Ecuador nationals: National interagency assistant (WASH, Shelter)

United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
Quito, Ecuador
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Languages Required: 
Spanish and English


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Ecuador has a population of over 16 million (INEC, 2018), with a median age of 27 years. More than two- thirds of residents live in the country’s large cities, such as Guayaquil, Quito, or Cuenca. Living Conditions in Ecuador are generally good. Internet and telephone services are available, although there are some remote sites where this access can be limited. Ecuador has two branches of health infrastructure: public and private. In general, land public and private transportation means are available nationally, as limited national domestic flights. The country’s diverse geographic regions make for very diverse climates as for example the amazon and the coastal regions have a tropical weather while the highlands’ temperatures are lower. Because of its location, Ecuador has two seasons which are the dry season — summer — and the wet season, the Ecuadorian winter.

Quito: San Francisco de Quito, most often called Quito, is the capital city of Ecuador in northwestern South America. It is located in north-central Ecuador in the Guayllabamba river basin, on the eastern slopes of Pichincha, an active stratovolcano in the Andes mountains. With a population of 1,397,698 according to the last census (2001), and, as estimated by the municipality, approximately 1,504,991 in 2005, Quito is the second most populous city in Ecuador, after Guayaquil. It is also the capital of the Pichincha province and the seat of Metropolitan District of Quito. The canton recorded a population of 1,842,201 residents in the 2001 national census. In 2008 the city was designated as the headquarters of the Union of South American Nations.

The elevation of the city's central square (Plaza de La Independencia or Plaza Grande) is 2,800 m (about 9,186 ft), making Quito the second-highest administrative capital city in the world (after La Paz, Bolivia), and the highest legal capital (ahead of Sucre, also in Bolivia, and Bogotá, Colombia).

The central square of Quito is located about 25 km (15 miles) south of the equator; the city itself extends to within about 1 km (0.6 miles) of zero latitude. A monument and museum marking the general location of the equator is known locally as la Mitad del Mundo (the middle of the world), to avoid confusion, as the word Ecuador is Spanish for Equator.

Assignment Details

Agency Details

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

Organizational Context & Project Description:

The ongoing socioeconomic deterioration and increasing human rights violations in Venezuela has led to a major outflow of Venezuelans in Latin America with estimate 3 million people living abroad as of November 2018, impacting many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, who are seeking assistance, protection and solutions. During the UN Secretary General's Executive Committee held on 12 April 2018, the Secretary General tasked UNHCR's and IOM' to lead and coordinate the response at both regional and national levels. Both agencies established an inclusive, overarching Inter-Agency Regional Platform to steer the response to the Venezuelan refugees and migrants.

At National level and in the main receptor or transit countries of Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Brazil, National Platforms co-chaired by IOM and UNHCR have been established to coordinate the response with partners for the Venezuela outflows. Sustainable Development Goals 10. Reduced Inequalities Task description

  • Under the direct supervision of IOM Chief of Mission, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
  • Support the Inter-Agency Coordinators and humanitarian assistance officer to organize and carry out the Wash, Shelter and NFI Working Group (WSN) meetings.
  • Provide secretarial support to the Wash, Shelter and NFI Working Group, including drafting and reviewing meeting minutes, keeping recipients' list updated, drafting support materials for meetings, organize and provide logistic support.
  • Participate in relevant meetings or events at national level as requested, and provide relevant verbal and written feedback on issues of relevance for inter-agency coordination and working groups Support the Inter-Agency Coordinators and the WSN in the review and extraction of the reporting of sector partners on Activity Info.
  • Support the coordinators in mapping activities from the working groups, in cooperation with the Information Management officer.
  • Support the Inter-Agency Coordinators and the humanitarian assistance officer to ensure regular monitoring as per agreed timelines; prepare activities status and progress reports from the WSN. Support the Interagency coordination in developing situation reports and minutes from the WSN. Support the WSN in drafting guidelines, strategies and other documents.
  • Support other Inter-Agency functions, including: collecting and disseminating weekly schedules and work plans, organize and maintain IA calendar and other coordination tools, support outreach to partners on issues such as financial tracking, follow up with field offices on weekly distribution schedules and attend IA meetings and/or specific working groups where relevant (including minute taking), etc.

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 instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day)- Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country- Provide annual and end of assignment reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities using UNV’s Volunteer Reporting Application- 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.


Degree: Bachelor degree or equivalent Education - Engineering degree, social sciences, or any other relevant field

Required experience: 36 months Experience Remark

Experience in humanitarian response in water and sanitation, camp coordination, or shelter Language Skills

Language: Spanish (Mandatory) , Level - Fluent

AND - English (Mandatory) , Level - Fluent Area of Expertise

Knowledge of the Ecuadorian context, national plans and legislation on human mobility, economic and social integration.

Demonstrated ability for leadership in the context of partnership building. Experience in sectoral coordination in humanitarian context an advantage