Ongoing political, human rights and socio-economic developments in Venezuela has led to continued growing numbers of children, women and men leaving for neighbouring countries and beyond. With over 4 million Venezuelans now living abroad, in recent years, five countries in the Caribbean sub-region have been hosting growing numbers of refugees and migrants from Venezuela: Aruba, Curaçao, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago. It is estimated that around 150,000 have arrived by air, land, and sea to date in these countries alone, including some returnees in Guyana. UNHCR’s presence in Guyana was established by mid-2018 to respond to the influx of Venezuelan migrants and refugees in the country. Currently, UNHCR has an office in Georgetown from where it covers activities on protection and assistance to refugees and migrants through presence of it partners in the region or through direct implementation and is in the process of expanding its response. Many of the Venezuelan individuals arrive in the country through regular and irregular entry points in the country’s interior regions, coming by boat or land from the border areas with Venezuela and Brazil. The profiles of persons of concern are various and include vulnerable individuals with severe protection needs and members of indigenous groups. UNHCR provides emergency food and non-food items for targeted vulnerable individuals, including at the point of arrival. Guyana is the first country in the Americas region to roll out Government-led biometric registration through the usage of UNHCR’s Population Registration and Identity Management EcoSystem (PRIMES) database. UNHCR provides continuous support to the Government led identification and registration of individuals. UNHCR is required to undertake missions to often isolated areas of the country, where communication means and capacity and access to network is limited. The absence of livelihoods and income generating opportunities lead refugees and migrants to resort to informal or precarious work in urban centres or in the mining areas. Moreover, a large proportion of the population is comprised of single young women, who are engaged in sex work or have resorted to survival sex, leaving this group exposed to sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), and at a higher risk of contracting sexually transmittable diseases or HIV/AIDS, or at risk of unintended pregnancies. Access to psychosocial support and other mental health services is limited and in remote areas of the country inexistent. In view of this operational context, UNHCR is engaged in activities aimed at addressing urgent protection needs related to prevention, mitigation and response to SGBV, including activities on sexual and reproductive health and mental health.
The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. All applications must consist of letter of motivation and Personal History Form (PHF). Selection processes generally consist of a written test may be conducted for this position which will be followed by a competency based interview.