Syrian Arab Republic: Associate Donor Relations and Projects Support Officer

Organization: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Closing date: 28 Feb 2017

UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCY

FOR PALESTINE REFUGEES IN THE NEAR EAST

UNRWA

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions. For its international team, UNRWA is seeking to employ a qualified:

Associate Donor Relations and Projects Support Officer

Vacancy Announcement Number

17-FO-SA-04

Grade

P-2

Deadline for Applications

28 February 2017

(21 February 2017 for internal applicants)

Duty Station

Damascus

UNRWA encourages applications from qualified women and welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.

Under the supervision of the Field Programme Support Officer, the Associate Donor Relations and Projects Support Officer (ADR&PSO) will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Project activities and supporting relevant programme departments in managing the project component under their respective responsibility. In accordance with the established Agency policy and procedures, the incumbent will:

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

● As assigned by the Field Programme Support Officer, manage all aspects related to the EU-funded project of “Strengthening the Resilience of Palestine refugees in Syria”;

● Formulate high-quality and responsive project reports and updates in coordination with Syria Field Front Office and respective field departments;

● Monitor the implementation of the project in coordination with relevant field departments and verifies adherence to the donor requirements;

● Assist in building the capacity of field department staff to manage projects and prepare reports; take lead with the writing, editing, formatting, and proof reading of all project documents;

● Ensure that Project Cycle Management (PCM) principles are incorporated into the formulation and implementation of the project.

Professional Knowledge and Experience

● University degree from an accredited educational institution in International Relations, Political Science, Development or Humanitarian Studies, Public Administration, Social Sciences or other related field;

● At least four years’ experience in international cooperation project management in the context of donor governments or international non–governmental organizations, including 2 years of international experience outside one’s home country;

● Excellent command of written and spoken English.

Competencies

● Good grasp of contemporary development principles, issues and concepts;

● Excellent research and technical report drafting skills;

● Ability to develop clear goals and identify priority activities and assignments;

● Supporting and advising on multiple projects with changing priorities and deadlines without compromising on quality;

● Proficiency in computer applications including statistical applications, word processing, spreadsheets and databases;

● Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with staff and outside collaborators.

Desirable Qualifications

● Experience in the management of international cooperation projects funded by the European Union;

● Knowledge of Arabic.

Additional information

The incumbent will be required to travel in UNRWA’s Area of Operations in the Middle East.

Equivalency

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 starting at $46,026 net tax free with post adjustment of 36.5% (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 and other allowances such as dependent spouse, single parent or child allowance as applicable. Syria is currently a non-family duty station. Staff members based in Syria are entitled to additional benefits, subject to eligibility, including non-family service allowance, hardship allowance, danger pay and R&R leave, currently every 4 weeks (according to the UN classification of the duty station) but subject to change without notice. Initial contract is for one year, with the possibility of further extensions subject to the availability of funds, performance and the continuing need for the post.

How to Apply

To start the application process, applicants are required to register at http://jobs.unrwa.org 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 http://jobs.unrwa.org will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received for UNRWA vacancies, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted.

The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process (application, testing, interviewing, etc). The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts.

General Information

UNRWA is a United Nations organization whose staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity, and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNRWA staff are expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.

The statutory retirement age for staff entering or re-entering service in the UN Common System after 1 January 1990 is 62 and 65 after 1 January 2014. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete a term of appointment will normally be considered.

The Agency reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.

On appointment, all individuals will be asked to sign a self-attestation, confirming that they have not committed, been convicted of, or prosecuted for, any criminal offence and that they have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.

Date of issue: 8 February 2017 / HB

How to apply:

To start the application process, applicants are required to register at http://jobs.unrwa.org 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 http://jobs.unrwa.org will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received for UNRWA vacancies, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted.

The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process (application, testing, interviewing, etc). The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts.

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