Profile – Protection Specialists

Amman, Jerusalem, Gaza, Beirut and Damascus,
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Profile – Protection Specialists

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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. This includes in relation to the implementation of specific projects and operational response in emergencies. For the Protection Specialists profile, UNRWA invites expressions of interest from interested professionals with substantial experience in protection, both with an operational and policy context.

An advanced university degree in a related subject with a minimum of 8-10 years of relevant experience is required, including several years of international experience in emergency settings. Assignments can be at UNRWA Headquarters in UNRWA’s Protection Division Amman or in one of the Agency’s protection teams in its five Field Offices (Jordan, West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon and Syria).

Conditions of Service  

For UNRWA offers an attractive compensation package at P-4 and P-5 level. Benefits, subject to eligibility, include education grant, dependency allowance, home leave, pension fund, health insurance and 6 weeks of annual leave. Additional benefits apply for certain duty stations. All UNRWA duty stations (with the exception of Gaza and Syria) are family duty stations. Initial contract for regular appointments is for two years (one year for project posts), with the possibility of further extensions subject to the availability of funds and the continuing need for the post. Temporary appointments may also be offered.

How to Submit an Expression of Interest 

Please register at by creating a personal profile and completing UNRWA Personal History Form. Please note that UNRWA only accepts degrees from accredited educational institutions. Profile postings are utilized to facilitate sourcing of candidates for regular recruitment needs. Expressions of interest will be reviewed as needed.

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.

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.

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