Head of Mission – Occupied Palestinian Territory – based in Ramallah

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Première Urgence Internationale

Fixed-term contract – 24 Months

Starting date : 01/07/2024

Localisation: PSE-Ramallah

PUI all around the world

With its 40 years of experience, Première Urgence Internationale :

  • Supports close to 6 millions beneficiaries
  • With more than 100 Millions € yearly budget
  • Present in 24 countries, on 5 continents
  • Thanks to the work and commitment of :
  • More than 2500 national staffs
  • Around 225 expatriates from 45 different nationalities
  • And 120 employees at HQ

PUI works in 10 areas of intervention and distinguishes itself by the implementation of an integrated approach in its response. This method aims to identify and understand the needs of all those affected by a crisis. Our teams come together to bring a rapid global response to the basic needs of populations affected by humanitarian crises to help them regain independence and dignity.

Learn more on our history, our values, our areas of intervention.

Focus on our activities in Palestine

The Palestine Mission exists since 2002 (presence in the West Bank and 2009 for its presence in Gaza). PUI is developing its integrated approach with interventions in the fields of Protection, Food Security, Economic Recovery, Rehabilitation and Construction. In addition, PUI works on emergency response to victims of settler attacks via an alert system, support to socio-economic activities (agriculture, fishing, « cash for work »), support to a surgical reconstruction unit, and protection of cultural heritage (Gaza). Today, the mission consists of 5 projects.

Focus on our activities in Occupied Palestinian Territory

Our mission in occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) has been operational since 2002. 5 expatriates and 45 local employees are currently working in PUI bases in East Jerusalem, Ramallah, Nablus, Hebron and Gaza. PUI is developing its integrated approach with interventions in the areas of Protection, Food Security, Economic Recovery, Rehabilitation and Construction in both the West Bank, including East-Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Our overall objective is to provide assistance and protection to the most vulnerable Palestinians, exposed to the risks of forced displacement and violations of international humanitarian law. In doing so, PUI contributes to protecting their rights, improving access to basic humanitarian services and building resilience groups by applying an integrated multi-sectoral approach based on the needs, vulnerabilities and priorities of individuals, specific groups and communities.

What about the Head of Mission ?

As Head of Mission, you will be responsible for the smooth functioning and the development of the mission.

For this purpose, you will be responsible for :

  • Safety & Security: You will be responsible for the safety & security of the mission.
  • Programmes: You will coordinate the teams and ensure that the programmes implemented on the mission are properly carried out. You will also monitor needs and suggest new operations and development tracks for the mission.
  • Human Resources: You will ensure that the mission is adequately staffed and supervise the teams (defining objectives, follow-up).
  • Logistical, administrative and financial monitoring: You will ensure that logistical and administrative practices in place respect PUI procedures and formats and are in compliance with donors’ rules and regulations.
  • Medical and technical monitoring: You will ensure that medical and technical practices respect PUI’s procedures and formats and are in compliance with PUI’s operational framework and policy.
  • Representation: You will represent the association in its relations with partners, donors, the media and different authorities.
  • Relations with Headquarters: You will ensure that information is properly circulated between Headquarters and the field and ensure that due dates are respected.

The challenges that await you :

-Security issues in Gaza and West Bank -Access impediments and shrinking humanitarian space -Adaptation of the whole mission structure from protracted crisis to ER –

What you will need to succeed


You hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in Humanitarian action: project management, a technical background related to one of our activity sectors, in human resources management, financial management…


Strengthened by minimum 3 years of experience in the field with international NGOs in project coordination, you master international team management, the project cycle and security management. A previous experience as Head of Mission or in an equivalent position would be appreciated. You already worked with Première Urgence Internationale? It would be a definite asset!


You master humanitarian project management and team management, you have a detailed knowledge of donors prerequisites. You also have excellent writing skills.


You are a good communicator, both in writing and orally. You demonstrate good team spirit, leadership skills and the ability to make decisions, trustworthiness and a sense of responsibility, organisational skills, reactivity, ability to be thorough and to adapt. You have a strong resistance to stress and particularly in unstable circumstances.


English has no secrets for you! All the better, it is mandatory for this position. If you speak Arabic and/or French, it would be a definite asset.

A word from the manager

« If you feel like making a difference in the world and you are keen to dive deep in one of the most challenging humanitarian contexts, having by your side an extremely engaging team, then this is the mission you are looking for. »

PUI will offer you

  • Status : Executive with a Fixed-Term Contract
  • Monthly Gross Income : 3,330.00 – 3,930.00 EUR depending on your experience in International Solidarity + 50€ per semester of seniority with PUI
  • Insurance: including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation
  • Additionnal condition: Family pack & housing allowance possible
  • 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

Our commitments

Première Urgence Internationale sees diversity of nationalities, genders, beliefs, profiles and statuses among its Human Resources as a major asset for its humanitarian action, and therefore compels itself to the strict observance of the principle of non-discrimination throughout its recruitment process.

Première Urgence Internationale applies a policy of zero tolerance towards exploitation, sexual abuse and mistreatment, in all its forms, of women, children and all other vulnerable persons. It engages all its staff to promote, disseminate and respect the principles set out in its ethical charter.

Please note that Première Urgence Internationale shall not in any case request a financial contribution for administrative costs related to recruitment. Any such information would be fraudulent, please disregard it.

You recognize yourself in this profile and you adhere to our commitments ? You feel ready to take up the challenge and to join PUI great family ?

How to apply

If you wish to apply, follow this link and fill in the form on our career site.

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