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Amman (Jordan)

  • Organization: UNRWA - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees
  • Location: Amman (Jordan)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-11-08

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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Head Gender Section reports to the Chief Protection Division.


Leads and coordinates the Agency’s initiatives to develop relevant policies, strategies and operational guidance aimed at ensuring the promotion of the rights and protection of Palestine refugees women and girls, including through the UN’s women peace and security agenda (a series of UN resolutions that refer to the protection of women and girls from GBV, sexual violence and PSEA as well as women and girls’ participation in humanitarian response and peace processes).

Promoting gender mainstreaming through UNRWA’s core programmes: coordinates with the Senior Protection Mainstreaming Officer to ensure that proper gender analysis aimed at identifying gender vulnerabilities and gaps is carried out within UNRWA programmes and services; and provides technical advice on addressing these vulnerabilities and gaps.

Related to acute crisis and emergency response, ensures that gender is considered in protection assessments; and that protection response is gender sensitive and inclusive of women and girls.

Leads Agency initiatives aimed at protecting Palestine refugees from Gender-Based Violence including during emergencies; works with others to ensure response, prevention, and risk-mitigation to GBV; and ensures quality of Gender related processes managed by others.

Develops operational guidance that ensures the equal participation and full engagement of Palestine refugees women and girls in the design and delivery of programmes and services; and ensures that mechanisms related to accountability to affected population are gender sensitive.

Supports the collection of sex, age, and diversity disaggregated data; leads its analysis and makes sure it informs gender sensitive programming and gender responsive services.

Builds capacity for gender sensitive emergency response; mainstreams gender and GBV into protocols and procedures for emergency response.

Provides advice to the Executive leadership and other senior managers on how to achieve greater gender equality within UNRWA’s workforce.


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

- Delivering Results
- Engaging and Nurturing
- Formulating Strategies and Concepts
- Applying Technical Expertise
- Adapting and Responding to Change
- Deciding and Initiating Action


Advanced university degree from an accredited educational institution in gender studies, development studies, human rights, or any other related social or political science field.

Work Experience

A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience including in gender equality and women’s empowerment, gender mainstreaming, protection of women from Gender Based Violence (GBV), and project management including in emergency context.

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.

Familiarity with relevant organizations of the UN system (e.g., UN-Women; UNHCR; WFP; UNFPA) (desirable).

Familiarity with the work of non-UN organizations working in gender equality and women’s empowerment-related fields (desirable).

Knowledge and understanding of the Palestine refugee situation and the political context of the Middle East (desirable).


Fluency in written and spoken English.

Working knowledge of Arabic (desirable).


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 incumbent will be required to travel frequently within, and occasionally outside, the Agency’s area of operations in the Middle East.

Applicants have to complete the Personal History Profile (PHP) in inspira in order to be considered. The PHP should be completed with full relevant work experience as per the requirements in the Job Opening, in order to be considered.

A roster may be created from the selection exercise, and successful candidates may become eligible for appointment to the same post or a similar post.

A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

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.

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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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