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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 http://www.gy.undp.org for the complete letter of offer these assignments. Applications, along with the relevant documents outlined in the TORs, must be submitted online to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
SCOPE OF WORK
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.