The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is a relief and human development agency providing education, health, social services, protection, micro finance, micro credit, infrastructure and emergency aid to 5 million refugees living in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and the Syrian Arab Republic. UNRWA is by far the largest UN operation in the Middle East, with around 30,000 staff, almost all of them refugees themselves, working directly to benefit their communities – as teachers, doctors, nurses or social workers.
UNRWA at a glance (pdf)
UN-led Campaign Supported by Millions Globally Tells the Parties to the Syria Conflict: End Restrictions on Civilians Now
An unprecedented social media campaign generating more than 31.6 million ‘impressions’ and reaching tens of millions around the world has demanded that the parties to the Syria conflict allow aid to flow to Yarmouk, the besieged Damascus neighbourhood and a key area hosting Palestine refugees in Syria. The campaign, which was backed by celebrities like Mia Farrow, Hugh Grant and Arab Idol Mohammed Assaf, brought together UN agencies such as UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, OHCHR, OCHA and UNRWA as well as NGOs, among them Human Rights Watch, Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee and grassroots organizations with deep reach into their communities. Further details of campaign Thunderclap can be found here.
Commissioner-General Visits Brussels
29 January 2014- UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi visited Brussels for meetings with the European Parliament and with HE Baroness Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Mr. Grandi thanked Baroness Ashton for the long-standing and invaluable commitment she has shown to supporting Palestine refugees through the Agency. He presented her with a plaque commemorating the olive tree - a symbol of peace - that UNRWA has planted in her honour in the West Bank, recognizing the strength and reliability of her support.
While in Brussels, Mr. Grandi sat for an exclusive interview on humanitarian access to Yarmouk, Syria with Le Soir. The situation is dramatic and hunger is rampant. Le Soir subscribers may read the full article here.
The current regional crisis, triggered by the way in Syria, is one of the most trying challenges UNRWA has faced since it was created to assist Palestine refugees after their original dispossession and dispersion throughout the region in 1948. Without faltering in its core work of providing assistance to further the human development of a population of over 5 million Palestine refugees across the region, and despite chronic financial constraints, UNRWA is now responding to the critical needs of Palestine refugees affected by the conflict in Syria. This includes the Palestine refugee population inside Syria, as well as those who have fled to Lebanon and Jordan, and the small number who have reached Gaza. Many Palestine refugees have sought safety in Egypt, Turkey and further afield. While these countries are beyond UNRWA's area of operation, the Agency is actively advocating for them to receive the support they need. The scale of the Syria conflict and its devastating humanitarian consequences continue to outstrip forecasts and planning scenarios. Find the Syria Emergency Appeal here.
Syria Regional Crisis Response July - December 2013
Latest News Update: UNRWA Syria Crisis Response, Issue 69
What does the Representative Office to the EU do?
Operation #GiveWrap UNRWA Winterization Campaign for Syria
UNRWA Reforming Education
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UNRWA Committees in the EU
About UNRWA (English, PDF)
UNRWA in Figures (English, PDF)
UNRWA Fields of operation
UNRWA Representative Office to the European Union Residence Palace (Letter Box 107) 8th floor Rue de la Loi, 155 B-1040 Bruxelles Tel: +32.2 290 34 30 Fax. +32.2.290 34 39 E-mail: email@example.com
Contact Persons: Mr. Matthias Burchard, Director Ms. Elena Mancusi-Materi, Senior Liaison Officer (EU member states & emerging donors) Ms. Nathalie Stanus, Liaison Officer (EU Institutions)Ms. Rosa Bahl, Associate Liaison Officer (Private Partnerships) Ms. Bonsile Dube, Assistant
Jobs: Click here
Internships: Unpaid internship opportunities are open at the Representative Office to the EU in Brussels, for a minimum of three months and a maximum of six.
The positions are available preferably on full-time basis, and may be renewed subject to requirements of the office. Interns will contribute to UNRWA's inter-agency, non-governmental and donor liaison tasks, as well as public information work, and provide other support as needed.
The internships provide a valuable opportunity to familiarise yourself with substantive humanitarian and development policy issues and the UN system.
In Brussels, applications are welcome from master's degree holders or students enrolled in a master's degree programme. Applications should include a cover letter of motivation, a CV/resume and a short writing sample on a relevant subject.
Fluency in written and spoken English is a requirement. Only candidates under consideration will be contacted.
Email or fax your application to:firstname.lastname@example.orgFax: +32 2 290 3439