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Senior Livelihoods & Economic Inclusion Associate (Temporary Appointment) - Ankara

Ankara (Turkey)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Ankara (Turkey)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Economics
    • Poverty Reduction
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-23

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This position is open to applications from Group 1, Group 2 and all external candidates, provided that requirements regarding professional experience, academic qualifications, language, etc. are fulfilled.

External candidates must be legally present in Turkey at the time of application, recruitment and hire. Non-Turkish citizens are required to submit a valid Turkish residence permit to be considered.
Your application will NOT be considered if;
-      The application form is not duly filled.
-      The questionnaire at the end of the application form is not answered. (for external candidates)
-      A valid residence permit is not attached to the application. (for non-Turkish external candidates only) Senior Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Associate

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Senior 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. S/he supervises some support staff.

The Senior 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 Senior 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). The incumbent will maintain existing and explore new partnerships and advise on advocacy initiatives to improve access to livelihoods and economic inclusion opportunities in the context.

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 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.).
- 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.
- Coordinate with other UNHCR sectors (energy and environment, child protection, gender, community services, education etc.) to ensure that the developed livelihoods work plan deliberately integrates protection safeguards and includes other possible relevant and innovative practices that may benefit PoCs.  
- 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.
- Evaluate submitted concept notes and other project documents to ensure that these conform to UNHCR's quality standards, regulations and internal requirements before approval by senior management.
- Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For G7 - 4 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Certificates and/or Licenses
Business Management, Socio-Economics Development, Economics/International Economics, Rural Development, 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
EX-Experience with Inter/Non-Governmental Organization (INGO/NGO)
LV-Livelihoods & sub-sectors (value-chain upgrading, microfinance, cash assistance, etc.)
EX-Field experience

Language Requirements

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. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a test. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. No late applications will be accepted.

UNHCR is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from qualified candidates regardless of disability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.
Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees).


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. The monthly net salary is between TRY 13,408  and TRY 16,829 depending on relevant experience, dependency status and language proficiency. For more information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the Office of HR Management of United Nations.
See below for this postion's Operational Context
======================================================================================================== I. Nature of the Position

   In June 2015, Turkey became the world's largest refugee-hosting country and currently with some 3.6 million Syrian refugees and over 360,000 non-Syrians of concern to UNHCR. In this    
context, UNHCR has been working in support of the Government of Turkey in the establishment of systems, procedures, capacities and principles to ensure delivery of international protection in 
the years to come.
Current operational circumstances require long working hours. The incumbent must have an expertise in livelihoods, development, economic inclusion and social assistance with skills for monitoring and evaluation. This demands a regular cross analysis of the socio-economic situation encompassing formal and informal sectors in Turkey with a various data, including the impact of the COVID-19 situation on the local economy and in particular, the persons of concern. The incumbent should have a solid understanding of the role of social assistance to vulnerable people, and the ways to transition them to employment and the role of livelihood in social cohesion. Some experience in working on social entrepreneurship and cooperatives is an asset.

II. Interaction with Persons of Concern or External Stakeholders

    This position require setting and implementing a complex livelihoods strategy in support of persons under temporary and international protection in Turkey, working with the governmental and private entities and the other development organizations, including ISKUR, World Bank and UNDP among others.
Given the cultural, political, ethnical sensitivities on the ground and the diverse team, the incumbent must have strong interpersonal, networking, negotiating and diplomatic skills, demonstrate analytical and strategic thinking and be able to manage a consensus and participatory team building. The incumbent is expected to have an in-depth knowledge of a result-based framework including the use of theory of change and a problem-solving approach.
The incumbent should have experience of working with refugees, national institutions, partners, NGOs, donors, civil societies, private sectors, refugee-hosting communities and the UN system in complex settings. 

III. Reporting and Managerial Expectations

     The experience of working with the chambers of commerce and private sector is an asset. The incumbent must be a manger with strong communication and negotiation skills to be able to advocate positive changes.

IV. Additional Languages, Skills and Qualifications

     One or more of the refugees' languages (such as Arabic, Farsi) is an asset.

Living and Working Conditions:

Ankara is an A duty station. The access to accommodation, supply and transport facilities is at high level.The incumbent is expected to find an accommodation independently or as in most cases assisted by real estate agents. The closing date of the job opening is 23 September 2021.

Temporary Appointment for a period of 6 months with the possibility of extension.
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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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