Vacancy Notice No. VA/FTA/016/2019

Title of Post Senior Field Assistant Category/grade General Service, G5
Post Number 10028060 Type of contract Fixed-term Appointment in replacement capacity
Location Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh Date of Issue 8 May 2019
The effective date of assignment
As soon as possible Closing Date 21 May 2019

Operational Context:

The Snr Field Assistant is normally supervised by the (Snr) 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.

Functional Statement:

Accountability (key results that will be achieved)

  1. UNHCR office has sufficient administrative and local support for the field activities thus better able to meet the needs of persons of concern.
  2. UNHCR’s policies, standards and procedures are constantly and coherently applied in the area of responsibility (AoR).

Responsibility (process and functions undertaken to achieve results)

  1. Assist in monitoring the implementation of UNHCR programme including the delivery of all assistance items and monitoring of infrastructure.
  2. Assist in administrative tasks as required such as preparation of reports and meeting authorized personnel and assisting them during field missions.
  3. Act as interpreter in the exchange of routine information, contribute to related liaison activities and respond directly to routine queries.
  4. Collect data and other information relevant to UNHCR and report to the supervisor accordingly.
  5. Keep regular contacts with local authorities and implementing partners as requested by supervisor.
  6. In coordination with implementing partners, assist in the reception, registration and provision of assistance to persons of concern to UNHCR.
  7. Follow up, on a regular basis, the overall situation of persons of concern in camps and other areas where they have been accommodated and report accordingly.
  8. Undertake other relevant duties as required.

Authority (decisions made in executing responsibilities and to achieve results)

  1. Liaise with local authority counterparts, partners and populations of concern.
  2. Direct incidents and problems to the supervisor when they cannot be resolved at their level.

Essential Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

  1. Completion of the Secondary Education with post-secondary training/certificate in Business Administration, Law, Political Science or related field.
  2. Minimum 5 years of previous job experience relevant to the function.
  3. Computer skills.
  4. Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language.

Desirable Qualifications and Experience:

  1. Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of the position.

Required Cross Functional Competencies:

  1. Analytical Thinking
  2. Planning and Organizing
  3. Stakeholder Management


Internal candidates: Interested staff members should consult the Policy and Procedures on Assignments of Locally recruited Staff (IOM/49-FOM/50/2012 dated 15 June 2012). If you have questions regarding your eligibility, you may also contact the HR Unit.

An applicant who has internal status is a staff member holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment in any duty station in the country. Former UNHCR General Service staff members, having held an indefinite or fixed-term appointment for an uninterrupted period of at least one year may apply for internally advertised vacancies at their previous grade or equivalent or one grade above, if the seniority requirements are met, for a period of two years following separation (if such criteria are not met, former staff members can still apply as external candidates).

External candidates: External candidates must meet the essential minimum requirements of the position and candidates not citizens of the country must comply with all eligibility requirements for employment in line with the prevailing legislative prerequisites in the country. Completed and relevant university education can count as maximum 50% of the required years of work experience.


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the International Civil Service Commission at: http://icsc.un.org

Submission of Applications:

Interested candidates meeting the above requirements are requested to submit their applications with fully complete and signed Personal History Form and Supplementary Pages via online: UNHCR Bangladesh Job Portal www.unhcr.io/jobs.

Personal History Form not submitted in UNHCR format as well as not signed, incomplete and late applications will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a written test and/or oral interview. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees).

UNHCR strongly encourages qualified female applicants for this position. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities. UNHCR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, and culture. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality. 

UNCHR has a zero tolerance policy against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). SEA is unacceptable behaviour and prohibited conduct for UNHCR personnel. It constitutes acts of serious misconduct and is therefore grounds for disciplinary measures, including dismissal. Any concerns or suspicions about a possible case of SEA should be reported immediately to the Inspector General’s Office (IGO).

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