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Democracy, Human Rights, Refugees: Associate Durable Solutions Officer: Guayaquil, Ecuador

Application Deadline: January 27th 2015

Applications must be emailed to by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the date indicated in order to be considered. Thank you.

How to Apply:

Please note that PRM-sponsored JPO positions are open to U.S. Citizens only.

Applicants must submit a completed United Nations Personal History form (UN P-11) via email to by the deadline noted above. The UN P-11 form is available for download from the UNHCR website at PRM will accept the UN P-11 form without a signature. If desired, you may also submit a resume or curriculum vitae and letter of interest. Please specify the position for which you are applying in the Subject line of the email (i.e. Associate Protection Officer – Kabul, AFGHANISTAN). You must send a separate email and application for each position for which you are qualified and wish to be considered. For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions on the PRM website.

PRM Notes:

• For more information about UNHCR’s operations at this post, please visit the UNHCR website at

• University Degree in Political Science, Social Science, Economics, International Relations or related field. An advanced degree is strongly preferred for participation in the JPO program.

• Minimum of 4 years (2 years with Advanced University degree) relevant professional experience, including 2 years in the field.

• Excellent knowledge of Spanish and English (written and spoken) is essential for the position.

• The JPO job description and related information attached are provided by UNHCR.

• JPO contracts are initially issued for one (1) year and then renewed. American JPOs are expected to serve a complete (2) two-year JPO term.

Associate Durable Solutions Officer (JPO)

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Job Description (JPO)


Title: Associate Durable Solutions Officer (JPO)

Sector: Durable Solutions

Location: Guayaquil, Ecuador

Duration of the assignment: 1 Year renewable (total of 2 years)


Supervisor: Manuel Dos Santos, Head of Field Office

Content and methodology of the supervision:

• Each office unit defines at the beginning of the year the main activities and the timeframe for implementation based on the FOCUS indicators and outputs,

• These tables of activities are reviewed in the all staff planning meeting in January, and are discussed among the units to be validated (it is again reviewed with the team at mid-year and with the supervisor at the end of the year),

• From the table of activities the staff determines the monthly activities and breaks it down using a weekly plan,

• During all the planning and implementation process, the staff receives appropriate ongoing coaching by the supervisor,

• The weekly plan is elaborated during the weekly unit meeting and is used to prepare the activities and to report on the activities of the previous week and their level of implementation,

• For the activities related to monitoring of the partners and external meetings, the staff writes a note for the file and the supervisor reviews it and discusses it.

• The weekly plans as well as the notes for the file are an opportunity to give and provide feedback and to guide the staff member.


• Within the livelihoods strategy in Guayaquil and Cuenca specific focus on the vocational training, income generating projects, micro-finance and employment through:

• Field oriented follow up of the implementation

• Technical support to the partners

• Gaps analysis and elaboration in collaboration with the Program Unit of adapted tools to respond to the needs of self-reliance

• Support to the partners in identifying and selecting PNIP for the livelihood program

• Support to the partners in determining the socio-economic profile of the PNIP

• In collaboration with the partners, to establish contacts with the refugee community to better understand the livelihoods needs and to give feedback to the Program Unit

• Support the Program Unit in the monitoring and evaluation progress

• Provide expertise in mainstreaming our livelihoods program with public and private institutions to enhance the overall sustainability of our integration strategy.


• The durable solutions strategy is implemented in a manner which ensures that all available solutions are complimentary and reinforce each other.

• The durable solutions strategy is implemented in a manner which capitalizes on regional mobility frameworks and partnerships.

• Appropriate durable solutions are offered to a maximum number of Persons of Concern (PoCs).


• Contribute to the designing and the implementation of the local comprehensive durable solutions strategies in line with the national strategy

• Engage national and local interlocutors on durable solutions issues.


Languages: Excellent knowledge of Spanish and English (written and spoken) is essential for the position.

Qualifications: University Degree (BA) in Political Science, Social Science, Economics, International Relations or related field.

Experience: Minimum of 4 years (2 years with Advanced University degree) relevant professional experience including 2 years in the field.


- Diverse field experience desirable.

