Senior Social Transfer Specialist, P-4, Lebanon (Temporary Job Opening)

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Country: Lebanon
Organization: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
Closing date: 9 Mar 2021

Org .Setting And Reporting
The Senior Social Transfer Specialist is responsible to the Director of Relief and Social
Services (DRSS); works closely with Field Directors, their Deputies as well as Field Relief
and Social Services Programme staff, and regularly communicates with the Department of
Planning on emergency response related resource mobilization and management.
The Senior Social Transfer Specialist leads on implementation of robust planning and
monitoring of social transfer programmes' efficiency and effectiveness, provides guidance and
support to the Fields' staff to identify appropriate indicators, measurement tools and
operational frame work for social transfer programme.
• Under the guidance of the Director of Relief and Social Services (DRSS), provides the
technical capacity for the design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of
emergency and regular social transfer programmes for Palestine refugees in UNRWA's five
fields of operations with a particular emphasis on cash-based programme operations;
• Prepares technical instructions for emergency and regular cash based and in-kind social
transfer programmes and updates these streams based on sector developments and findings
from reviews and evaluations as well as changes in the implementation context;
• Supports Field offices in the identification of operational requirements and provides direct
support in determining and implementing operational frameworks for social transfer
programmes including identification of appropriate service providers;
• Supports the preparation and implementation of a biometric verification project in the
Lebanon field in close coordination with the field office relief and social services programme
management and provides technical support for follow-up coordination with UN agencies of
identification of service providers accepting biometric authentication services alongside cash
• Leads on implementation of robust data collection, monitoring and eligibility verification
assessments of social transfer programmes including identification of appropriate indicators
and measurement tools and revisiting social transfer value and targeting approaches based on
robust data analysis;
• Represents the Agency in regional social protection/cash based transfer forums and supports
building of respective partnerships, alliances and ensures alignment with UN system wide
approaches wherever appropriate;
• Contributes to resource mobilization efforts for social transfer programmes and prepares
respective documentation as required.
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. Default managerial competencies may apply.
• Applying Technical Expertise
• Client orientation: 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.
• Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to
translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives.
Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and
gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions.
Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to
take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender
perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in
• Formulating Strategies and Concepts
• Coping with Pressure and Setbacks
For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews:
Advanced university degree (Masters' or equivalent) from an accredited educational
institution in economics, statistics, social development, health, nutrition, business
administration or other related academic discipline.
Work Experience

  • Eight years of progressively responsible experience in the field of social policy, social
    protection, social assistance or similar involving coordination, planning, management and
    monitoring of large-scale social protection and/or transfer programmes in
    humanitarian/development contexts
  • A minimum of 2 continuous years of relevant international experience outside UNRWA,
    and outside the country(s) of which the candidate is a national or holds citizenship, a passport
    or a national identity number.
  • Knowledge of Near East political, social and economic environment and culture (desirable);
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English;
  • Working level knowledge of Arabic Language (desirable).
    Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be
    followed by competency-based interview.
    Special Notice
    Additional Information:
  • The incumbent will be required to travel in the Agency's area of operations (Syrian Arab
    Republic, Jordan, Lebanon, West Bank and Gaza).
    Type of Contract and duration: Temporary Appointment for 8 months or untill 31 December
  • Renewal subject to funds availability.
    UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states,
    regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions. The mission of UNRWA
    is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the
    difficult circumstances in which they live.
    For more details on UNRWA, please visit:
    United Nations Considerations
    Staff members are subject to the authority of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA and to
    assignment by him or her.
    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 applicants from
    under-represented groups.
    At UNRWA, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the
    necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due
    regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of
    qualifications and organizational needs. UNRWA is committed to creating a diverse and
    inclusive environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with
    disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when
    requested and indicated in the application.
    UNRWA Considerations
    UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence,
    neutrality, impartiality and integrity. 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.
    Candidates will not be considered for employment with UNRWA if they have committed
    violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law,
    sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to
    believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. Candidates who
    have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for
    employment. The Agency may disqualify applicants who have separated for reason of
    misconduct, who left a UN Agency while misconduct processes were pending, or who appear
    on the UN Sanctions List.
    UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.
    Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment
    platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the
    Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on "Manuals" hyper-link on the upper right side
    of the inspira account-holder homepage.
    The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in
    the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable
    internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations,
    resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative
    issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information
    pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in
    inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion,
    revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates
    under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the
    information provided in the application.
    Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time)
    on the deadline date.

How to apply:

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