NEWS ARCHIVE DEC 2015 (for organizations): UNHCR is calling for Livelihoods graduation partner 2016

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The United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR is calling organizations to express their interest to be their Livelihoods graduation partner 2016. Please read the instructions below how to apply. Deadline is 10 December 2015.

Brief Background of the Project:  Livelihoods: Graduation Approach Roll-out at UNHCR 

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State.

UNHCR’s ultimate goal is to help find durable solutions that will allow them to rebuild their lives in dignity. There are three durable solutions pursued by UNHCR for 6.4 million refugees in protracted situations: voluntary repatriation; local integration; or resettlement to a third country. While pursuing durable solutions, UNHCR works to increase the self-reliance and livelihood opportunities of refugees and other persons of concern.

The overall objective of the Global Strategy for Livelihoods (2014-2018) is to improve the social and economic ability of an individual, household or community to meet basic needs (including protection, food, water, shelter, personal safety, health and education) in a sustainable manner and with dignity. To do so, UNHCR seeks to develop and strengthen livelihoods of persons of concern, and to reduce their vulnerability and long-term dependence on humanitarian or external assistance. This enables them to become self-reliant people who lead active and productive lives and are able to weave strong social, economic and cultural ties with their host communities.

More information about the Livelihoods Graduation 2016 

Project Location:

The chosen partner will work primarily with UNHCR personnel at Headquarters in Geneva, and in regional posts in South Africa or Southeast Asia, as well as personnel working in the countries implementing the Graduation Approach. Potential countries which the partner would support to adopt the Graduation Approach in 2016 are located in East Africa, South Africa, and Southeast Asia.

How to apply

1. Register your organization on the UNHCR partner portal (if not already registered):

Please complete the registration well in advance before the application deadline: Expect around 10 days from the date of submission for approval of the registration.

A guide to the registration process is available here:

2. Upon approval of registration, access the Call for Expression of Interest, "Livelihoods: UNHCR Graduation Approach Roll-out," in the UNHCR partner portal:

3. Complete the concept note as per the attachment in the Call for Expression of Interest and submit it via the partner portal no later than 10 December 2015.

Contact the UNHCR Livelihoods Unit in case of any questions related to the application process:

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