United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Associate Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Description

This position is open to applications from Group 1, Group 2 and all external candidates, provided that requirements regarding professional experience, academic qualifications, language, etc. are fulfilled.

Candidates must be primarily Turkish nationals. The minimum educational requirement for this position is a university degree.

Applications must be supported by documentation of fully effective performance history and demonstrated potential to assume professional responsibilities.

Your application will NOT be considered if; -      The application form is not duly filled.

-      The questionnaire at the end of the application form is not answered. (for external candidates) Interested staff members should consult Recruitment and Assignment of Locally-recruited Staff (RALS) para 39-40-41.

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships The Associate Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer will be key 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 Associate Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer, with support from 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 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 Associate 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 interact with the government counterparts and other stakeholders with specific mandate in livelihood activities as well as with the refugee communities. Within UNHCR, the Associate 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 - 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.

- Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications Years of Experience / Degree Level - 3 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 1 year 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.

Certificates and/or Licenses - not specified Relevant Job Experience Essential: Technical competencies in sub-sectors relevant to livelihoods programming 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.

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; Language Requirements - Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a test. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. No late applications will be accepted.

UNHCR is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from qualified candidates regardless of disability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees).

REMUNERATION A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. The monthly net salary is between TRY 15,611 and 19,973 depending on relevant experience, dependency status and language proficiency. For more information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the Office of HR Management of United Nations.

Operational Context I. Nature of the Position In June 2015, Turkey became the world's largest refugee-hosting country and currently with some 3.6 million Syrian refugees and over 360,000 non-Syrians of concern to UNHCR. In this context, UNHCR has been working in support of the Government of Turkey in the establishment of systems, procedures, capacities and principles to ensure delivery of international protection in the years to come.

Current operational circumstances require long working hours. The incumbent must have an expertise in livelihoods, development, economic inclusion and social assistance with skills for monitoring and evaluation. This demands a regular cross Analysis of the socio-economic situation encompassing formal and informal sectors in Turkey with a various data, including the impact of the Covid-19 situation on the local economy and in particular, the persons of concern. The incumbent should have a solid understanding of the role of social assistance to vulnerable people, and the ways to transition them to employment.

II. Interaction with Persons of Concern or External Stakeholders This position require setting and implementing a complex livelihoods strategy in support of persons under temporary and international protection in Turkey, working with the governmental and private entities and the other development organizations, including ISKUR, World Bank and UNDP among others.

Given the cultural, political, ethnical sensitivities on the ground and the diverse team, the incumbent must have strong interpersonal, networking, negotiating and diplomatic skills, demonstrate analytical and strategic thinking and be able to manage a consensus and participatory team building. The incumbent is expected to have an in-depth knowledge of a result-based framework including the use of theory of change and a problem-solving approach.

The incumbent should have experience of working with refugees, national institutions, partners, NGOs, donors, civil societies, private sectors, refugee-hosting communities and the UN system in complex settings.

III. Reporting and Managerial Expectations The experience of working with the chambers of commerce and private sector is an asset. The incumbent must be a manger with strong communication and negotiation skills to be able to advocate positive changes.

IV. Additional Languages, Skills and Qualifications One or more of the refugees' languages (such as Arabic, Farsi) is an asset.

Living and Working Conditions: Ankara is an A duty station. The access to accommodation, supply and transport facilities is at high level.The incumbent is expected to find an accommodation independently or as in most cases assisted by real estate agents.

The closing date of the job opening is 8 February 2021.

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