United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Livelihood & Economic Inclusion Associate

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Description

This position is advertised open to internal and external applicants. Interested applicants should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS). Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Associate Duties - Explore partnerships with relevant stakeholders to enhance economic inclusion of UNHCR PoC. This includes working with Economic Development agencies to adapt their programmes to become inclusive of UNHCR PoC, working with the private sector to enhance inclusion of UNHCR PoC in their labour force and supply chains, working with financial service providers to enhance  financial inclusion, and working with public and private sector service 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 collect information about the legal framework for the right to work and rights at work. - Support the implementation of socioeconomic and wealth ranking surveys to inform targeting, monitoring and facilitation of the engagement of development programmes. - Participate in necessary assessments in collaboration with relevant private and public stakeholders, including impact assessments on local economies and surveys that help to inform interventions and identify investment and funding opportunities that enhance the economic inclusion of UNHCR PoC. - In case UNHCR is implementing specific livelihoods activities, work closely with and provide technical assistance on 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. - Liaise with partners and authorities on livelihoods related issues under the technical guidance of the supervisor. - Prepare field reports and other relevant reports relating to livelihoods and make recommendations for interventions that enhance refugee economic inclusion to the designated officer. - Perform other related duties as required. Minimum Qualifications Education & Professional Work Experience Years of Experience / Degree Level 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher Field(s) of Education Certificates and/or Licenses Management, Economics, Financial Management, Agriculture or other relevant field Relevant Job Experience Essential: 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 in partnership 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. Desirable: Prior exposure to UNHCR refugee operations and functions relating to office Administration and programme activities. Knowledge about latest development in the livelihoods sector, including broader UN processes on the SDGs and the Global Compact on Refugees. Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of the position Functional Skills EX-Experience with Inter/Non-Governmental Organization (INGO/NGO) LV-Livelihoods & sub-sectors (value-chain upgrading, microfinance, cash assistance, etc.) EX-Field experience Competencies as defined in Job Profile Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English. Operational Context The Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Associate  will work under the direct supervision of the Head of UNHCR Kabarore Field Unit and there will be a dotted line with the Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Officer, UNHCR BO Kigali, for technical supervision and project Coordination. The incumbent will support 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. The Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Associate  will collaborate closely with UNHCR livelihoods partners, government agencies, private sector and financial service providers as well as other relevant stakeholders to enhance the economic inclusion and improve self-reliance of both persons of concern (PoC) and host community members. The incumbent will also be expected to deliberately explore opportunities of collaboration with other UNHCR cross cutting areas such as protection, education, cash, partnerships, research and analytics, SGBV, solutions, complementary pathways and more. To document good practices, results and to generate knowledge, the Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Associate will work closely with the supervisor to build on UNHCR databases and support regular information sharing and coordination among different humanitarian, developmental and governmental stakeholders. S/he will assist to mobilize refugees of different age, gender and background and to ensure that all stakeholders well understand the potential of economic inclusion of refugees and host community members, and to help communicate opportunities to PoC. The Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Associate  will provide Technical Support and supervise and train farmers on applications of scientific methods and appropriate climate-smart Agricultural Practices; establish agricultural inputs procurement and distribution plan covering the whole duration of the project, in line with the cropping season and local context of the target beneficiaries; provide technical support on marshland development and crop irrigation system and support relevant M&E activities. The Incumbent will provide technical guidance on how to develop agricultural value chains, including production, harvesting, post-harvest handling and market linkage, build knowledge and learning systems to ensure that agricultural innovations and best practices are implemented to increase production and manage strategic technical partnerships with local actors including government bodies to strengthen technical capabilities to achieve self-reliance goals. 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. Closing date for submissions or applications is 23 November 2020.
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