Costa Rica | San José
Hardship Level (not applicable for home-based)A (least hardship)
Family Type (not applicable for home-based)
Staff Member / Affiliate Type
Target Start Date
December 1, 2022
Job Posting End Date
Desired Candidate Profile:
Terms of Reference
Candidates must be legally present in Costa Rica at the time of application, recruitment and hire.
Only candidates holding a legally job permit in Costa Rica will be considered eligible.
We are committed to maintaining diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity and culture. Persons belonging to minority groups, persons with special abilities, men and women, are encouraged to apply for vacancies. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.
Eligible candidates may be required to take a technical test and/or an interview.
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Covid-19 Vaccination and related Safety Measures:
UNHCR has a responsibility to prevent and curb the spread of COVID-19 as part of its accountability to its workforce and the communities it works in and serves. Whilst other measures (such as hand hygiene, physical distancing, ventilation and wearing masks) remain crucial, being vaccinated against COVID-19 plays a key role in protecting oneself, families, colleagues, and the community including persons of concerns and has been proven to significantly reduce risks of serious illness and death from COVID-19. Therefore, in alignment with other UN agencies and based on the advice of the UN Medical Directors network, UNHCR strongly urges all colleagues to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves and others.
Recruitment as a UNHCR staff member and engagement under a UNHCR affiliate scheme or as an intern is subject to proof of full vaccination, independently of contract type and duration, unless the candidate is based in a location with documented lack of access to COVID-19 vaccines.
Therefore, the people recommended for the position must provide proof of vaccination or the medical recommendation that justifies non-vaccination.
Costa Rica, historically a human rights champion, has a favourable framework for the protection and integration of asylum-seekers and refugees. The country has ratified the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (1978), the Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees (1978), 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons (1977); the 1961 Convention for the Reduction of Statelessness (1977); and it also developed national normative on refugees: Executive Decree No. 32.195-G in 2004. The determination of refugee status is carried out by the Costa Rican Government through the Migration Authority with assistance from UNHCR.
Recently, Costa Rica is facing challenges stemming from the significant increase in the number of asylum-seekers in the past 5 years, particularly from Venezuela and Nicaragua, and despite the Governments efforts, this recent influx has posed serious strains on the national systems of response including education, health, social protection, and legal assistance. This situation has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic when the Refugee Unit closed for nine months. The Refugee Unit´s capacity to receive and process cases was exceeded, causing significant delays on delivering asylum-seeker documentation and work permits which affected the access of people of concern to rights and services and ultimately increased their vulnerability.
The continued situation of socio-political strife in Nicaragua has resulted in a constant increase in the numbers of persons seeking international protection in Costa Rica, with a record high 14,500 starting the process in January 2022. At the end of 2021, Costa Rica was home to nearly 153,000 asylum seekers (mostly from Nicaragua, Venezuela, Cuba and the North of Central America) and was the world’s 4th largest recipient of new individual asylum claims; by May 2022, this figure had reached 200,000. After February 2022, the number of new appointments to formalize asylum claims seemed to have stabilized at around 10,000 per month; however, as these add to the existing pending cases the backlog continues to increase, adding to the already complex situation.
Since the offset of the Nicaraguan situation in 2018, UNHCR has permanent presence in the Northern region through its Field Office in Upala. The constant influx of migrants and asylum seekers through the northern border, the constant occurrence of natural disasters and the lack of livelihoods has put additional pressure on host communities. UNHCR has called the attention of the Government of Costa Rica and key stakeholders over the need to strengthen the capacities of host communities and promote development actions that would benefit both nationals and foreigners equally. UNHCR developed a Concept Note to bring humanitarian actors, UN Agencies and International Financial Institutions to work together in an Area-Based Approach. This initiative is supported by the Chaves Robles Administration and the World Bank.
UNHCR in Costa Rica has maintained a continuous presence since 1978 and will continue to support the national authorities and key partners to respond to the situation of the people we serve, strengthen and guarantee protection and solutions. UNHCR key activities involve registration, border monitoring, community-based protection to identify particularly vulnerable individuals, case management, counselling, livelihoods and peaceful coexistence projects through its partners and directly. A CBI response has been started in October 2019 and is being developed to reduce vulnerabilities and fill basic assistance gaps.
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.
Nature of the Position
Under the overall guidance of the External Relations Officer, the Reporting Associate contributes to production, editing and quality control of reports under his/her Area of Responsibility (AOR). By systematization and sharing of accurate and timely information, the Reporting Associate promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNHCR. Reporting Associate must have excellent writing skills, both in Spanish and English. An English level of C1-C2 is required for the position.
The Reporting Associate establishes close contacts with all UNHCR´ units to gather and analyze information. In coordination with the External Relations officer, he/she maintains effective professional relationships with a wide variety of donors, operational and implementing partners, UN agencies, and other stakeholders to gather, analyze and disseminate information about activities of UNHCR and its partners.
Standard Job DescriptionReporting Associate Organizational Setting and Work Relationships The Reporting Associate will fulfil internal and external reporting requests. S/he is supervised by the Reporting Officer or another professional staff depending on the staffing structure of the Office. The incumbent receives regular guidance and advice from the supervisor. Advice and operational support may also be received from other senior staff and support units at the Country Office / HQ. The incumbent will establish strong liaison with both internal and external parties, including Donors, UN Agencies, and Implementing and Operational partners. 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 - Stay abreast with the operational developments and assist in the preparation of briefing notes and reports. - Assist in consolidation of data and facilitate the preparation of periodic reports including Sitreps, Fact Sheets and other activity specific reports. - Liaise with internal and external partners to gather information. - Work closely with Information Management Unit to ensure accurate and standard data presentation. - Assist in the development of funding submissions, appeals and reports. - Prepare and distribute meeting minutes. - Consolidate and provide inputs for donor reports. - Enforce compliance with reporting requirements. - Perform other related duties as required. Minimum Qualifications Years of Experience / Degree Level For G6 - 3 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. (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential) Certificates and/or Licenses International Law; *Post-Sec Training Certificat.; Journalism; (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential) Relevant Job Experience Essential Minimum 3 years relevant work experience. Desirable Experience with dealing with the public and diverse stakeholders. Functional Skills PG-UNHCR's Programmes (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.
CertificationsInternational Law - Other, Journalism - Other
Other informationTeleworking can be negotiated with supervisor in accordance with UNHCR´s rules and regulations.This position doesn't require a functional clearance