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NEWS | UNRWA launches Roster for Protection Officers - 30 positions | Apply by 16 October

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by Henrik Rydén
COO and Co-founder of Impactpool

Published on: 20 September 2022

UNRWA is the United Nations agency mandated to provide assistance and protection to the over 5.6 million registered Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

Addressing protection needs is an essential dimension of UNRWA’s humanitarian and human development work, ensuring that the challenges Palestine refugees face are comprehensively addressed.

To facilitate the implementation of its protection mandate, UNRWA is looking to expand its protection teams in all five fields to focus on a range of different protection and humanitarian principles issues. Due to the scale of the deployment of protection professionals, UNRWA is now launching a roster from which the posts will be filled

The goal is to recruit 30 new Protection officers over the next 2 years. 

Apply no later than 16 October.

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UNRWA's protection work is focused on obtaining full respect for the rights of Palestine refugees under international law and responding to their protection needs. In recent years, UNRWA  has strengthened the implementation of its protection mandate,  including linking protection with the implementation of humanitarian principles.

UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief, and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance, emergency assistance in addition to protection. Funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions, UNRWA is the largest UN operation in the Middle East with more than 30,000 staff.

To facilitate the deployment of protection professionals time effectively, UNRWA is now launching a roster to recruit around 30 Protection Officers over the next two years, with different areas of work such as:

  • Child Protection
  • Gender and Gender-Based Violence (GBV)
  • Disability and Inclusion
  • Humanitarian Principles
  • Monitoring and Documentation
  • Advocacy
  • Protection

UNRWA will start deploying from this roster as of January 2023. The roster call will be open from 19 September until 16 October. The timeline is ambitious and candidates will be contacted on a rolling basis. To meet the short timeline, the first candidates will be contacted in November for a written assessment and interviewed in December.

Apply for the UNRWA protection roster

Tips to you as an applicant

Before applying, please make sure that you meet the minimum requirements in terms of Years of Experience, Education, and Languages (if applicable).

  • For this roster, you must have at least six years of progressively responsible relevant experience in international organizations, within the humanitarian sector or human rights field.
  • In addition, you must have, at least two years of work experience where your primary responsibilities include work related to the application of humanitarian principles and human rights.

As this is a generic job description covering several different expertise areas, it is important that you as a candidate clearly indicate your areas of expertise in your application.

UNRWA has informed that while applying through the UN recruitment tool (Inspira), you will also be able to indicate the field of expertise and offices you are interested in.

If/When you later are enrolled in the roster there will be more detailed job descriptions pertaining to your area of experience.

Read more: Tips on how you write a good application for protection jobs

Read more: Learn more about rosters

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