Special Assistant (Donor Relations), P3, Jerusalem


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 Special Assistant (Donor Relations) reports to the Director of External Relations.


  • Assists the Director of External Relations and supports the Director of Partnerships as necessary and as advised by the Director of External Relations on current and long-term strategic functions related to donor relations and resource mobilization. – Undertakes research and writing papers on a wide range of general administrative, financial, and operational issues of concern to the Department of External Relations, including drafting presentations, talking points, speeches and notes for the record; prepares reports and correspondence as requested. – Follows up, as required, on the implementation of decisions and on other matters referred by the Director of External Relations to departments and offices at Headquarters and the Fields, and contributes to the optimal flow of information to, from and within the department. – Supervises administrative aspects across the department by liaising with Directors/Chiefs and coordinating with administrative personnel as necessary. – Maintains contact and liaises with offices of donor representatives; follows up with internal and external interlocuters as necessary. – Acts as secretary for department meetings and other meetings as required. – Represents the Department and/or the Agency at UN or other meetings and conferences, as required.

Competencies 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. – Relating and Networking – Analyzing – Planning and Organizing – Adapting and Responding to Change – Learning and Researching

For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews: https://careers.un. org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=AYI Education A university degree from an accredited educational institution in public or business administration, social sciences, law or a related discipline.

Job Specific Qualifications

Work Experience At least six years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in administrative affairs, advocacy and outreach with governmental and non-governmental organizations (required). A minimum of 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 (required). Working understanding of principles, procedures and organizational culture associated with Official Development Assistance (desirable). Knowledge of contemporary issues relating to the Middle East (desirable). Working knowledge and experience of the Agency’s operations in the Middle East, and knowledge of Middle Eastern culture (desirable). Languages Excellent command of written and spoken English. Knowledge of a second UN language is desirable. Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Special Notice Type of Contract and duration: 2 years, with the possibility of further extension.

The Special Assistant (Donor Relations) will be required to reside in Jerusalem and may be required to accompany the Director of External Relations on missions beyond the region in pursuit of the Agency’s resource mobilization strategy. 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. 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: https://www.unrwa.org/

How to apply

To start the application process, applicants are required to register at https://careers.un.org/lbw/Home.aspx go to Department and choose UNRWA for UNRWA posts. Only applications received through https://careers.un.org/lbw/Home.aspx will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received, only short-listed applicants will be contacted via e-mail only.

Link to TJO is: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=177967&Lang=en-US