Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Associate needed in Hargeisa, Somalia

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Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Associate, Hargeisa, Somalia
Organization: UNHCR – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Closing date: Monday, 4 March 2024
Hardship Level: E (most hardship)

Family Type: Non Family with Residential Location

Family Type: Non Family with Residential Location

Residential location (if applicable): Nairobi (CO), Kenya

Grade: GS6

Staff Member / Affiliate Type: General Service

Reason: Regular > Regular Assignment

Remote work accepted: No

Target Start Date: 2024-04-01

Job Posting End Date: March 4, 2024

Standard Job Description: Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Associate

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Associate will work under the direct supervision of the (Senior) Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer. The incumbent will support 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.

The Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Associate will collaborate closely with UNHCR livelihoods partners, government agencies, private sector and financial service providers as well as other relevant stakeholders to enhance the economic inclusion and improve self-reliance of both persons of concern (PoC) and host community members. The incumbent will also be expected to deliberately explore opportunities of collaboration with other UNHCR cross cutting areas such as protection, education, cash, partnerships, research and analytics, GBV, solutions, complementary pathways and more. To document good practices, results and to generate knowledge, the Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Associate will work closely with the supervisor to build on UNHCR databases and support regular information sharing and coordination among different humanitarian, developmental and governmental stakeholders. S/he will assist to mobilize refugees of different age, gender and background and to ensure that all stakeholders well understand the potential of economic inclusion of refugees and host community members, and to help communicate opportunities to PoC.

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.


 Explore partnerships with relevant stakeholders to enhance economic inclusion of UNHCR PoC. This includes working with economic development agencies to adapt their programmes to become inclusive of UNHCR PoC, working with the private sector to enhance inclusion of UNHCR PoC in their labour force and supply chains, working with financial service providers to enhance financial inclusion, and working with public and private sector service 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 collect information about the legal framework for the right to work and rights at work.

 Support the implementation of socioeconomic and wealth ranking surveys to inform targeting, monitoring and facilitation of the engagement of development programmes. 
 Participate in necessary assessments in collaboration with relevant private and public stakeholders, including impact assessments on local economies and surveys that help to inform interventions and identify investment and funding opportunities that enhance the economic inclusion of UNHCR PoC.
 In case UNHCR is implementing specific livelihoods activities, work closely with and provide technical assistance on 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.
 Liaise with partners and authorities on livelihoods related issues under the technical guidance of the supervisor.
 Prepare field reports and other relevant reports relating to livelihoods and make recommendations for interventions that enhance refugee economic inclusion to the designated officer.
 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.

Minimum Qualifications

Years of Experience / Degree Level

For G6 – 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Field(s) of Education

Not applicable.

Certificates and/or Licenses

Management Economics Financial Management Agriculture

or other relevant field

Relevant Job Experience


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 in partnership 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.


Prior exposure to UNHCR refugee operations and functions relating to office administration and programme activities.

Knowledge about latest development in the livelihoods sector, including broader UN processes on the SDGs and the Global Compact on Refugees. Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of the position

Functional Skills

LV-Strategic Planning and Advocacy for Refugee Socioeconomic Rights

(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements

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: The incumbent will report directly to the Programme Officer based at Hargeisa Sub Office. He or she will require to be equipped with a proactive and innovative mindset, and an ability of seeking new opportunities for the social and economic integration of forcibly displaced persons that UNHCR serves in Hargeisa area of operation. In this capacity, the Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Associate is expected to be forward-thinking and influential, to possess strong leadership and coordination skills.

Her/His ability to inspire and guide UNHCR team while effectively aligning diverse perspectives and resources will contribute to the overall success of the Organization in achieving its goals. The incumbent will play an active role in forging partnerships to facilitate the economic inclusion of refugees and other forcibly displaced populations. These partnerships may involve line government ministries, private sector entities, and development actors that operate in Somaliland all in alignment with UNHCR Livelihood policy, priorities, and strategies.

The ideal candidate must possess a unique blend of economic empowerment/inclusion actor and private sector experience and engagement, coupled with the capacity to effectively interact with a multitude of diverse stakeholders. This includes individuals at various levels of government, NGOs, and private sector companies. A critical attribute for this role is the ability to coordinate efforts while comprehensively understanding and always aligning with multiple agendas and expectations, while keeping the UNHCR protection mandate and the needs of refugees at the forefront.

The preferred candidate should also have prior training in entrepreneurship, project management, business development, financial Inclusion, training and poverty alleviation. Experience having implemented livelihoods projects in an NGO or other organization supporting a community or humanitarian cause is required. Understanding and Knowledge of Somaliland history, geography, culture and socio-demographic is an added advantage for the role.

In addition to the aforementioned qualifications, the candidate should exhibit strong capabilities in capacity-building, training, and mentoring, with the ability to provide support to UNHCR colleagues and partners’ staff. Proficiency in drafting and reporting in English is a crucial requirement.

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):: ,


Desired languages: Somali



Operational context: Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:: To view occupational safety and health considerations for this duty station, please visit this link:

Nature of Position:: The Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Associate will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer based in Sub Office Hargeisa. S/he will maintain regular contact on a working level with the UNHCR Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer based in RO Mogadishu and work in close collaboration with UNHCR livelihood partner and Government entities in the implementation of the livelihood ‘s projects. The incumbent is desired to possess: 1. An education background in economics, entrepreneurship or development, food security and livelihoods, agriculture/livestock production or related field. 2. A minimum of 3 years of work experience in Livelihoods, market development or entrepreneurship, business development and access to finance; public and private sector development and related sectors. 3. Experience of working with and coordinating with multiple stakeholders. 4. Strong demonstrable project management and financial management skills, particularly in planning, coordination, budgeting and reporting with ability to manage priorities independently. 5. Cross-cultural sensitivity and ability to work with a wide range of people from different backgrounds. 6. Excellent computer skills 7. Prior experience in working with UN, INGO 8. Experience with UNHCR policies and standards.

Living and Working Conditions:: Additional Qualifications: Skills



Agriculture – Other, Economics – Other, Financial Management – Other, Management – Other, Rural Development -Other

Work Experience

Number of Persons of Concern Served, Working with Persons of Concern: Asylum Seekers, Working with Persons of Concern: Internally Displaced Persons, Working with Persons of Concern: Refugees, Working with Persons of Concern: Returned RefugeesCompetencies: Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Empowering & building trust, Organizational awareness, Planning & organizing, Stakeholder management, Teamwork & collaboration

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Compendium: Additional Information: Shortlisted candidates may be required to undertake a written test.

Functional clearance: This position doesn’t require a functional clearance

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