Associate Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer

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Application deadline 1 year ago: Tuesday 27 Oct 2020 at 23:59 UTC

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Eligibility criteria

Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

Description of task

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Associate Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Officer or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer Associate Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer will:

  • 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.

  • The post holder will update and contribute to the implementation of the strategy for livelihoods in the area of responsibility within the Field Office where the position is located.

  • S/he will assist in the implementation of all livelihoods programmes. The incumbent will also be responsible to undertake stakeholder mapping and conduct outreach to potential development and private sector partners and respective opportunities to facilitate the socio-economic integration of persons of concern (POC) and peaceful coexistence with host community.
  • S/he is responsible for assisting in data collection and analysis, in the evaluation of the activities in the field and support the Office in the dialogue with the technical services of the local authorities and other agencies involved in livelihood projects. From an internal point of view, the post holder works in close contact with the colleagues in Community Services, Programme and Protection units.
  • The incumbent of the position will be required to spend 70% of the time on field visits, implementation of activities, liaising with direct beneficiaries and implementing partners, 15% on monitoring, reporting and contributing for UNHCR global evidence and 15% of the time helping to identify and implement innovation practices, potential new partners, communication and logistics.

  • Perform other related duties as required.


Required degree level:

Bachelor degree or equivalent

Education - Additional Comments:

Business Management; Socio-Economic Development; Economics/International Economics; Rural Development; Financial Management; or other relevant field.

Required experience:

24 Months

Experience remark:


  • Technical competencies in sub-sectors relevant to economic development e.g. microfinance, 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, and government authorities in sub-sectors relevant to livelihood programming e.g. microfinance, 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.
  • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
  • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
  • Sound security awareness;
  • Have affinity with or interest in humanitarian work with displaced populations], volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.

Language skills:

  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Portuguese(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • French(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge

Area of expertise:

Other finance, economics and administration related experience, Other development programme/project experience, Protection of refugees, asylum seekers and IDPs

Area of expertise details:

  • Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PPT and data management soft-wares.

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Competencies values:

Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Building Trust, Client Orientation, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Working in Teams

Application procedure:

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Application deadline: 27 October 2020

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