Senior Field Assistant

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This is a UNV National Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as National UN Volunteer. It is normally only for nationals. More about UNV National Specialist contracts.

The Senior Field Assistant is normally supervised by the Field Officer/Associate and performs a variety of functions related to Field activities within the office. The supervisor defines work processes and provides regular advice and guidance. The incumbent keeps frequent internal contacts with staff members in the same duty station to exchange information 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 routine subject matters under the direction of the supervisor.

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.

-Assist in monitoring the implementation of UNHCR programme including the delivery of all assistance items and monitoring of infrastructure. -Assist in administrative tasks as required such as preparation of reports and meeting during field missions. -Act as interpreter in the exchange of routine information, contribute to related liaison activities and respond directly to routine queries. -Collect data and other information relevant to UNHCR and report to the supervisor accordingly. -Keep regular contacts with local authorities and implementing partners as requested by supervisor. -In coordination with implementing partners, assist in the reception, registration, and provision of assistance to persons we serve. -Follow up, on a regular basis, the overall situation of people we serve in camps and other areas where they have been accommodated and report accordingly. -Direct incidents and problems to the supervisor when they cannot be resolved at their level. -Engage in women empowerment programme/activities within the Office AoR. -Identify refugee women needs and capacity in the targeted camps. -Organize Focus Group Discussions for programme evaluation and planned interventions -Strengthen refugee women and girls’ capacity and their leadership skills through different activities planned to empower gender equality. -Perform other related duties as required.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to: •Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for in-stance in events that mark International Volunteer Day). •Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country. •Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities. •Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc. •Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly arrived UN Volunteers. •Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

☒Adaptability and Flexibility ☒Commitment and Motivation ☒Communication ☒Empowering Others ☒Ethics and Values ☒Integrity ☒Planning and Organizing ☒Professionalism ☒Respect for Diversity ☒Self-Management ☒Working in Teams

UN policies and procedures. -Field experience. -Flexibility and ability to provide support and oversight to numerous projects at once and willingness to undertake some related administrative tasks. -Strong interpersonal and communication skills in a multi-cultural setting; Ability to complete tasks within a set time frame. -Good analytical skills. -Ability to work effectively and with minimum supervision.

Huye is not a duty station where staffs reside in UNHCR housing in terms of accommodation. Houses are available for rent and staffs are guided upon arrival to available housing options which are usually equipped with adequate facilities. The usual practice is to give at least a three-months deposit upon signing a rent contract. Huye has small private clinics that can offer consultations with general practicians or some specialists. There is a tertiary level facility (CHUB - Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Butare) which is considered referral hospital at the national level. Limited education facilities are available for staffs' children. There are no accredited international schools in Huye but private schools offering teaching in English or French, following the national curricula. Security in Huye is at Level 1 and is a family duty station (category B) with low security risks. Banking facilities are available.

Transport is available with (private) buses every 30min / every hour (depending on the time of the year) to Kigali. Concerning transport, even though motorcycle taxis are not recommended, they are the fastest way to get around the big cities. Helmets are provided, but it is better to have your own helmet. You can also take a standard taxi. Those with a yellow stripe will be run by individuals. Public transportation is the cheapest, and many of the buses are new and well-maintained. You can also take these buses farther afield; expect to pay a fare based on distance. Shops and markets are available with necessary items including imported goods, home furnishings and electrical appliances.

For volunteers, the UNV Programme offers monthly living allowance to cover basic needs like housing, utilities, transportation, and communication. The purpose of the allowances and entitlements paid to UN Volunteers is to enable UN Volunteers to sustain a secure standard of living at the duty stations in line with United Nations standards without incurring personal costs. The allowances are in no way to be understood as compensation, reward, or salary in exchange for the UN Volunteer’s service.

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