- Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh
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- Full time
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Staff Member / Affiliate Type
National Professional Officer
Regular > Regular Assignment
Remote work accepted
Target Start Date
Job Posting End Date
November 27, 2023
Standard Job Description
Associate Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer
Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Associate Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer will be key in operationalizing the strategic vision to 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). Contributing to this global roll-out of the GCR, the Associate Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer, with support from the Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Unit in the Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS), works towards 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 Associate 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 interact with the government counterparts and other stakeholders with specific mandate in livelihood activities as well as with the refugee communities. Within UNHCR, the Associate Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer will work under the supervision of the head of livelihoods and closely with multi-functional teams on matters including but not limited to protection, education, cash, partnerships, research and analytics, GBV, solutions, complementary pathways and more. S/he will support the office’s involvement with livelihoods and economic inclusion, working with relevant external stakeholders from government line ministries, development actors, private sector, UN agencies, international organisations, NGOs, research institutions and universities.
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.
– Maintain close contact and cooperation with partners to facilitate the economic inclusion of refugees, such as line ministries, private sector and development actors in accordance with UNHCR Global and Country level policies, priorities, and strategies, in particular the Global Compact on Refugees. 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.).
– Work 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.
– 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 utilising community-based strategies to inform targeting, monitoring and facilitation of development programmes.
– Conduct necessary assessments 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.
– In case UNHCR is implementing specific livelihoods activities, strengthen, guide and monitor the livelihoods interventions to help 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.
– Support the identification and management of risks and seek to seize opportunities impacting objectives in the area of responsibility. Ensure decision making in risk based in the functional area of work. Raise risks, issues and concerns to a supervisor or to relevant functional colleague(s).
– Perform other related duties as required.
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P2/NOB – 3 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 1 year relevant experience with Doctorate degree
Field(s) of Education
or other relevant field.
Certificates and/or Licenses
Relevant Job Experience
Technical competencies in sub-sectors relevant to livelihoods programming e.g. financial inclusion, employment, entrepreneurship, private sector development, local economic development, poverty reduction, agriculture, livestock, vocational and technical education, and training, etc. Experience in facilitating the economic inclusion of vulnerable and marginalized groups in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, ideally in varied field contexts. 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.
Knowledge about latest development in the livelihoods sector, including broader UN processes on the SDGs and the Global Compact on Refugees.
LV-Strategic Planning and Advocacy for Refugee Socioeconomic Rights
CO-Drafting and Documentation
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)
For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.
All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.
As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.
This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.
Desired Candidate Profile
Reference is made to operational Context
Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):
Occupational Safety and Health Considerations
Nature of Position
The incumbent will be based in Cox’s Bazar and report to the Senior Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Officer.
Leveraging the growing global momentum, UNHCR is working to translate the objectives of the GCR into impactful results for refugees, including through follow-up on pledges made through the Global Refugee Forum 2019. Contributing to this global roll-out of the GCR, the Associate Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer, will work towards the following objectives:
1.) Support cooperation with other UNHCR units, to improve the enabling environment for refugees through advocacy on, access to livelihoods and transferable skills development opportunities and services.
2.) Assist in seeking new and strengthen existing partnerships including with the private sector, development actors, government institutions and specialized agencies to advance vocational skilling and livelihoods opportunities of refugees; and
3) Enhance ongoing livelihoods and economic inclusion programming through evidence-based and market-driven approaches to improve livelihoods options and resilience of refugees.
Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Senior Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Officer, the Associate Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer will:
- Maintain close contact and cooperation with implementing partners to facilitate the vocational skilling and livelihoods opportunities of refugees, including creating wage employment opportunities for the refugees within the camps through a different form of volunteering.
- 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.
- Help promote refugees’ livelihoods options and resilience through effective partnerships with relevant Government of Bangladesh national stakeholders at Cox Bazar level (RRRC), intergovernmental authorities, ISCG sectors, development actors, private sector, UN agencies, international organizations and NGOs.
- Build on UNHCR databases to support regular information sharing and coordination among different humanitarian, developmental and governmental stakeholders. This includes supporting community-based strategies to inform targeting, monitoring and facilitation of programmes.
- Conduct necessary assessments in collaboration with relevant UNHCR Units and ISCG Sectors, available private and public stakeholders, including impact assessments and surveys that help to identify investment and funding opportunities that enhance the vocational skilling and livelihoods opportunities of refugees.
- Strengthen and monitor the livelihoods interventions to help ensure they are coupled with trasferable-vocational skills, and that the role of UNHCR has been strategically determined in consideration of its comparative advantage vis-à-vis other partners.
- Help develop an evidence base for evaluation and ongoing design of livelihoods programming to best fit the needs of the refugees.
- Brainstorm ideas of how to mainstream support of livelihoods into UNHCR´s day-to-day operations.
Results/ expected outcome:
- Effective support is provided to the needs assessment and needs analysis of refugees in the country in a participatory manner using an Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective to form a firm basis for planning and in due consideration to the centrality of protection and do-no-harm.
- Support in ensuring that relevant operational partnerships are built, and project partnership agreements are established in a timely manner, regularly monitored and reported on in compliance with established guidelines and procedures.
- Effective and timely support is provided to the formulation and implementation of a clear and coherent livelihood and economic inclusion strategy, which incorporates a thorough age, gender and diversity (AGD) analysis, do-no-harm approach, while reflecting the Organization’s global, regional and country level priorities.
- The participation of refugees is assured through continuous assessment and evaluation using participatory, rights and community-based approaches.
- Livelihoods programs are targeted at the needs and specific profiles of refugees.
- Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment.
Living and Working Conditions:
The incumbent will be based in Cox’s Bazar
Cox’s Bazar is a category D family duty station. Educational facilities are limited, and international schools from primary to secondary school are currently available in Dhaka only. Health services are limited in Cox’s Bazar, but more reliable facilities are available in Dhaka. Malaria and dengue risks exist throughout the year. Vaccination against Japanese Encephalitis and diphtheria are required.
Cox’s Bazar is a principal tourist destination for Bangladeshis, with a long beach stretching over 120km to the tip of the peninsula, with several hotels and restaurants. Leisure and recreational facilities generally focus on beach activities and hotel-based activities (swimming pools, gyms, restaurants). Infrastructure and shopping options in Cox’s Bazar – a small city of just 250,000 persons – are limited, however.
There are several domestic flights from/to Dhaka daily during daylight hours. Banks/ATM machines are available in Cox’s Bazar and credit/debit cards are accepted. Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks and exchange houses. Staff with small children are advised to contact the office for more information, as while Cox’s Bazaar is a family duty station, educational and medical facilities are not adequate for small children and there are no international schooling facilities at all (only in Dhaka).
The security level system in Bangladesh is level 3 moderate. Although security is generally acceptable, given the current situation in the area, no movement on highways at night is allowed. Walking and jogging in the streets as earmarked is permitted. Crowded local markets should be avoided.
Security Clearance is required and can be requested via TRIP at https://dss.un.org. Requests for clearance should be submitted 7 days prior travel.
CO-Drafting and Documentation, LV-Strategic Planning and Advocacy for Refugee Socioeconomic Rights, MG-Project Management, SO-Networking
Bachelor of Arts (BA): Business Administration/Management, Bachelor of Arts (BA): Financial Management, Bachelor of Arts (BA): International Economics, Bachelor of Arts (BA): Rural Development, Bachelor of Arts (BA): Socio-Economic Development
Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Empowering & building trust, Judgement & decision making, Organizational awareness, Planning & organizing, Stakeholder management, Teamwork & collaboration
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