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UNRWA - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees

Welcome to the career site of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) at Impactpool.

About UNRWA

UNRWA was established by United Nations General Assembly 1949 to carry out direct relief and works programmes for Palestine refugees. The Agency began its operations on 1 May 1950. The General Assembly has repeatedly renewed UNRWA's mandate, most recently extending it until 30 June 2017. 

UNRWA is unique in terms of its long-standing commitment to one group of refugees. It has contributed to the welfare and human development of four generations of Palestine refugees. When the Agency began operations in 1950, it was responding to the needs of about 750,000 Palestine refugees. Today, some 5 million Palestine refugees are eligible for UNRWA services.

The work and structure of UNRWA on the ground 

UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance, including in times of armed conflict.

UNRWA has two Headquarter offices one in Gaza and one in  Amman. In addition UNRWA has five field offices - Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and West Bank, and four Representative/Liaison Offices - New York, Geneva, Brussels and Cairo.

All field offices have a similar organizational structure and UNRWA’s programmes are implemented and managed by the:

  • Education Department
  • Health Department
  • Relief and Social Services Department
  • Department of Infrastructure and Camp Development in Amman
  • Office of the Microfinance and Microenterprise Programme in Jerusalem.

The number of area staff range from 3,000 in the Lebanon Field Office to over 10,000 in the Gaza Field Office. All in all UNRWA has over 30,000 employees, most of them Palestine refugees and a small number of international staff. The majority of area staff are teachers, health services, relief and social services staff and administrative and support staff In addition to area staff, the United Nations in New York funds nearly 120 international posts. Appointments to international posts are subject to UNRWA rules and regulations.

What profiles are UNRWA looking for?

Common employee profiles are programme specialists in education, health, relief and recovery, infrastructure and protection as well as professionals with experience in administrative and operational support.

In addition to International staff positions, UNRWA also offers other kinds of employment opportunities, e.g. consultancies and an International experts roster. UNWRA also offers a limited number of unpaid internships for master’s students.

Current jobs

Site Engineer
Grade 12 - Locally recruited area staff - Administrative support
Closes: 2020-02-03
Area Social Work Supervisor- Central Area
Level not specified
Closes soon: 2020-01-27
Education Specialist – Science For internal candidates only
Level not specified
Closes: 2020-02-02
north amman area & to establish a roster for other areas issue date 20 january 2020deadline for applications 02 february 2020
Field Applications Officer
Level not specified
Closes: 2020-02-02
jordan field officeissue date 20 january 2020deadline for applications 02 february 2020
Finance Assistant
Grade 10 - Locally recruited area staff - Administrative support
Closes: 2020-02-02
Technical Instructor Commercial (Accounting) For internal candidates only
Grade 10 - Locally recruited area staff - Administrative support
Closes: 2020-02-01
amman training centreissue date 19 january 2020deadline for applications 1 february 2020
Area Loan Supervisor- Microfinance Dep.- Hewbron Branch
Level not specified
Closes soon: 2020-01-31
Hebron (Palestinian Territory)
Programme Support Officer - Health Program- Field Office Jerusalem
Level not specified
Closes soon: 2020-01-31
& department field office jerusalem – health programme
Secretary "C"- Qalqilia Hospital-Health
Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
Closes soon: 2020-01-31
& department health- qalqilia hospital
Field Programme Support Officer
P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
Closes: 2020-02-11
Damascus (Syria)
Deputy Director of UNRWA Affairs (Operations) (re-advertised)
P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
Closes: 2020-02-04
Jerusalem (Israel)
Education Specialist English-Area Office Jerusalem- Education-INTERNAL AD.
Level not specified
Closes soon: 2020-01-29
& department area office jerusalem- education
Education Specialist Mathematics-Area Office Nablus- Education-INTERNAL AD.-For Roster Purpose
Level not specified
Closes soon: 2020-01-29
& department area office nablus- education
Education Specialist Mathematics-Area Office Hebron- Education-INTERNAL AD.-For Roster Purpose
Level not specified
Closes soon: 2020-01-29
Hebron (Palestinian Territory)
Education Specialist Arabic-Area Office Nablus- Education-INTERNAL AD.-For Roster Purposes
Level not specified
Closes soon: 2020-01-29
& department area office nablus- education
Education Specialist Arabic-Area Office Jerusalem- Education-INTERNAL AD.-For Roster Purposes
Level not specified
Closes soon: 2020-01-29
& department area office jerusalem- education
Emergency Appeal Support Officer
Level not specified
Closes soon: 2020-01-27
Deputy Chief Field Relief and Social Services Programme
Level not specified
Closes soon: 2020-01-26
Legal Support Officer
Level not specified
Closes soon: 2020-01-25
Branch Support Assistant-Jericho Branch- Microfinance Department
Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
Closes soon: 2020-01-31
& department jericho branch- microfinance department
Area Loan Supervisor-Ramallah Branch- Microfinance Department
Level not specified
Closes soon: 2020-01-31
Ramallah (Palestinian Territory)