- Essential: knowledge in entrepreneurial skills and livelihoods project management

- Excellent knowledge in MS Word, Excel and ProGres database

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES, which illustrate behaviors that are essential to achieving deliverables described above, and that are critical to successful performance. All jobs require the staff to abide to the Values and Core competencies of UNHCR.:

- Judgement and Decision Making (M003)

- Analytical Thinking (X001)

- Political Awareness (X007)

Training Components and Learning Elements:

Training components:

The staff member will have at disposal:

• A well elaborate kit of essential written information to support the implementation of specific local integration projects and durable solutions in general

• An established durable solutions framework to start working. This framework/structure may be challenged, improved or developed according to the inputs of the staff member

• A team of colleagues with experience to guide and support the staff member in the implementation of her/his activities and tasks

• An established coordination system to share/develop ideas and to address questions in a constructive environment.

Learning elements:

The staff member will get a comprehensive understanding of the UNHCR refugee urban policy and will learn about all the tools and methodology of local integration and livelihoods. Furthermore, the staff member will have the opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary environment, interacting on daily basis with other sections of the office and with external actors.

After the assignment, the staff member will have gained relevant experience in:

- Writing project proposals

- Conducting monitoring and evaluation

- Applying the Result Based Management methodology

- Developing livelihoods strategies

- Drafting budgets and managing financial resources

- Determining the adequate indicators to measure projects progress

- Managing logical frameworks

- Understanding the functioning of a protection strategy based on durable solutions.


Ecuador has the largest refugee population in Latin America, most of them fleeing the internal armed conflict in Colombia. Official statistics (September 2013) show 54.865 recognized refugees and 8.280 asylum-seekers, and a backlog of other persons of concern of 55.707 pending applications. In 2013, new asylum applications averaged 900 persons per month, but the number of new arrivals was higher as persons in need of protection could not get access to the governmental RSD procedure.

Ecuador is a State Party to: the 1951 Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (since 1955); the 1967 Protocol to the 1951 Geneva Convention (since 1969). It is also party to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons (since 1970), and in 2012 it ratified the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

In 2008 Ecuador issued a comprehensive and generous asylum policy, which was followed by the Enhanced Registration process (March 2009-March 2010). The Government registered and documented 27,740 Colombians in need of international protection as refugees.

Despite the generous asylum policy and the constitutional provisions promoting human mobility, recognizing the right to migrate and establishing the concept of universal citizenship, refugee protection in Ecuador deteriorated steadily since January 2011. The issuance of the Decree 1182 in May 2012 crystalized a number of restrictive measures, some of which were being applied since early 2011, and marked a departure from international refugee standards.

UNHCR has enhanced its response in reference to mandate RSD, mostly for refugees affected by the Decree (notably not admitted because of the 15-day timeframe to request asylum), in order to be able to submit their cases for resettlement.

Two developments in the second half of 2013 give room for cautious optimism. First, a Vice-Ministry for Human Mobility was created within the MFA, covering asylum, migration, and emigration/return of Ecuadorian migrants. As the Vice-Ministry´s competencies, authorities and structure are confirmed, its capacity to implement rights-based policies will likely improve the asylum space.

The second development is a growing consensus among policy makers that both asylum and migration legislation require a general overhaul to adequately reflect the progressive Constitutional dispositions. Under the leadership of the MFA and with support of relevant stakeholders, among them UNHCR, a bill is being drafted, which is expected to bring back Ecuadorian asylum legislation to international standards.

As refugees in Ecuador are mostly in a protracted situation and in vulnerable conditions UNHCR developed the Comprehensive Solutions Initiative (CSI), a three-year strategic framework (2014-2017) presenting complementary, inclusive and durable interventions. Anchored in governmental planning, the CSI should benefit a total of 50,000 people (60% of refugees and 40% Ecuadorians from host communities) and defines three areas of intervention, mainstreaming economic empowerment and livelihoods strengthening.

Guayaquil is the largest and the most populous city in Ecuador, with approximately 3.75 million people in the metropolitan area. As the nation’s main port, the city is the center of political, economic and social events that impact nationwide.

MAY 2014

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