Senior Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Protection Officer (RSD) at UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Senior Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer is expected to oversee and 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), including through follow-up on pledges made through the 2019 Global Refugee Forum. Contributing to this global roll-out of the GCR, the Senior Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer, with support from the Regional Bureaux and the Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Unit in the Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS), aims to achieve 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 incumbent provides advice and guidance to program/project design and management of livelihoods and economic inclusion interventions in the Area of Responsibility (AoR), analyses the progress in this domain and enhancement of teamwork and capacity building. S/he will be responsible for ensuring full coordination and economic inclusion of refugees in livelihoods programs, including through exploring new livelihoods opportunities and partnerships The Senior 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 play a lead role in formulating interventions that position UNHCR a key catalyst for livelihoods and the economic inclusion of refugees. The Senior Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer will have extensive contacts with both internal and external counterparts. The incumbent will work closely with and supervise technical consultants in the field and will work closely with multi-functional teams on matters including but not limited to protection, education, cash, partnerships, research and analytics, solutions, GBV, complementary pathways, private sector, development and more. Externally, the Senior Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer will help promote refugees¿ economic inclusion through effective partnerships with relevant government line ministries, intergovernmental authorities, development actors, the private sector, UN agencies, international organisations and NGOs, and research institutions and universities, at global, regional and country levels.

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.


– Facilitate the economic inclusion of refugees in coordination with relevant external partners such as line ministries in Country Operations, regional/intergovernmental authorities at regional level, private sector and development actors in accordance with UNHCR Global and Country level policies, priorities, and strategies, in particular the Global Compact on Refugees. – Manage workflows 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. – Strengthen relationships with relevant stakeholders to enhance economic inclusion of UNHCR POC in the AoR. 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.), and building the capacity of stakeholders. – 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 to inform targeting, monitoring and facilitation of development programmes. – Work with economic development agencies to adapt their programmes to become inclusive of UNHCR POC and work with the private sector to enhance inclusion of UNHCR POC in their labour force and supply chains. – In case UNHCR is implementing specific livelihoods activities, strengthen, guide and monitor the livelihoods interventions to 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.

In the Regional Bureaux – Provide technical leadership for livelihoods and economic inclusion in the countries of AoR. – Maintain regular communication with livelihoods and economic inclusion focal points in Country Operations overseen by the Regional Bureau, identify gaps, opportunities, and provide technical assistance, guidance and capacity building for strategic, innovative and impactful programming, partnerships and advocacy. – Monitor regional level advancements and advocate towards the economic inclusion and livelihoods of PoC. – Strengthen evidence base through promoting, facilitating and coordinating relevant technical assessments and research conducted in the region and support the identification of investment and funding opportunities that enhance the economic inclusion of UNHCR PoC. – In collaboration with the Senior Development Officer, explore new livelihoods opportunities in countries overseen by the Regional Bureau, mobilize resources and partnerships, engage relevant regional stakeholders, and contribute to the development of regional concept notes and proposals on livelihoods and economic inclusion. – Facilitate coordination of livelihood and economic inclusion interventions at regional level.

In the Country Operations – Conduct necessary assessments and research 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. – With support and guidance from the Regional Bureaux and the Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Unit in the Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS), provide technical leadership for livelihoods and economic inclusion at country-level, manage the livelihoods and economic inclusion programme in the Operation, develop/update strategy, plan, monitor, report on and evaluate results. – Facilitate coordination and mobilize resources and partnerships for the economic inclusion of PoC and their livelihoods, at the Country Operation level.

Minimum Qualifications

Years of Experience / Degree Level For P4/NOD – 9 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 8 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 7 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education Business Management; Socio-Economics Development; Economics/International Economics; Rural Development; Financial Management; or other relevant field. (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses UNHCR Protection Learning Programme (PLP) (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience

Essential Experience in facilitating the economic inclusion of vulnerable and marginalized groups and managing and advising on development processes in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, ideally in varied rural and urban contexts. Demonstrated experience in working with and developing partnerships with private sector, NGOs, UN organisations, development actors, and government authorities in sub-sectors relevant to livelihood programming e.g. financial inclusion, employment, entrepreneurship, private sector development, local economic development, poverty reduction, agriculture, livestock, vocational and technical education and training, etc. Proven experience in developing and influencing organizational policy development on areas related to livelihoods programming. 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.

Desirable Experience in drafting technical guidance, research/review reports.

For a full job description and to apply, interested candidates are requested to visit the UNHCR career page – click on the Vacancies tab and enter job ID 37394.

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

Please note that the closing date for positions advertised in the Addendum 2 to March 2022 Compendium is Tuesday 14 June 2022 (midnight Geneva time).


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