Internal Vacancy - Protection Officer (2 positions)

Multiple locations






Internal Vacancy Announcement

(2 positions)



Protection Officer, West Bank

Protection Officer, Jordan



Vacancy Announcement Number




Deadline for Applications

30 November 2016

Duty Station

Jerusalem/ Amman


Under the supervision of the Field Protection Coordinator in the West Bank Field Office or the Team Leader OSO and Field Protection Coordinator, Jordan, the Protection Officer is responsible for ensuring that all activities related to protection as identified by the UNRWA Protection Policy are effectively mainstreamed into the Agency’s programmes in an effective, efficient, ethical and politically sensitive manner, and that institutional capacity development takes place to embed protection into service delivery at all levels of operations. In the implementation of this function, the incumbent will also be responsible to ensure that relevant other cross-cutting issues, including gender, disability and child protection are included in mainstreaming initiatives and activities. In accordance with the established Agency policy and procedures, the incumbent will:


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

·         Provide support to the integration and mainstreaming of UNRWA protection policy and standards in programmes including but not limited to Education, Health, and Relief and Social Services and to other protection-related initiatives in UNRWA programmes; develop, support and coordinate the implementation of a programme cycle management strategy to mainstream protection, gender, disability and child protection standards throughout UNRWA programming and services including undertaking annual protection audits, needs assessment, work plans, implementation and monitoring and evaluation;

·         Oversee the transfer of responsibility and resources for activities/projects/ initiatives related to protection and other relevant cross-cutting (gender, disability and child protection) themes so that they become embedded in core service delivery;

·         Identify, coach and train Programme Focal Points to develop adequate knowledge, leadership and capacity to mainstream protection and other cross-cutting issues within their programmes and services, including the development of relevant coordination mechanisms such as working groups and task forces;

·         Provide technical support and policy advice in respect of agreed themes and activities; support the relevant coordination mechanisms on protection and other cross-cutting issues to develop an annual work plan with clear deliverables and indicators of success;

·         Support fundraising, formulation and implementation of field protection programme initiatives responding to protection needs;

·         Support the revision and completion of relevant planning documents to ensure protection is effectively mainstreamed along with beneficiary participation and outreach;

·         Support the development and delivery of protection-related training and knowledge building, including the development of a training strategy based on clearly defined standards and competencies;

·         Develop and maintain effective external relations, including with UNRWA partners, other agencies, donors, and beneficiary stakeholders related to protection mainstreaming, humanitarian coordination, and institutional capacity development on cross cutting issues; coordinate with the Gender Task Force and Persons with Disability Steering Committee;

·         Organize and ensure the monitoring, data management, analyses, follow-up on indicators and targets of Protection-related components, projects and objectives; ensure all reporting requirements including on internal and external indicators and targets, internal monitoring mechanisms and donors reports.


Professional Knowledge and Experience

·         A university degree from an accredited educational institution in public or business administration, social sciences, international law, international relations or related discipline;

·         A minimum of six years of professional experience, of which at least two should be with an international humanitarian organization in the area of protection,  humanitarian affairs or project management, including two years of relevant international experience outside one’s home country;

·         Experience in the design, development, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of protection-tailored projects;

·         Previous work experience in refugee settings, preferably with international organizations, such as UNHCR, UNRWA or ICRC, or other relevant international non-governmental organizations;

·         Fluency in written and spoken English.



·         Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;

·         Ability to develop clear goals, independently plan and prioritize own work, work well under tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent projects/activities;

·         Positive attitude and strong analytical, interpersonal and communication skills;

·         Proven ability to exercise initiative and resourcefulness necessary for prioritizing multiple clusters/components;

·         Excellent interpersonal skills, leadership, mature, independent, disciplined and self-confident.


Desirable Qualifications

·         Knowledge of activities of UNRWA operations and services;

·         Working knowledge of Arabic;

·         In-depth knowledge of Middle Eastern geo-political realities and their socio-cultural implications.


Additional Information

The incumbent should be able to travel in the Agency's area of operations in the     Middle East.



When the minimum requirements are not fully met, the Human Resources Department may substitute part of the unmet requirements under UNRWA’s equivalency determination guidelines with a combination of relevant academic qualification, additional professional training and/or progressive relevant work experience. Note: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered sufficient for an equivalency determination.


Conditions of Service 

UNRWA offers an attractive compensation package including annual salary starting at $61,470 net tax free with dependents or $57,379 single, plus post adjustment of 37.8% for Amman and 52.5% for Jerusalem (all subject to change without notice). Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include education grant, dependency allowance, home leave, pension fund, health insurance and 6 weeks of annual leave. All UNRWA duty stations (with the exception of Gaza and Syria) are family duty stations. Initial contract is for one year, with the possibility of further extensions subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory performance and the continuing need for the post.


How to Apply

To start the application process, applicants are required to register at by creating a personal profile and completing UNRWA Personal History Form. Please note that UNRWA only accepts degrees from accredited educational institutions. Only applications received through will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received for UNRWA vacancies, only short-listed applicants will be contacted.



Date of issue: 17 November 2016 / LAN

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.
  • Organization: UNRWA - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Legal - Broad
    • Human Rights
    • Human Rights
    • Civil Society
    • Civil Society
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2016-11-30

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