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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.
SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS
A) English is desirable (B2 level).
B) Shortlisted candidates will be required to take a technical and a practical test.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT USE SPECIAL CHARACTERS (Ñ or accents) WHEN CREATING YOUR WORKDAY PROFILE.
CVs WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BY EMAIL. ONLY THOSE APPLICATIONS SENT BY THE SYSTEM WILL BE CONSIDERED
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SkillsDV - Basic Vehicle Mechanical Skills, DV-Driving Rules and Regulations
CertificationsDriving License - Other
CompetenciesAccountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Organizational awareness, Planning & organizing, Teamwork & collaboration, Technological awareness
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