UNSCO has offices in Jerusalem, Ramallah and Gaza, and a roving regional presence, and is divided into three units:
The Regional Affairs Unit: The unit advises the Special Coordinator and the Deputy Special Coordinator on political and diplomatic issues related to the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Middle East peace process. It develops UNSCO’s relationship with the parties, regional and international partners, facilitating dialogue and negotiations and the implementation of agreements, and briefing relevant actors on developments. The Regional Affairs Unit also provides political guidance to the UN system as it relates to the Middle East peace process. It provides input for Security Council briefings, public statements and briefings by the Secretary-General and the Special Coordinator, as well as information and analysis for senior decision-markers in the UN system. Additionally the unit provides technical assistance for the organization of free, fair and transparent Palestinian elections.
The Coordination Unit: The unit advises the Special Coordinator and the Deputy Special Coordinator on humanitarian and development aid coordination issues. It works closely with UN Agencies, the donor community, the Palestinian Authority, the Government of Israel and the local NGO community on the planning, monitoring and evaluation of aid policies and projects. It provides a combination of coordination services and policy assessments. It represents the United Nations system at both the international and local levels, giving it the ability to provide assessments of the situation on the ground, mobilize donor funds, and advise donors on key policy decisions.
The Media Unit: The unit advises the Special Coordinator and the Deputy Special Coordinator on media and public information issues. It supports UNSCO’s mission by raising the public profile of the Special Coordinator through its work with a variety of media outlets. The unit disseminates the Special Coordinator’s position on a variety of issues related to the political situation in the region, through media interviews, briefings for journalists, and contacts with lobby groups, and civil society organizations. The unit keeps the Special Coordinator and UNSCO staff updated on relevant developments in the media through comprehensive press digests and media monitoring.
The Mission Support: Mission support components of UNSCO comprises Administration, Budget, Finance, Human Resources, General Services (Logistics), Communications & Information Technology, Transport, and Security.