Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer has a key role to play in aligning 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), including through follow-up on pledges made through the 2019 Global Refugee Forum. Contributing to this global roll-out of the GCR, the Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer, with direct support from the Senior Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Officer in the Regional Bureau and the global support of the Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Unit in the Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS), works towards the following objectives: 1) improve the enabling environment for refugees to work through advocacy on the right to/at work, access to economic opportunities and services;
2) 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
3) enhance ongoing livelihoods and economic inclusion programming through evidence-based and market-driven approaches to improve economic inclusion outcomes.
The 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 play a role in formulating interventions that position UNHCR a key catalyst for livelihoods and the economic inclusion of refugees.
S/he will interact with both internal and external counterparts. The incumbent will work 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. Externally, the Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Officer will help promote refugees¿ economic inclusion through effective partnerships with relevant government line ministries, development actors, the private sector, UN agencies, international organisations and NGOs, and research institutions and universities, both at the global and country levels.
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.
– Facilitate the economic inclusion of refugees in coordination with relevant external partners 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.
– Strengthen partnerships with relevant stakeholders to enhance economic inclusion of UNHCR POC. 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.).
– 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 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.
– Work with economic development agencies to help adapt their programmes to become inclusive of UNHCR POC and with the private sector to enhance inclusion of UNHCR POC in their labour force and supply chains.
– 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.
In the Regional Bureaux
– Keep abreast of policy developments and situation updates in the region, and advocate towards the economic inclusion and livelihoods of PoC.
– Maintain regular communication with livelihoods and economic inclusion focal points in Country Operations in the region, identify gaps, opportunities, and provide guidance and capacity building for impactful programming.
– Coordinate relevant technical assessments and research conducted in the region and support the identification of investment and funding opportunities that enhance the economic inclusion of UNHCR PoC.
– Develop and mobilize partnerships for the economic inclusion and improved livelihoods of PoC.
– Facilitate coordination and mobilize resources and partnerships for the economic inclusion of PoC and their livelihoods, at regional level.
In the Country Operations
– 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 in respective host countries and recommend/implement advocacy initiatives and policy reforms to improve UNHCR POC¿s economic inclusion, rights and access to work.
– Manage the livelihoods and economic inclusion programme in the Operation, develop/update strategy, plan, monitor, report on and evaluate results.
– Conduct necessary assessments and research 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.
– Facilitate coordination and mobilize resources and partnerships for the economic inclusion of PoC and their livelihoods, at Operation level.
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P3/NOC – 6 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 5 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 4 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree
Field(s) of Education
Business Management; Socio-Economics Development; Economics/International Economics Rural Development; Financial Management; or other relevant field.
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Certificates and/or Licenses
UNHCR Protection Learning Programme (PLP)
(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 and managing and advising on development processes 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. Experience in conducting sector assessments using quality social-science methods and tools, and in developing at least one comprehensive multi-year strategic plan for livelihoods support.
Experience with UNHCR policies and standards.
CO-Drafting and Documentation
LV-Livelihood Project Development and Implementation
LV-Microfinance and Banking sector analysis
(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 ideal candidate should have the ability to serve in a sensitive political context, coordinate multi-agency affairs and collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders including development partners. Prior knowledge of the work of World Bank, private sector, development agencies is required as is previous experience in coordinating large scale livelihoods interventions with development actors and private sector. A good understanding and a highly developed expertise in socio-economic assessments, market analysis, value chain analysis and livelihood strategy development especially related to rural populations, is required. Prior relevant working experience in the
Sahel context as well as interactions with WFP and FAO is highly needed. The incumbent must be able to fluently speak and write in French, but Arabic would be an advantage.
Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):
Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:
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Nature of Position:
Under the supervision of the Assistant Representative Operations P5, the incumbent of the position will be responsible for provision of professional technical support and guidance on activities within the areas of Livelihood & Economic Inclusion within the Chad operation.
Living and Working Conditions:
Ndjamena is the capital and largest city in Chad. Its infrastructure remains basic, though widely superior to the standards of other regions within Chad. The climate is hot and semi-arid, with a rainy season from June to September. UNHCR Staff can stay in personal residences while respecting Residential Security Measures. Electricity supply can be unstable especially in the hot seasons and international staff members can have access to generators by the office.
Clean Water supplies are sufficient in most areas, but a personal food and drinkable water supply is required.
Most relevant supplies can be found on local markets though choice can be limited compared to other hubs, but prices are high as most goods are imported. Banking facilities are available through local banks, such as Ecobank and BCC. Health care standards can be qualified as basic with staff members encouraged to subscribe to the International SOS Clinic Services for local medical attention. However, dental, and other specialized care may not be locally available. Serious or complicated health conditions require evacuation to other countries. Malaria is the most common but not the only infectious disease prevalent in Ndjamena and most other regions of Chad. A limited number of companies fly international flights to Ndjamena while UNHAS flights are the prime means of transport to and from Field locations.
Telecommunication services are basic and expensive with two mobile phone / internet operators with 4G services available as well as an increasing number of providers, installing fiber connections. Access to some communication and social media apps, most notably WhatsApp are currently available but unstable connectivity.
The UNHCR Office is covered by UNHCRs own VSAT services. Several UN Agencies, INGOs and NGOs operate in Ndjamena and use it as a hub. A French military base is located adjacent to Ndjamena international airport. Currently the RR cycle in Ndjamena is 8 weeks as well as in other duty station except Bagasola which is 6 weeks.
FO-Complex field emergency operations, LV-Cash for Livelihoods programmes development, PR-Community-based Protection – Planning, implementing and analysing surveys/assessments, PR-Durable Solutions/Comprehensive Solutions Strategies implementation
BA: Business Administration (Required), BA: Economics (Required), BA: Financial Management (Required), BA: Rural Development (Required), BA: Socio-Economic Development (Required)
HCR Protection Learning Program – UNHCR
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: Asylum Seekers, Working with Persons of Concern: Internally Displaced Persons, Working with Persons of Concern: Refugees
Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Empowering & building trust, Judgement & decision making, Managing resource, 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)