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  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Quito
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Logistics
    • Transport and Distribution
  • Closing Date: Closed

Hardship Level

A (least hardship)

Family Type


Family Type


Residential location (if applicable)



Staff Member / Affiliate Type

General Service


Regular > Regular Assignment

Remote work accepted


Target Start Date


Job Posting End Date

September 24, 2023

Standard Job Description

Driver Organizational Setting and Work Relationships The Driver in the UNHCR Office is normally supervised directly by the Administrative Officer/Associate/Assistant or another staff member when the scale of the Operation so require it. Besides driving, the incumbent is responsible for up keep and maintenance of the assigned UNHCR vehicle(s) as per technical guidance and specifications established by the Organisation. S/he is required to follow strict instructions and security guidance provided by the supervisor. While the basic function of a driver is to drive the official vehicles of UNHCR, s/he may be called upon to perform minor maintenance and repair of UNHCR vehicles. The Driver has regular contacts with staff within the UNHCR Office and with others (including Partners, government authorities, etc.) outside UNHCR involving a limited exchange of information. 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 - Drive UNHCR vehicles for the transport of authorized passengers, deliver, and collect documents and other items. - Meet official personnel at airports or other locations and facilitate immigration and customs formalities as required. - Perform day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicles; check oil, water, battery, brakes, tires, etc. and ensure that the assigned UNHCR vehicles are road or waterway worthy and maintained up to the established security standards. - Perform minor repairs, arrange for other repairs, and ensure that the vehicle is kept clean. - Ensure that the steps required by rules and regulations, or other local procedures, are taken in case of involvement in an accident. - Log official trips, daily mileage, gas consumption, oil changes, greasing, etc. - Ensure that instructions and security guidance provided by the supervisor and security focal point are strictly followed. - Ensures valid documentation for passengers, items or cargo in vehicle. - Perform other related duties as required. Minimum Qualifications Years of Experience / Degree Level For G2D - 2 years relevant experience with Completion of Primary Education or High School Diploma or higher Field(s) of Education Not applicable Certificates and/or Licenses *Driving Licences; (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential) Relevant Job Experience Essential Driving licence, knowledge of driving rules and regulations. Desirable Not specified. Functional Skills * DV-Driving Rules and Regulations DV - Basic Vehicle Mechanical Skills; (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

Title of Position: Driver
Position Number: 10004036
Category & Level: General Service, G2
UNHCR Quito, Ecuador
Effective date: 02 January 2024
Duration: Initially one year - Fixed Term Appointment
(upon medical clearance and references)


Since 2000, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has worked in Ecuador to protect and assist one of the largest population of recognized refugees in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 2016, more than six million Venezuelans have left their country; by the end of 2022 Ecuador was hosting some 500,000 Venezuelan refugees and migrants, many of whom are currently in an irregular status. The 2020 pandemic had a significant impact on the economy, affecting refugees, migrants and locals alike. This downturn is expected to continue in Ecuador and deepened human rights gaps which will adversely affect refugees and migrants, the vast majority of whom work in the informal sector, lack a social safety net and cannot cover their basic needs, such as rent and food.

UNHCR’s operation in Ecuador is fundamentally driven to deliver protection and solutions to a variety of persons of UNHCR’s concern like asylum-seekers, refugees and stateless people in partnership and close collaboration with national authorities as well as non-governmental organizations and communities. Particular attention and specific multi-faceted protection and assistance is often provided within short timeframes and at times little resources in demanding operational environment. The wide variety of activities is principally coordinated from the national office in Quito as well as the Sub and field offices.

Ecuador is a destination and transit country for persons in need of international protection, with a historical figure of over 70,000 recognized refugees (mainly Colombians) and an ongoing influx of refugees. The South American country has also become a main destination and a transit country for Venezuelan refugees and migrants, ranking third after Colombia and Peru. More than 500,000 Venezuelan refugees and migrants are estimated to be residing in Ecuador, with less than half of them holding a legal status.

UNHCR seeks to recruit persons devoted to the purposes of the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees who is committed to humanitarian principles and holds functionally relevant work experience in the area of Administration.
The Driver position in the National Office falls under direct supervision of the Administrative/Representation Assistant. The incumbent is responsible for upkeep and maintenance of the assigned UNHCR vehicle(s) as per technical guidance and specifications established by the organization, including records of departure, arrival, mileage covered, fuel consumed and other pertinent data records as per the internal control policy and procedure in place. He/She is required to drive light vehicles to provide transport service to staff members and guests and to transport packages and other light loads as instructed and is responsible for the safety and security of passengers, vehicle and freight.

He/She is required to follow strict instructions and security guidance provided by the supervisor or security focal point, especially during missions to the field which are quite frequent, and during high rank officers/donor missions. While basic function of a Driver is to drive the official vehicles of UNHCR, he/she may be called upon to perform minor maintenance and repair of UNHCR vehicles, as well as routine administrative tasks within the office. Good knowledge of basic computer programs would be highly appreciated.


- External candidates must be legally present in Ecuador at the time of application, recruitment and hire.


A) English is desirable (B2 level).
B) Shortlisted candidates will be required to take a technical and a practical test.



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



Desired languages




Operational context

Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:

Nature of Position:

Living and Working Conditions:


Additional Qualifications


DV - Basic Vehicle Mechanical Skills, DV-Driving Rules and Regulations



Driving License - Other

Work Experience


Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Organizational awareness, Planning & organizing, Teamwork & collaboration, Technological awareness

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Additional Information

Functional clearance

This position doesn't require a functional clearance
This vacancy is now closed.