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.
Field Social Services Officer
Location: Gaza Field
Type of Appointment: Fixed Term
Deadline for Application: 29 January 2017
Vacancy Announcement Number: 01/14/2017
Department / Division: Relief & Social Services Programme
In accordance with Agency policy and procedures, the ideal candidate:
Develops a planning framework for the Field's developmental social welfare programmes, linking the various components (including poverty alleviation, women-in development, community-based services for disabled persons, community development and local institution-building).
With the assistance of individual programme officers assigned to the Social Services Division, conducts assessments of need for Social Services programmes and projects, and develops proposals and plans of action to address identified needs
Guides, supports, monitors and evaluates the work of the programme Officers.
Ensures that the Social Services Division staff are sufficiently trained to perform their functions, conducting local training sessions as required.
Co-ordinates with the Field Relief Services Officer to ensure the full participation of special hardship families in the Social Services programmes and to organize the involvement of Social Workers.
Co-ordinates with the Field Relief Services Officer and Field Eligibility & Registration Officer to achieve effective linkages between the three Division's data bases on programme activities and clients, through the Unified Registration System.
Co-ordinates with counterparts in the Departments of Education and Health to implement appropriate and effective multi-disciplinary approaches.
Ensures the full participation of the target population in decision-making on and implementation of Social services Programmes and Projects.
Plans, organizes and conducts evaluations of results achieved by and the impact on the target population of Social Services programmes and projects.
Maintains close contact with local, national and locally-based international organizations working in the same programme sectors.
Undertakes any other duties as may be assigned.
PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES
A university degree in social science, including coursework in social development.
Post-graduate coursework in one or more of the following: poverty alleviation, women-in-development, community-based rehabilitation / integration of disabled persons, community development, local institution-building.
Basic computer literacy.
Eight years 'progressively more responsible experience in the planning, implementation and evaluation of developmental social welfare programmes, involving one or more of the programme areas listed upove, and including at least three years' supervisory experience.
Practical experience in training staff and clients of such programmes.
Participation in action-oriented social research.
Excellent command of spoken and written Arabic and English.
Oral communication / presentation skills in English to the level required to brief international experts and donors, and in Arabic to the level required to conduct training sessions.
A thorough knowledge of the social structure and culture of the Palestinian people.
Willingness / ability to drive UNRWA vehicles in the course of duty.
It's desirable to have a post-graduate degree in Socio-economic development, with emphasis on developmental social welfare.
The candidate will be required to travel in the Agency's area of operations.
CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
Basic Salary: Monthly basic salary $ 1,493.70, and monthly dependency allowance up to $ 123.25.and Group Medical Insurance GMI $ 12.00
Contract Duration: Three years including 1 year probation period.
Leave: 30 days annual leave
Pension: Provident Fund contribution
Other conditions of service and benefits may apply.
When the minimum requirements are not fully met, the Director of Human Resources; in consultation with the Director of UNRWA Operations, Gaza may exceptionally substitute part of the unmet requirements with a combination of relevant academic qualifications, additional professional training and progressive relevant work experience.
NB: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination.
Qualified candidates will be required to undergo tests and a competency based interview. To learn more about positive and negative indicators of professional behaviors 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.
As an Area post, preference will be given to local candidates already based in the duty station of the post.
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