Do you have the dedication, skills, knowledge and experience to help us improve the life of Palestine refugees? The United Nations Relief and Works Agency offers challenging opportunities for professionals interested working in a results-driven and diverse environment. If you are then we would like to hear from you.
UNRWA is the United Nations agency responsible for the protection, care and human development of a population of some 4.6 million Palestine refugees living in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, and the Syrian Arab Republic. The Agency is committed to assisting Palestine refugees in maintaining a decent standard of living, acquiring appropriate knowledge and skills, enjoying the fullest possible extent of human rights, and leading a long and healthy life. UNRWA is by far the largest UN operation in the Middle East with over 29,000 staff. Most of the staff members are refugees themselves, working directly to benefit their communities – as teachers, doctors, nurses or social workers.
Social Worker Community Development | باحث اجتماعي تنمية مجتمعية
Location :Gaza Field
Type of Appointment : Limited Duration Contract
Deadline for Application : 21 May 2017
Grade : Band D
Department/Division : Relief & Social Services Programme
In accordance with Agency policy and procedures, the ideal candidate:
- Assists in planning, monitoring, evaluation and follow up on all activities of the social services programme in the Area/Camp to which the post incumbent is assigned, within the framework of the overall objectives, strategies and targets of the program;
- Implements programmes and activities targeting women, persons with disability, children, youth and the community at large;
- Strengthens the institutional capacity of the community-based organizations (CBOs) through provision of technical support including training of local administrative committee members and volunteers;
- Works closely with the Community Credit Assistants to identify potential refugees that can benefit from the services of the Micro-credit Community Support Programme (MCSP);
- Implements surveys and assigned studies in the targeted refugee communities, as requested;
- Mobilizes community support and participation in the various community based projects and activities;
- Coordinates with other UNRWA programmes, at the operational level, to increase refugees’ access to UNRWA services;
- Maintains good working relations with various partners and stakeholders;
- Monitors and evaluate progress of CBOs and other activities implemented within the framework of the Social Services Programmes; ensures efficient and timely data entry of all CBOs activities into database; and prepares all required reports;
- Participates, as requested, in workshops and meetings intended to improve professional knowledge and skills relevant to assigned responsibilities;
- May be required to mentor newly recruited Social Workers;
- Performs such other duties as may be assigned.
PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES
- University degree in social work, sociology, psychology, guidance and counseling, social anthropology or any other related degree in social development or emergency and/or humanitarian relief aid.
- At least two years experience in a developmental social welfare programme applying the knowledge acquired in the foregoing disciplines in a governmental or non-governmental organizations.
- Command of spoken and written English and Arabic.
- Ability to work under pressure and challenging conditions;
- Ability to take initiative and maintain cordial relationship with all concerned;
- Ability to work effectively within a team as well as work independently without close supervision;
- Ability to conduct and coordinate training and participatory assessment.
- It is desirable to have an understanding of the refugee community and knowledge of the customs, habits, and traditions of various refugee groups; ability to mobilize community resources and potentials; and basic computer literacy.
CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
- Basic Salary: Monthly basic salary $990.00; and monthly dependency allowance $18.65 and Group Medical Insurance GMI $12.00.
- Contract Duration: Six months. Extension is subject to continued need, availability of funds and satisfactory service.
- Leave: 2.5 per month
- Other conditions of service and benefits may apply.
- Employment for this post might be either on full-time or part-time basis based on the needs. Announcing this modality does not mean that it would definitely be used. It would rather give the Agency the flexibility to use both full time and part time contracts based on the work needs and the personal circumstances or preferences of the staff member.
- A regular staff member can apply to this LDC post but will not be allowed to assume such post through secondment as he/she needs to leave his/her current post to accept LDC appointment.
Candidates with an equivalent combination of relevant academic qualifications, professional training and progressive work experience may also be considered
Qualified candidates will be required to undergo tests and a competency based interview. To learn more about positive and negative indicators of professional behaviours within the UN competencies, you may review the UN Competency Development – A Practical Guide
UNRWA is a United Nations organization whose staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for human rights, for diversity, and for 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 working environment.
UNRWA encourages applications from qualified and experienced women. It is Agency policy to give full consideration to disabled candidates whose disability does not militate against the effective performance of the duties of the post. Where there are two or more equally qualified candidates, selection preference will normally be given to internal candidates, Palestine Refugees and candidates of the under-represented gender. With their prior agreement, candidates who are approved as suitable for appointment but are not the selected candidate for this vacancy, will be placed on the Agency’s roster of pre-approved candidates for a period of up to one year, and may be considered for future vacancies in the same position. The Agency maintains the discretion to fill future vacancies for this position from the roster without re-advertising the vacancy.
HOW TO APPLY
If you have got the skills and experience required above, and want to make an active and lasting contribution to improving the lives of Palestine refugees, then register on
by creating a personal profile and completing the Personal History Form. Only applications received through this website will be considered. Please note that UNRWA only accepts degrees from accredited educational institutions. Candidates may also be invited to take a technical exam in order further evaluate their qualifications for the post. Due to a high volume of applications received, only short-listed applicants will be contacted. The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. The United Nations does not concern itself with information on bank accounts.
As an Area post, preference will be given to local candidates already based in the duty station of the post.