Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Description of assignment title
Associate Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Expected start date
Sustainable Development Goal
11. Sustainable cities and communities
International UN Volunteer Specialist
Expected end date
Number of assignments
Mission and objectives
UNHCR’s primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. In its efforts to achieve this objective, UNHCR strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, and to return home voluntarily.
UNHCR in DRC, provides assistance to people displaced internally, as well as refugees from neighboring countries. In 2023, due to an alarming increase of violence caused by armed groups, 5.8 million people are displaced in the provinces of Ituri, North Kivu, South Kivu and Tanganyika, in the east of the country. UNHCR calls for concerted action and more international support and equitable responsibility sharing to address the causes and impact of displacement, especially with those countries that are hosting most of the world’s displaced.
During the first half of 2023, the Kalemie Sub-Delegation remained active within the humanitarian community in the protection and search for lasting solutions to the situation of refugees, asylum-seekers and people at risk of statelessness, as well as in peaceful cohabitation and peace-building in its area of coverage in the provinces of Greater Katanga.
In addition, as lead of the “protection of civilians and human rights” thematic group, the office has operationalized the specific working group on durable solutions to better coordinate interventions in this field.
In addition to the MONUSCO transition plan and the United Nations joint work plan in Tanganyika province, the UNHCR Kalemie sub-delegation actively participated in other forums, such as the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), other forums such as the operationalization of NEXUS and its 4 clusters (Food Security and Nutrition, Access to Basic Social Services, Population Displacement and Gender-Based Violence), the Tanganyika Provincial Development Plan and the two-year plan reflecting the provincial government’s short-term priorities.
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 Kinshasa, 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.
Under the direct supervision of Head of Sub Office of Kalemie, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
– 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 using 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.
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Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.
3 years of experience in a field related to Livelihood and Economic Inclusion.
Computer skills: Knowledge of Microsoft applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Demonstrated skills in oral and written communication.
Technical competencies 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. 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, 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.
Knowledge about latest development in the livelihoods sector, including broader UN processes on the SDGs and the Global Compact on Refugees.
EX-Experience with Inter/Non-Governmental Organization (INGO/NGO);
LV-Livelihoods & sub-sectors (value-chain upgrading, microfinance, cash assistance, etc.);
MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation;
Area(s) of expertise
Economics and finance, Information technology
French, Level: Fluent, Required
English, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable
Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in Business Management; Socio-Economics Development; Economics/International Economics; Rural Development; Financial Management or other relevant field.
University degree in communications is an asset for this post.
Competencies and values
• Integrity and professionalism;
• Commitment to continuous learning;
• Planning and organizing;
• Teamwork and respect for diversity;
• Flexibility, adaptability;
• Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes soli- darity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core val- ues.
Living conditions and remarks
The Sub Office of Kalemie is located in Tanganyika Province. It covers 4 province in Great Ex Katanga Province, Haut KATANGA, Haut Lomami, Tanganyika and. Humanitarian flight is scheduled tree time a week for Goma only and others schedule are organise for the inside of the province of Tanganyika. There is also a CAA commercial flight out of Kalemie to the international airports of Lubumbashi, Goma or Kinshasa which are the exit points for R&R.
Access to shops, markets and especially food is very difficult. Most of goods come from Kin- shasa and the prices are very high but the quality is not the best one. Available restaurants do not provide quality meals and the health facilities are under the UNHCR standards.
International staff live in UNHCR commecilally rented houses under stand- ard standing, but have bathroom and kitchen whilst kitchen set and furniture as well as other accomadation equipments are always provided by leasees. There are sports and recreational acitivities in town. Some selection of fresh vegetables (only local ones) and fruits are available in local market with very bad hygenique conditions. There are virtually no telephone land lines in the DRC, though mobile phones and cellular are widely available with telecom operators.
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
This UNV assignment is subject to proof of vaccination against Covid-19 with WHO approved vaccine, unless the UNHCR Medical Service approves an exemption from this requirement on medical grounds