UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWAs services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions. For its local team, UNRWA is seeking to employ a qualified:

Human Rights Advisor
Candidates having previously applied need not to re-apply

Vacancy Announcement Number
Deadline for Applications
10 July 2013
Duty Station
HQ Amman, Jordan

The incumbent is responsible to Head, Strategic Planning Unit.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Provide strategic direction and leadership for the Human Rights, Conflict Resolution and Tolerance (HRCRT) Education programme across the Agency, and presents this programme to a range of audiences (donors, partners, conferences);
Oversee and support the implementation of HRCRT Policy and other Agency-wide instruments (e.g.: HRCRT Toolkit);
Adopt advocacy and capacity building strategies to promote and enhance a culture of human rights with regards to approaches and activities pertinent to teaching human rights to improve students' life skills, tolerance, non-violent communication and conflict resolution;
Work towards improving the Education staffs human rights knowledge, understanding and skills with regards to classroom practice, and school-management; develop appropriate materials (strategic guide-notes and audio-visual materials for teaching staff), provide technical and professional assistance to improve the teaching/learning process in UNRWAs schools and other educational institutions in the field of human rights and related issues;
Lead analysis of the curricula and prescribed textbooks; prepare curriculum enrichment and training material on human rights culture based on UN principles and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to promote attitudes of tolerance, democratic practice, child participation, and conflict resolution through mediation and dialogue in order to create a child-friendly school environment;
Prepare reports, concept/information notes, and proposals to strengthen the implementation of the HRCRT programme across the Agency;
Monitor and evaluate the programme, and conduct qualitative and quantitative data analysis to ensure continuous improvement in the quality of HRCRT teaching/learning provided by UNRWA.

Professional Knowledge and Experience
A university degree in social sciences or political science, with a strong background in the area of human rights, tolerance and conflict resolution;
At least six years of experience in management at different levels, in an educational environment;
Excellent command of spoken and written English and Arabic.

Proven management skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to work well in multi-cultural contexts;
Advanced knowledge in report writing;
Excellent critical and creative thinking;
Ability to take initiative;
Excellent communication skills;
Problem-solving skills.

Desirable Qualifications
Knowledge of modern approaches and trends in human rights;
Knowledge of M&E tools and RBM;
Knowledge of statistics.

Additional Information
The incumbent may be required to travel frequently in the Agencys area of operations.

When the minimum requirements are not fully met, Field Director for Field Area staff and Director of Human Resources for Headquarters Area staff, in consultation with the concerned supervisor 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.

Conditions of Service
The fixed term appointment is for 3 years including 1 year probation period. Monthly basic salary starting at JD 1028.90 plus Senior Professional Officer Allowance of 15% from the basic salary. Other benefits include monthly Provident Fund contribution (15% of basic salary paid by the Agency), compulsory medical insurance, 30 days of annual leave, and dependency allowance (if applicable).

How to Apply
Applicants are required to register at refresh by creating a personal profile and completing an UNRWA Personal History Form. Please note that UNRWA only accepts degrees from accredited educational institutions. Only applications received through refresh will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted.

Please ensure that the e-mail address that you will indicate in your Personal History Profile is accurate, candidates shortlisted for test or interview will only be contacted by e-mail. No follow up phone calls will be made.

General Information
UNRWA encourages applications from qualified and experienced women. UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.

This vacancy notice is open to internal and external candidates. First priority will be given to fully qualified staff members; second priority to fully qualified external Palestine refugee applicants. As an Area post, preference will be given to local candidates already based in the duty station of the post.

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 work environment.

The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process (application, testing, interviewing, etc). The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts.

Date of issue: 27June 2013 /TAH