Field Assistant

Contract
EXPIRES 09 Oct, 2021

Job Location

Eteringbang, Region 7

Description

1. General Background
Under the guidance of the Associate Protection Officer, the Field Assistant will support and work in close coordination with the Office of the Regional Executive Officer, Regional Democratic Councils (RDCs), Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs), and other local Government officials to address the protection and assistance needs of Venezuelan refugee, migrants and host communities’ members present in their Area of Responsibilities (AoR).
In addition, the Field Assistant will be expected to also engage and collaborate with civil society and other key stakeholders present in their AoR according to strategic and operation guidance provided by the Associate Protection Officer. The Field Assistant will be responsible for supporting the project’s implementation through: (1) effective communication with persons of concern to UNHCR and all other relevant stakeholders; (2) due consideration to UNHCR’s policies and principles, in particular UNHCR’s Code of Conduct and its Age, Gender and Diversity approach; (3) ensuring effective UNHCR visibility and (4) Identification and referral of cases with protection concerns to appropriate services in close consultation with UNHCR and local authorities; (5) Regular effective monitoring and reporting of activities undertaken under the project. The Field Assistant will be responsible for ensuring that all communications activities are in keeping with UNHCR’s communication and donor visibility guidelines.

Requirements

4. Qualifications and Experience
a. Education (Level and area of required and/or preferred education)
 High School diploma and certificate/license in Development Studies, Human Rights, Community Development /Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, International Law.
b. Work Experience
Essential:
 1 year of previous relevant experience to the functions with High School Diploma; or Bachelor or equivalent or higher.
Desirable:
 2 years of previous relevant experience to the functions with a High School Diploma is highly desirable.
c. Key Competencies
Language requirements
 Fluency in English and working knowledge of Spanish is required.
Functional Skills Required
 MS Office Applications
 Computer Literacy
 Community Based Protection Principles and methodologies
 Multi-stakeholder Communications with Partners, Government & Community

Core Competencies
 Accountability
 Communication
 Organizational Awareness
 Teamwork & Collaboration
 Commitment to Continuous Learning
 Client & Result Orientation

Cross-Functional Competencies
 Stakeholder Management
 Planning and Organizing
 Political Awareness

Responsibilities

2. Purpose and Scope of Assignment
Under the strategic and operational supervision of the Associate Protection Officer, the Field Assistant is expected to, and will be responsible for the following:
 Support administrative tasks as required such as preparation of reports, meeting and/or facilitating communication with relevant stakeholders and supporting logistical arrangements for field missions.
 Facilitate communication, including through interpretation, with local authorities and other relevant stakeholders in support of registration exercises and other protection interventions, such as extension of stay permit, access to medical assistance, outreach on COVID prevention measures.
 Identify relevant stakeholders and build rapport with local authorities, community leaders, religious leaders and others local actors and facilitate coordination on relevant activities and respond directly to routine queries presented.
 Assist in the reception, registration, and provision of assistance to persons of concern to UNHCR.
 Provide logistical and administrative support in implementing participatory approaches, needs assessments, monitoring, reporting and case management.
 Facilitate communication between the country office and competent authorities.
 Assist in drafting reports, routine correspondence, and compiling statistics within the Area of Responsibility (AoR).
 Support the identification of vulnerable Persons of Concern according to pre-established vulnerability criteria and operational guidance, support needs assessment exercise, identify assistance needs, propose relevant solutions or interventions to address protection risks and, when needed, make necessary referral of POCs to UNHCR and/or to relevant Government services accordingly.
 Enforce integrity in the delivery of protection services.
 Provide counselling to persons of concern in need of protection assistance and support, and ensure proper feedback is provided to persons of concern.

 Plan, organize and undertake distribution of food and non-food items in accordance with guidelines established by UNHCR and compile relevant reports of distribution activities.
 Assist in the identification of opportunities for mainstreaming persons of concern into available local services, particularly health and educational services.
 Conduct, Support and regularly facilitate community outreach meetings, participatory assessments, and other mechanisms for consultations with persons of concern.
 Contribute to age, gender and diversity mainstreaming in all activities undertaken.
 Support in the identification of persons of concern for Livelihood’s activities as per established SOPs.
 Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

3. Monitoring and Progress Controls
 Effective communication with persons of concern to UNHCR and all other relevant stakeholders.
 Due consideration to UNHCR’s policies and principles, UNHCR’s Code of Conduct and its Age, Gender and Diversity approach.
 Ensuring effective UNHCR visibility.
 Identification and referral of cases with protection concerns to appropriate services in close consultation with UNHCR and local authorities.
 Regular effective monitoring and reporting of activities undertaken under the project.

Remuneration

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.

Apply now

Deadline to apply: 19 September 2021.
Interested applicants should submit their Personal History Form (PHF) to guygehr@unhcr.org indicating the First name/last name, job title (e.g., Field Assistant) and location you are applying in the subject line of the email. Personal History Forms are available at PHF Form / Supplementary Sheet.

Supplementary Sheet could be accessed: https://www.gy.undp.org/content/guyana/en/home/jobs---procurement.html 

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Overview

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.
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