Livelihoods Associate (UNOPS,LICA-6), Athens, Greece
Organization: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
City: Athens, Greece
Office: UNHCR Athens, Greece
Closing date: Monday, 9 November 2020
Job Title: Job ID: Livelihoods Associate (UNOPS,LICA-6)
Location: Athens, Greece
Salary Grade: Hardship Level: H
Family Location Type: Family
This position is open to all applicants.
Non-EU applicants can apply provided they have the required documents to work in Greece.
Interested applicants are invited to apply on-line either through MSRP self-service (candidates with MSRP access) or using the external Careers pages www.unhcr.org/careers and https://www.unhcr.org/gr-jobs/ (External candidates).
Kindly note that only electronic applications submitted through the website mentioned above will be considered.
Duties and Qualifications
There are over 120,000 asylum-seekers and refugees currently hosted in Greece who arrived and remained since the 2015 ‚ 2016 humanitarian emergency. In 2020, 8,700 people arrived by sea, and some 2,700 over land, mostly from Afghanistan (33%), Syria (21%) and Turkey (9%). UNHCR supports the Government who coordinates the refugee and migrant response in the development of policy, capacity building and targeted interventions in the areas of reception, asylum procedures, and for finding durable solutions. In 2020, UNHCR continues to implement the cash assistance and accommodation programmes, while working with the Ministry of Migration and Asylum for the transition of these programmes to the Greek authorities. The situation has largely improved in the mainland since 2015. There, people are hosted in approximately 29 Government-run sites (camp-like and buildings), as well as in rented housing provided by UNHCR through municipalities and NGOs for some 22,000 asylum-seekers and refugees and for 7,000 in IOM-run hotels. Additionally, UNHCR delivers a cash assistance programme, which has benefited nearly 121,000 (end of July 2020). The situation remains challenging in the reception and identification centres on the islands where 23,000 people, awaiting the completion of their asylum procedures, cope with difficult living conditions and limited services. In the reception centres at the Greece-Turkey border, UNHCR also supports the Government’s prevention and response to COVID-19 through technical interventions, increased coordination and protecting asylum-seekers at high-risk of COVID-19 complications.
Duties and Qualifications
The Livelihoods Associate will work under the direct supervision of the Associate Protection Officer of the Country Office Athens and focal point for Integration and Solutions.
The Livelihoods Associate will collaborate closely with UNHCR livelihoods partners, government agencies, private sector and financial service providers as well as other relevant stakeholders to enhance economic inclusion and improve economic self-reliance of persons of concern (PoC) as well as host community members. The incumbent will also be expected to proactively explore opportunities of collaboration with other UNHCR cross cutting areas such as protection, education, cash, partnerships, research and analytics, SGBV, solutions, complementary pathways and more. To document good practices, results and to generate knowledge, the Livelihoods 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.
The incumbent will be expected to develop and implement the Greek Context-Specific Livelihoods Strategic Plan. Working in close coordination with protection, programme, external relations, and field staff, the incumbent will identify, reach out and cultivate relevant private sector partners, government authorities, and other stakeholders to develop and sustain refugee livelihoods through inclusion in markets and local economies, as well as opportunity-creation. Throughout, the incumbent will consult and engage persons of concern in livelihoods planning and solutions, collect and guide the collection of livelihoods information, informing strategy also in consultation with UNHCR Livelihoods Unit, monitor programme activities and implement administrative requirements.
All below tasks will be carried out with a multi-functional approach involving the responsible focal points in the Country Office and the field teams to ensure building on existing and on-going work in areas related to livelihoods:
Review existing surveys and prepare the commissioning of complementary Market Assessment and Value Chain Analysis, where relevant. Additionally, a socio-economic baseline assessment of refugees should be done (education, skills, work experience, intentions, and protection needs) to fulfill the UNHCR minimum criteria for livelihoods programming, providing the basis for selecting interventions, targeting and determining indicators to measure impact. This includes 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 person of concern
Consult and engage persons of concern in livelihoods solutions
Work with the protection unit to collect and analyze information about the legal framework for the right to work and rights at work
Develop and implement context-specific livelihoods strategic plan for Greece on basis of surveys, consultations and analysis
Reach out and build strong relationships with relevant stakeholders to ensure economic inclusion of and opportunities for UNHCR persons of concern in accordance with livelihoods strategic plan. This includes: working with economic development agencies to adapt their programmes to become inclusive of UNHCR PoC, forge partnerships with the private sector to include UNHCR PoC in their labor force and supply chains and otherwise contribute to the inclusion of PoC in the marketplace, 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.), mapping potential and strategic partnerships for UNHCR to promote economic self-reliance among PoC through advocacy and operational interventions, assess experience and expertise in economic development among partners and mainstream livelihoods and self-reliance planning from the outset, monitoring results
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.
Guide and liaise with partners and authorities on livelihoods related issues under the guidance of the supervisor
Prepare field reports and other relevant reports relating to livelihoods and make recommendations for interventions that enhance refugee economic inclusion
Liaise with partners and relevant Ministries and Municipalities on livelihoods related issues under the 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.
Perform any other related functions as required.
Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience required: Education
Completion of the Secondary Education with post-secondary training/certificate in economics, business administration, socio-economic development, financial management or other related fields.
University degree in the field of economics, business administration, socio-economic development, financial management or other related fields.
Professional Work Experience
Minimum 3 years of previous job experience relevant to the function: Experience working with private sector, NGOs, UN organizations, and government authorities in sub-sectors relevant to livelihood engagement 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 in partnership with private sector, NGOs, UN organizations, 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.
Experience managing relevant studies, including socio-economic assessments, livelihoods and market analyses;
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.
In-depth knowledge of the labor market in Greece;
Established network with the corporate sector, private foundations, etc.
Required Qualifications and Competencies
Excellent knowledge of English and Greek is essential and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language is desirable.
General knowledge of issues pertaining persons of concern to UNHCR and UNHCR’s protection mandate.
Inter-personal and communication skills with positive teamwork attitude.
Excellent analytical and writing skills.
Strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation.
Cultural sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Tact, good diplomatic and negotiation skills.
Proven ability to work well under pressure, with positive anti stress coping mechanisms.
Previous experiences of working for persons of concern to UNHCR especially refugees in sites, and/or within the inter-agency context are considered as an asset.
The duration of the assignment is until 31st December 2020 (with possibility of extension).
The closing date for submission is 09 November 2020 (Midnight, Geneva).
No late applications will be accepted.
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
Shortlisted candidates might be required to sit for a written test and will have to undergo an oral interview.
UNHCR is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees).