Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
This position is advertised open to internal and external applicants.
External candidates must be legally present in Ecuador at the time of application, recruitment and hire.
Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The CBI (Cash-Based Intervention) Assistant is supervised by a CBI or Programme or Field staff at a higher grade. S/he performs a variety of functions related to cash assistance activities within the office. The supervisor defines work processes and provides regular advice and guidance.
The incumbent will maintain relations with other units within UNHCR on the delivery of cash assistance to persons of concern (POC). As per specific instructions, the incumbent may require liaising with operational partners and contractors working with UNHCR.
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.
– Assist in maintenance of CBI payment records and monitoring systems to record and reconcile expenditures, balances, payments, statements and other data for day-to-day transactions and reports.
– Assist in preparation of recurring reports as scheduled and special reports as required.
– Assist in monitoring the implementation of the UNHCR CBIs including the delivery of all assistance item, monitoring of infrastructure, completion of home visits, etc.
– Export and manage data related to the cash assistance delivery to produce reports.
– Ensure proper filing and record keeping.
– Prepare background materials, working papers and tables for briefing and review sessions.
– Asist in data collection and reporting activities.
– Prepare routine correspondence.
– Liaise with POC, assistance beneficiaries, and partners.
– Direct incidents and problems to the supervisor when they cannot be resolved at their level.
– Perform other related duties as required.
Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For G4 – 1 year relevant experience with High School Diploma; or Bachelor or equivalent or higher
Field(s) of Education
Certificates and/or Licenses
Business Administration, Political Science
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Relevant Job Experience
Computer skills (MS office), knowledge of database applications.
Knowledge of UNHCR programmes and activities.
Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of the position.
Experience in Cash-Based interventions.
Good working experience in MS/Excel, MS/Access, SQL.
IT-Microsoft Server Technology
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)
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.
– Organizational Awareness
– Teamwork & Collaboration
– Commitment to Continuous Learning
– Client & Result Orientation
– Not specified
– Analytical Thinking
– Technological Awareness
– Planning and Organizing
Intermediate level of English is desirable.
If you wish to be considered for this vacancy, please submit your application according the following instructions:
– External candidates (candidates who do NOT have access to the MSRP system), please submit your application through UNHCR’s official site for applications:
www.unhcr.org – Careers ¿ Vacancies ¿ Ecuador ¿ CBI Assistant G4 TA Quito
(In case you face technical problems, please enter with a different browser).
– Candidates with access to the MSRP system, please submit your application through:
MSRP ¿ Self-Service ¿ Recruiting ¿ Careers ¿ Ecuador ¿ CBI Assistant G4 TA Quito
1. For any technical issues encountered during the online application, please contact the Global Service Desk ([email protected]) prior to the deadline to allow enough time to resolve issues.
2. For any questions about the selection process, please contact Human Resources ([email protected]).
CVs WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BY EMAIL. ONLY THOSE APPLICATIONS SENT BY THE SYSTEM WILL BE CONSIDERED
UNHCR is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from qualified candidates regardless of disability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.
UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees).
See below for this postion’s Operational Context
UNHCR in Ecuador aims at the delivery of protection, assistance and solutions to a variety of persons of concern to UNHCR such as asylum-seekers, refugees, and stateless persons, in partnership and close collaboration with national authorities as well as non-governmental organizations and local communities. Related activities often need to be implemented within short timeframes and at times with relatively little resources in a demanding operational environment. The operation is coordinated at the national level by the national branch office in Quito. In addition, UNHCR has field offices in Quito (Solanda), Ambato, Esmeraldas, Guayaquil, Huaquillas, Cuenca, Ibarra, Tulcán, and Lago Agrio.
Since 2000, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, works in Ecuador to protect and assist the largest population of recognized refugees (mainly Colombians) in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 2016, more than five million Venezuelans have left their country. Of them, 2.2 million have entered Ecuador, of whom almost 400,000 are estimated to be staying in the country. At the time of writing, Venezuelans continue to cross the Ecuadorian-Colombian border, some planning to stay in Ecuador, others transiting through.
