Chief Field Health Programme, Amman, Jordan At United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)

Closing date: Sunday, 16 July 2023

Posting Title: Chief Field Health Programme, H11

Job Code Title: Chief Field Health Programme

Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)

Duty Station: AMMAN

Posting Period: 03 July 2023 – 16 July 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Medical-UNRWA-212242-R-Amman (R)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and Reporting

  •  Supervisor: The incumbent reports to the Deputy Director of UNRWA Affairs (Programmes), who has the authority for day-to-day supervision of programmes in the Field of operation. The Director of Health (HQ) Amman is responsible for ensuring the achievement of professional, policy and technical standards in line with the strategic direction of the programme. To realize this, the incumbent is responsible for ensuring consultation with and approval of the Director of Health on significant programmatic matters.
  •  Supervisees: The incumbent supervises and provides technical guidance to a large team of professional and General Services or equivalent Area Staff posts/personnel.


  •  Directs and supervises the Agency’s Health Programme in the Field to ensure that medical care services, disease prevention and control, family health, mental health, oral health, laboratory, pharmaceutical, physical rehabilitation, hospital services, Qalqilia hospital supervision (West Bank only), and health information system are in line with the family health team approach.
  •  Establishes and maintains a positive relationship with the host government and non-governmental health and UN institutions on health matters in order to ensure a healthy and safe environment for UNRWA’s stakeholders.
  •  Oversees administrative matters pertaining to the Health Programme in the Field including personnel, budget and expenditure control to ensure the smooth and continuous flow of health operations and services.
  •  Directs multi-sector activities with the other departments in the Fields to ensure activities are correlated efficiently.
  •  Ensures coordination with local universities on health-related training activities to maintain continuous improvements on the health services provided by UNRWA.
  •  Oversees the implementation of health projects in coordination with the Field Infrastructure and Camp improvement Programme and project management with the External Relations and Communications Department.
  •  Performs other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.


  •  Persuading and Influencing;
  •  Planning and Organizing;
  •  Adapting and Responding to Change;
  •  Delivering Results;
  •  Creating and Maintaining Impact and Partnership.


  •  A university degree from an accredited educational institution in medicine including an internship of at least twelve-months duration.
  •  An advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution in public health.
  •  A license to practice medicine in the county of duty station.

Work Experience

  •  At least ten years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in public health systems of which five years should have been at a supervisory level. is required.


  •  Excellent command of written and spoken English and Arabic.


  •  Technical Test.
  •  Competency-based Interview.

Special NoticeContract Status: Fixed-Term Appointment for 3 years; including 1 year probation period, with the possibility of further extension, subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need. Benefits: Grade HL11, Monthly Salary JD 2277.00 Fils. plus, SOA 25% of basic salary, other benefits include Provident Fund contribution (15.4% of basic salary paid by the Agency) & medical insurance. Dependency allowance is subject to eligibility. Department: UNRWA – Health Programme. Duty Station: JFO. Desirable Qualifications:

  •  Provided very good understanding of the context of Palestine refugees and UNRWA operations.
  •  A degree in Family Medicine Specialty. Additional Information:
  •  The incumbent may be required to travel frequently in the Agency’s area of operations.
  •  Possession of a valid driving license is required. Equivalency: When the minimum requirements are not fully met, the Director of Human Resources may exceptionally substitute part of the unmet requirements with a combination of relevant academic qualifications and progressive relevant work experience. NB: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination. General Information:
  •  This vacancy notice is open to internal and external candidates. Only candidates residing in Jordan, and within commuting distance of the duty station with authorization to work in the duty station at the time of application are eligible to apply. The Agency will not assume responsibility or accountability to support or facilitate the issuance of work permit in Jordan, and without a valid work permit, the appointment may be rescinded.
  •  Since the Vacancy is an Area Staff post, the Agency will not provide coverage for relocation costs.
  •  Preference will be given to registered Palestine refugees and candidates assisting the Agency to meet its commitment to gender parity. UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.
  •  UNRWA encourages applications from qualified and experienced women.
  •  A roster may be created from the selection exercise, and successful candidates may become eligible for appointment to the same post or a similar post.
  •  Only applications that have been fully completed in UNRWA’s online e-recruitment system Inspira will be considered, and no late applications will be accepted. The PHP should be completed with full relevant work experience under the experience tabs as per the requirements in the Job Opening. All acquired university degrees must also be stated, if applicable. Applicants applying to positions for Grades 12 to 20 must submit a cover letter/motivational statement in order to be considered. Additionally, providing incorrect or misleading information on an application will result in the immediate disqualification of a candidate.
  •  For UNRWA internal staff, they are required to specify and include their current UNRWA grade level. To do so applicants should select under “Category” RLG, scroll down to see all categories, then select their local grade.
  •  Advertisements published only in English will only accept applications in English, and Arabic submissions will not be considered.
  •  The Agency may disqualify applicants whose name appears on the UN Sanctions List or a UN database of staff separated for reason of misconduct or of staff who separated whilst misconduct processes were pending.
  •  UNRWA shares investigation and misconduct information with other UN Agencies, and past and prospective employers, about staff members who have been separated for misconduct, or who have separated whilst an investigation and/or disciplinary process for misconduct is underway; and such persons may be prohibited from employment with the United Nations.
  •  The Agency will immediately disqualify applicants who are ineligible for any reason in accordance with the Agency regulatory framework.
  •  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.
  •  Applications from UNRWA staff member who had been demoted with deferred eligibility for promotion will not be considered.
  •  Applications from Staff members who were recipients under the Early Voluntary Retirement or Exceptional Voluntary Separation Schemes will not be considered.
  •  Applications from Internal candidate serving for less than one year in your current post will not be considered.
  •  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 or to change the contract Modality.
  •  A candidate is not eligible for consideration if he or she was short-listed and found not suitable for the same post within the previous 12 months unless the post description has since been altered by 30% or more, as determined by ODCS.

United Nations ConsiderationsStaff 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.


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