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Livelihoods Officer

UNHCR

Tindouf, Algeria

Procedures and Eligibility
Before submitting an application, UNHCR staff members intending to apply to this Job Opening are requested to consult the Recruitment and Assignments Policy (RAP, UNHCR/HCP/2017/2 and the Recruitment and Assignments Administrative Instruction (RAAI), UNHCR/AI/2017/7 OF 15 August 2017.

Duties and Qualifications
Livelihoods Officer

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT
The Livelihoods Officer has a key role in the implementation and consolidation of Refugee Livelihoods Strategy. S/he will be an important member of UNHCR office in the country that is involved in the implementation of livelihoods programmes and explore new livelihoods opportunities. S/he should be proactive, always looking for new opportunities, having economic and social sensibility; convincing in donor and partner mobilization, and able to take initiatives. The incumbent will provide much needed local knowledge to develop the local livelihoods strategies and social infrastructure to develop and sustain Refugee Livelihoods.

The Livelihoods Officer will receive guidance and direction from the Representative / Head of Office and normally report to the Assistant Representative (Programme) or a Senior Programme or Operations Officer.

FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT
Accountability
- UNHCR┬┐s country operation has sufficient support in the field of livelihoods thus better able to meet the needs of persons of concern.

Responsibility (process and functions undertaken to achieve results)
- Develop and implement UNHCR Livelihoods Strategy in the area of responsibility.
- Conduct, facilitate and support wealth ranking surveys for refugee population.
- Advocate with public and private services providers operating in the country to provide services to UNHCR persons of concerns i.e. business development services, micro-finance institutions, training institutes, banks, business incubators, poverty alleviation programmes etc.
- Support the regular sharing of livelihoods related information among different humanitarian, developmental and governmental stakeholders.
- Strengthen, guide and monitor the different livelihoods interventions under the UNHCR programme and ensure compliance with UNHCR Minimum Criteria for Livelihoods programming.
- Utilize efficient targeting techniques to graduate vulnerable refugees out of poverty.
- Design and implement, in cooperation with national government, implementing partners, and UNHCR representation office, a custom-made annual operation plan within the framework of the approved livelihoods strategy.
- Build a strong relationship with the relevant government stakeholders to enhance their ownership of the livelihoods programme initiated by UNHCR.
- Maintain close contacts with partners both in public, private and NGO sectors in order to harmonize activities relating to promotion of livelihoods activities.
- Perform any other related functions as required.

Authority
- Enforce livelihoods strategies and guidelines.
- Represent UNHCR in the meetings and for a related to the functions.

ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
- Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Economics, Business Administration, Socio-economic Development, rural Development, Financial Management or other related fields.
- Minimum 6 years (5 years with graduate degree (equivalent of a Master's)) of previous job experience relevant to the function.
- Technical competencies in sub-sectors relevant to livelihoods programming e.g. microfinance, employment, entrepreneurship, private sector development, local economic development, poverty reduction, agriculture, livestock, vocational and technical education and training, etc.
- Experience in working effectively with private sector, international and national NGOs and UN organisations, and with government authorities at national level.
- Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another UN language.
(In offices where the working language is not English, excellent knowledge of working language of duty station and working knowledge of English.)

***For National Officer positions, very good knowledge of local language and local institutions is essential.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES
- Completion of UNHCR Protection Learning Programme (PLP) and/or the Operations Management Learning Programme (OMLP).
- Experience with UNHCR standards and indicators, and/or projects related to the millennium development goals.
- UNHCR Field experience.
- Knowledge and exposure to the social and cultural values of the region concerned.
- Proficiency in local language(s).
Position Competencies
C001L3 - Accountability Level 3
C002L3 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
C003L3 - Communication Level 3
C004L3 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
C005L3 - Client & Result Orientation Level 3
C006L3 - Organizational Awareness Level 3
M001L3 - Empowering and Building Trust Level 3
M003L3 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
M006L3 - Managing Resources Level 3


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