AVAC Assistant Project Coordinator supporting the AVAC initiative

Country: Jordan
Organization: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
Closing date: 31 Aug 2021

TERMS OF REFERENCE

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 5.7 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to support 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 funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.

AVAC Assistant Project Coordinator supporting the AVAC initiative

UNRWA Education Department HQ (Amman)

(Local consultancy)

Background

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 5.7 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 funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.

Palestine refugee children, like children around the world, can be exposed to various forms of violence in the home, at school, in the community or because of the context in which they live. It is estimated that every year, at least a billion children globally are exposed to violence. Violence against children has far reaching impacts. Not only is it a violation of the child’s right to be protected from violence, but it can affect a child’s short and long-term health, well-being, developmental needs and levels of educational attainment. Violence against children can perpetuate cycles of vulnerability and inequality into adulthood and can also have long-term societal and economic costs.

Making sure that children access, and benefit from, the Agency services in a violence-free environment that ensures their protection and human development with dignity is at the core of the mandate of UNRWA and is an Agency-wide priority. Since 2016, UNRWA has strengthened its approach to this issue through an Agency-wide initiative to ‘Address Violence Affecting, and Involving Children in UNRWA Installations and Services,’ referred to as the ‘AVAC’ initiative. An AVAC Strategic Framework sets out a plan of action to eliminate all forms of interpersonal violence – physical, psychological and sexual violence - against children, in both the development and humanitarian contexts, as well as in the online space.

UNRWA has secured funding to advance on the implementation of the AVAC initiative through the Government of Belgium.

Purpose

The purpose of this position is to support the implementation of the Belgian funded project focused on the Agency-wide Addressing Violence Affecting, and Involving, Children in UNRWA Installations and Services (AVAC) initiative. This entails research on issues relating to AVAC, planning and delivery of meetings and (capacity-building) workshops, and participation in visibility and advocacy initiatives including (online) awareness campaigns and celebration of International Days to ensure internal and external awareness of the project.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Providing research briefs/analysis on issues relating to AVAC, including offline and online child-sensitive reporting mechanisms and child safeguarding in remote learning.
  2. Supporting the development of the AVAC Staying Safe Online Campaign and other communication materials/graphics as required.
  3. Supporting the planning, delivery, and reporting of Safer Internet Day (9 February 2022).
  4. Assisting in the planning, delivery and note-taking of coordination meetings and workshops.
  5. Support the drafting of project progress reports.
  6. Performing other duties as required.

Reporting Structure

The Assistant Project Coordinator will be based in the Education Department at UNRWA HQ in Amman. S/he will work under the administrative supervision of the Senior Education Programme Specialist. In terms of Task follow-up, s/he will receive guidance and supervision from the AVAC Coordinator and other respective staff in Education.

Minimum qualifications and experience

· A university degree from an accredited educational institution in education, international development, social sciences or related fields;

· A minimum of 3 years’ experience in communication and education related projects/programmes;

Desirable qualifications

  • An advanced university degree from an accredited educational institution in education, international development, social sciences or related fields;
  • Knowledge of Arabic;
  • Working experience in the Middle East.

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.

  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.

· Effective communication and coordination skills;

· Experience in report writing;

· Ability to identify priority activities and assignments;

· Proven critical thinking, creativity and analytical skills;

· Proven ability to operate in a dynamic and sometimes challenging environment;

· Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with colleagues and others in a team environment;

  • Respect for diversity and adaptability;

· Proficiency in computer applications including Internet, word processing, spread- sheets and databases.

Conditions of Service

The following conditions are to be observed:

· The position will run on a full-time basis from 1 October 2021 to 28 February 2022.

§ Monthly remuneration will be on a monthly basis is USD 1,191

· Payment will be released on submission of a monthly attendance sheet.

Application process

Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV or UN Personal History Form clearly demonstrating the knowledge and experience required to meet the requirements of the consultancy and provide the names of at least two recent references via consultancy@unrwa.org, indicating the title of this consultancy “AVAC Assistant Project Coordinatorand field (area)/country of the candidate in the subject line of the message. The deadline for the submission of applications, references and supporting documentation is 31 August 2021**. Late applications will not be considered, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

General information

UNRWA personnel, including consultants, 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, non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict and non-violence against children. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA positions. UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.

UNRWA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from both women and men. UNRWA encourages applications from qualified women. Only those applicants shortlisted for interview will be contacted. UNRWA is a non-smoking environment.

23 August 2021

How to apply:

Application process

Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV or UN Personal History Form clearly demonstrating the knowledge and experience required to meet the requirements of the consultancy and provide the names of at least two recent references via consultancy@unrwa.org, indicating the title of this consultancy “AVAC Assistant Project Coordinatorand field (area)/country of the candidate in the subject line of the message. The deadline for the submission of applications, references and supporting documentation is 31 August 2021**. Late applications will not be considered, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



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