Dispute Tribunal’s case law and jurisprudence database by drafting summaries of relevant Judgments and analyses of jurisprudence from the UNRWA Dispute Tribunal, the United Nations Appeals Tribunal and other administrative tribunals in international agencies and organisations;

Manages and administers the human, financial and other resources allocated to the Registry, including drafting and managing the yearly budget for the UNRWA Dispute Tribunal; handles all matters relating to procurement issues and conducts performance evaluations of staff; advises the Judge(s) on administrative, personnel and logistical matters related to the Registry’s operational activities, including case management;

Represents the Office of the UNRWA Dispute Tribunal in relations within and outside the Agency; plans and conducts outreach sessions in Headquarters and Field Offices on the procedures of the UNRWA Dispute Tribunal; drafts publications as necessary; responds to inquiries and other communications from applicants; sends correspondence to applicants and respondents on behalf of the Judge(s);

Maintains an electronic case management system; maintains the UNRWA Dispute Tribunal’s registers (electronic and online), the publication and dissemination of the decisions, rulings and judgments of the UNRWA Dispute Tribunal, in the required languages, through the agreed media.


UN Core Values of Professionalism, Integrity and Respect for Diversity and Core Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by default. Default managerial competencies may apply.

- Knowledge of administrative law and judicial procedures.
- Sound judgment and decision making.
- Ability to identify and solve problems.
- Strong analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive legal research on complex issues
- Ability to progress with work independently, show leadership and manage the functions of the office and staff.
- Ability to communicate effectively with a range of internal and external contacts.
- Ability to negotiate effectively and work collaboratively with a range of internal and external contacts.
- Deciding and initiating actions.
- Leading and supervising.

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An advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution in law.

Work Experience

At least ten years of progressively responsible experience in judicial administration or law, preferably administrative law or related areas.
At least two years in a managerial role and familiarity with budget and procurement processes.
A minimum of 2 continuous years of relevant international experience outside UNRWA, and outside the country(s) of which the candidate is a national or holds citizenship, a passport or a national identity number.
Thorough understanding of, and experience in, judicial structures and procedures (desirable).
Experience in the United Nations Dispute Tribunal or Appeals Tribunal or other similar administrative tribunals within an international organization (desirable).
Substantial experience in legal matters at the international level, preferably in an international public organization (desirable).
Knowledge of the customs and practices of Middle Eastern countries (desirable).


Excellent command of written and spoken English


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Type of Contract and Duration: 2 years, with the possibility of further extension.

This is a re-advertisement. Applicants to JO # 148805 need not re-apply.

UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states, regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions. The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the difficult circumstances in which they live.

For more details on UNRWA, please visit:

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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