Job Opportunity : Associate Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer

Job Opportunity : Associate Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer

JOB OPPORTUNITY - Cameroun : UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency

Job Title
Job ID

Assc Livelih and Econom Incl Off ( Temporary Appointment )

Meiganga, Cameroon
Salary Grade

Hardship Level
Family Location Type

Eligible Applicants

This Job Opening is available to eligible UNHCR staff members and external applicants.

Procedures and Eligibility

Interested applicants should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS).Applicants must be nationals of, and be locally recruited within the country of their employment.

Duties and Qualifications

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, SGBV, 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.
- Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

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
  • 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
not specified;

Relevant Job Experience
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 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, and government authorities in sub-sectors relevant to livelihood programming e.g. microfinance, 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.

Functional Skills
  • EX-Experience with Inter/Non-Governmental Organization (INGO/NGO);
  • LV-Livelihoods & sub-sectors (value-chain upgrading, microfinance, cash assistance, etc.);
  • EX-Field experience;
  • MG-Project Management;
  • MG-Strategic Planning;
  • MS-Networking;
  • MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation;
  • (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)
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.

Position Competencies

Core Competencies:
  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning
  • Client & Result Orientation
Managerial Competencies:
  • Managing Resources
  • Empowering and Building Trust
  • Judgement and Decision Making
Cross-Functional Competencies:
Analytical Thinking
Planning and Organizing
Stakeholder Management

Language Requirements

Good knowledge of French and working knowledge of English.

Additional Information

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).
See below for this postion's Operational Context

Operational Context

I. CONTEXTE OPERATIONNEL: Position NOB Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer. Bureau Meiganga

A la suite des troubles sociopolitiques récurrents survenus en RCA entre 2006-2013 et surtout à partir de 2014, le Cameroun a reçu sur son territoire les réfugiés centrafricains installés dans les régions du Nord, de l¿Adamaoua et de l¿Est. Leur protection et assistance est mise en œuvre à travers la Sous-Délégation de Bertoua basée à l¿Est et qui compte deux bureaux de Terrain : celui de Batouri et celui de Meiganga dans l¿Adamaoua qui couvrent respectivement les unités de Terrain de Djohong et Touboro qui coordonnent la réponse humanitaire et soutiennent les autorités locales dans la gestion et l¿encadrement des réfugiés dans ces zones.
Le programme humanitaire en faveur des réfugiés centrafricains couvert par le bureau de Terrain de Meiganga s¿étend de Gado à l¿EST jusqu¿à Touboro dans le Nord sur environ 85 000 km² où sont installés suivant les chiffres de septembre 2020, 146 280 réfugiés dont 30 % sont installés dans les sites aménages de Borgop, Ngam et Gado et 70% vivent dans les villages avec les communautés hôtes camerounaises partageant pacifiquement, les mêmes ressources naturelles.
Sur le plan opérationnel, le programme fait face de façon progressive chaque année à une réduction du niveau de financement impactant de façon significative la qualité de la réponse opérationnelle mise en œuvre en faveur des réfugiés. C¿est dans ce contexte que l¿emphase est mise sur les activités de Livelihood et inclusion économique visant l¿autonomisation des réfugiés. Des efforts sont consentis pour intégrer les réfugiés dans les programmes nationaux d¿éducation, de santé, de protection des enfants, des femmes et des personnes vivant avec handicap. Cette approche d¿inclusion oblige l¿opération à accompagner le gouvernement à faire face aux problèmes structurels.
La stratégie MYMP a aussi été élaborée à cet effet pour susciter l¿adhésion des partenaires aussi bien humanitaires, de développement que du secteur privé en vue de l¿atteinte des objectifs de protection et d¿assistance à travers la mutualisation les ressources et en s¿inscrivant dans la pérennité. Avec la signature de l¿accord tripartite entre la République du Cameroun, la République Centrafricaine et le HCR, l¿opération a amorcé l¿organisation du rapatriement volontaire facilité des réfugiés centrafricains dans les préfectures de Nana Mambere et Mambere Kadey.
En dépit de l'insécurité persistante le long de la frontière avec la République centrafricaine, le Gouvernement du Cameroun a maintenu ses frontières ouvertes et continu à fournir un accès sans restriction à son territoire.
La situation sécuritaire tendue en République centrafricaine (RCA) s¿est détériorée pendant la période ayant précédé ou suivi les élections présidentielle et législatives du 27 décembre 2020. Si le 18 janvier 2021, la Cour constitutionnelle a annoncé la validation de la réélection du Président, la décision concernant les élections législatives est encore attendue. Plusieurs groupes armés ont créé une coalition, et se sont engagés dans de violentes actions dans diverses régions du pays contre les troupes gouvernementales, les casques bleus et les civils.
À ce jour, les violences ont contraint environ 60 000 personnes à fuir leurs maisons et à chercher l¿asile en République démocratique du Congo (50 000), au Cameroun (4 900), au Tchad (4 400) et en République du Congo (300). Beaucoup de réfugiés sont arrivés avec peu d¿effets personnels ou les mains vides, et ont été accueillis par des communautés qui, souvent, manquent de ressources pour satisfaire leurs propres besoins.
Dans ce contexte, l¿Associate livelihood Officer facilitera la mise en œuvre des activités prévues en faveur des personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR, dans la limite des ressources disponibles.
Il/elle jouera un rôle clé dans la mise en œuvre de la vision stratégique visant à aligner les efforts en matière de moyens de subsistance et d'inclusion économique conformément au GCR (Global Compact on Refugees) dans la zone qui relève du bureau de Meiganga.
Le titulaire interagira avec les homologues du gouvernement et d'autres parties prenantes ayant un mandat spécifique dans les activités de subsistance ainsi qu'avec les communautés de réfugiés. Il/elle soutiendra l'implication du bureau dans les moyens de subsistance et l'inclusion économique, en travaillant avec les parties prenantes externes pertinentes des ministères d'exécution du gouvernement, des acteurs du développement, du secteur privé, des agences des Nations Unies, des organisations internationales, des ONG, des instituts de recherche et des universités.

Duration of Appointment

6 months Temporary Appointment.

Closing Date

Closing date for submissions or applications is 18 March 2021.

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