Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Associate Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer will be key in operationalizing the strategic vision to align livelihoods and economic inclusion efforts with the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), which underscores the need to mobilize additional actors and to adopt a whole-of-society approach to strengthen refugee self-reliance and help ease pressure on host countries. Promoting economic inclusion of refugees is a key development area that will enable the achievement of these objectives and contribute to the 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Leveraging the growing global momentum, UNHCR is working to translate the objectives of the GCR into impactful results for persons of concern (POC). Contributing to this global roll-out of the GCR, the Associate Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer, with support from the Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Unit in the Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS), works towards the following objectives:
- improve the enabling environment for refugees to work through advocacy on the right to/at work, access to economic opportunities and service;
- seek new and strengthen existing partnerships including with the private sector, development actors, government institutions and specialized agencies to advance economic inclusion of refugees; and
- enhance ongoing livelihoods and economic inclusion programming through evidence-based and market-driven approaches to improve economic inclusion outcomes.
The Associate Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer should be proactive, always looking for new opportunities and persuasive in mobilizing donors and new partners around new models of economic and social integration.
The incumbent will interact with the government counterparts and other stakeholders with specific mandate in livelihood activities as well as with the refugee communities. Within UNHCR, the Associate Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer will work under the supervision of the head of livelihoods and closely with multi-functional teams on matters including but not limited to protection, education, cash, partnerships, research and analytics, GBV, solutions, complementary pathways and more. S/he will support the office’s involvement with livelihoods and economic inclusion, working with relevant external stakeholders from government line ministries, development actors, private sector, UN agencies, international organisations, NGOs, research institutions and universities.
All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.
– Maintain close contact and cooperation with partners to facilitate the economic inclusion of refugees, such as line ministries, private sector and development actors in accordance with UNHCR Global and Country level policies, priorities, and strategies, in particular the Global Compact on Refugees. This includes advocating with public and private sector services providers to include UNHCR POC in supporting services (business development, micro-finance, training, saving accounts, poverty alleviation and social protection, etc.).
– Work with the multi-functional team, more specifically with the Protection Unit, to assess the legal framework for the right to work and rights at work and recommend/implement advocacy initiatives and policy reforms to improve UNHCR POC¿s economic inclusion, rights and access to work.
– Build on UNHCR databases to support regular information sharing and coordination among different humanitarian, developmental and governmental stakeholders. This includes supporting the implementation of socioeconomic and wealth ranking surveys utilising community-based strategies to inform targeting, monitoring and facilitation of development programmes.
– Conduct necessary assessments in collaboration with relevant private and public stakeholders, including impact assessments on local economies and surveys that help to identify investment and funding opportunities that enhance the economic inclusion of UNHCR POC.
– In case UNHCR is implementing specific livelihoods activities, strengthen, guide and monitor the livelihoods interventions to help ensure they are market-based, and that the role of UNHCR has been strategically determined in consideration of its comparative advantage vis-à-vis other partners.
– Perform other related duties as required.
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P2/NOB – 3 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 1 year relevant experience with Doctorate degree
Field(s) of Education
or other relevant field.
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Certificates and/or Licenses
Not specified; .
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Relevant Job Experience
Technical competencies in sub-sectors relevant to livelihoods programming e.g. financial inclusion, employment, entrepreneurship, private sector development, local economic development, poverty reduction, agriculture, livestock, vocational and technical education, and training, etc. Experience in facilitating the economic inclusion of vulnerable and marginalized groups in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, ideally in varied field contexts. Experience in working with and developing partnerships with private sector, NGOs, UN organisations, development actors, and government authorities in sub-sectors relevant to livelihood programming e.g. financial inclusion, employment, entrepreneurship, private sector development, local economic development, poverty reduction, agriculture, livestock, vocational and technical education and training, etc.
Knowledge about latest development in the livelihoods sector, including broader UN processes on the SDGs and the Global Compact on Refugees.
LV-Strategic Planning and Advocacy for Refugee Socioeconomic Rights
CO-Drafting and Documentation
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)
For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.
