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Editor and Publications Officer

Jerusalem (Israel)

  • Organization: UNRWA - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees
  • Location: Jerusalem (Israel)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Translations and Languages
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Documentation and Information Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-01

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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Editor and Publications Officer is responsible to the Senior Communications Officer.


- Acts as key English-language editor and copywriter for all day-to-day copy, including press releases, human interest stories, photo essays, and all other public-facing content, to ensure compliance with the UNRWA English-language style guide and consistency with the Agency’s communications strategy and advocacy objectives.
- Drafts and edits UNRWA English-language publications and printed materials, including reports, appeals, brochures, fact sheets, maps, calendars, post cards, posters, etc. in collaboration with UNRWA staff, as necessary.
- Supervises design, layout, and printing of all English-language printed materials, either in-house or with a professional design company, as appropriate.
- Drafts official UNRWA Publications Guide, outlining the publications drafting and approval process, both for in-house and outsourced publications.
- Supports the Agency-wide coordination and implementation of engaging awareness-raising campaigns for international, regional, and local audiences about the nature and impact of UNRWA work.
- Provides branding and editing support to UNRWA staff, including headquarters departments, representative offices, and national committees; develops branded templates for external and internal communications, including publications and internal documents, to ensure compliance of English-language publications and printed materials with the UNRWA English-language style guide and branding guidelines.
- Updates and maintains an online filing system of all electronic formats of UNRWA publications; supervises the distribution of hard copies to fields and representative offices and for official visits and delegations, as required.


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.

- Planning and Organizing
- Creating and Innovating
- Adapting and Responding to Change
- Coping with Pressure and Setbacks
- Relating and Networking

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


A university degree from an accredited educational institution in communications, public relations, journalism, or a related discipline.

Work Experience

At least six years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in copywriting and editing and implementing communications guidelines.
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.
Working knowledge of Adobe publishing software (i.e. Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign).
Experience with international organizations, INGOs, major media outlets or similar organizations in a development context (desirable).


Excellent command of written and spoken English.

Satisfactory knowledge of Arabic language.


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.

The Editor and Publications Officer may be required to travel in the Agency’s area of operations.

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

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA and to assignment by him or her.

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 applicants from under-represented groups.

At UNRWA, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. UNRWA is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

UNRWA Considerations
UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence, neutrality, impartiality and integrity. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. Candidates will not be considered for employment with UNRWA 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. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. The Agency may disqualify applicants who have separated for reason of misconduct, who left a UN Agency while misconduct processes were pending, or who appear on the UN Sanctions List.
UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.

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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