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. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is the largest UN operation in the Middle East with more than 30,000 staff. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.
INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY Department: Donor Relations Unit Duty Station: UNRWA Jordan Field Office, Jordan Type of Appointment: Full time internship Duration: 4 months, with the possibility of renewal Expected Starting Date: ASAP
The work of the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth (Office) aims to strengthen the focus on youth in existing UN programmes, policies and strategies at all levels and to engage and empower young people across the world, bringing the UN closer to them. The overall priorities of the Office are guided by the priority areas of the World Programme of Action for Youth, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1995, and the priority areas of the UN System Wide Action Plan on Youth. Administratively the Office is linked to the Department of Public Information (DPI), and within it to the Outreach Division. The Office draws on outreach assistance from DPI, while also closely working with the UN entities that are members of the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development, UN Regional Commissions, as well as UN Regional and Country Teams.
In Jordan, in the context of Palestine refugees, UNRWA seeks to deliver against the 4-point priority work plan of the Office. That work-plan corresponds to the growing need for the United Nations to elevate the global youth agenda, increase awareness of youth issues and contribute to the acceleration of a global response that seeks to address the development needs and safeguard the rights of today’s largest generation of young people. Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director of UNRWA Affairs, Jordan, the Youth Outreach and Development Officer keeps abreast of key youth issues relating to UNRWA in Jordan, and is responsible for providing analysis of such issues as well as ways to respond to them to the senior management of UNRWA Jordan Field Office.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Build on and develop the work of the former Youth Outreach and Development Support Officer;
- Support the Jordan Field Office to develop a strategy and road map for meaningful youth engagement in the work of the United Nations, as this relates to the mandate of UNRWA in Jordan, with particular focus on the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, including contributing to the Global Youth Partnership for the Sustainable Development Goals;
- Identify a range of youth organizations with whom UNRWA in Jordan can partner, to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects;
- Provide support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including conducting research, reviewing and analyzing emerging issues and trends and participating in evaluations or research activities and studies on specific youth development issues;
- Prepare briefings, concept notes, background materials, statements and talking points for the Director of the Jordan Field Office, or other senior staff, as may be required;
- Contribute to the organization of the annual ECOSOC Youth Forum, World Youth Skills Day, International Youth Day and other special events and activities aimed at engaging partners, and creating visibility and leveraging momentum with Member States on youth related issues. Providing overall support for events planning, management and coordination functions;
- Assist the Office in attending select meetings, the Interagency Network on Youth Development, or any of its sub-working groups;
- Contribute to liaising with UN Country Teams, relevant government institutions and other stakeholders;
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Education: Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited educational institution in social sciences, political science, public or business administration, law, communications, economics or related fields.
Work Experience: Applicants are not required to have professional work experience, although prior experience in youth-related initiatives or programmes will be an advantage
Languages: English and Arabic are the working languages of UNRWA. Fluency in English is required, knowledge of Arabic language is highly desirable.
- Experience in undertaking research, and producing data analytics and infographics design is required. Strong presentation and communication design skills (e.g. Microsoft PowerPoint ThinkCell); Strong knowledge of data management techniques and quantitative analysis (e.g. Microsoft Excel);
- Effectively networks with partners seizing opportunities to build alliances;
- Makes the case for innovative ideas documenting successes and building them
into the design of new approaches;
- Understands youth-related issues in Jordan, including at a community level.
- Speaks and writes clearly and effectively;
- Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds
- Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
- Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience;
- Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
- Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
- Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn
- Places team agenda before personal agenda;
- Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions
may not entirely reflect own position;
- Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team
- Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view;
- Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect;
- Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions;
- Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep
informed and anticipate problems;
- Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects;
- Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.2
Should you be interested, please send your CV and a motivation letter to [email protected] no later than 5 March 2020. Please mention in the subject line “Application for Youth Internship”.
The motivation letter must include:
- Title of degree;
- IT skills and programs that you are proficient in;
- Explain your interest in UNRWA and why you are the best candidate for this specific
Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
Only those applicants shortlisted for interview will be contacted. UNRWA is a non-smoking environment.
UNRWA staff and complementary personnel 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 an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from both women and men. UNRWA encourages applications from qualified women.