Senior Field Assistant Job at UNHCR-United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Santo Domingo , Dominican Republic

negotiable / YEAR Expires in 7 days


Hardship Level (not applicable for home-based)

A (least hardship)

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Job Posting End Date

June 20, 2024

Terms of Reference

Title: Senior Field Assistant
Project: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Duty station: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Section/Unit: Protection
Contract/Level: LICA-5
Duration: From 1 July 2024 to 31 December 2024
Supervisor: Protection Officer

1. General Background

Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, UNHCR reopened its office in the Dominican Republic to provide coordination and humanitarian response to the thousands of people who came seeking International Protection. Since 2014, UNHCR has also been accompanying the Dominican authorities to achieve the effective implementation of Law 169-14, as well as to find documentary and nationality solutions for persons of concern in line with our mandate. UNHCR also implements its mandate to supervise the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees, through technical cooperation with the institutions responsible for the refugee protection system in the Dominican Republic. In addition, UNHCR is one of the agencies in charge of leading the coordination of the humanitarian response to the refugee population and asylum seekers in Venezuela, together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other members of the R4V Platform. UNHCR also supports Dominican authorities in emergency preparedness and protection monitoring of the main trends, opportunities and challenges relating to the situation of refugees, asylum-seekers and other persons in need of international protection.

2. Purpose and Scope of Assignment

The Senior Field Assistant is normally supervised by the (Senior) Field Officer/Associate and performs a variety of functions related to Field activities within the office. The supervisor defines work processes and provides regular advice and guidance.

All UNHCR affiliates are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their terms of reference. 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, affiliates 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.

3. Duties

– Assist in monitoring the implementation of UNHCR programme including the delivery of all assistance items and monitoring of infrastructure.
– 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.
– Follow up, on a regular basis, the overall situation of persons of concern in camps and other areas where they have been accommodated and report accordingly.
– 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.

4. Qualifications and Experience

a. Education and Work Experience
– For G5 – 2 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 1-year relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher
– Experience dealing with persons affected by the Constitutional Court Ruling 168-13 and/or beneficiaries of Law 169-14 is considered an advantage.

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

b. Language

Fluency in Spanish. Knowledge of English, French and/or Creole is considered an advantage

c. Functional Skills

*IT- Computer Literacy
MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation
CL-Multi-stakeholder Communications with Partners

d. Key Competencies

Organizational Awareness
Teamwork & Collaboration
Commitment to Continuous Learning
Client & Result Orientation

e. Cross-Functional Competencies
Analytical Thinking
Political Awareness
Stakeholder Management

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Applicants must have legal residence with valid work permit in the Dominican Republic at the time of submitting the application.This position doesn’t require a functional clearance



Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic