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Senior Field Associate


  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Pemba
  • Grade: Administrative support - GS-7, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: Closed



Staff Member / Affiliate Type

General Service


Temporary > Temporary Assignment/ Appointment

Hardship Level

U (unclassified)

Family Type


Residential location (if applicable)

Target Start Date


Target End Date


Job Posting End Date

April 5, 2024

Standard Job Description

Senior Field Associate

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Senior Field Associate is normally supervised by the (Senior) Field Officer or Head of Office and performs a variety of functions related to Field activities within the office. The supervisor defines general work objectives and the incumbent completes the work independently. Work is controlled for meeting expected results and conformity to policy and procedures by the supervisor. The Senior Field Associate normally supervises some General Service support staff.
The incumbent keeps frequent internal contacts with staff members in the same duty station to exchange information, to establish understanding of respective needs; to ensure provision of services and resolution of problems 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 subject matters which may be of importance to the Organization.

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.

- Undertake regular visits to various sites in order to assess needs of persons of concern, with particular attention to vulnerable groups.
- Advise the supervisor on programme requirements and formulate project submissions, including community development and self-reliance activities, where applicable, in collaboration with authorities and implementing partners.
- Monitor and supervise the implementation of UNHCR programme including the delivery of all assistance items and monitoring of infrastructure and make the necessary recommendation for its improvement.
- Keep regular contacts with local authorities and implementing partners as requested by supervisor.
- Act as interpreter when required.
- Contribute to the preparation of status and progress reports by providing info, preparing tables, etc.
- Monitor refugee movements related to repatriation and other inter-camps transfers.
- Inform and act on the reports received on persons of concern within the refugee community or from the local authorities.
- Handle, in coordination with implementing partners, the reception, registration and provision of assistance to persons of concern to UNHCR.
- Negotiate with local authority counterparts, partners and populations of concern.
- Represent UNHCR in physical monitoring of projects.
- Provide inputs for the country operations plan and other submissions and reports.

- Support the identification and management of risks and seek to seize opportunities impacting objectives in the area of responsibility. Ensure decision making in risk based in the functional area of work. Raise risks, issues and concerns to a supervisor or to relevant functional colleague(s).
- Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For G7 - 4 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with 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
Knowledge of International legal affairs relating to asylum, migration and related issues.

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

Functional Skills
*IT-Computer Literacy
CO-Drafting and Documentation
CL-Multi-stakeholder Communications with Partners, Government & Community
PG-Programme Management (programme cycles and reporting standards)
(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

This job requisition is created to advertise the position of the Senior Field Associate on temporary appointment. This position will cover and give oversight to the Field Unit in Mueda district and will report directly to the Head of Sub-Office in Pemba. Other positions may report and be supervised by this incumbent of this position. The TA will be for six months initially with possibility for extension depending on the need of the operation. Interested candidates from Mueda districts encouraged to apply.

The ideal candidate would be someone with:
Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of the position. UNHCR field experience and/or with other humanitarian organizations.
Strong coordination skills.
Excellent communication skills with Partners, Government and local community.
Experience in managing offices and available financial and human resources.
Sound knowledge of the geographical area.
Knowledge of local languages spoken in Mueda district will be an asset.


Interested staff members should consult the Recruitment and Assignment Policy (UNHCR/HCP/2022/07). If you have questions regarding your eligibility. If you have questions regarding your eligibility, you may also contact the HR Unit.

In line with the RAP, the below category of candidates are eligible to apply for internally/externally advertised vacancies.

Internal candidates: Current GS staff members holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment who, at the date of the deadline for application, are serving in the country of the vacancy at the grade of the position or one grade below or above.

Candidates with UNHCR experience: Current GS staff members holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment in the country of the vacancy applying to two grades above their own, staff members holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment in other categories (P/FS/NPO), staff loaned/seconded from another UN organization/international organization/government entity, staff members on temporary appointment, affiliate workforce, interns, as well as former UNHCR locally recruited staff members who held an indefinite or fixed-term appointment (within 2 years of separation for males and 5 years for females).

External candidates: External candidates must meet the essential minimum requirements of the position, candidates not citizens of the country must comply with all eligibility requirements for employment in line with the prevailing legislative prerequisites in the country.

Remuneration: A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the International Civil Service Commission and please refer to the relevant category / grade level at:

Submission of applications:

 Interested internal applicants need to apply online via Workday / Career Page by searching for the vacancy by location / country of assignment. Please make sure to update your Career profile first in Workday before applying for the position.

 External applicants also need to apply online via Workday and can access the recruitment platform via below link and search for the job by location, country of assignment:

 Prior to applying, please make sure that your Workday Career Profile is accurate and up-to-date. There are several resources available to support you.
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 All applications for UNHCR positions will be processed in Workday from now on. This demonstration video and this checklist will guide you through the key steps of applying. Once you have finalized your application, you can check the status of your application by visiting the Career page / My Applications tab in Workday. The FAQ’s (under the video) list some of the most common questions and answers around this process.

 All applications must be submitted online in Workday. Email applications will not be accepted. Not signed, incomplete and late applications will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a written test and/or oral interview. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees).

 The evaluation of applicants will be conducted based on the information submitted during the application. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

 UNHCR is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

 UNHCR has a zero-tolerance policy against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). SEA is unacceptable behavior and prohibited conduct for UNHCR personnel. It constitutes acts of serious misconduct and is therefore grounds for disciplinary measures, including dismissal. Any concerns or suspicions about a possible case of SEA should be reported immediately to the Inspector General’s Office (IGO) at or through the online complain form at or by confidential fax: +41 22 739 73 80.

 UNHCR only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at

 For any technical problems encountered during the online application, please send an email to the below email address titled “Online VA Query-your name and surname”. Human Resources Mozambique

Functional Clearance

This position doesn't require a functional clearance

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



Desired languages



Additional Qualifications


CL-Multi-stakeholder Communications with Partners, Government & Community, CO-Drafting and Documentation, IT-Computer Literacy, PG-Programme Management (programme cycles and reporting standards)



Business Administration - Other, Law - Other, Political Science - Other

Work Experience

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Other information

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a written test and/or oral interview.
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