Assistant Livelihoods & Economic Inclusion Officer

  • Contract
  • 11 months ago
  • Lilongwe
  • Job Qualifications Bachelor

Job Description

Position number : 10032386

Duration : 12 months

Location : Lilongwe, Malawi

Type of Vacancy : Internal/External

Vacancy number : VA/03/2020

Closing date : 5th June 2020

1. Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Assistant Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Officer 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 country. 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 Assistant Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Officer, with support from the Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Unit in the Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS), contributes to the following objectives:

improve the enabling environment for refugees to work through advocacy on the right to/at work, access to economic opportunities and service;
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
enhance ongoing livelihoods and economic inclusion programming through evidence-based and market-driven approaches to improve economic inclusion outcomes.

The Assistant Livelihoods 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. Within UNHCR, the Assistant Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Officer will work under the supervision of Senior Protection Officer (CRRF and 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. She/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.

2. Duties

  • Explore partnerships to facilitate the economic inclusion of refugees, such as government 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, support the assessment of the legal framework for the right to work and rights at work and recommend/ implement advocacy initiatives and policy reform 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, 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.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

3. Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience

Field(s) of Education

  • Business Management, Socio-Economics Development Economics/International Economics, Rural Development, Financial Management 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, and government authorities 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.


  • Knowledge about latest development in the livelihoods sector, including broader UN processes on the SDGs and the Global Compact on Refugees.


Applicants are required to submit application letter, P11, and also copy (copies) of certificate (s). Documents submitted shall not be returned to the applicants.

Please send your application to the Representative, UNHCR Representation in Malawi, via email to:

Email: [email protected]

No later than 17:00 hours on Friday, 5th June, 2020.

Applicants should clearly indicate the Title of the Position and vacancy notice number in the subject line of the email.


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