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IC Field Assistant (Lethem)
Procurement Process :IC - Individual contractor
Office :UNDP Country Office - GUYANA
Deadline :28-Oct-20
Posted on :21-Oct-20
Reference Number :71733
Link to Atlas Project :
Non-UNDP Project
Documents :
Letter of Offer - read only
Letter of Offer - editable
TOR - Lethem
Overview :


Procurement Notice

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on behalf of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) wishes to invite suitable individual consultants to be Field Assistant for a period of two (2) months in the following areas:

  • Lethem (one post)
  • Georgetown (one post)

Please refer to the website for the complete letter of offer these assignments.  Applications, along with the relevant documents outlined in the TORs, must be submitted online to by 28 October 2020 on or before 10:00 hrs.



Ongoing political, human rights and socio-economic developments in Venezuela compel growing numbers of children, women

and men to leave for neighbouring countries and beyond. With over 4 million Venezuelans now living abroad, in recent years, five

countries in the Caribbean sub-region have been hosting growing numbers of refugees and migrants from Venezuela: Aruba,

Curaçao, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago.

UNHCR’s presence in Guyana was only established by mid-2018 to respond to the influx of Venezuelan migrants and refugees

in the country. While the majority of persons of concern are from Venezuela, there are also non-Venezuelans seeking asylum,

primarily from Cuba, and other countries in the surrounding regions. Currently, UNHCR has an office in Georgetown from where

it covers activities on protection and assistance to refugees and migrants through presence of it partners in the region or through

direct implementation and is in the process of expanding its response. It is estimated that by December 2019, the total population

of concern will reach 22,000, and this number is expected to increase to over 31,000 by the end of 2020. Many individuals arrive

in the country through regular and irregular entry points in the country’s interior regions, coming by boat or land from the border

areas with Venezuela and Brazil. The profiles of persons of concern are various and include vulnerable individuals with severe

protection needs and members of indigenous groups. UNHCR provides emergency food and non-food items for targeted

vulnerable individuals, including at the point of arrival.

Guyana, not being a state party to the 1951 Convention nor its 1967 Protocol, has maintained an open-border policy to

Venezuelans; however the status of the non-Venezuelan caseload is slightly more delicate..

In light of the above, under the project Venezuelan migrants and refugees, Guyanese nationals returning from Venezuela, and

other persons of concern to UNHCR in seek of international protection.


The Field Expert will work in close collaboration with Venezuelan migrant and refugees, host communities’ members, Regional

Democratic Councils (RDCs), Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs), and all other regional and local Government

officials present in their Area of Responsibilities (AoR). In addition, the Field Expert will be expected to also engage and

collaborate with civil society and other key stakeholders present in their AoR. The Field Expert will be responsible for supporting

the project’s implementation through: (1) effective communication with persons of concern to UNHCR and all other relevant

stakeholders; (2) due consideration to UNHCR’s policies and principles, in particular UNHCR’s Code of Conduct and its Age,

Gender and Diversity approach; (3) ensuring effective UNHCR visibility and (4) Identification and referral of cases with

protection concerns to appropriate services in close consultation and under direct guidance of UNHCR; (5) Regular effective

monitoring and reporting of activities undertaken under the project. The Field Expert will be responsible for ensure that all

communications activities are in keeping with UNHCR’s communication and donor visibility guidelines.