Liaison Officer, P-3

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

Liaison Officer, P-3

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

Brussels, Belgium

Deadline for Applications: 27 August 2019; (13 August 2019 for internal applicants)
Duration: 2 years, with the possibility of further extension
Vacancy Announcement Number: 19-RO-BR-45

UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current UN- wide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified women.

UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.

UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff working across five areas of operation, is seeking talented and committed professionals for a rewarding role.

UNRWA’s strategic objectives

The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the highly challenging 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 the disease burden is reduced; (c) school-age children complete a quality and equitable basic education; (d) Palestine refugee capabilities are strengthened to increase livelihood opportunities; and (e) Palestine refugees are able to meet their basic human needs of food, shelter and environmental health.

Do you want to make a lasting difference?

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. In this role, you will be an integral member of the UNRWA Brussels team pursuing creative and effective advocacy strategies for the Agency priorities. Embedded in a small and dynamic team, the Liaison Officer contributes to the development of relations with UNRWA largest donor, the European Union (EU). Based at the heart of Europe, the Liaison Officer, under the direct supervision of the Director of the UNRWA Representative Office to the EU, plays a crucial role in ensuring that EU policies take into account the interests of Palestine refugees, recognize UNRWA as a relevant partner contributing to effective human development of Palestine refugees, work towards the attainment of the SDGs, and contribute to the stability and development of the Middle East.

The post aims to: a) enhance understanding and recognition of Palestine refugees’ plight and UNRWA’s mandate and role, as reflected in EU decisions, statements, resolutions, policies and programmes; b) secure sufficient, predictable and sustainable funding from a broad range of EU external financial instruments; c) raise awareness of Palestine refugees’ plight and UNRWA’s mandate in Europe; and d) strengthen the political partnership between the EU and UNRWA.

The main responsibilities include

  • Assisting in maintaining and expanding the relations with all relevant EU institutions and services, in particular with the European External Action Service (EEAS), the Council, the Commission Services, the European Parliament and its relevant Committees and Delegations as well as the EU Trust Fund for the Syria crisis, including raising awareness among interlocutors on the situation of Palestine refugees and the Agency’s mandate and advocating for refugees’ rights and needs; ensuring the inclusion of UNRWA in EU visits to the region and supporting the External Relations and Communications Department (ERCD)/Field Offices with background information and speaking points ahead of such visits;
  • In close coordination with ERCD, advising Program Departments and Field Offices on and contributing to the implementation and development of UNRWA’s Resource Mobilization Strategy, by monitoring the programming processes of EU funds and actively pursuing innovative avenues of cooperation with EU institutions, aiming to identify possible EU sources of funding, negotiating concrete opportunities and developing UNRWA’s approach to acceding these, thereby helping to obtain predictable and additional funding opportunities; monitors in this regard the annual EU budget preparation process and inter- institutional approval process to ensure increased and reliable funding to UNRWA Program Budget;
  • Assisting the Director in updating the Commissioner-General’s Office, ERCD and Fields on donor relations and advises on the state of play in key EU policy developments affecting the EU-UNRWA partnership, including through specific recommendations, drafting of correspondence for the purpose of fundraising and advocacy, and production of policy briefing materials, speaking points and speeches for senior management;
  • Participating and assisting in organizing and preparing for high level visits of the Commissioner-General, Deputy Commissioner-General or any other UNRWA Senior Manager in Brussels, including drafting necessary background materials and messages/talking points that may be required for such visits, in cooperation with ERCD and fields;
  • Supporting strategic communication of the Agency in Europe, including with EU institutions and in Member States capitals with a wide range of actors among which Government officials, parliamentarians, civil society organisations (CSOs), think tanks and media, in coordination with UNRWA international spokesperson;
  • Supporting the Director in the negotiation and successful implementation of EU-UNRWA Multiannual Agreements and in the preparation of the annual senior level EU-UNRWA strategic dialogues, in close coordination with the Executive Office, ERCD and other HQ departments;
  • Providing advice to ERCD, Program Departments and Field Offices on the negotiation, drafting and implementation of bilateral agreements and project proposals on behalf of UNRWA;
  • Assisting the Director to adequately represent UNRWA in various UN and EU fora in Brussels to ensure strategic positioning of the Agency on critical issues and that UNRWA’s views are fully reflected and integrated in common strategic papers especially in regard to the EU-UN Financial and Administrative Framework Agreement and UN Brussels policy working groups; as delegated by the Director, represents the Agency in these Fora.

Conditions of service

UNRWA offers an attractive compensation package including annual salary starting at $60,233 net tax free with post adjustment of 43.2% (subject to change without notice). All UNRWA duty stations (with the exception of Gaza and Syria) are family duty stations. Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:

  • Dependency allowances;
  • Rental subsidy;
  • Education grant for children;
  • Home leave travel;
  • 6 weeks (30 working days) annual leave  Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund;
  • International health insurance; optional life insurance;
  • Disability protection.

Additional information

The incumbent will occasionally travel to the Agency Headquarters and to its area of operations in the Middle East.

To qualify for this position, you will need

  • Education: A university degree from an accredited educational institution in political science, international relations, public or business administration, law, economics, development studies or similar discipline;
  • Work experience: At least six years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in resource mobilization, humanitarian affairs, political affairs, development or other related area, including at least two years of international experience outside one’s home country;
  • Language(s): Excellent command of written and spoken English.

Desirable qualifications

  • Advanced university degree in any relevant discipline stated in political science, international relations, public or business administration, law, economics, development studies or similar discipline;
  • Familiarity with the functioning of EU institutions is highly desirable;
  • Working knowledge of French and other European languages are an added value;
  • Familiarity with the Middle East and the Palestine refugees issue;
  • Familiarity with advocacy and/or fundraising experience.

You will also need to demonstrate the following competencies

UN Core Values of Professionalism, Integrity and Respect for Diversity and Core Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by default.

  • Strong analytical, interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Proven ability to exercise initiative, to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple competing priorities;
  • Excellent communicator in both spoken and written English, and ability to articulate ideas in a clear and concise style;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others in a team environment and with people of diverse backgrounds, culture and nationalities;
  • Demonstrated ability to operate in an intergovernmental environment;
  • Fully proficient computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications, e.g. word processing, spreadsheets, internet, etc.;
  • Solid administrative and organizational skills and willingness to practice job flexibility.

For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews:

Who we are

For almost 70 years, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA) has been working on the ground in five fields of operations in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip providing direct assistance and protection for some 5 million Palestine refugees in the Middle East. UNRWA is mandated by the UN General Assembly to provide this assistance and its mission is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development until there is a just and lasting solution for their plight. UNRWA restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who have been uprooted by conflict with services encompassing education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance.

For more details on UNRWA, please visit:

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.

General information

UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality at all times. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity, and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.

The Agency reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.

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