Job Title: Livelihoods Associate Vacancy Notice: LICA/KEN/NBI/19/007 - Internal/External Position Number UNOPS
Location: Nairobi Position Grade: LICA-6 Closing Date: 2019-08-13
Organizational Context

The Office of the UNHCR was established on 14 December 1950 by the UN General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safe-guard the rights and well-being of asylum-seekers and refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to take advantage of a third country solution, including resettlement in a third country (

The operational context at Branch Office Nairobi is urban-centered: in total, some 75,000 asylum-seekers and refugees are living within Nairobi and other urban areas.  57.5% are within the working age. Though the majority of urban refugees in Kenya reside in Nairobi, there is a sizable population of urban refugees in Mombasa, and as well as inflow from border areas.

While overall the Government of Kenya has maintained an open-door policy with regards to new arrivals, the refugee protection environment in Kenya remains volatile. While the Government has committed itself to apply the principles of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework and endorsed the Global Compact on Refugees in December 2018, the Government wants to see the Dadaab Refugee Complex closed and the number of Somali refugees significantly reduced. In addition, it continues to apply an encampment policy, not in favour of refugees living in urban areas. Insecurity in Kenya has often been associated with refugees’ presence in the country. While these allegations remain unfounded,there have been ongoing arrests and harassment facing refugees. While the government made arrests of a few individuals associated with terrorism in the camps in the past couple years, the overwhelming majority of refugees in the country remain innocent and law-abiding.

Economically, refugees face numerous challenges. Livelihood opportunities for refugees in urban areas continue to dwindle due to limited access to income-generating activities,micro-loans, stringent criteria for acquiring work permits, lack of skills, and stiff business competition environment in urban centers. Access to national and county government social services remain a challenge. As a result, refugees are subjected to poor standards of living; this has a direct negative impact on the well-being of UNHCR’s Persons of Concern.

Refugees have assets and skills. The majority of them are working in the informal sector due to lack of documentation. Refugee entrepreneurs are excluded from the financial system which let them struggle to expand and take part in the local market. UNHCR and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC, UNHCR implementing partner) work towards self-reliance and the well-being of the refugees through various programs.

The current livelihoods unit consists of a livelihoods officer and an assistant livelihoods officer. The unit oversees the livelihoods programme country-wide.

The unit works closely with different livelihoods partners, social-enterprises and the private sector


-       Success stories documented.

-       Briefing kit on the artisan sector developed.

-       Tools for referral is developed.

-    Selection criteria for targeting is developed


Under the supervision of the Livelihoods Officer, the incumbent will carry out the following duties;

-       Contribute to the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the livelihoods strategy and related programmes. Strategies should drive towards empowerment of the various refugee and local groups and improve access to basic rights in the area of livelihoods (vocational training,micro-credit, financial assistance, job placements, climate smart agriculture,business licences etc.).

-       Support staff and partners in reporting.

-       Support staff in developing concept notes.

-       Support in coordination and management of the artisan sector (MADE51 – www.MADE51.ORG ). Follow-up with suppliers and with refugee artisans. Manage the stock with partners/refugees and assist in developing management tools for the artisan project. Coordinate the online market platform. Follow up closely with the social-enterprises and implementing partners on the on-going projects.

-       Coordinate with MADE51 team based in Geneva.

-       Assist the staff in documenting success stories.

-       Participate in updating, implementation and monitoring of livelihoods related documents.

-       Assist in building relationship with social-enterprises.

-       Support staff in developing tools for referrals.

-       Assist in the capacity building of partners.

-       Support the staff with innovative ideas.

-       Support the unit in the coordination of the livelihoods activities.

-       Support the unit with the collection and analysis of livelihoods data.

-       Support the unit and the implementing partner with the mainstreaming of LGBTI in the livelihoods program.

-       Support the livelihoods team, in the coordination with community-based protection unit for all related community-based projects i.e. community outreach, community-based organisations… etc.

-    Technical support missions to Kakuma and Dadaab on needs basis.





-       Liaise and maintain contacts with partners both in public, private and NGO sectors relating to livelihoods activities.

-     Provide input and make recommendations for livelihoods programming processes and planning.

Essential Minimum Qualifications and Experience

-           Bachelor’s degree in social science, business management or any related studies.

-        Minimum of 3 years’ experience preferably with refugees in social-work, community work, entrepreneurship,micro-enterprises, private sector, social enterprise, business development.

-                 Excellent communicator with strong interpersonal skills.

-                 Proven ability to manage multiple tasks. 

-                 Proven ability to manage teams.

-                 Fluency in English, including excellent drafting skills.  


(In offices where the working language is not English, excellent knowledge of working language of duty station and working knowledge of English.)

Desirable Qualifications & Competencies

-Previous experience in UNHCR.

-Previous experience in Project Management.

-Previous experience in stakeholder liaison activities.



-       Integrity


-       Professionalism


-       Respect for Diversity


Core Competencies

-       Accountability


-       Team Work & Collaboration


-       Communication


-       Commitment to Continuous Learning


-       Client & Results Orientation


-       Organizational Awareness


Cross– Functional Competencies

-       Analytical Thinking


-       Innovation & Creativity

-    Technological Awareness

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