United Nations Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA)

UNRWA provide assistance and protection for some 5 million registered Palestine Refugees to help them achieve their full potential in human development.


The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN Member States. UNRWA also receives some funding from the Regular Budget of the United Nations, which is used mostly for international staffing costs.

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

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We are committed to fostering the human development of Palestine refugees by helping them to:

  • Acquire knowledge and skills
  • Lead long and healthy lives
  • Achieve decent standards of living
  • Enjoy human rights to the fullest possible extent.

UNRWA provides basic health, education and relief and social services to Palestine refugees to ensure that they:

  • Live improved and healthy lives
  • Develop knowledge and skills for livelihood
  • Achieve a decent standard of living
  • Enjoy their human rights to the fullest extent possible.

Read more on the four human development goals identified as the focus of UNRWA operations.


Palestinian Refugees

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, defined as “persons whose normal place of residence was Palestine during the period 1 June 1946 to 15 May 1948, and who lost both home and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 conflict.” The descendants of Palestine refugee males, including legally adopted children, are also eligible for registration.

UNRWA services are available to all those living in its areas of operations who meet this definition, who are registered with the Agency and who need assistance. 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.

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We invite applications from experienced professionals interested in international or area posts in any one of the Agency’s five fields of operations – Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, Jordan and the West Bank. We offer fixed-term positions as well as consultancy opportunities for specific tasks and emergency relief efforts.

UNRWA seeks programme specialists in education, health, relief and recovery, infrastructure and protection as well as professionals with experience in administrative and operational support.


The Head Field Finance Office (HFFO) is part of the Field management team supporting the Field Director. S/he is specifically responsible for, but not limited to, all aspects of financial operations within the Lebanon Field and for providing management advice based upon financial information. The HFFO reports to and receives supervision and instructions from the Lebanon Field Director or Deputy Director of UNRWA Affairs (Organizational Support).
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Damascus, Syria
International Public Sector
Full-time position
Competitive
UNRWA is seeking for its team in Syria an experienced, creative and well-rounded field operations manager with a passion for achieving excellent results in finance, human resources, procurement, logistics, infrastructure and camp development, IT, and the safety of staff
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Various - HQ and Field (Amman, Jerusalem, Gaza, Beirut and Damascus), MENA
International Public Sector
Full-time position
Competitive
UNRWA regularly recruits protection professionals with international experience for a range of specialized posts including in relation to protection mainstreaming, child protection, gender-based violence, and human rights
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Various - HQ and Field (Amman, Jerusalem, Gaza, Beirut and Damascus), MENA
International Public Sector
Full-time position
Competitive
UNRWA regularly recruits Finance professionals with international experience for a range of specialized posts, including for projects and emergencies. For the Finance Specialists profile,
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Various: Jordan, Lebanon, West Bank, Gaza, and Syria, MENA
International Public Sector
Full-time position
Competitive
The Director of UNRWA Operations, in the respective Field Office, is responsible for the overall management of the Operations Support Team. The team leader is responsible for its day-to-day management and the headquarters technical counterpart for neutrality is Neutrality Coordinator / Chief of Staff and for protection is Chief, Protection Division
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Various (Amman, Jerusalem, Gaza, Beirut and Damascus), MENA
International Public Sector
Full-time position
Competitive
The Deputy Director will contribute to the Field’s strategic and operational plans and budgets, guide and direct specialist staff, respond to emerging needs, manage staff performance and ensure optimal use of resources. Deputy Directors will liaise with external interlocutors including UN country teams, host government representatives, the refugee community and others.
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Various (Amman, Jerusalem, Gaza, Beirut and Damascus), MENA
International Public Sector
Full-time position
Competitive
Under the direct supervision of the Director and Deputy Director of UNRWA Affairs, the Head, Field Procurement and Logistics Office is responsible for the delivery of effective and efficient procurement and logistics services to meet and satisfy assessed programme needs across the broad spectrum of its regular, emergency and discrete project activities, as applicable. I
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The Head, Field Human Resources Office (HFHRO) is responsible for managing and monitoring the Agency’s most valuable assets, its people. More specifically, the HFHRO’s responsibilities involve attracting and retaining talented individuals, building trust, motivating staff, ensuring that staff possesses the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to perform their responsibilities, and preparing employees for future challenges.
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