All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.
As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.
This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.
Desired Candidate Profile
the candidate must have experience in monitoring and evaluation of agricultural and livestock activities; in addition, he/she must ensure that the activities implemented will lead to the empowerment of the beneficiaries.
Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):
Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:
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Nature of Position:
The Aru Sub-Office provides protection and assistance to South Sudanese refugees through an integrated services approach aimed at promoting the autonomy of persons of concern and the policy of alternatives to camps. It operates, with the support of the National Commission for Refugees (CNR) and implementing partners, in three refugee sites (Bele, Meri and Biringi). It also pays attention to the thousands of refugees living in host communities along the border who face significant security problems, food insecurity and lack of access to basic social services. A new site, Bele in Haut-Uele, has been identified to accommodate these refugees living at the border and relieve congestion at the Meri site. Statistics as of 19th January 2021 show 54,772 refugees and asylum seekers in Ituri and Haut-Uele. The planning figures indicate a refugee population that will number 93,320 in December 2020, to which the Aru Sub-Office, which has important and numerous challenges to meet, will have to provide protection and assistance with the support of the UNHCR Fields Offices. The incumbent of the post will contribute to operationalizing the strategic vision to render the refugees self- sufficient. She/he will promote livelihood opportunities to the refugees by mapping their potentials in term of agricultural and corps production, livestock and other income generating activities. She/he will interact with the government counterpart and other stakeholders, with specific mandate in livelihood activities as well as with the refugee communities to promote income generating activities. She/he is also expected to advocate before national officials to enable refugee ‘s access to land and other resources needed to improve their living conditions. The Sub Office in Aru supervised two field offices (Faradje and Bunia) with 83 workforce including 20 affiliates. The incumbent will be under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer and the technical supervision of the Livelihood & Economic Inclusion Officer in Kinshasa.
Living and Working Conditions:
The Aru Sub-Office provides protection and assistance to South Sudanese refugees through an integrated services approach aimed at promoting the autonomy of persons of concern and the policy of alternatives to camps. It operates, with the support of the National Commission for Refugees (CNR) and implementing partners, in three refugee sites (Bele, Meri and Biringi). It also pays attention to the thousands of refugees living in host communities along the border who face significant security problems, food insecurity and lack of access to basic social services. A new site, Bele in Haut-Uele, has been identified to accommodate these refugees living at the border and relieve congestion at the Meri site. Aru remains isolated due to bad road infrastructure. There are limited housing facilities available in town. In general, the medical facilities are poor with and ill equipped. However, medical evacuation can be organized from Aru to Goma via UNHAS flight. Applicants with critical medical background should consider before applying. The climate is classified as tropical wet and dry. There are many NGOs around with limited international staff. As a general advice, applicants for the post should be morally prepared to live in remote and stressful environment. The Office is of the view that, all things being equal, the eighteen months SAL should be upheld to avoid burnout. R&R cycle is 6 weeks. Aru is a security level 3 duty station according to the security classification system of the United Nations. The unit of currency is the Congolese Franc. The US dollar is the other preferred currency. It may be impossible to exchange travelers checks away from the capital city. Credit cards are usually accepted in major hotels and some supermarkets in Kinshasa. In larger towns and cities (e.g. Kinshasa, Goma, Bukavu, Kisangani), it is recommended to open US Dollar bank accounts, while in other places, banks may be absent (including ATMs) and payments will be processed in cash. In addition to French, there are four major spoken languages in DRC, namely Lingala, Kikongo, Tshiluba and Swahili.
Annual Budget OL in Operation/Office, Number of Persons of Concern Served, Number of Workforce in Operation/Work Setting, Workforce to Supervise, Working with Persons of Concern: Refugees
Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Empowering & building trust, Judgement & decision making, Organizational awareness, Planning & organizing, Stakeholder management, Teamwork & collaboration
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How to apply
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The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Closing date of receipt of applications: 16 February 2023 (midnight Geneva time)