05 June 2017

UN Livelihoods Officer Career Jobs - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:         Livelihoods Officer
Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: UNOPSINT
Vacancy Notice: UNHCR/UGANDA/IICA/012017
Reports to: Senior Technical Coordinator
Duty Station Kampala, Uganda

About UNHCR:
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is to lead and co-ordinate action for international protection to refugees; seek permanent solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard refugee rights and well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning issues of statelessness, as it is given a designated role under Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

Job Summary: The Livelihoods Officer will support the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the provision of technical support of the Livelihoods Unit at HQ and the Regional Office in Nairobi and in collaboration with concerned staff in Uganda.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Assume the role of UNHCR Uganda livelihoods focal point
  • Manage the inter-agency co-ordination and consultation mechanisms at country and sub-office levels, including UNHCR staff, government, partner NGOs and the private sector related to and involved in livelihoods in a humanitarian context.
  • Regularly review and finalize the existing TORs formulated for the Refugee and Host Communities Livelihood Technical Working Group (LTWG), and chair the Livelihoods Sector Working Group meetings at national level.
  • Take lead and facilitate the development processes and relevant workshops towards elaborating UNHCR Ugandan livelihoods strategy. This will include development of priority actions, milestones, targets, indicators, operational work plans and budgets, logical frameworks, anticipated budgets, highlighting linkages with other UNHCR mandate areas (Protection, CBI, E&E etc.) as well as identifying roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders
  • Provide strategic leadership and technical guidance towards the implementation of UNHCR Ugandans livelihoods strategy, to include identification of market based opportunities for self and wage employment, vocational and skills training, entrepreneurship, financial services (grants, VSLAs, microfinance, loans etc.) private sector driven value chains in camps and settlements as well as undertaking cost to benefit analysis of the different technologies
  • Roll-out the livelihoods sector beneficiary targeting and selection guideline and standard operation procedures across all the settlements together with IPs and OPs as well as advise UNHCR and partners on appropriate livelihood targeting strategies, bearing in mind the GoU/WFP/Uganda operation shared policy position on time-targeting, resource and other constraints
  • Oversee the implementation of surveys and analysis (such as socio-economic assessments, labour market surveys, market analysis) that would inform planning and decision making for UNHCR Uganda
  • Coordinate the piloting of UNHCRs livelihoods graduation approach in Uganda in close collaboration with the livelihoods unit at UNHCR HQ and Trickle Up
  • Oversee the development and implementation of an in-country monitoring and evaluation system for livelihoods, with the assistance of the Uganda Country Office and Livelihoods Unit at UNHCR HQ
  • The incumbent will assess capacity building needs and provide training to UNHCR staff, government counterparts and partners, with assistance from the Livelihoods Unit
  • The jobholder will explore strategic partnerships that would assist UNHCR in mobilizing resources and effectively advocating for an enabling environment for implementation of livelihoods initiatives. This would include initiatives with the OPM, WFP, JICA, IKEA, WB
  • Take lead in knowledge development and management to ensure that there is effective sharing of information amongst stakeholders in the livelihoods and Humanitarian sector as well as establishing clear linkages with existing initiatives such as ReHoPE
  • Responsible for submission of regular reporting to the Country Office

Key Performance Indicators:
  • Monitoring & Progress: Socio-economic assessments of settlements in Uganda completed -Market analysis of settlements in Uganda completed
  • UNHCR Uganda livelihoods strategy finalised and implemented
  • Livelihoods components of ReHoPE implemented
  • OPM-WFP-UNHCR Joint Project for Self-Reliance implemented
  • Partnerships with WFP, WB, JICA, IKEA, USAID operationalised
  • Graduation pilot is implemented with Trickle Up
  • Harmonised livelihoods M&E framework is established to inform decision-making
  • Knowledge and information on livelihoods mainstreamed throughout UNHCR programmes, and UNHCR and IP staff are aware of current policies, theories and best practices Accurate reports and statistics timely submitted

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Livelihoods Officer job opportunity should hold a Master’s degree in Economics, socio-economic development, development planning, rural development, or other related fields
  • At least eight years’ experience (with at least 4 years at international level) of previous job experience relevant to the function, both in humanitarian and development contexts.
  • Strategic planning as well as field experience in similar settings is essential
  • Working knowledge and experience with agricultural production and marketing, and non-farm income generating activities
  • Previous experience in planning, implementing, and monitoring livelihoods programmes in an international context and managing multiple projects
  • Previous exposure and experience in planning for results and measuring results in livelihoods programmes, preferably with experience in designing livelihoods survey instruments
  • Knowledge of latest developments in the livelihoods sector, and in-depth knowledge of at least 2 technical sub-sectors in livelihoods in addition to agriculture and rural development (e.g. microfinance, vocational training and technical education, entrepreneurship building, cash assistance, community development, employment services, etc)
  • Previous experience in design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of livelihoods and development projects
  • Prior experience in coordinating and undertaking assessments, surveys and facilitating strategic planning processes
  • Previous exposure and experience in managing, supervising and providing technical leadership to field based project staff is highly desired
  • Experience working with the private sector and entrepreneurship is an added advantage
  • Excellent communication (both written and spoken) skills and networking abilities in communicating relevant information to a variety of audiences for advocating UNHCRs mandate Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision while delivering high quality results for UNHCR Uganda
  • Previous work experience in East Africa or Uganda highly desired
  • Fluent in written and spoken English; knowledge of local languages will be an added advantage

How to Apply:
All interested Ugandan nationals who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the link below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job details.


Deadline: 15th June 2017

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