Infrastructure and Camp Improvement Programme


Vacancy Announcement

Camp Improvement Projects Manager (Burj El Barajneh),

Grade 16



Deadline for Applications

24 October 2018

Contract Type & Duration

Fixed Term – Project Funded (12 months extendable)


Vacancy Announcement Number


Duty Station & Department

Central Lebanon (Burj El Barajneh) – Infrastructure and Camp Improvement Programme


UNRWA encourages applications from qualified women and welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.



UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff working across five areas of operation, is looking for professionals like you.


UNRWA’s human development goals

UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states, regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions. UNRWA has identified four human development goals as the focus of the Agency’s operations in committing to fostering human development of Palestine refugees by helping them to: lead long and healthy lives, acquire knowledge and skills, achieve decent standards of living and enjoy human rights to the fullest possible extent.


How can you make a difference? 

You will be joining a team of around 3000 staff in the Lebanon Field Office working to foster the human development of some 470,000 registered Palestine refugees.  

The Camp Improvement Projects Manager will be responsible for:




The main responsibilities include:



  • Plans and implement the shelter rehabilitation, housing and upgrading projects in line with the relevant overall Infrastructure and Camp Improvement (ICI) strategies and policies;


  • Establishes priorities, in coordination with CFICIP, and detailed work plans on the basis of initial general study of urban planning needs for refugee camps reflecting the prevailing conditions in the host country and specific needs of the refugee community;
  • Provides camp improvement solutions in order to durably improve the living conditions and urban environment in the Refugee Camp(s) including the development of Camp Improvement Plans utilising urban planning methodologies and reviews and updates these plans continuously;


  • Coordinates participatory design meetings with community representatives and ensures that planning processes are taking into consideration refugees needs; coordinates the camp improvement plans with internal and external stakeholders such as host governments and municipalities and negotiates with them optimal planning proposals;


  • Supervises physical and socio-economic surveys of shelters and living conditions in camps for compilation of detailed databases in accordance with the established criteria to support the development of proposals for shelter rehabilitation and upgrading of master plans in consultation with relevant stakeholders;


  • Coordinates with the concerned Departments to ensure the implementation of an integrated planning process; liaises with RSSP to ensure assessment, identification of beneficiaries/target groups and implementation of a community driven participatory approach;


  • Assesses the training needs and plans, coordinates and/or conducts training for all relevant staff to build and improve their capacities in his/her area of responsibility;


  • Monitors and evaluates the implementation of camp development initiatives  in camps under his/her purview; supervises the preparation of detailed design and tender/contract documents for Shelter Rehabilitation, Housing Programme and other community development projects;


  • Provides monthly progress reports and monitors the situation to ensure that lessons learned are incorporated into the planning and design process as well as into the implementation phase of the project;


  • Performs such other duties as may be required.  





Conditions of service 

Monthly basic salary L.L 2,440,836. + SOA % 50 (Special Occupancy Allowance)

Other benefits include:


ü Provident Fund contribution (15% of basic salary paid by the Agency)

ü Dependency allowances, Dependent spouse: L.L 60,000 per month

    Dependent child: L.L 33,000 per month

ü 30 days of annual leave

ü Compulsory medical insurance






To qualify for this position, you will need:


A university degree in civil engineering, architecture or urban planning.







At least six years’ experience in planning and construction of projects, of which at least four years should have been in senior and supervisory positions in a large international, governmental or non-governmental organization concerned with the welfare and promotion of developmental social services to socio-economically disadvantaged groups in developing countriescommercial.



Excellent command of written and spoken English and Arabic.






    • Demonstrated competence in all aspects of project planning and management, including application of all aspects of results-based management/project cycle management;
    • Positive attitude and interpersonal, communication and coordination skills; ability to negotiate and influence others;
    • A strong analytical skills, with ability to find creative solutions to problems;
    • Proven ability to engage the local community in all stages of the project;
    • A solid understanding of the culture and political complexity of the area;
    • Proven ability and experience in contract administration;
    • Knowledge of principles of accounting skills
    • Proficiency in standard Agency computer applications.





·         Postgraduate qualification in urban planning or in a field related to  urban planning development;

·         Professional certificate in project management;

·         Knowledge and experience in the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).





·               Travel outside the Field in the Area of Operations for duty purposes;

·               Drive within the field to perform his/her duties, thus s/he must be willing and capable of driving a UN vehicle;

·               Work beyond regular working hours.




For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews:


Recruitment in UNRWA Lebanon – How it works:


Text Box: Who we are
For over 65 years, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA) has been working on the ground in five fields of operations in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip providing direct assistance and protection for some 5 million Palestine refugees in the Middle East. UNRWA is mandated by the UN General Assembly to provide this assistance and its mission is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development until there is a just and lasting solution for their plight. UNRWA restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who have been uprooted by conflict with services encompassing education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance.

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How to apply

To start the application process, applicants are required to register at by creating a personal profile and completing UNRWA Personal History Form. Only applications received through will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received for UNRWA vacancies, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted. Please ensure that the e-mail address that you will indicate in your Personal History Profile is accurate, candidates shortlisted for test or interview will only be contacted by e-mail. No follow up phone calls will be made.


The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process. The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts.


General information

This vacancy notice is open to internal and external candidates. As an Area post, preference will be given to local candidates already based in the duty station of the post.


UNRWA is a United Nations organization whose staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity, and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNRWA staff are expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.


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


Date of issue: 04 October 2018