Organization: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
Temporary Vacancy Announcement
Deadline for Applications
1 October 2018
Up to 6 months until 31 March 2019, with the possibility of further extension based on need, funding and performance
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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 women.
UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.
UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff working across five areas of operation, is looking for professionals like you.
UNRWA’s strategic objectives
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. In line with this mission, the Agency works towards five strategic outcomes: (a) Palestine refugee rights under international law are protected and promoted; (b) Palestine refugee health is protected and disease burden is reduced; (c) school-age children complete quality, equitable and inclusive basic education; (d) Palestine refugee capabilities are strengthened for increased livelihood opportunities; and (e) Palestine refugees are able to meet their basic human needs of food, shelter and environmental health.
Do you want to make a lasting difference?
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. In this role, you will have the opportunity to facilitate the movements of colleagues to accomplish their duties.
The main responsibilities include:
Vehicle and driving functions
Driving the Agency staff to/from the Gaza Strip and within the Agency’s area of operations as directed;
Acting as the Agency’s official custodian of the vehicle assigned to him/ her;
Responsible for the efficient operation and cleanliness of the vehicle and the safety of its passengers and/or freight;
Registering, re-registering official vehicles as directed;
Pouch, mail and transport
Clearing and receiving pouches from Headquarters and area of operations;
Inspecting outgoing and incoming pouches to ensure compliance with established rules and regulations;
Transporting passengers and/or pouches to/from the Gaza Strip, the airport and the Allenby Bridge or other crossing point to Jordan and within the West Bank and Israel;
Delivering and collecting goods and mail in the area of operations;
Ensuring that the relevant transport documents are properly completed in accordance with instructions.
Conditions of service
UNRWA offers an attractive compensation package including annual salary starting at $35,901 net tax free (pro-rated) with post adjustment of 53.3% (subject to change without notice). All UNRWA duty stations (with the exception of Gaza and Syria) are family duty stations. Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:
Education grant for children
Home leave travel
6 weeks (30 working days) annual leave
Pension fund entitlements under the
UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
International health insurance; optional
Possession of a valid national driving license for trucks.
Knowledge of the operational environment in Israel, Gaza, West Bank and Jordan particularly related to the above duties.
Unrestricted ability to move in the Agency’s area of operations.
Work beyond regular hours will be required.
To qualify for this position, you will need:
Successful completion of full secondary education.
Possession of general basic knowledge of all types of vehicles.
Possession of valid national/international driving license, including bus license, recognized by local law.
At least four years of experience as a professional driver for passengers.
Fluency in English.
You will also need to demonstrate the following competencies:
Ability to deal with VIPs, senior officials of international organizations and persons from a wide range of different cultural backgrounds.
Ability to work in stressful circumstances.
For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews:
Who we are
For over 65 years, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA) has been working on the ground in five fields of operations in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip providing direct assistance and protection for some 5 million Palestine refugees in the Middle East. UNRWA is mandated by the UN General Assembly to provide this assistance and its mission is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development until there is a just and lasting solution for their plight. UNRWA restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who have been uprooted by conflict with services encompassing education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance.
For more details on UNRWA, please visit: https://www.unrwa.org/
How to apply
To start the application process, applicants are required to register at http://jobs.unrwa.org by creating a personal profile and completing UNRWA Personal History Form. Only applications received through http://jobs.unrwa.orgwill be considered. Due to the large number of applications received for UNRWA vacancies, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted. The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process. The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts.
UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality at all times. 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. UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.
The 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.
The Agency reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.
Date of issue: 16 September 2018/ LAN
How to apply
To start the application process, applicants are required to register at http://jobs.unrwa.org by creating a personal profile and completing UNRWA Personal History Form. Only applications received through http://jobs.unrwa.org will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received for UNRWA vacancies, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted. The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process. The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts.