Field Assistant, Dadaab, Kenya At Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


Closing date: Sunday, 26 March 2023

Hardship Level: E (most hardship)

Family Type: Non Family with Residential Location

Family Type: Non Family with Residential LocationDanger Pay

Residential location (if applicable): Nairobi (CO), Kenya

Grade: GS4

Staff Member / Affiliate Type: General Service

Reason: Regular > Regular Assignment

Remote work accepted: No

Target Start Date: 2023-04-01

Job Posting End Date: March 26, 2023

Standard Job Description: Field Assistant

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Field Assistant is normally supervised by the Field Officer/Associate and performs a variety of functions related to Field activities within the office. The supervisor exercises close control and regular review of the work processes and provides regular advice and guidance.

The incumbent keeps frequent internal contacts with staff members in the same duty station to exchange information and with the external contacts generally with officials of national and international institutions, leaders of the refugee community, local population and/or Implementing Partners (IPs) on routine subject matters under the direction of the supervisor.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

Duties

  •  Assist in administrative tasks as required such as preparation of reports and meeting authorized personnel and assisting them during field missions.
  •  Act as interpreter in the exchange of routine information, contribute to related liaison activities and respond directly to routine queries.
  •  Collect data and other information relevant to UNHCR and report to the supervisor accordingly.
  •  Keep regular contacts with local authorities and implementing partners as requested by supervisor.
  •  In coordination with implementing partners, assist in the reception, registration and provision of assistance to persons of concern to UNHCR.
  •  Liaise with local authority counterparts, partners and populations of concern.
  •  Direct incidents and problems to the supervisor when they cannot be resolved at their level.
  •  Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience

Years of Experience / Degree

For G4 – 1 year relevant experience with High School Diploma; or Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Field(s) of Education

Not applicable

Certificates and/or Licenses

Business Administration, Law, Political Science

(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience

Essential

Not specified

Desirable

Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of the position.

Functional Skills

*IT-Computer Literacy

CO-Drafting and Documentation

CL-Multi-stakeholder Communications with Partners, Government & Community

(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements

For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Desired Candidate Profile: The incumbent will perform administrative tasks such as preparation of reports, meeting authorized personnel and assisting them during field mission, among others. S/he will act as interpreter in the exchange of routine information, contribute to related liaison activities and respond to directly to routine queries. The incumbent shall also be required to engage regularly with officials of the county/local government, leaders of the refugee community, local/host populations, and partners on the ground on protection, solutions, and other operational matters.

S/he shall attend coordination and other meetings at the camp/community levels including on issues related to care/maintenance, participation in multi-functional teams, focus group discussions, participatory assessments, among other activities at the field level.

The incumbent shall collect data and other relevant information to UNHCR and report to the supervisor. Finally, the incumbent shall also be required to perform other duties or responsibilities that may be delegated by supervisor and or senior management.

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):: ,

Desired languages: ,

Operational contextOccupational Safety and Health Considerations:Nature of Position:Living and Working Conditions:Additional Qualifications: Skills

CL-Multi-stakeholder Communications with Partners, Government & Community, CO-Drafting and Documentation, IT-Computer LiteracyEducation

Certifications

Business Administration – Other, Law – Other, Political Science – OtherWork Experience

Competencies: Accountability, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Organizational awareness, Planning & organizing, Stakeholder management, Teamwork & collaboration, Technological awareness

UNHCR Salary Calculator: https://icsc.un.org/Home/SalaryScales

CompendiumAdditional Information: The testing of shortlisted candidates is optional.

Functional clearance: This position doesn’t require a functional clearance

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