Field Associate GS6, TA Manta-Ecuador

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This is a G-6 contract. This kind of contract is known as General Service and related categories. It is normally only for nationals. It usually requires 6 years of experience, depending on education. More about G-6 contracts.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, love

In Manta, UNICEF has an active presence, working in collaboration with the government and other organizations to improve the living conditions of children, particularly those affected by vulnerability and emergencies. Since 2019 UNICEF in Manta leads the implementation of the Comprehensive Support Space (Casa de la Niñez) in coordination the Manta Municipality. This space offers a range of services, such as protection, education, health, nutrition, and psychosocial support, which are tailored to meet the specific needs of vulnerable populations, including children on the move in Manta. The aim is to provide integrated and coordinated services that address the multiple needs of these populations, while building the capacity of local governments to sustain and expand these services over time.

How can you make a difference?

Under the guidance and supervision of the Emergency Officer, the Field Associate in Manta will play a crucial role in the implementation and monitoring of UNICEF interventions in Manta, with special focus on the Comprehensive Support Space.

H/she will carry out a range of programme support functions to help develop, implement and monitor the country programme results, ensuring effective and timely delivery that is consistent with UNICEF rules and regulations.

The Field Associate will work in close collaboration with a range of staff in the CO, external partners, agency counterparts and communities in support of programme design and delivery.

The field associate will serve UNICEF in its outpost location in Manta, Ecuador.

Under the direct supervision of the Emergency Officer, the key functions of the Field Associate (Emergency), are summarized as follows

  • Coordinating with local authorities and representing UNICEF in the co-leadership of the Comprehensive Support Space in Manta, seeking partnerships with local government institutions, civil society organizations and other organizations to strengthen the scope and sustainability of the Comprehensive Support Space in Manta.
  • Coordinating and tracking interventions defined in UNICEF's multi-annual humanitarian response plan, including humanitarian coordination of UNICEF-mandated clusters/working groups, in accordance with the Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCCs).
  • Engaging with implementing partners, government, UN agencies, local clusters/working groups and civil society to advocate and promote UNICEF objectives, results, organizational policies and priorities (including PSEA), to contribute to coordination efforts and development implementation of strategies at local level.
  • Providing timely overall situational analysis and updates on the evolving situation in Manta, including political, humanitarian, development, partnerships, threats and opportunities, vulnerable communities, to inform decision making, advocacy and other actions.
  • Providing local authorities and partners with technical assistance for capacity building and programme sustainability. Promote and reinforce institutional capacities of local partners by identifying these partners and providing continuous support, coordination and collaboration for sustainability.
  • Collaborating with program sections in the development and implementation of integrated strategies with a nexus approach through engagement and collaboration with internal and external partners.
  • Other activities necessary to achieve the expected results and purpose of the assignment.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Completion of secondary education, A first level university degree is desirable in one of the following fields: Social Sciences, International Relations, Social Policy, Political Science, Social Development, Community Development, or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of six years of relevant work experience is required, experience in working in the field is an asset, relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in Spanish is required. Knowledge of English or another official UN language is highly desirable.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic. We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements. UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable male and female are encouraged to apply.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be cancelled.

All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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