Deputy Director of UNRWA Affairs (Organizational Support), P-5

Lebanon and Gaza, Lebanon
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Deputy Director of UNRWA Affairs (Organizational Support), P-5

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UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff working across five areas of operation, is looking for professionals like you.  

Palestine refugees in Lebanon

Some 450,000 Palestine refugees are registered with UNRWA in Lebanon with around 53 per cent living in the 12 recognized refugee camps, all of which suffer from serious problems, including poverty, overcrowding, unemployment, poor housing conditions and lack of infrastructure. Because they are not formally citizens of another state, Palestine refugees are unable to claim the same rights as other foreigners living and working in Lebanon. Among the UNRWA fields, Lebanon has the highest percentage of Palestine refugees living in extreme poverty. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance.

Do you want to make a lasting difference? 

If you are passionate about making a lasting difference for Palestine refugees in Lebanon, this rolewill give you the opportunity to be a principal strategic and operational adviser to the Field Director. You will manage and oversee finance, administration, human resources, procurement, logistics, information systems, and safety and security. You will also liaise with staff representatives, as well as with external interlocutors including UN country teams, host government representatives, the refugee community and others.

The main responsibilities include:

Reporting to the Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, managing the organizational support cluster which includes finance, administration, human resources, procurement, logistics, information systems, safety and security, and acting as the principal adviser to the Field Director on these functions;

  • In close collaboration with other senior staff in the Field, ensuring the development, preparation, coordination and monitoring of the ASRP (Annual Strategic Reformed Plans) for the support functions, ensuring an integrated approach to the management of support services and exercising decision-making authority over human and financial resources and capital assets of the Lebanon Field assigned to your area of responsibility, in line with UNRWA regulatory framework and Strategy, Policy, Accountability, Results and Envelopes (SPARE) principle;
  • Advising and supporting the Lebanon Field Director in implementing the Agency’s reform plan for comprehensive programme and management reform. Leading the implementation of pertinent reform initiatives in the organizational cluster and coordinating the work of cross-functional teams to achieve field-wide outcomes and promote integration of cross-cutting issues into the support service framework;
  • Guiding and supporting senior administrative staff in their own area; mentoring and evaluating for training purposes, as necessary;
  • Liaising with government and local authorities to ensure their cooperation in facilitating the Agency’s operations. Assisting the Director in managing and promoting inter-agency and donor relations;
  • As assigned, acting for the Director during his/her absence, with full responsibility for the Lebanon Field operation, and reporting in this capacity to the Commissioner-General (USG) and/or Deputy Commissioner-General (ASG);
  • Where applicable, acting as the Lebanon Field security focal point and liaising with the Agency’s Chief Security Adviser and the Department of Safety and Security in the Lebanon Field.

Conditions of service  

UNRWA offers an attractive compensation package including annual salary starting at $84,721 net tax free with post adjustment of 50.5% (subject to change without notice). All UNRWA duty stations (with the exception of Gaza and Syria) are family duty stations. Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:

  • Dependency allowances
  • Rental subsidy
  • Education grant for children
  • Home leave travel
  • 6 weeks (30 working days) annual leave
  • Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
  • International health insurance; optional
  •  life insurance
  • Disability protection

Additional information

The incumbent will be required to travel frequently throughout the Agency’s area of operations in the Middle East.

To qualify for this position, you will need:


Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution in one of the Agency’s organizational support broad academic fields (such as Business or Public Administration, International Relations, Law, Finance, or Human Resources Management or related areas) supplemented by studies in management (where needed); a first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree;

Work Experience

At least 10 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in programme or organizational support management, including at least six years at managerial level in a large governmental, international or commercial organization with oversight of organizational support functions, and including 2 years of experience at international level outside one’s home country;


Excellent command of written and spoken English.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Knowledge of activities of UNRWA operations and services;
  • Knowledge of Middle Eastern geo-political realities and its socio-cultural implications;
  • Experience with United Nations administration/financial policies and practices;
  • Working knowledge of Arabic.

You will also need to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Drive for Results
  • Applying Technical Expertise
  • Leading and Supervising
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts
  • Communication
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