PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH SPECIALIST, P3 At UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

Job Code Title : Public Health Research Specialist
Department/ Office : UNRWA – Programme Health – Headquarters Amman
Location : HQ Amman
Posting Period : 21 May 2023-10 June 2023
Job Opening number : 23-MED-UNRWA – Programme Health-209707-R-HQ
Amman (E)
Staffing Exercise : N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff working across five areas of operation, is looking for highly committed personnel wishing to make a change.
If you are looking for a rewarding opportunity to make a tangible difference for one of the most vulnerable communities in the world, UNRWA would like to hear from you.
The Public Health Research Specialist reports to the Director of Health.


  • Conducts research studies, including implementation research and program evaluation of the health and nutrition programs, including choosing appropriate study designs, indicators, data collection, validation and analytical methods, in close coordination with the fields of operation and staff at the Health Department.
  • Leads the Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation Implementation Research as a Principal Investigator, in all aspects of program implementation and evaluation activities.
  • Translates scientific evidence into policy and programming and guides the policy makers and programs to data-driven decision making.
  • Disseminates the program evaluation results and study findings to the stakeholders and partners through local, national and international meetings and conferences.
  • Writes and publishes the manuscripts to inform the findings to scientific communities.
  • Collects data to evaluate the program and inform the health policy for improvement of health system performance at UNRWA.
  • Prepares reports related to health and research including annual report.


UN Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity, and Core
Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by
i. Applying Technical Expertise
ii. Delivering Results
iii. Analyzing
iv. Learning and Researching
v. Following Instructions and Procedures
vi. Relating and Networking
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Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution in public health or a related discipline.

Job Specific Qualifications

Work Experience

    • At least five years of relevant experience in public health with a successful track record in public health and research activities, and proven experience in public health research activities is required.
    • Unless already serving as an international staff member in the UN Common System, at least two continuous years of relevant international experience should be outside UNRWA, and outside the country(s) of which the candidate is a national or holds citizenship, a passport or a national identity number is required.


Excellent command of written and spoken English is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special Notice
Type of Contract and duration: 2 years, with the possibility of further extension.
Applicants have to complete the Personal History Profile (PHP) in Inspira in order to be considered. The PHP should be completed with full relevant work experience as per the requirements in the Job Opening, in order to be considered.
UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.
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.
Equivalency may apply.
NB: work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination.
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.
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United Nations Considerations

Staff 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 sideof 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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