Assistant Livelihoods Officer



- UNHCR Syria Livelihoods Strategy is implemented effectively in accordance with the UNHCR Global Livelihoods Strategy.

- Livelihood projects and programmes are regularly monitored and reported upon in accordance with SOPs and established good practice.

Duties and Responsibilities:

- Maintain regular contact with, as well as provide effective guidance and technical support to, Livelihood Associates based in the various UNHCR Sub-/Field Offices.

- Keep abreast of all relevant UNHCR policies and strategies (e.g. Global Livelihoods Strategy, Guidance Note on Economic Inclusion for Persons of Concern etc.) and ensure compliance of all livelihoods projects and related interventions with the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS).

- Support the Livelihoods Officer with the implementation of the UNHCR Syria Livelihoods Strategy, including effective communication of priority programmes and interventions to audiences both within and external to UNHCR.

- Liaise with the Programme, Supply and External Relations Units in the Country Office on livelihoodsrelated procurement, budgeting and donor reporting issues.

- Contribute to the drafting, including periodic update, of relevant Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

- Facilitate the commissioning of market needs assessments, socio-economic surveys and programme evaluations including by contributing to the drafting of terms of reference and by undertaking technical reviews of reports.

- Participate in sector coordination meetings (e.g. Early Recovery and Livelihoods Sector; Food Security and Agriculture Sector etc.) and other working groups relevant to the work of the Livelihoods Unit, Country Office.

- Assist the Livelihoods Officer in all livelihoods-related and economic inclusion planning activities (e.g. preparation of Country Operation Plans).

- Ensure that all livelihood projects and programmes are regularly monitored and reported upon in accordance with SOPs and established good practice.

- Explore and recommend opportunities for strategic partnerships including based on the findings of relevant mapping exercises.

- Participate in periodic missions to Sub-/Field Offices located across the country to understand the operational context as it affects livelihood and economic inclusion opportunities for UNHCR persons of concern.

- Support the Livelihoods Officer with the organization of in-country training workshops as well as the hosting of consultation meetings with partners and other key stakeholders. - Perform any other related duties as required.


- The ALO will agree work-plans of staff in Livelihoods Unit, Country Office, for which s/he has direct line management responsibilities and will complete all necessary performance evaluations.

- The ALO will represent UNHCR in public meetings and other fora.


Required Education and Skills: Undergraduate (equivalent of a BA/BS) degree in Business Administration, Natural Resource Economics, Agriculture, Rural Development, Sociology, Economics, Food Science or related field.

Experience: - Minimum 1 year previous working experience relevant to the function.

Languages: - Excellent knowledge of English and local language.

Desirable Qualifications & Competencies:

- Familiarity with one or more of the humanitarian interventions for which UNHCR is the lead UN coordinating agency (i.e. Protection, Shelter and Core Relief Items/Non Food Items) is highly desirable.

Please apply in writing by completing and signing the Personal History Form (as per link below) and including an up to date CV as well as your motivation letter. Please also indicate the following vacancy announcement number, position title and location: UNHCR/VN/2018/84, Assistant Livelihoods Officer, Damascus

All applications must be submitted by e-mail to: indicating the vacancy number. No hard copies (paper applications) will be accepted. Applications received will not be acknowledged, only the successful candidates will be notified of the outcome of the competitive process, and will be invited for a written test and an interview. Non Syrian Arabs must attach their valid residence permit as well as a valid work permit. Applications received without these documents will not be considered. A Personal History Form is attached for ease of reference and can also be downloaded from the following link:

Deadline for Applications: 
Monday, November 12, 2018 - 00:00
Degree Required: 
Bachelor Degree
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Experience Required: 
Contract Type: 
Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 08:57