Job Description


UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and Development Projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, Financial Management and Human Resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Background Information - Job-specific

Execution departments were only established in the Palestinian family courts following a 2016 law by decree. Prior to that time, the implementation of decisions of the family courts was the responsibility of execution departments of the civil courts, and some 17,000 of these case files remain pending execution by the execution departments of the civil courts, creating significant hardship for women and children. The objective of the assignment is to provide relief to the parties to these cases, by (1) assessing the obstacles to the execution of these rulings of the family courts, including the challenges faced by both the civil court execution departments and the Judicial Police in executing these 17,000 judgments and judicial papers, and (2) developing a set of recommendations to overcome these challenges.

Functional Responsibilities

The overall objective that OQ seeks is a qualitative improvement in the delivery of justice and security for Palestinian communities, especially those cases related to the rights of women and children. The legal researcher will be responsible for analyzing the problem and developing a set of recommendations for the reduction, and eventual elimination, of the backlog of family court cases at the civil courts’ execution departments. Specifically, the researcher will assist the OQ team by:

  • Reviewing a substantial number of samples from the 17,000 family court cases awaiting execution at the civil judgments departments in the West Bank.

  • Developing an Analysis that identifies the reasons for that backlog as well as the age of the files awaiting execution.

  • Developing recommendations to overcome this backlog.


A detailed report that will:

  1. Identify and analyze the source of the backlog of family court cases awaiting execution at the civil courts’ civil judgments departments, and

  2. Provide detailed recommendations regarding the measures needed to reduce and ultimately eliminate this backlog.

Education/Experience/Language requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in Law or any other relevant field is required in combination with an additional 2 years of relevant experience.

  • Master´s degrees in Law or any other relevant field is considered an asset and can substitute some years of experience.

Work Experience:
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience or according to academic credentials in legal research, preferably within the court system.

  • Excellent analytical and research skills are required.

  • Knowledge of the family courts, the execution system in the civil courts and/or the work of the Judicial Police is preferred.

  • Excellent command of written and spoken Arabic

  • Good English proficiency is an asset.

Logistical requirement:
  • The researcher must provide own means of transportation to multiple districts in the West Bank.

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground. Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local ICA Specialist Retainer

Contract level: LICA 10
Contract duration: short term 10 months with 60 working daysAdditional Considerations
  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time

  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.

  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.

  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types

  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post

  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by Security Policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/Internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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