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United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

http://www.unrwa.org

Overview

  • Organization TypeFunding Agencies
  • Staff501-1000
  • HeadquartersSwitzerland
  • Founded1949
UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) provides assistance, protection and advocacy for some 4.7 million registered Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory, pending a solution to their plight. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states. UNRWA provides assistance, protection and advocacy for some 4.7 million registered Palestine refugees in the Middle East. The Agency’s services encompass education, health care, relief, camp infrastructure and improvement, community support, microfinance and emergency response, including in times of armed conflict.   Establishment Following the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict, UNRWA was established by United Nations General Assembly resolution 302 (IV) of 8 December 1949 to carry out direct relief and works programmes for Palestine refugees. The Agency began operations on 1 May 1950. In the absence of a solution to the Palestine refugee problem, the General Assembly has repeatedly renewed UNRWA's mandate, most recently extending it until 30 June 2011.   UNRWA services Since its establishment, the Agency has delivered its services both in times of relative calm in the Middle East, and in times of hostilities. UNRWA’s work exemplifies an international commitment to the human development of Palestine refugees, helping them: - acquire knowledge and skills - lead long and healthy lives - achieve decent standards of living - enjoy human rights to the fullest possible extent UNRWA is unique in terms of its long-standing commitment to one group of refugees, and its contributions to the welfare and human development of four generations of Palestine refugees. Originally envisaged as a temporary organisation, the Agency has gradually adjusted its programmes to meet the changing needs of the refugees.   Where does UNRWA work? UNRWA provides education, health, relief and social services to eligible refugees among the 4.7 million registered Palestine refugees in its five fields of operations: - Jordan - Lebanon - Gaza Strip - the Syrian Arab Republic - the West Bank, including East Jerusalem Some 1.4 million refugees, around one third of the total, live in 58 recognised camps, and UNRWA's services are located in or near these areas.   Facilities Unlike other United Nations organisations that work through local authorities or executing agencies, UNRWA provides its services directly to Palestine refugees. It plans and carries out its own activities and projects, and builds and administers facilities such as schools and clinics. The Agency currently operates or sponsors over 900 installations with nearly 30,000 staff across the five fields. Because UNRWA services such as education and healthcare are the type of services normally provided within the public sector, the Agency cooperates closely with governmental authorities in the area of operations, who also provide some services to Palestine refugees.    

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Careers

4Current jobs
289Total posted jobs

Job openings over the past year

Examples of past jobs

  • Head, Field Procurement and Logistics Office, P-4, Beirut, Lebanon
    Lebanon
  • Gender Based Violence Officer
    Jordan
  • Head, Programme and Projects Section (re-advertised), P-4, HQ Amman
    Jordan
  • Special Assistant to the Commissioner-General
    Palestinian Territory, Occupied

Staff at United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) have experience in

Sectors

  • development
  • monitoring / evaluation
  • accounting
  • public administration
  • disaster recovery

Funders

  • united states agency for international development
  • canadian international development agency
  • european union
  • un system
  • department for international development

Countries

  • jordan
  • kazakhstan
  • australia
  • colombia
  • bolivia

Skills

  • managerial experience
  • business development
  • experience in recruitment
  • international experience
  • with experience in conflict areas

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Company Offices
  • Switzerland (headquarters)
  • Frauenfeld
  • Palais des Nations, Annexe Le Bocage 1, R92 Avenue de la Paix
  • Egypt
  • Cairo
  • 2 Dar el-Shifa Street, Garden City
  • Belgium
  • Brussels
  • Residence Palace – 8th floor, Elevator 23, Box 107 Rue de la Loi, 155
  • United States
  • New York
  • One United Nations Plaza, Room DC1-1265
  • Jordan
  • Amman
  • PO Box 140157

Experience

Primary sectors

Events / Training
Procurement Process
Monitoring / Evaluation
Refugees
Architecture / Design
Reproductive Health
Project Support
Logistics / Supplies
Financial Services
Torts / Conflict Resolution

Contract Awards

Emergency Humanitarian Assistance to Conflict-affected Palestine Refugees in Syria30 November 2016

European Commission Humanitarian Office - ECHO
30 Nov 2016

ECHO 2015: Supporting UNRWA's strategic response to Gaza's emergency shelter needs30 November 2016

European Commission Humanitarian Office - ECHO
30 Nov 2016

''Food Facility - EC UNRWA - 12 July 2011

EuropeAid Co-operation Office - EuropeAID
2 Jul 2011

UNRWA Contribution to the 2010 Regular Budget2 July 2011

EuropeAid Co-operation Office - EuropeAID
2 Jul 2011

Support to UNRWA's Organisational Development Plan2 July 2011

EuropeAid Co-operation Office - EuropeAID
2 Jul 2011
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