Organisation: UNRWA, The UN agency for Palestine refugees

Position: Advisor, Strategy, Planning and Innovations, P-4

Location: Amman, Jordan

Salary: Competitive


Closing date: 30/08/2017 (day/month/year)

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Advisor, Strategy, Planning and Innovations, P-4

UNRWA, The UN agency for Palestine refugees


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

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.


Job description

The main responsibilities include:

·         Providing strategic and planning support across all leadership giving and individual giving income streams, including provision of oversight to the Major Donor programme for UNRWA and stewardship of at least 100+ individual supporters of the agency;

·         Developing methodologies and new approaches for improving strategic planning processes and ensuring synergies within Partnerships Division and with National Committees and field offices. Ensuring clear and coordinated internal communication on key PSFR priorities, including through development of key messages and other internal communication content;

·         Monitoring and guiding proposal development relevant to private fundraising and partnerships across UNRWA field offices and works with fields and programmes to develop fundraising products (impact-focused proposals and reports that show added value, innovation, a theory of change and promise professional stewardship of funds);

·         Providing guidance and technical support to UNRWA National Committees to ensure that their Joint Strategic Plans are aligned with UNRWA’s overall strategy;

·         Identifying opportunities for innovation in partnerships and philanthropy and advising UNRWA on how to capitalize on these opportunities. Managing and building UNRWA’s knowledge of PSFR, providing mentorship to National Committees, fields, programmes and Partnerships Division staff on PSFR trends, best practices and key developments;

·         Ensuring that UNRWA’s Case for support is understood and internalized in all aspects of PSFR and contribution management. Coordinating and delivering best practices and capacity building workshops on PSFR across the agency;

·         Improving contribution management processes and tools to enhance stewardship of current and future grants; putting in place data management processes to support PSFR. Providing support to the Chief in developing specific guidelines and policies to strengthen UNRWA’s capacity to manage PSFR income, including on donor and financial stewardship, national committee governance, and donor communication and marketing.

Candidate requirements

To qualify for this position, you will need:


Advanced university degree from an accredited educational institution in political science, international relations, business or public administration, law, economics, development or humanitarian studies or a related discipline; a first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

• Minimum 8 years of progressively responsible experience in private sector fundraising for humanitarian and development assistance programs, including managing high value partnerships with private sector, and mobilizing income from private sector fundraising initiatives with an international NGO or UN agency, two of which must be at the international level;
• Experience in building a fundraising team.


Excellent command of spoken and written English.

You will also need to demonstrate the following competencies:

• Formulating Strategies and Concepts;
• Applying Technical Expertise;
• Persuading and Influencing;
• Entrepreneurial Thinking.
• Relating and Networking

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Additional comments

Additional information (pdf): See pdf

How to apply

To start the application process, applicants are required to register at by creating a personal profile and completing UNRWA Personal History Form. Only applications received through 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.


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Preferred method of response: Web

Closing date: 2017-08-30

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