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  • Organization: UNRWA - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees
  • Location: Amman
  • Grade: Senior level - P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Political Affairs
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Legal - Broad
    • Security and Safety
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

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.

This position reports directly to the Director of Security and Risk Management. The incumbent acts as a Deputy and advisor to the Director on Policy, Planning, and Compliance of UNRWA security risk management objectives.


- Leads the Security and Risk Management Department (SRMD) development of high quality, best practice security policies, standards, and operational procedures across the Agency, reflecting changes within the UNSMS policy developments, including maintenance, and provision of relevant UNRWA security policies. Monitors and evaluates the implementation of, and compliance with UNRWA (and UNSMS) policies framework, procedures and guidelines; coordinates strategic and thematic evaluations and promotes knowledge management;

- Advises and provides support to the Director in planning, developing, analysing, communication, enhancing understanding of and overseeing strategic security management concepts, policies, guidelines, and compliance;

- Acts as a Deputy Director of the SRMD and therefore is appointed as Officer in Charge (OIC) during the Directors absence;

- Leads the development and prescriptive content, facilitating the development and maintenance of the SRMD SharePoint and security practice network;

- Liaises, consults, facilitates, and maintains ongoing relationships with UNRWA programmes ensuring security integration into programmatic activities; liaises with UN bodies on policy and governance;

- Develops Annual Security Workplan to be reflected in the annual compendium of new revised policies and procedures. Leads the process of regular review/revision of extant security policy documents and frameworks;

- Measures UNRWA’s implementation of compliance on security risk management policy and procedures and takes the lead in lessons learned activities following any safety and/or security incidents impacting UNRWA;

- Develops reports and monitors key performance indicators to support strategic planning and decision making and acts as focal point for coordinating and providing advice and relevant information on occupational Safety and Health matters;


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. Default managerial competencies may apply.

i. Leading and Supervising
ii. Formulating Strategies and Concepts
iii. Creating and Innovating
iv. Adapting and Responding to Change
v. Planning and Organizing

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


Advanced university degree (master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution, in social sciences, public or business administration, international politics, management, or a related security field. Formal training in security risk management.

Good working knowledge of UNSMS policies and procedures and knowledge in Information Technology services.

Work Experience

At least 10 years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in research, public administration, organizational development, project management and policy analysis is required.

At least 8 years of experience in organizational security and operational risk management, including at least six years at managerial level in a large governmental, international or commercial organization is required.

Unless already serving as an international staff member in the UN Common System, at least 2 continuous years of relevant international experience outside UNRWA, and outside the country(s) of citizenship is required.

Advanced university degree (master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution, in social sciences, public or business administration, international politics, management, or a related security field. Formal training in security risk management is required.

Good working knowledge of UNSMS policies and procedures and knowledge in Information Technology services is required.

Previous experience with other UN agencies is desirable.

Project management certification is 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.

The incumbent will be required to travel in the Agency’s area of operations.

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 an appointment to the same post or a similar post.

UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.

A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
NB: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination.

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.

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

This vacancy is now closed.
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