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- Regional Palestinian Rights Adviser, Amman

Regional Palestinian Rights Adviser

Norwegian Refugee Council

Closing date: 30 Sep 2017

Rights Respected, People Protected


The Middle East Regional Office based in Amman, Jordan was created in January 2014 as part of NRC’s reorganization process. We currently have more than 3,000 staff in the Middle East region assisting people displaced by conflict in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Palestine. Our work is concentrated on the shelter, education, food security, legal assistance and water, sanitation and hygiene sectors with strong protection and resilience focus integrated into our programs.

NRC operations is in the Middle East have grown significantly in recent years and further growth is expected in the months to come. With large operations in such fluid contexts, the NRC Middle East Regional Office has a stimulating and rewarding work environment, a collaborative workforce and genuine place of passion responding to a region in crisis.


The purpose of the Regional Palestinian Rights Adviser position is to engage, network and advise NRC on the position of Palestinian Refugees from Syria (PRS) in the region, as well as to advocate more broadly for a regional rights based approach for Palestinian refugees in line with NRC’s ‘Whole of Palestine’ approach.

Role and responsibilities

Generic Responsibilities

Overall coordination of NRC’s regional approach to Palestinian refugees, including PRS, in consultation and coordination with MERO/Country Offices

Provide strategic advice and guidance to MERO/Country Offices on regional and global developments on Palestine refugee issues to ensure that NRC delivers high quality, effective and relevant programming

Contributes to ICLA strategy development on Palestinian refugee issues, project proposals and provides inputs on needs and gaps for Palestinian refugees in the region

Identify and develop regional programmatic/advocacy issues related to the core competencies and relevant cross-cutting issues

Liaises with relevant stakeholders on regional issues affecting Palestinian refugees including PLO, UNRWA and other regional stakeholders

Represents NRC on Palestinian refugee issues in relevant forums at regional and international level

Development of policy papers and guidance and coordination of research on regional issues affecting the rights of Palestinian refugees

Provide capacity building, training and mainstreaming of Palestinian rights issues within MERO, Country Offices and to other stakeholders in the region

Responsible for implementing and maintaining communication with the Country Offices in the region

Adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures;

Specific Responsibilities

Promote NRC as a relevant and constructive voice and participant in regional and international dialogue on Palestinian rights within the region, based on NRC’s programmatic and policy expertise

Coordinate research and policy dialogue on regional developments affecting Palestinian refugees, focusing on key issues relevant to NRC mandate

Assist NRC to develop innovative, practical and effective policy options and programmatic interventions on Palestinian rights

Support efforts to encourage stakeholders to take a holistic, regional and global approach to Palestinian rights, as compared to present country-based approaches

Develop and implement Work Plan on Whole of Palestine approach

Our Ideal Candidate:

Minimum 4 years of experience working in humanitarian or a human rights context. A degree in law is highly preferred.

A dynamic person who has excellent communication skills, and cultural/ political sensitive,

Our preferred candidate is someone who has extensive experience with multi-cultural environment and managing conflicting priorities. Ability to work with key stakeholders on Palestinian issues including PLO, UNRWA and other key players as well.

Excellent representation and liaison skills, in addition to strategic, and analytical skills.

Someone who enjoys the challenge of working independently and autonomously, and handling unexpected meetings, travels when needed.

A highly organized person, with excellent communication and reporting skills. Proactive, and initiative

Additional Information:

Contract period: 12 months

Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions

Duty station: Amman, with 70% (Palestine, Lebanon, regional and international travel).

Approved health certificate will be requested before contract start

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NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose.

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Screening applications will be on a rolling basis.

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Job posted on 8 September 2017.

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