Starting date : January 2020
Duration of Mission: 6 months (renewable)
Location: Ramallah, Occupied Palestinian Territory
Movements to Israel, Jerusalem, frequent field visits to Nablus (West Bank) and Gaza Strip
Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilian victims of marginalization and exclusion, or those hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapse by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The association leads on average 200 projects a year in the following sectors of intervention: Food Security, Health, Nutrition, Construction and Rehabilitation of infrastructures, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Economic Recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 6 million people in 22 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.
Since 1967, occupation and political stagnation have directly affected the socio-economic situation of the Palestinian population in the West Bank. The movement restrictions policy is severely limiting Palestinians’ access to essential services and markets, and leading to serious and negative impact upon all aspects of their lives, and mainly their livelihoods. The Oslo agreement in 1993 created some hope to bring peace to the region but it quickly showed impossible to achieve for a number of reasons. In 2000, following a visit of Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, on Aram al Sharif, the second Intifada started putting the Palestinian population under heavy pressure. In 2006, following elections won by Hamas but not accepted by the international community and Fatah, Hamas and Fatah clashed in the West Bank and Gaza which resulted in a substantial division of the Palestinian society. A civil war occurred in Gaza for a few days following which Fatah leader in Gaza had to escape the strip. Hamas took over the Gaza strip becoming the de facto authority in charge of that part of Palestine while the PA controls the West Bank.
Since then, three wars between Hamas and Israel occurred (2008-9, 2012 and 2014), the latest – Protective Edge Operation - being the most devastating one with about 2,500 persons killed on the Palestinian side (while about 70 persons were killed on the Israeli side) and more than 18,500 houses destroyed in the Gaza strip generating 100,000 IDPs. As of today, reconstruction hardly started due to political issues mainly including disagreement between PA and Hamas over the reconstruction.
The main features of the Israeli occupation remain in place since 2000 and consequently the humanitarian needs in the oPt have not fundamentally changed for the last decade. Israel continues to impose a blockade on Gaza, amounting to collective punishment of the population and affecting every aspect of life in the Gaza Strip. Livelihoods remained severely constrained by policies that restricted access to the areas with the most viable agricultural and fishing prospects. Access restriction, blockade and the internal divisions result in a limited access to essential services and entrenched levels of food insecurity faced by many Gazans in their day-to-day lives. On the other hand, the WB faces development issues (some people peak about “de-development”) and an increased pressure on the communities in Area C of the West Bank - rise in demolitions, settlers’ violence, no easing on movement restrictions and no progress on the planning and zoning regime. Bedouin and herder communities in particular are affected. East-Jerusalem is also deeply affected by demolitions and restrictions of movement.
PUI’s strategy/position in the country
PUI’s strategy focuses on providing support to populations affected by the coercive environment and subsequent violations of IHL/HR in both the West Bank (WB) and the Gaza Strip (GS). It combined several sectors to prevent the loss of livelihoods and displacements of population as a consequence of protection threats, lack of services (Health, Education, WASH), and lack of access to agricultural lands or job opportunities.
As part of our activities in Iraq, we are looking for A Protection Coordinator based in Ramallah
The PC will build on PUI’s operational experience and positioning in the protection field in strong collaboration with current PUI team as well as other consortium partners and forums such as the Protection Cluster. He/she will help build further the capacity of the protection team in the WB and GS and will provide strategic guidance on protection to the whole mission.
The PC will work under the line management of the Deputy Head of Mission. In close collaboration with the Field Coordinators, she/he will ensure the technical guidance of the Protection teams on the field, in order to ensure that protection is well established within the organization. The PC will be invited to attend specific protection related meetings such as donors meetings, Protection Cluster meetings and consortium meetings in collaboration with the team already in place. The PC coordinates the planning/organising of the ARA working group in Gaza.
Tasks and activities:
- Support the implementation of protection components within current programs and mainstreaming of protection across all programs
- Provide technical guidance and capacity building of the protection team
- Contribute to the strategic guidance of the mission on protection programming
- Represent the organisation in specific instances related with protection
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- Master in humanitarian project management/ business school/political sciences/social sciences/international humanitarian law/Human Rights Law
- At least 2 years’ experience in project management / M&E process or a similar position in an international context
- Experience in donor requirements and expectations, particularly ECHO and OCHA
Knowledge and skills
- command in writing and speaking English
- Good and proven capacity to deliver trainings on protection
- Good and proven public representation skills
- Strong and proven capacity in diplomatically working among an integrated multi-cultural project team
- An individual with strong communication skills, who can build trust and confidently navigate both internally and externally at different levels
- Availability, flexibility
- Ability to multitasks
- Calm and stress resistant
- Analytic Problem-Solving
- Effective Communication
- Creative Thinking
- Excellent command in writing and speaking English
- Fixed-Term Contract : 6 months
- Starting date: ASAP
- Monthly Gross Income: from 2 200 to 2 530 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI
- Cost covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…
- Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation
- Housing allowance
- Daily living Expenses (« Per diem »)
- Break Policy : 5 working days at 3 and 9 months + break allowance
- Paid Leaves Policy : 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months