Job Title Associate Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer
Type Internal/External
Type Of Contract Fixed Term Appointment- FTA- Initial contract for one year

Vacancy Notice JO/VA/2019/072
Position Number 10027639
Number Of Vacancies 1
Location Amman - Jordan
Position Grade National Officer - NOB
Closing Date 2019-07-13
Organizational Context
The Associate Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer has a key role to play in aligning 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, including through follow-up on pledges made through the 2019 Global Refugee Forum. 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 services; 
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, having economic and social sensibility convincing in donor and partner mobilization and able to take initiatives. The incumbent will play a role in formulating interventions that position UNHCR a key convenor and facilitator in the area of livelihoods and economic inclusion.

S/he will interact with both internal and external counterparts. The incumbent will work closely with multi-functional teams on matters including but not limited to protection, education, cash, partnerships, research and analytics, SGBV, solutions, complementary pathways and more. Externally, the Associate Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Officer will help promoting refugees’ economic inclusion through effective partnerships with relevant government line ministries, development actors, private sector, UN agencies, international organisations and NGOs, and research institutions and universities, both at the global and country levels.
Functional Statement
Accountability (key results that will be achieved)

- Ensure, with appropriate management support, that UNHCR’s country operation manages its Livelihoods programming efficiently and effectively, supporting community based protection through strengthened avenues, for all affected populations, to livelihoods and self-reliance. 

Responsibility (process and functions undertaken to achieve results) 
- Contribute to and support the development and implementation of UNHCR’s Livelihoods Strategy in Jordan, ensuring compliance with UNHCR’s Minimum Criteria for Livelihoods programming.
- Support UNHCR’s management in ensuring that risk analysis is undertaken and that risks and mitigation measures are identified, considered and documented throughout programme planning and implementation. 
- Support the Livelihoods Sector lead, notably in mapping sector members’ activities and ensure that the Sector Strategy, Terms of Reference, Work Plan, reporting and associated mapping are accurate and up to date.  
- Share information as required by the Office, in particular ensuring that Information Management Officers and External Relations receive the timely and accurate information that is required to generate data on UNHCR and Sector Livelihoods activities and outputs.  
- Facilitate regular communication with concerned staff within the office, through the Livelihoods Sector Working group and through regular liaison with concerned units including but not limited to Cash Based Interventions, (CBI) Community Based Protection. 
- Ensure that UNHCR’s Livelihoods programming includes mechanisms for the prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation (PSEA). 
- Support, participate in and contribute to Multi-Functional Team monitoring of the different livelihoods interventions under the UNHCR programme.
- Contribute to and support UNHCR advocacy on behalf of persons of concern and host communities, with public and private services providers operating in the country, including but not limited to business development services, micro-finance institutions, training institutes, banks, business incubators, poverty alleviation programmes.   
- In collaboration with the Interagency Unit, ensure close coordination between UNHCR, and the Livelihoods Sector, and the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoPIC) in support of the Jordan Response Plan (JRP), in particular, to its Livelihoods components. 
- Support and contribute to the design of effective targeting techniques to graduate vulnerable refugees out of poverty. 
- Contribute to the maintenance of 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.
- Highlight to senior management any evolving risks and opportunities that require UNHCR response, action or institution of mitigating measures. 
- Perform any other related functions as required.

Authority (decisions made in executing responsibilities and to achieve results)
- Support the office in ensuring the effective implementation of livelihoods strategies and guidelines and participation in and support to the Livelihoods sector.
- Represent UNHCR in meetings and functions related to Livelihoods as required.
Required Competencies
Managerial Competencies
- Empowering and Building Trust.
- Judgement and Decision Making.
- Managing Resources.
Cross-Functional Competencies
- Analytical Thinking.
- Planning and Organizing. 
- Stakeholder Management.
Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience
- Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Economics, Business Administration, Socio-economic Development, rural Development, Financial Management or other related fields plus minimum 3 years of previous work experience relevant to the function. Graduate degree (equivalent of a Masters) plus 2 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 1 year of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
- General knowledge regarding 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.
- Experience in working effectively with private sector, international and national NGOs and UN organisations, and with government authorities at national level.
- Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not 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.
- Knowledge of additional UN languages.
Operational Context
Eight years into the Syria crisis, more than 5 million Syrian refugees are still displaced into Jordan and other neighbouring countries. Some 12% of Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR live in Jordan. Over 762,000 refugees are registered with UNHCR in Jordan, 88% of them Syrian and others from 57 different countries, the majority from Iraq, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia.   126,000, or 16% of all Syrian refugees live in one of the three refugee camps in Jordan, while 83.5% of refugees in Jordan live in their own accommodation across Jordan. The Syria crisis has impacted the Jordanian economy and the international community contributes to the response in many different ways, including through the Regional Refugees Resilience Plan (3RP) and the Jordan Response Plan, which is led by the Government of Jordan. 

Within this context, the Livelihoods Officer supports UNHCR’s operation in Jordan in the development and implementation of the Refugee Livelihoods Strategy and participates on behalf of UNHCR in Livelihoods Sector meetings and in its support to the Jordan Response Plan and other government initiatives.  The incumbent will ensure that UNHCR’s Livelihoods programming is aligned with the UN Strategic Development Goals (SDGs), including but not limited to Sustainable Development Goal 8 and will support efforts to strengthen refugee and host community resilience, social cohesion and peaceful coexistence. S/he is required to have a broad understanding of employment laws in Jordan as they impact refugees and also to understand the activities and initiatives, including those developed by the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) on a macro and regional scale, designed to support refugee and host community resilience and income generating capacities. S/he must be able to look at affected populations with a protection lens and ensure a Human Rights Based (HRB) and Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) approach to all activities undertaken or supported by UNHCR.  The incumbent is expected to have strong interpersonal skills and to be able to work independently with colleagues in all units, both in the Representation in Amman and in sub-offices, as required. S/he will ensure a multi-functional approach, including in the planning and implementation of Livelihoods Programmes and exploration of new livelihoods opportunities. S/he should be sensitive to strategic, policy or other areas in which guidance is to be sought.  The Livelihoods Officer will receive guidance and direction from the Representative / Deputy and normally report to the Assistant Representative (Programme) or a Senior Development Officer.   S/he is required to display cultural, economic and social sensitivity.
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