Sunday, September 09, 2007

Help wanted: Job in Jerusalem starting at $126K/yr

Yes, you can live comfortably in Jerusalem if you qualify for this job!

Director of UNRWA Operations, D-1, West Bank (Jerusalem)
Ref. VN/M/35/2007

Under the overall direction of the Commissioner-General based in Jerusalem is responsible for:

(1) Administering the health, education and relief and social services programmes through subordinate officers by:

A) Assessing the needs for quasi-governmental services, drafting and implementing programme objectives to meet changing needs of refugee population, assigning available resources to meet objectives;

B) Monitoring the implementation of, evaluating and taking corrective action on programmes and projects administered by the Agency;

C) Supervising periodic and final reporting and evaluation of all programmes

(2) Promoting Agency objectives and refugee programme services by:

A) Establishing and maitaining effective relations with the host government/authority, diplomatic missions, other UN Agencies, non-governmental agencies and the media;

B) Negotiating with the host government, authorities and donors on privileges, permissions and physical assistance to improve the refugees' situation.

C) Briefing officials of donor governments, embassies, local government, NGOs and other UN agencies in relation to use of contributions, pursuit of Agency programmes and the refugee situation in general;

D) Undertaking a variety of speaking engagements and public appearances in order to promote the position of the Agency;

E) Coordinating, at the country level, fund raising, public information and public relations activities and following up on fund raising appeals.

(3) Managing the human and financial resources for the offices in the field by:

A) Planning and supervising overall activities of offices of the field and their operational requirements;

B) Ensuring efficient application of Agency policies, directives and procedures. ;

C) Motivating, training and developing staff, and providing support in the face of political and social upheaval and volatile security situations;

D) Overseeing the preparation of field budgets and work plans;

E) Representing the Agency in discussions on working conditions with staff unions.

(4) Providing substantive input to the Commissioner-General and the Management Committee for the formulation of Agency policies and plans. Providing input on political, social and economic developments in the host country/authority, as well as the impact on and of Agency policies and programmes.


A) An advanced university degree in political science, social science, public or business administration, or international relations.

B) At least 15 years of professional and managerial background of which at least 10 years should have been in successively senior positions in a large governmental or international agency dealing with similar programmes. The incumbent must have a high level of skill in management of broad programmes, political decision making and negotiating as well as demonstrated tolerance to frequently changing and highly charged situations.

C) Excellent command of written and spoken English.


A) Knowledge of UNRWA operations and services;

B) Knowledge of Middle East geo-political realities and its socio-cultural implications.

C) Knowledge of Arabic and/or French.


The incumbent will be required to travel frequently throughout the Agency's area of operations in the Middle East.


UNRWA offers an attractive compensation package including gross annual salary starting at $126,565 ($94,564 net tax free with dependants, $87,407 single) plus 37.1% (subject to change) of post adjustment.) Other fringe benefits could include mobility and hardship allowance, education grant, dependency allowance, home leave, pension fund, health insurance and 6 weeks annual leave. Initial contract is for 1 year, which is also considered a probationary period, and is extendable for further periods depending on the performance of the incumbent.

If you are craving a little more adventure, there's a job in Gaza as an assistant director that pays about $105K, but you aren't allowed to bring your children to Gaza with you.

The jobs that UNRWA offers to the locals don't pay quite as much. Positions in Amman, including programmer/analysts, pay closer to $12K annually.