UN Livelihoods Agriculture Officer Job Opportunities – United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Organization: United Nations
Volunteers (UNV)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Head of Field
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
Agriculture Officer will support the Head of Office and other UNHCR’s relevant
sections in Regional Hub and Geneva and work in liaison with relevant
Government Departments, and implementing partners to guide and support the
livelihood programme, and work closely with partners involved in the programme.
In view of the nature of his/her work, the volunteer will have extensive
contacts with both internal and external counterparts and partners in Uganda.
Within UNHCR, the volunteer will establish close working relations with
relevant staff working in the community services, program and field sectors.
Key external partners will include Isingiro District authorities, Office of the
Prime Minister, Private and Official organizations (NEMA, UWA, IUCN), UNHCR Implementing
and Operational Partners, International and Local NGOs, development agencies
(e.g. UNDP, FAO, WFP, ILO), and other actors with an expertise in livelihood
programming and micro-finance
Key Duties and
  • Offer technical guidance and support to
    the Office in the definition of practical and cost-effective strategies
    and solutions 1) towards livelihood for refugees in all the Southern
    settlements (Nakivale, Oruchinga, Kyaka II, and Rwamwanja) with possible
    extension if required to Kyangwali), and 2) for the promotion of
    self-reliance, taking into account gender, age and environmental
    considerations (and to a less extent sustainable local integration)
  • Work in liaison with community actors
    including refugee leaders and community based officers, identify the
    refugee and host communities’ needs for the best support in the
    self-reliance activities.
  • Offer technical guidance on the
    formulation and delivery of rural livelihood interventions to promote
    self-reliance activities of targeted populations and host communities,
    including: financial livelihoods interventions (grants, micro-finance),
    and non-financial interventions (vocational training, job-oriented skills
    development, support to small-holders and nosiness associations,
    employment guidance and services, support to productive activities and
    technologies (agriculture-based and others). Food or cash-for-work
  • Identify and actively partner with other
    actors and structures potentially able to contribute to the strategies and
    solutions or refugees.
  • Actively promote community-based and
    participatory approaches.
  • Assist target group in the planning and
    improving socio economics activities to support them in access to land,
    agricultural tools, income generating activities etc. taking into account
    gender, age, diversity and environment.
  • Work in close collaboration with other
    actors, implement any planned training/knowledge sharing events for staff
    of implementing partners and government officials on programming
    techniques relevant to livelihoods.
  • Support the implementation of programme
    activities for refugees and host communities groups or associations and
    their membership, based on gender, age and diversity.
  • Provide work plan and periodic reports on
    livelihood activities
Furthermore, UNV volunteers are encouraged to:
  • Strengthen their knowledge and
    understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and
    external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance
    in events that mark IVD);
  • Be acquainted with and build on
    traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Reflect on the type and quality of
    voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in
    ongoing reflection activities;
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field
    experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters,
    press releases, etc.;
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for
    newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
  • Promote or advise local groups in the use
    of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and
    organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever
    technically possible.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations
    UN Volunteers Livelihoods Agriculture Officer career opportunity should
    hold a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies (including Development
    Economics, Finance and management). Rural Development (including
    Agriculture & Livestock), Business development and management.
  • A minimum of three years of relevant
    professional experience in livelihoods and (re)integration promotion for
    conflict affected population, poor or vulnerable population in urban and
    rural areas.
  • Extensive knowledge of the UN system
  • Proven experience in working in an
    inter-agency context and in nurturing partnership.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team but also
    independently, in a multi-cultural environment
  • Knowledge of computer (Word, Excel, etc)
  • Full working ability in English. knowledge
    of French is an asset.
Personal Competencies:
  • Creativity
  • Communication
  • Commitment to Continuous learning
  • Team work
  • Planning and organising
  • Accountability
  • Client Orientation
  • Technological Awareness
United Nations Volunteers reserves the right to select one or more
candidates from this announcement.  We
may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this opening
for other openings with United Nations Volunteers with similar assignment
description, experience and educational requirements.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who so desire to join
the United Nations Volunteers, in the aforementioned capacity should endeavor
to Apply Online by Clicking on the link below. Please further review job
requirements and if competent Click Apply Now.
Deadline: 24th July 2017

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