United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Senior Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Associate

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Description

This position is advertised open to internal and external applicants.

Candidates for vacancy announcements in the GS category are divided in Group 1, Group 2 and external candidates in accordance with RALS. Group 1 and Group 2 candidates are eligible to apply to internally and externally advertised positions. External candidates are eligible to apply to externally advertised positions. See RALS page 9, item 36.

Foreign candidates, to be considered eligible for this position, must have a temporary or permanent residence in Ecuador that allows them to carry out work activities in the country Senior Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Associate Organizational Setting and Work Relationships The Senior Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Associate will work under the direct supervision of the (Senior) Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer. 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. S/he supervises some support staff.

The Senior Livelihood 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 Senior 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 incumbent will maintain existing and explore new partnerships and advise on advocacy initiatives to improve access to livelihoods and economic inclusion opportunities in the context.¿ 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.).

- 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.

- Coordinate with other UNHCR sectors (energy and environment, Child Protection, gender, community services, education etc.) to ensure that the developed livelihoods work plan deliberately integrates protection safeguards and includes other possible relevant and innovative practices that may benefit PoCs.

- 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.

- Evaluate submitted concept notes and other project documents to ensure that these conform to UNHCR¿s quality standards, regulations and internal requirements before approval by senior management.

- Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications Education & Professional Work Experience Years of Experience / Degree Level For G7 - 4 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher Field(s) of Education N / A (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential) Certificates and/or Licenses Business Management, Socio-Economics Development,   Economics/International Economics, Rural Development, Financial Management, Agriculture or other relevant field (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: - 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 (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential) Language Requirements For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

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.

Competencies as defined in Job Profile The candidates should have strong communication skills (written and spoken) principally in Spanish language whereas working level of English language is strongly desired.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS A) English is desirable.

B) Foreign candidates, to be considered eligible for this position, must have a temporary or permanent residence in Ecuador that allows them to carry out work activities in the country C) If you wish to be considered for this vacancy, please submit your application according the following instructions: External candidates: - Candidates who do NOT have access to the system MSRP must submit their application through UNHCR's official site for applications: www.unhcr.org - Careers ¿ Vacancies ¿ Ecuador ¿ Senior Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Associate.

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Candidates with access to the system MSRP - Your application can be submitted through: MSRP ¿ Self-Service ¿ Recruiting ¿ Careers ¿ Ecuador ¿ Senior Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Associate.

1. For any technical issues encountered during the online application, please contact the Global Service Desk (hqussd@unhcr.org) prior to the deadline to allow enough time to resolve issues.

2. For any questions about the selection process, please contact Human Resources (parreno@unhcr.org).

CVs WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BY EMAIL. ONLY THOSE APPLICATIONS SENT BY THE SYSTEM WILL BE CONSIDERED Ecuador is a destination and transit country for persons in need of international protection. Over the past two decades, Ecuador has been hosting almost 70,000 recognized refugees (mainly Colombians) and has become a main destination and transit country for Venezuelan refugees and migrants. Ecuador receives the second largest number of Venezuelans after Colombia. Over 2.4 million have entered Ecuador since 2016. In 2019 Venezuelans have been arriving in Ecuador at an average of 1,950 people per day, almost all through the border crossings with Colombia. While 80% of Venezuelans arriving in Ecuador are in transit to third countries, official estimates are that around 400,000 are residing in Ecuador.

UNHCR Ecuador works closely with governmental authorities, non-governmental organizations and communities to provide protection and sustainable solutions in the face of the continued arrival of Colombians and Venezuelans in need of international protection. UNHCR aims to design response mechanisms that alleviate the pressure on the host communities, promote self-sufficiency and allow access to solutions such as local integration and resettlement. UNHCR Ecuador is advocated to consolidate a favourable legal protection framework for persons in need of international protection; to continue to invest in strengthening the asylum system; provide emergency assistance and emergency shelter to persons at risk; and to promote local integration strategies such as access to public services and livelihood opportunities, through the prioritization of community support projects and alliances with local governments.

During 2020, the world has faced unprecedented challenges with the Covid-19 pandemic. In this context, UNHCR¿s overriding aim is to work closely with governmental and non/governmental partners to secure the inclusions of refugees, asylums seekers and other marginalized communities in national preparedness and response measures.

UNHCR Ecuador¿s Branch Office in Quito oversees, guides and designs the implementation strategies of UNHCR¿s protection response in the country. Implementing effective protection and integration programmes requires a needs-based programme design, efficient implementation and continuous monitoring and evaluation.

UNHCR¿s Programme Unit supports the operation in framing its protection response around UNHCR¿s global strategic priorities, leads the selection of implementing partners and supports performance and impact monitoring of programme results. It comprises three technical units, one of which is the Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Unit, which provides Technical Support to the multi-functional team to assess and recommend advocacy initiatives and policy reform to improve economic inclusion.

UNHCR¿s Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Unit in Quito seeks to recruit a professional with the capacity to 1) Conducting necessary assessments and Strategic Planning; 2) Building strong relationships with relevant stakeholders, including Governmental institutions, economic development agencies, private sector, financial service providers, civil society, and others, to include UNHCR persons of concern in supporting services (business development, enhance inclusion in their labour force and supply chains, financial inclusion, training, saving accounts, poverty alleviation and social protection, etc.); 3) Strengthen, guide and monitor the livelihoods interventions and ensure compliance with UNHCR principles, therefore, this position plays a key role in the preparation of project proposals, conduct monitoring activities for the adequate implementation of funds and delivery of quality reports.

The position requires internal coordination with members of the livelihoods unit, protection unit, program unit and field offices.

UNHCR seeks an individual committed to humanitarian principles and functionally relevant work experience in local integration and livelihoods and economic inclusion. The candidates should have flexibility/adaptability i.e. analysing, adapting to, and working effectively in a variety of situations, often under demanding conditions, and coping with the unforeseen or unexpected. Team spirit as well as result orientated performance is also required. The candidates should have strong communication skills (written and spoken) principally in Spanish language whereas working level of English language is strongly desired. A high level of mobility and adaptability is required of the candidates as they may be requested to take up field mission in and out of the country at short notice. Experience in working with the private sector is highly desired The closing the to receive applications is:
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