United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

We provide assistance and protection fo registered palestine refugees.

Created by the UN General Assembly in 1949, UNRWA provides assistance and protection to some 5.5 million Palestine refugees to help them achieve their full potential in human development.

UNRWA human development and humanitarian services encompass primary and vocational education, primary health care, relief and social services, infrastructure and camp improvement, microfinance and emergency response, including in situations of armed conflict.

Focusing on the following sustainable development goals (SDGs)

No Poverty
Zero Hunger
Good Health and Well-being
Quality Education
Gender Equality
Decent Work and Economic Growth

How we work

UNRWA works towards five strategic outcomes, codified in the Agency’s Medium-Term Strategy for 2016-2023:

1. Refugees’ rights under international law are protected and promoted
2. Refugees’ health is protected and the disease burden is reduced
3. School-aged children complete quality, equitable and inclusive basic education
4. Refugees’ capabilities are strengthened for increased livelihood opportunities
5. Refugees can meet their basic human needs of food, shelter and environmental health

... and why

Palestine refugees are facing a human development and protection crisis. Food insecurity and poverty levels are high and rising, and youth unemployment rates are alarming, especially among young women. Despite possessing strong human capital that has been developed with the help of the education and health care provided by UNRWA and host authorities, many Palestine refugees lack the assets and opportunities required for sustainable livelihoods.

Career opportunities

Seeking candidates mainly in

Aus- und Weiterbildung
Umwelt und Katastrophenmanagement
Gesundheit und Ernährung
Menschenrechte, Recht und Governance
Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie
Politische Angelegenheiten und Friedenssicherung
Soziale Entwicklung

UNRWA has over 30,000 employees, most of them Palestine refugees and a small number of international staff, in two headquarter offices (Gaza and Amman), five field offices (Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and West Bank), and in four Representative/Liaison Offices (New York, Geneva, Brussels and Cairo).

Opportunities offered

Internships for students yes
Traineeships/Talent programs for graduates yes
Positions/programs for young professionals yes
Staff positions for professionals yes
Senior or management positions yes
Consultancy opportunities yes
See current vacancies on cinfoPoste

Type of organisation


Field(s) of activity

Humanitäre Hilfe
Friedensförderung und menschliche Sicherheit


Gaza and Amman

Region(s) of operation

Nahost und Nordafrika

Number of employees

In Switzerland:
Über 1000

Outside Switzerland:
Über 1000

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