The Office of the European Union Representative
(West Bank and Gaza Strip, UNRWA)

Vacancy notice: International Aid / Cooperation Officer – Office of the European Union Representative (West Bank and Gaza Strip, UNRWA) in East Jerusalem - NEAR B1 – Middle East

28/01/2019 - 11:30
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Job description type: International Aid / Cooperation Officer – GFIV Sysper N° 275493


We are

The European Union (EU) is an economic and political partnership between 28 European countries. It plays an important role in international affairs through diplomacy, trade, development aid and working with global organisations. Abroad, the EU is represented through more than 140 diplomatic representations, known also as EU Delegations.

The EU Delegation in East Jerusalem – commonly referred to as the Office of the European Union Representative (West Bank and Gaza Strip, UNRWA) – plays its role in the diplomatic community along with Member States represented locally: It represents the EU in Palestine[1] both as regards the Middle East Peace Process and vis-à-vis the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the political, economic, trade and co-operation fields. This includes promoting EU's interests, values and policies in Palestine including with the PA, civil society, business and the wider Palestinian public.

The Office of the EU Representative is equally responsible for following up with the Palestinian Authority on the implementation of the EC-PLO Association Agreement on trade and cooperation which is a key element in relations between the EU and the Palestinians in the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. The bulk of our work centres on co-coordinating, managing and monitoring a large EU assistance programme to the Palestinians. Not counting the substantial bilateral contributions of the EU Member States, the EU programme managed by the European Union accounts for about one quarter of total international donor assistance to the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

We propose

A position as International Aid / Cooperation Officer for the delivery of EU Development Assistance to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, to work in a dynamic and motivated team in a very complex political environment, requiring a high degree of responsiveness, pro-activity, commitment, and oversight (vis-à-vis implementing partners). The job necessitates intense cooperation with a wide range of partners inside the EU who are engaged in the Middle East Peace Process, and with a wide range of interlocutors in all the hubs from which assistance responses are steered and implemented.

Under the supervision of the Head of Section:

The International Aid / Cooperation Officer will contribute to the definition and implementation of EU-funded assistance managed by the Operations Section 3 of the Office of the EU Representative – Governance, Rule of Law, Human Rights and Democracy, Gender and support to Civil Society Organisations. The main emphasis of the job is advising and managing, under the supervision of the Head of Section, the implementation of projects and programmes of development assistance and financial and technical cooperation in the field of Governance, Human Rights and Democracy, Civil Society, Youth and Community-based development. Furthermore, s/he is to assist the Head of Section in co-ordinating the sub-section’s activities, where required, and to provide backstop with regards to horizontal tasks in particular the local Presidency coordination.

The precise portfolio may evolve over time. Flexibility is important. In the areas of her/his responsibility, s/he will also be asked to provide analytical inputs on a regular basis for the EU to better align its assistance to Palestine to the evolution of the Middle East Peace Process and the EU parameters for engagement.  

We look for


A highly motivated candidate, with a proven track record in external cooperation and proven expertise in the field of Governance, Human Rights and Democracy, and Civil Society. Experience with Youth and Community-based development would be an asset.

In addition the candidate should have:

  • Excellent analytical and negotiation skills;
  • Sound political judgment;
  • Very good communication skills, including excellent drafting skills in English ;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and capacity to coordinate and work with others;
  • Capacity to work autonomously with a strong sense of teamwork (i.e. maintaining fluent communication channels with the rest of team);
  • Strong organisational skills;
  • Project Cycle Management experience (familiarity with EU programming and contracting procedures will be considered a plus);
  • Ability to deliver under pressure due to the importance of the file, heavy and sensitive workload, and difficult working conditions.

The jobholder will be part of a small, dynamic and enthusiastic team (11 staff members). Although the work to be carried out by the team is challenging, this provides the opportunity to work in a stimulating and cooperative atmosphere that proves extremely rewarding both professionally and personally.

Knowledge of the context would be an asset.

Working languages: the ability to operate fluently in English is essential. Understanding of Arabic would be an asset.

Recruitment policy

DG NEAR promotes equal opportunities for all and follows best practice in its selection and recruitment procedures to ensure a diverse and gender balanced workforce. In case of equal merit, preference will be given to the gender which is underrepresented.

If you wish to apply, please send a motivation letter (max. 1 page) and your CV (preferably in pdf format) by email to before the end of 13 February 2019 with a clear reference to this Vacancy notice.

The appointment will be made in line with a policy of equal opportunities and be subject to prior favourable opinion of the Medical Service.

Only the candidates pre-selected will be contacted, for interviews to be held in March or April 2019.



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[1] This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the

individual positions of the Member States on this issue.