Project Manager (Ethics), P-4, HQA (JO#232351)

Org. Setting and Reporting

UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff working across five areas of operation, is looking for highly committed personnel wishing to make a change. If you are looking for a rewarding opportunity to make a tangible difference for one of the most vulnerable communities in the world, UNRWA would like to hear from you. The Project Manager (Ethics) directly reports to the Chief, Ethics Office.


Leads and coordinates the activities of the EU-funded project on strengthening the Ethics Office to prevent breaches of neutrality, providing technical leadership on the development, implementation, and evaluation of the project outputs; plans, directs and coordinates activities of the project ensuring that goals and objectives are accomplished within a prescribed timeframe, funding parameters, project aims and components and UNRWA rules and standards. Contributes substantively to the development, improvement and update of policies, directives, guidelines, procedures, and other internal documents to support the implementation of the project. Supervises the preparation of various project outputs (e.g., policies, directives, guidelines, procedures, outreach, and training material) and their implementation and dissemination across all five UNRWA fields of operation; regularly liaises with Field Offices to ensure that project deadlines are met; solves problems and coordinates activities with stakeholders to ensure continuity of operations and efficient performance of project personnel; Sets up the monitoring and evaluation framework and work plan of the project; identifies problems and takes appropriate and timely action to meet desired goals; continuously monitors and reviews the project status and provides strategic and policy advice to the Chief, Ethics Office on required follow-up and/or corrective actions. Leads the dissemination of project results and other communication and visibility activities; develops and maintains effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders; facilitates the liaison with the donor and other partners for transparent communication and visibility on issues relating to the project. Manages administrative, financial, and logistical issues related to the project in close collaboration with the relevant UNRWA departments and with external parties, as necessary. Monitors the project budget and ensures that resources are allocated and used for project execution in a timely and efficient manner. Ensures that the mid-term evaluation, and other assessments and reviews of the project are properly planned and coordinated with other UNRWA departments.


UN Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity, and Core Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by default. Default managerial competencies may apply. Adapting and Responding to Change Delivering Results Planning and Organizing Creating and Maintaining Impact and Partnership Relating and Networking Leading and Supervising Deciding and Initiating Action Ability to foster results-based management and proper reporting. Ability to independently plan and manage work processes. Ability to promote organizational learning and knowledge sharing. For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews:


Advanced university degree (master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution in social sciences, finance, international development, project management, or a related discipline.

Job – Specific Qualification

Not available.

Work Experience

At least seven years of relevant experience in project management, international development, or a related field is required. Unless already serving as an international staff member in the UN Common System, at least two continuous years of relevant international experience outside UNRWA, and outside the country(s) of which the candidate is a national or holds citizenship, a passport or a national identity number is required. Advanced university degree (master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution in social sciences, finance, international development, project management, or a related discipline is required. Good understanding of the programme cycle management, inclusive of monitoring and evaluation and the logical framework approach is desirable. Familiarity with the UN system, rules, regulations, and standards of conduct is desirable. Experience working with the humanitarian principles in the United Nations is desirable.


Excellent command of written and spoken English.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Type of Contract and duration: 1 year project funded, extendable subject to funds, need and performance. The incumbent will be required to travel in the Agency’s area of operations. Only applications that have been fully completed in UNRWA’s online e-recruitment system inspira will be considered and no late applications will be accepted. The Personal History Profile (PHP) should be completed with full work experience under the experience tabs as per the requirements in the Job Opening. A roster may be created from the selection exercise, and successful candidates may become eligible for an appointment to the same post or a similar post. UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities. Join our eco-friendly organization dedicated to environment sustainability and targeting to be plastic free by 2025. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states, regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions. The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the difficult circumstances in which they live. For more details on UNRWA, please visit:

United Nations Considerations

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA and to assignment by him or her. UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current UN-wide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified applicants from under-represented groups. At UNRWA, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. UNRWA is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application. UNRWA Considerations UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence, neutrality, impartiality and integrity. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. Candidates will not be considered for employment with UNRWA if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. The Agency may disqualify applicants who have separated for reason of misconduct, who left a UN Agency while misconduct processes were pending, or who appear on the UN Sanctions List. UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment. Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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How to apply

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