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  • Organization: UN
  • Location: Lebanon
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Youth
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Labour Market Policy
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-27

Org. Setting and Reporting

UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff working across five areas of operation, is looking for highly committed personnel wishing to make a change.

If you are looking for a rewarding opportunity to make a tangible difference for one of the most vulnerable communities in the world, UNRWA would like to hear from you.

The Education, Youth and Skills Training Project Manager will report to the Deputy Director of UNRWA Affairs (Programmes) and will coordinate with Chief Field Education Programme, Principal, Siblin Training Center and Youth and Adolescent Development Team Leader


- Plans, directs, and coordinates activities of the Field’s Education, Youth and Skills Training Projects, ensuring that goals and objectives are accomplished within a prescribed timeframe, funding parameters, projects’ aims and components, and UNRWA and Donors’ rules and standards; provides technical, operational, financial, and managerial oversight, advocacy, and information management; solves problems and coordinates activities with stakeholders to ensure continuity of operations and efficient performance of project personnel;

- Plans, monitors, and oversees the use of projects’ resources (financial, human, administrative and others), certifying/verifying compliance with UNRWA rules, regulations and procedures, donor commitments and standards of accountability and integrity; oversees and monitors the management of tendering and contract preparation and ensures maintaining adequate documentation management systems; provides sound financial management and engages in verification activities where required;

- Sets up the monitoring and evaluation framework and work plan of the projects; monitors the impact and progress of the projects; identifies problems and takes appropriate and timely action to meet desired goals; coordinates and prepares the agreed upon periodic reports that will show ongoing progress and results on agreed upon targets and expenditure over time;

- Supports the field in implementing the TVET strategy and monitoring its evolution, coordinating with the interventions falling within the Youth Strategic Framework, and contributes to Advocacy exercises on right to work; develops and maintains effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders; coordinates with the relevant departments at Lebanon Field Office (LFO), particularly with Siblin Training Center, the Career Guidance Unit and the Youth Unit, on the implementation of the projects and to ensure full coordination, oversight and accountability for the advancement and implementation of projects’ activities; includes and is aware of relevant cross cutting components (Addressing Violence Against Children (AVAC), MHPSS, Protection, Gender, and Disabilities);

- Contributes to the preparation of advocacy and communication strategies and implementation plans and activities for maximum communication impact and outreach to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances on access to education / skills, employability and right to work related fields;

- Leads the implementation of communication and awareness campaigns, with the support of the Public Information Office, raising the profile and awareness of the projects and the projects’ outcomes among beneficiaries, the Lebanese community, and a wider audience;

- Liaises with UN Agencies and NGOs to ensure full coordination, oversight, and accountability for the implementation of the projects; contributes to the preparation of the Syria Emergency Appeal and related reports, and of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP).


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.

- Planning and Organizing
- Applying Technical Expertise
- Coping with Pressure and Setbacks
- Creating and Maintaining Impact and Partnership
- Deciding and Initiating Action

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


Advanced university degree from an accredited educational institution in development studies, education, business administration, programme/project management, political or social science or a related field.

Work Experience

- At least eight years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in project/programme management (preferably in the areas of Education, Youth, Technical/Skills Training and/or employability), in complex or multi-sectoral projects across programmatic areas is Required;

- Two years of professional experience in a supervisory role is Required;

- At least two 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 is Required.

- Prior experience with a UN organization, NGO, or donor government, including experience in managing projects funds is Required;

- Previous experience working in European Union and UNICEF interventions is Desirable;

- Knowledge of UNRWA Rules and Directives is Desirable.


- Excellent command of written and spoken English;
- Knowledge of Arabic.


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

Special Notice

Type of Contract and duration: 1 year project funded. Appointment is subject to funds availability.

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. UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.

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

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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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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