Occupied Palestinian Territory – A Protection Coordinator in Gaza


Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians’ victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, 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 in average 200 projects by 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 7 million people in 21 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.

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Humanitarian situation and needs:

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.

Our action in the field:

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.

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As part of our activities in Occupied Palestinian Territory, we are looking for a Protection Coordinator.

PUI has been working on protection programs for 4 years now and has accumulated a lot of operational experience overtime and has positioned itself within the international community as a key player in this field. The Protection Coordinator (PC) position is an evolution of the Protection Advisor in place within PUI since 2016. This profile will ensure high quality protection interventions in both the West Bank (WB) and the Gaza Strip (GS) in a more strategic manner, as well as the protection-mainstreaming across the whole programs and proper training for the staff.

The PC will build on PUI’s operational experience and positioning in the protection field in strong collaboration with current PUI’s team as well as other consortium partners and forums such as the Protection Cluster (for both Gaza and WB). He/she will help build further the capacity of the protection team in Gaza and West Bank and will provide strategic guidance on protection to the whole mission.

The PC will work under the Head of Mission. In close collaboration with the Field Coordinators, he will ensure the technical management of the Protection teams on the field, in order to ensure that protection is well established within the organization. The PC will also represent asked to attend specific protection related meetings such as donors meetings, Protection Cluster meetings and consortium meetings in collaboration with the team already in place.

  1. Coordinate the current protection programs within current programs and mainstreaming protection
  2. Technical guidance and capacity building of the protection team
  3. Strategic guidance to the mission on protection programming
  4. Representing the organisation in specific instances related with protection


Do not hesitate to look at the job description below for all the details you need.

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VilleGaza, with travels to Ramallah
Expériences / Formation du candidat


Master in humanitarian project management/ business school/political sciences/social sciences


At least 3 years’ experience in protection program management or a similar position in an international context

Experience in working in environments with similar protection threats as the oPt required.

Strong understanding of global protection principles and standards and relevant bodies of international law.

Knowledge and Aptitudes

  • Excellent 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


Pack Office

Required Personal Characteristics

  • Diplomacy
  • Dynamic
  • Availability
  • Accuracy
  • Accountability
  • Calm and stress resistant


  • Strong & objective interest for the Israeli-Palestinian context: initial knowledge about the history of the conflict and the main trends is mandatory.
  • Innovation : capacity to propose new visions, new solutions
Langues parlées

English – Mandatory

Arabic – Desirable

FonctionsCoordination, Gestion de projet
PaysMoyen Orient, Territoires palestiniens
Durée du contrat

Employed with a Fixed-Term Contract – 12 months

Starting date : October 2018

Salaire / Indemnité

Monthly gross income: from 2200 up to 2560 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:Housing allowance

Daily living Expenses: (« Per diem »)

Break Policy: 5 working days at 3 and 9 months

Paid Leaves Policy: 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

Documents à envoyer

Please send your application (Resume and Cover Letter) to the address below with the following subject : « ProtCo-Palestine ».

Nom de la personne contactMargaux Monneraud, Human Resources Officer for Expatriates
Email de la personne contactrecrutement@premiere-urgence.org
Date de fin de validité 30/11/2018