UNHCR Job in Kenya, Livelihood Officer, Dadaab, Apply Now

December 19, 2016 by Stuffzoom

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Last modified December 19, 2016

The Livelihood Officer effectuates the livelihood strategy in the Dadaab Operation. The incumbent plays a key role in the implementation and consolidation of Livelihood Strategy in Dadaab to ensure improvement in the current situation whereby livelihood projects only engage about 0. 6% of the registered population (aged 18+ years). The position will be instrumental in leading the expansion of livelihood support activities through increased investments in order to meet the needs of a significant number of refugees and the set objectives of this important protection intervention. In addition, the position will ensure that UNHCR prepares refugees for solutions to their socio- economic problems when they repatriate, resettle or integrate locally.

Therefore the post requires a mix of training, strategic planning skills in addition to innovation and creativity. Excellent skills in report writing, preparing proposal, planning and evaluating programmes and field monitoring are essential. The incumbent must also possess good management skills within this complex and demanding environment.



– A UNHCR livelihood strategy for the Dadaab Operation is developed and implemented.
– The age, gender and diversity approach is integrated in livelihood activities in the Dadaab Operation.
– Livelihood activities have a measureable protection impact.
– Programme delivery, monitoring, evaluation and reporting carried out efficiently, rigorously and transparently in compliance with UNHCR guidelines and procedures.
– Impact assessment/evaluation is developed for each livelihood’s programs and activities (improved refugee skills level, household income generation, and household employment creation reduced vulnerability).


– Lead and Coordinate the implementation of the livelihood strategy.
– Set performance baseline targets and monitor impact indicators for the livelihood objectives in the Operations Plan.
– Conduct sectoral gaps analysis, develop work plan and activities.
– Establish a livelihoods working group involving national government, donors, other experts and implementing partners.
– Coordinate the development of a livelihood strategy for refugee communities in Dadaab and ensure that the livelihood strategy is integrated in the Operations Continuity Plan for Dadaab.
– Develop an appropriate plan of action in support of refugee livelihoods for the first 6-12 months of the strategy implementation time-frame.
– Develop a contextual analysis of the current socio-economic situation of the target population and surrounding areas by identifying the need for necessary assessments (i.e. HEA, market/value chain etc.) and selecting suitable partners to conduct these assessments, defined in order to meet the objective of reducing food assistance and increasing self-reliance.
– Provide technical assistance to the development of UNHCR’s and IP’s livelihoods projects within the framework of an approved strategy.
– Review and providing technical guidance to the project proposals submitted by Implementing Partners (IPs), and guide and monitor livelihoods activities/programmes for refugees in line with UNHCR policies, mainstreaming gender, age and diversity.
– Identify opportunities and solutions to challenges identified in the assessment report for access to legal employment, vocational training and micro credit, and advice on means to develop the local livelihood resources and social infrastructure.
– Proactively seeking new opportunities for effective partnership building and resource mobilisation amongst donors.
– Promote cooperation with national institutes, government and NGOs, in supporting livelihoods activities for refugees.
– Maintain updated information on issues and policy changes that may affect livelihood opportunities for refugees, and ongoing measures by the Government and other institutions that can affect or contribute to the achievement of strategic goals for refugee livelihoods.
– Develop cooperation arrangements with selected services providers operating i.e. business training teams and bodies, business development services and micro-finance institutions at Dadaab level.
– Organize and manage workshops assessment, group’s discussions, seminar, training and counselling sessions on local integration, self-reliance and micro-finance with a view to empower the refugees and local host community.
– Develop joint agriculture and livestock projects with the host community in order for the refugees to maximize on the benefits.
– Design livelihood trainings that will prepare refugees for repatriation and reintegration in their home countries.


– Take decisions on the appropriate coordination mechanism for the implementation of the livelihood strategy.
– Make decisions on income generating project proposals submitted by refugee wishing to access livelihoods support initiatives made available to them by UNHCR.
– Make resource management decisions up to level delegated by her/his supervisor.
– Make liaison and coordination decisions to ensure effective co-operation  with government and county counterparts, the humanitarian community including NGOs, UN agencies and civil society to ensure the promotion of livelihood support initiatives.
– Decide on type and level of capacity building training to be provided to partners and refugees on livelihood support.


– University Degree in Agriculture, Rural Development, Business Administration, Economics, Natural Resource Management or related field.
– Minimum 8 years previous relevant work experience of which at least two years at International level in field operations.
– Field based professional work in a humanitarian context.
– Excellent knowledge of English.


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