For several decades, the Colombian internal conflict forced many to leave their homes and search for security and peace in Ecuador. Despite the peace agreement signed between the Colombian Government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 2016, the number of people searching international protection in Ecuador has continued to grow, as violence takes other forms and new armed groups emerge. Those at risk of vulnerability include children and adolescents, at risk of forced recruitment, human rights defenders, community leaders, and those who oppose the activities of the new groups. The COVID-19 pandemic has also had a deep impact on their livelihoods and has significantly increased their vulnerabilities.
Refugees and migrants, particularly those with specific needs, such as women, children, people with disabilities or those affected by chronic illnesses before the pandemic, are among the worst affected by the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19. The vast majority work in the informal sector and lack a social safety net. They continue to struggle or are unable to cover their basic needs, such as rent and food. Many had already managed to emerge from poverty and run their own businesses, or held employment, but lockdown measures and a contracted economy have resulted in loss of income. Because of their inability to pay rent, many have been evicted from their homes and have ended up in the streets, where they are exposed to further risks and subject to xenophobia and discrimination.
CBI in Ecuador
UNHCR is not new to cash in Ecuador, but before the Venezuelan crisis it was more focused on sectoral cash, such as Livelihoods and Graduation Model. These programs are still ongoing, but UNHCR scaled up CBI to cover basic needs in 2018-19 to respond to the influx of vulnerable Venezuelans arriving every day from Colombia, changing to an emergency response.
UNHCR adapted once more in response to the pandemic, which exacerbated vulnerabilities and heightened exposure to protection risks, not only because of the health threats but because of the strict lockdown measures that translated into a loss of income for PoCs. Data collected in August 2020 showed that food and shelter remained the main concerns for Venezuelans, alongside finding a job. UNHCR responded to this with multipurpose cash assistance for newly arrived PoCs, helping them to cover basic needs for three months. People with Specific Protection Needs who have been in the country for longer, are also supported through CBI, as part of UNHCR¿s comprehensive case management vision. With its partners, UNHCR managed to adapt from a face-to-face approach to a remote one, in a timely manner and without gaps in the assistance at a critical time.
Looking to the future, UNHCR will continue its support programmes with the provision of emergency CBI, mainly multipurpose but always with a broader Protection objective, to improve PoC assistance and reduce risks. In addition, social and financial integration as well as the search for durable solutions remain several of UNHCR¿s priorities for 2022, very closely linked to its CBI strategy.
UNHCR is very involved in interagency CBI programmes and CBI coordination in the country. Ecuador is one of only seven pilot countries for the UN Common Cash Statement, signed globally in 2018 by UNHCR, WFP, Unicef and OCHA. The agreement seeks to make cash assistance more efficient and effective, where the agencies work in a collaborative manner to better support PoCs. In this sense, UNHCR is working very closely with WFP and Unicef in the country to move forward on the three pillars of the statement:
– A common delivery mechanism ¿ where WFP, Unicef and UNHCR are finalizing a joint tender for a common Financial Service Provider;
– Interoperability of Systems ¿ where UNHCR and WFP are finding solutions to integrate proGres v4 and SCOPE, saving precious time in emergency response;
– Coherent programming¿ to ensure a comprehensive and complementary assistance to PoCs, using common tools.
As far as coordination goes, UNHCR has led or co-led the Cash Working Group in Ecuador from 2019 until very recently. Today, UNHCR maintains a key role in coordination and technical support, leading one of the technical priorities identified by the group: MEB and transfer value. Moving forward and based on the interest and concerns of the group, new topics can be suggested, where UNHCR can continue to offer technical guidance and leadership within the Cash Working Group.
By 2022, UNHCR is moving to CBI direct implementation where it will use cash assist as a tool. The person in this position must be organized, detail oriented and agile in process management as he/she will support the creation and review of beneficiary lists for both UNHCR and other partners. Additionally, the person must manage Excel databases, keep track of indicators and have the ability to perform constant reviews of payments to beneficiaries in different platforms and perform post distribution monitoring to measure the impact of the CBI.
The closing date is: 06 October 2021 00h00 Geneva Time (05 October 2021 17h00 Ecuador Time)
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