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.
Assistant Public Information Officer / Translator
Location Gaza Field
Deadline for Application 17-07-2016
Vacancy Announcement Number 02-07-2016
Grade OD 29 Contract
Department/Division Public Information
Type of Appointment OD 29
In accordance with established Agency policy and procedures, the ideal candidate assists the Field Publication Officer in:
Maintaining regular contact with the local and international media representatives to promote better understanding and coverage of the Agency’s work, and to encourage the media to use UNRWA as a source of information on registered Palestine refugees;
Advising the Field Office Director and Chef de Cabinet through Public Information Officer and the Headquarters Public Information Office on local public relations and matters of interest to the Agency;
Providing ideas for coverage of Field activities and researching material and drafting text in Arabic and English for Headquarters public information materials, including for the Agency web site and Agency – wide publications;
Monitoring daily press and preparing daily/weekly press summaries and monthly reports;
Translating documents from Arabic to English and vice versa, as required;
Briefing and escorting visitors and journalists to the Field and interpreting when required;
Acting for PIO in his/her absence;
Performs other duties as may be assigned.
PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES
University degree in journalism, communications, public relations or related discipline.
Ability to translate and interpret accurately from and into Arabic and English
Five years experience in public information and public relations, including experience in writing publications in Arabic and English and in handling media inquiries.
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken Arabic and English. Ability to interpret.
Knowledge and ability to use a variety of computer software such as Word, Power Point, Excel, Page Marker, CorelDraw and internet.
The incumbent will be routinely required to work under pressure, at irregular hours when necessary, and to be able to travel to refugee camps and Agency installations in the Field and to other Fields in the Area of Operations.
It’s desirable to have diploma in translation (Arabic/English and vice versa), knowledge of Agency operations.
It’s desirable to possess a valid driving license.
CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
Basic Salary: Monthly basic salary is $1352.10.
Contract Duration: one year only
Leave: 30 days annual leave.
Other conditions of service and benefits may apply.
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. UNRWA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications equally from men and women. 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 http://jobs.unrwa.ps by creating a personal profile and completing the UNRWA 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.
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