Principal Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Officer, P4, Dakar


Organizational framework and labor relations

The Senior Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Officer should oversee and align Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion efforts with the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), which highlights the need to engage additional actors and take a whole-of-society approach to building refugee self-reliance. -dependency and contribute to alleviating the pressure on the host countries. Promoting the economic inclusion of refugees is a key development area that will help achieve these goals and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030. Leveraging growing global momentum, UNHCR is working to translating GCR objectives into impactful results for people of concern, including following up on commitments made at the 2019 Global Refugee Forum. Contributing to this global deployment of GCR, the Senior Livelihoods Officer and of Economic Inclusion, with the support of regional offices and the Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Unit of the Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS), aims to achieve the following objectives:

  1. improve the enabling environment for refugees to work through advocacy on the right to work, access to economic opportunities and services;
  2. seek new partnerships and strengthen existing partnerships, including with the private sector, development actors, government institutions and specialized agencies to advance the economic inclusion of refugees; and
  3. improve ongoing livelihoods and economic inclusion programs through evidence-based, market-driven approaches to improve economic inclusion outcomes. The incumbent provides advice and guidance for the design and management of programs/projects of interventions on livelihoods and economic inclusion in the area of ​​responsibility (AoR), analyzes progress in this area and improvement teamwork and capacity building. S/he will be responsible for ensuring full coordination and economic inclusion of refugees in livelihoods programming, including exploring new livelihoods opportunities and partnerships. The Senior Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Officer must be proactive, always seeking new opportunities and persuasive in mobilizing donors and new partners around new models of economic and social integration. The incumbent will play a leading role in shaping interventions that position UNHCR as a key enabler for refugee livelihoods and economic inclusion. The Senior Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Officer will have extensive contact with internal and external counterparts. The incumbent will work closely with and supervise technical consultants in the field and work closely with cross-functional teams on issues such as protection, education, cash, partnerships, research and analysis, solutions, GBV, complementary pathways, private sector. , development and more. Externally, the Senior Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Officer will help promote the economic inclusion of refugees through effective partnerships with relevant ministries, intergovernmental authorities, development actors, the private sector, agencies United Nations, international organizations and NGOs, as well as research institutes and universities, at global, regional and national levels.

All UNHCR staff members are responsible for performing their duties as outlined in their job description. They do so within their delegated authority, in accordance with UNHCR’s regulatory framework which includes the Charter of the United Nations, the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, UNHCR’s policies and administrative instructions as well as the relevant responsibility. In addition, staff members are expected to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values ​​of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.


– Facilitate the economic inclusion of refugees in coordination with relevant external partners such as line ministries in country operations, regional/inter-governmental authorities at regional level, private sector and development actors in line with policies, priorities and UNHCR strategies at global and country level, including the Global Compact on Refugees. – Manage workflows with the cross-functional team, specifically with the Protection Unit, to assess the right to work and labor rights legal framework and recommend/implement advocacy initiatives and policy reforms to improve economic inclusion and UNHCR POC rights and access to work. – Strengthen relationships with relevant stakeholders to improve the economic inclusion of UNHCR POCs in the AoR. This includes advocating with public and private sector service providers to include UNHCR POC in support services (business development, micro-finance, training, savings accounts, poverty reduction and social protection, etc.) .) and capacity building of stakeholders. – Build on UNHCR databases to support regular information sharing and coordination between different humanitarian, development and government stakeholders. This includes supporting the implementation of socio-economic and wealth ranking surveys to inform the targeting, monitoring and facilitation of development programs. – Work with economic development agencies to adapt their programs to include UNHCR POC and work with the private sector to improve the inclusion of UNHCR POC in their workforce and supply chains. – Where UNHCR implements specific livelihoods activities, strengthen, guide and monitor livelihoods interventions to ensure they are market-based and that UNHCR’s role has been strategically determined taking into account its comparative advantage over other partners. – Perform other related tasks as required.

In Regional Offices – Provide technical leadership for livelihoods and economic inclusion in AoR countries. – Maintain regular communication with focal points on livelihoods and economic inclusion in country operations overseen by the Regional Office, identify gaps, opportunities and provide technical assistance, advice and capacity building to strategic, innovative and impactful programming, partnerships and advocacy. – Monitor progress at the regional level and advocate for PoC economic inclusion and livelihoods. – Strengthen the evidence base by promoting, facilitating and coordinating relevant technical assessments and research conducted in the region and supporting the identification of investment and funding opportunities that enhance the economic inclusion of UNHCR’s PoC. – In collaboration with the Senior Development Officer, explore new livelihood opportunities in the countries supervised by the Regional Office, mobilize resources and partnerships, engage relevant regional stakeholders and contribute to the development of concept notes and proposals on livelihoods and economic inclusion. – Facilitate the coordination of interventions on livelihoods and economic inclusion at the regional level.

In country operations – Conduct necessary assessments and research in collaboration with relevant private and public stakeholders, including impact assessments on local economies and surveys that help identify investment and financing opportunities that enhance the economic inclusion of UNHCR POC. – With support and guidance from regional offices and the Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Unit of the Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS), provide technical leadership for livelihoods and economic inclusion at the national level, manage the livelihoods and economic inclusion program in the operation, develop/update strategy, plan, monitor, report and evaluate results. – Facilitate coordination and mobilize resources and partnerships for the economic inclusion of PoCs and their livelihoods, at country operations level.

Minimum qualifications

Years of experience / Degree level For P4/NOD – 9 years of relevant experience with an undergraduate degree; or 8 years of relevant experience with a graduate degree; or 7 years of relevant experience with a PhD

Field(s) of Education Business Management; Socio-economic development; economy/international economy; Rural development; Financial direction; or other relevant area. (Fields of study marked with an asterisk* are essential)

UNHCR Protection Learning Program (PLP) certificates and/or licenses (Certificates and licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant work experience

Essential experience in facilitating the economic inclusion of vulnerable and marginalized groups and in managing and advising on development processes in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, ideally in varied rural and urban contexts. Demonstrated experience working and developing partnerships with the private sector, NGOs, UN organizations, development actors and government authorities 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. Demonstrated experience in shaping and influencing organizational policy development in areas related to livelihoods programming. Demonstrated experience in conducting sector assessments using quality social science methods and tools, and in developing at least one comprehensive multi-year strategic plan for livelihoods support.

Desirable Experience in writing technical guidance, search/examination reports.

How to register

For a full job description and to apply, interested candidates should visit the UNHCR careers page at – click on the Vacancies tab and enter the position ID 37394.

UNHCR staff are made up of many different nationalities, cultures, languages ​​and opinions. UNHCR seeks to maintain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities and an inclusive working environment for all its staff. Applications are encouraged from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge any fees at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travel, processing, training or any other fees).

Please note that the closing date for vacancies advertised in Addendum 2 to the March 2022 Compendium is Tuesday, June 14, 2022 (midnight Geneva time).


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