United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Assistant Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer

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).

Applicants must be nationals of, and be locally recruited within the country of their employment.

Assistant Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer Organizational Setting and Work Relationships The Assistant Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer 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. 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 Assistant Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer, with support from the Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Unit in the Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS), contributes to 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 service; 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 Assistant 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. Within UNHCR, the Assistant 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, SGBV, 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.

Duties - Explore partnerships 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, support the assessment of the legal framework for the right to work and rights at work and recommend/implement advocacy initiatives and policy reform 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, 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.

- Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications Education & Professional Work Experience Years of Experience / Degree Level For P1/NOA - 1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no 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 Not specified (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential) 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: - Knowledge about latest development in the livelihoods sector, including broader UN processes on the SDGs and the Global Compact on Refugees.

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 MG-Project Management MG-Strategic Planning MS-Networking MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential) Language Requirements For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

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.

Operational Context ¿ Assistant Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer, NOA, Bunj The Assistant Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer, NOA will report to the Program Officer and 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. 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 and NGOs.  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 Requirements include: - ¿ 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, protection, 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.

¿ Should be proactive, always looking for new opportunities and persuasive in mobilizing donors and new partners around new models of economic and social integration Current Situation.

The UNHCR SO Bunj Operation provides protection and support to refugees and host community in the refugee camps catchment areas and assist returnees from neighboring Countries hosting South Sudanese refugees. The conflict that broke out in Sudan¿s South Blue Nile and South Kordofan States in 2011 led to widespread displacement of civilians to Upper Nile State and Unity State in South Sudan. As a result, Maban County in Upper Nile State is hosting as of 30 November 2020 over 156,000 refugees mainly from Sudan¿s Blue Nile State living in 04 camps. The Commission for Refugee Affairs (CRA) is UNHCR government counterpart that works closely with UNHCR to manage the refugees in Maban County, while Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) is responsible for returnees. Since the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) was signed on 12 September 2018, the security situation in South Sudan improved in most areas and Upper Nile State in particular.

Security Situation The security in Maban operational area as of November 2020, is generally relatively stable though the environment remains fluid and unpredictable. The situation is permissive for humanitarian operations to continue at acceptable ¿Moderate Risk Level¿ in the refugee camps and the host catchment areas without hinderance. Criminality remains the main threat to humanitarian agencies as compared to armed conflict, targeting NGO agency compounds and camp-based facility intrusions, SGBV and property theft mainly in the refugee camps. However, with strong and comprehensive advocacy by UNHCR with government and other stakeholders at local and national level, government interventions led to reduction of crime perpetrators in the camps mainly combatants of SPLA-N. The UN Curfew is in force from 1800 ¿ 0600hrs.

Living Conditions.

Bunj is classified as `E¿ non-family duty station with basic infrastructure and limited leisure facilities. It is an isolated location with limited access options, currently can only be reached by air with related complexities of cancelations and only operates 03 times a week.  All staff reside at UNHCR provided accommodation.  The climate is relatively hot with heavy rains during rainy season (July to November) and hot/dusty conditions in dry season (December to June). Available mobile telephone networks are Zain and MTN. Staff also have access to office VSAT or internet-based voice calls. There are no operational banks or any other form to access money. Relatively well-equipped Gym and Recreational Centre are available within the office/accommodation compound. There are no standard restaurants nearby, staff members are confined to eat in the UNHCR provided cafeteria.

Due to limited skills and opportunities to undertake sustainable livelihood interventions, the majority persons of concern and host community members heavily rely on forest and environment resources to earn cash income which has contributed to significant degradation of the environment. Food markets and shops are well-stocked with vegetables and other farm produce, clothes and other household goods.

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