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.
At the end of 2019 there are still 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan. The UNHCR Livelihoods Strategy seeks to support self-reliance of registered Afghan refugees and host communities through a variety of innovative interventions, including: 1) identifying new partners, 2) piloting new approaches such as the Poverty Graduation approach and the MADE51 model, 3) developing the value chain (both service and products), 4) promoting cross-border livelihoods opportunities in Pakistan and Afghanistan, 5) investing in the formation of social capital and establishing a network of stakeholders engaged in livelihoods development in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and 6) advocacy with the Government and other partners aimed at enhancing access of refugees to employment opportunities and financial services.
The incumbent must be solutions oriented, as well possess strong inter-personal skills, and ability to work closely with, support and provide advice to colleagues in other sections in the COI and both sub-offices in Peshawar and Quetta who require the services of the Associate Livelihood Officer. These skills are important in negotiation with relevant government livelihood specialized organizations, private sector, UN counterparts and interlocutors, and provision of advice to senior management on Livelihood sector issues. The incumbent is expected to actively pursue opportunities to implement the UNHCR’s Livelihood and Youth Empowerment strategy.
Amongst other things, the Associate and Economic Inclusion Officer will be required to work on:
- Enhancing the knowledge and institutional capacity of UNHCR in the implementation of livelihoods interventions in Pakistan.
- Promoting social organization and mobilization of POCs for active participation in livelihoods programmes.
- Developing and expanding livelihoods options and innovative solutions that support self-reliance and economic independence of persons of concern.
- Enhancing cross-border information sharing and cooperation in livelihoods development programs with the Government of Afghanistan and UNHCR Afghanistan.
- Supporting of development of livelihoods stakeholder networks at national and provincial levels.
- Carrying out assessments of the impact of livelihoods interventions on refugee’s self-reliance and economic independence.
The Associate and Economic Inclusion Officer will also be required to coordinate with Livelihood networks, partners and ensure that refugee Livelihood interests and needs are understood and included in relevant policies and initiatives.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- 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, the Global Compact on Refugees in particular. 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.
Education & Professional Work Experience
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;
- Other relevant field.
Relevant Job Experience:
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.
Knowledge about latest development in the livelihoods sector, including broader UN processes on the SDGs and the Global Compact on Refugees.
-EX-Experience with Inter/Non-Governmental Organization (INGO/NGO);
-LV-Livelihoods & sub-sectors (value-chain upgrading, microfinance, cash assistance, etc.);
-MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation
Working knowledge of English language.
- Organizational Awareness
- Teamwork & Collaboration
- Commitment to Continuous Learning
- Client & Result Orientation
- Managing Resources
- Empowering and Building Trust
- Judgement and Decision Making
- Analytical Thinking
- Planning and Organizing
- Stakeholder Management