Livelihoods Officer (HQ)


Livelihoods Officer (HQ)


The Livelihoods Officer will work in the Livelihood Unit, Operational Solutions and Transition Section (OSTS), in the Division of Programme Support and Management (DPSM) at UNHCR¿s headquarters in Geneva. The Livelihoods Officer will work under the supervision of the Senior Livelihoods Officer, and under the overall direction of the Chief of Section. Within the Livelihood unit, the Livelihoods Officer will supervise other staff members mainly the Associate Livelihoods Officer (JPO). S/he will work closely with technical units of OSTS on issues related to solutions, environmental protection and management, and Climate Change.

In view of the nature of his/her work, the incumbent will have extensive contacts with both internal and external expert counterparts and partners. Within UNHCR HQs, the incumbent will work closely with other technical units within and beyond DPSM.  The incumbent will seek inputs and collaboration from the functional units in DIP dealing with Youth, with women/gender/children, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and community based protection.

Externally, the Livelihoods Officer maintain and help to establish close and effective partnerships with relevant UN agencies, international organisations, bilateral development agencies, international NGOs, and with research institutions and universities, as well as with the private sector (banks, Chambers of Commerce), both at a global level as well as at country level when carrying out field missions. In particular, s/he will support the head of unit to deepen the partnership with the ILO departments dealing with enterprise development, youth employment and women, developing joint funding strategies with the ILO for the entrepreneurship programme and engaging their regional and country-based expertise.. When required, the expert incumbent will effectively represent UNHCR¿s livelihood unit in sectoral mechanisms, networks and online forums.

The Livelihoods Officer will supervise some of the livelihood unit interns and consultants, and assist the head of unit/Senior Livelihoods Officer in overseeing expert consultants working on global tools & guidelines, and on field-based assessments, strategic planning, review and evaluations. The incumbent will be actively engaging in the roll-out of the minimum criteria for livelihoods programming and will manage the roster for livelihoods experts established by the livelihoods unit in 2015.

- Quality technical support is provided to field operation in livelihoods assessments, multi-year strategic planning, actionable exist-strategies and hand-over arrangement with development actors.
- Make quality contributions towards developing the organizational policy on livelihood programming and advocating internally and externally for the right to livelihoods and the achievement of self-reliance for UNHCR¿s people of concern.
- Resource mobilization and partnership-building efforts at field and global level are adequately supported.
- Provide technical guidance to UNHCR field operations, and ensuring technical integrity is maintained.
- Assist field operations in sourcing external expertise required for livelihood assessments, strategic planning, project design, reviews and evaluations exercises. Monitor the work of technical experts and contribute to reviewing draft reports/outputs, ensuring quality in methodologies used in particular for assessment and analytical tasks.
- Take the lead in implementing Global Livelihood Programmes, guiding field operations in designing projects and complying with the minimum criteria for livelihoods programming.
- Monitor and assess the use by field operations and partners of UNHCR operational guidance on Livelihoods.
- Provide guidance to field operations in using Results-Based Management tools (Focus), and use data to contribute to periodical reviews and reporting exercises.
- Contribute to the development of organizational policy and positions on livelihoods & self-reliance and its related sub-sectors.
- Support the unit¿s efforts to promote the livelihoods sector internally in organizational plans, policies, processes, and resource mobilization efforts; and externally in global/regional coordination, planning, capacity and policy development processes.
- Support the roll-out of UNHCR¿s new livelihood learning programme, and participate in global/regional/country-level events as resource person and facilitator as required.
- Provide advice to the development of learning programmes for other sectors/sections that relate to livelihood and self-reliance issues.
- Analyze workshop evaluation reports and ensure their use in upgrading and improving learning materials.
- Contribute to updating web-content for internal and external use.
- Develop and maintain liaison with and mobilize support from specialized institutions, NGOs, bilateral and multilateral agencies, donors and other institutions to enhance livelihoods activities implemented in the field.
- Manage the roster for livelihoods experts established in 2015 and respond to field operations to fill livelihoods positions and consultancies in a timely manner.
- Assist in fund raising efforts and in preparing proposals, in particular related to Global Programmes.

- Decide when and how to orient field operations in (I) conducting socio economic assessments (II) in developing comprehensive multi year strategic plans, (III) in implementing coherent programmes through suitable partners, and (IV) in designing and implementing specific livelihood-support interventions, in (V) defining phase-out and hand-over strategies.
- Decide which socio-economic assessment methodology is more appropriate in a given context.
- Estimate what resources are required by field operations to do the above, and ensure that critical resource requirements are communicated to managers, Bureaux, HQs, partners, and donors as appropriate.
- Make judgments on the quality of livelihoods programmes, on the quality of ToRs for specific tasks or projects, on the quality of CVs of expert deployees, on the quality of annual work plans and other material submitted for review by field operations.
- Make decisions on what content should feature in technical guidance, policy, and other resources being developed / updated by UNHCR and its key partners as relevant.

- University degree in Development Studies, Socio-Economic Development, Economics/International Economics (including Development Economics, Finance and Management).
- At least 8 years (6 years with advanced university degree) of previous relevant work experience, including 5 years in managing and advising on livelihood interventions and Sustainable Livelihood Approaches in developing countries.
- Demonstrated technical competencies in at least two sub-sectors relevant to livelihood programming e.g. microfinance, employment promotion, entrepreneurship building, private sector development, local economic recovery/poverty-reduction strategies, agriculture / livestock / natural resource management, Vocational and Technical Education and Training (VTET).
- Proven experience in establishing linkages between livelihoods and protection-related issues, such as access to post-formal educational opportunities, SGBV, and youth and gender-specific strategies.
- Proven experience in conducting sector assessments using quality social-science methods and tools, and in developing at least one comprehensive multi-year strategic plan for livelihoods support at field-level.
- Demonstrated capacity to conduct complex socio-economic analyses, using statistical analysis and quantitative surveys.
- Demonstrated experience in developing effective partnerships with public and private sector.
- Excellent knowledge of English and drafting skills in English.

- Record of capacity building / delivering training and workshop facilitation in a relevant topic.
- Personal professional development learning, including from established global learning programmes Experience in drafting technical guidance, research/review reports.
- Working knowledge of another UN language, preferably French.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
  • Closing Date: 2016-09-26

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