Occupied Palestinian Territory – A Head of Mission
Occupied Palestinian Territory – A Head of Mission
Occupied Palestinian Territory
Type of contract
Fixed Term Contract
Expected start date
Duration of mission
PUI started working in occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) in 2002 during the second Intifada. From the beginning, PUI’s objectives in oPt was to maintain and improve the food security and livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations directly affected by the protracted conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
PUI initially worked with communities in the northern part of the West Bank heavily affected by the construction of the separation barrier built by Israel in the early 2000’s and communities impacted by nearby settlements expansion. As such, PUI has been successfully providing emergency humanitarian aid to vulnerable communities through income generating activities (i.e. distribution of professional tools kits), food assistance (i.e. emergency jobs creation, distribution of livestock kits or support to small-scale farmers, food distribution) and Water and Sanitation projects (water network construction and chlorination awareness campaigns).
Following the Israeli military operation “Cast Lead” in 2009, PUI also expanded its intervention to the Gaza Strip to support families impacted by the repetitive conflicts and violations of IHL mainly in the Access restricted Area (ARA) of the Gaza strip.
In 2012, PUI formalized its protection approach in its humanitarian programs with a strategic focus on protecting livelihoods and securing economic access to food in communities where populations are directly exposed to violations of Human Rights (HRL) and International Humanitarian Law (IHL), and at-risk of forced displacement.
PUI’s Protection projects include: support to farmers whose lands are under access restrictions, reporting on settlers’ violence and providing protective response to households and communities to mitigate the threats of settlers violence, land confiscation and risk of forcible transfer. PUI’s areas of intervention have been targeted based on protection criteria such as villages and agricultural lands totally or partially located in Area C, villages close to settlements or to the separation wall and the Access Restricted Area (Gaza). Protection related activities both in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are implemented through a consortium of INGOs funded mainly by ECHO (but not only). In addition to this, PUI implements long-term projects focused on access to land and livelihood, especially for vulnerable groups (like women or war-affected people), both in Gaza and West Bank.
Since 2015, 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.
In the Northern West Bank, PUI operates in 3 districts (Qalqiliya, Salfit, and Nablus) with programming in protection, livelihoods and women economic empowerment. In the Gaza Strip, PUI operates in 3 districts (Middle Area, Khan Younis, Rafah, Middle Area & Gaza), including a big part in the ARA Rafah) with programming in emergency response/NFI, protection, WASH, shelter, rural development, access to land and livelihoods, agriculture and heritage protection.
PUI is leading on several issues including settler violence (WB) and the Access restricted Area (ARA) in the GS.
The Head of Mission is responsible for the smooth functioning and the development of the mission.
Safety : He/She is in charge of security on the mission.
Programmes: He / she coordinates the teams and ensures the proper implementation of the programs on the mission in collaboration with and supervision of the Deputy HoM. He / She follows the needs and suggests new interventions and approaches to develop the mission.
Human Resources: In collaboration with and supervision of the Finance and Administration Coordinator, he/she ensures that the mission is adequately staffed and supervises the teams (defining objectives, monitoring).
Logistical, administrative and financial monitoring: In collaboration with and supervision of the Finance and Administration Coordinator, he / she makes sure that the logistics and administrative practices are in compliance with PUI procedures and formats and are consistent with donor guidelines.
Technical monitoring: In collaboration with and supervision of the Deputy HoM and its Field Coordinators, he/she ensures that technical practices respect PUI’s procedures and formats and are in compliance with PUI’s operational policy.
Representation: In collaboration with and supervision of the advocacy manager, he/she represents the association in its relations with partners, donors, media and different authorities and remains the ultimate responsible for the contents shared by the mission.
Strategy/Development: He/She ensures that PUI positioning in the country is consistent with the humanitarian needs and the stakeholder’s analysis.
Relations with Headquarters: He/She ensures that information is properly circulated between Headquarters and the field and ensures that due dates are respected.
Master political sciences, International Law, Humanitarian
5 years of humanitarian/development aid experience at a similar position
Proven experience in developing mutli-program strategy (contigum humanitarian/development context)
Protection / Livelihood
Detailed knowledge on donors’ guidelines (ECHO, UN agencies, EuropeAid, AFD…)
Mobility: Extensive travel may be required
Monthly Gross Income: from 2000 to 2530 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 in collective accommodation
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
Person in charge of this offer
Camille Attias, Human Resources Officer for Expatriates