Associate Livelihood & Economic Inclusion Officer

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Application deadline 1 year ago: Wednesday 24 Mar 2021 at 23:59 UTC

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This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.

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

Under the direct supervision of the Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Officer based in Monrovia , the UN Volunteer will contribute to operationalizing the strategic vision of 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.

UNHCR is working to translate the objectives of the GCR into impactful results for persons of concern (POC). The Associate Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer works towards the following objectives:

  1. improve the enabling environment for refugees to work including through advocacy on the right to work as well as 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.

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.


Required degree level:

Master degree or equivalent

Education - Additional Comments:

Business Administration; Socio-Economic Development; Economics/International Economics; Agricultural/Natural Resource Economics, Rural Development; Financial Management; or other relevant field.

Required experience:

36 Months

Experience remark:

  • Technical competencies in sub-sectors relevant to livelihoods programming e.g. microfinance, employment, entrepreneurship, private sector development, local economic development, poverty reduction, agriculture and 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.
  • Previous experience working one or more of the following areas: socio-economic and/or household economy assessments, risks and vulnerability assessments, market assessments and gender analysis;
  • Experience and knowledge in livelihoods programming;
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting assessments for planning and/or evaluation purposes;
  • Familiarity with established assessment and analytical tools is desirable (e.g. Household economy approach; Sustainable livelihoods framework; Market analysis; Minimum economic and recovery standards, etc.);
  • Experience in conducting in depth market survey and livelihood assessment in protracted refugee situations with a gender lens;

Language skills:

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

Area of expertise:

Small and medium-sized enterprise development, Community participation and development, Social inclusion

Area of expertise details:

  • Excellent drafting and reporting skills; good research and analytical skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team;
  • Skills in training and developing staff.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail.
  • Strong observation and feedback skills.
  • Flexible and willing to learn and take on new tasks.
  • Able to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Mature, positive attitude and able to work under pressure.
  • Ability to work in multicultural environments and respect for diversity
  • High level of integrity and professionalism

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Competencies values:

Accountability, Building Trust, Client Orientation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Empowering Others, Judgement and Decision-making, Working in Teams

Application procedure:

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Application deadline: 24-03-2021

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