Livelihoods Officer, Kigali, Rwanda

By | September 1, 2018

Livelihoods Officer, Kigali, Rwanda

Closing date: Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Job Title: Livelihoods Officer

Job ID: 15786

Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Salary Grade: P3

Hardship Level: A

Family Location Type: Family

Procedures and Eligibility

Before submitting an application, UNHCR staff members intending to apply to this Job Opening are requested to consult the Recruitment and Assignments Policy (RAP, UNHCR/HCP/2017/2 and the Recruitment and Assignments Administrative Instruction (RAAI), UNHCR/AI/2017/7 OF 15 August 2017.

Duties and Qualifications

Livelihoods Officer


The Livelihoods Officer has a key role in the implementation and consolidation of Refugee Livelihoods Strategy. S/he will be an important member of UNHCR office in the country that is involved in the implementation of livelihoods programmes and explore new livelihoods opportunities. S/he should be proactive, always looking for new opportunities, having economic and social sensibility; convincing in donor and partner mobilization, and able to take initiatives. The incumbent will provide much needed local knowledge to develop the local livelihoods strategies and social infrastructure to develop and sustain Refugee Livelihoods.

The Livelihoods Officer will receive guidance and direction from the Representative / Head of Office and normally report to the Assistant Representative (Programme) or a Senior Programme or Operations Officer.



  • UNHCR’s country operation has sufficient support in the field of livelihoods thus better able to meet the needs of persons of concern.Responsibility (process and functions undertaken to achieve results)
  • Develop and implement UNHCR Livelihoods Strategy in the area of responsibility.
  • Conduct, facilitate and support wealth ranking surveys for refugee population.
  • Advocate with public and private services providers operating in the country to provide services to UNHCR persons of concerns i.e. business development services, micro-finance institutions, training institutes, banks, business incubators, poverty alleviation programmes etc.
  • Support the regular sharing of livelihoods related information among different humanitarian, developmental and governmental stakeholders.
  • Strengthen, guide and monitor the different livelihoods interventions under the UNHCR programme and ensure compliance with UNHCR Minimum Criteria for Livelihoods programming.
  • Utilize efficient targeting techniques to graduate vulnerable refugees out of poverty.
  • Design and implement, in cooperation with national government, implementing partners, and UNHCR representation office, a custom-made annual operation plan within the framework of the approved livelihoods strategy.
  • Build a strong relationship with the relevant government stakeholders to enhance their ownership of the livelihoods programme initiated by UNHCR.
  • Maintain close contacts with partners both in public, private and NGO sectors in order to harmonize activities relating to promotion of livelihoods activities.
  • Perform any other related functions as required.Authority
  • Enforce livelihoods strategies and guidelines.
  • Represent UNHCR in the meetings and for a related to the functions.ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
  • Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Economics, Business Administration, Socio-economic Development, rural Development, Financial Management or other related fields plus minimum 6 years of previous work experience relevant to the function. Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s) plus 5 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 4 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
  • Technical competencies in sub-sectors relevant to livelihoods programming e.g. microfinance, employment, entrepreneurship, private sector development, local economic development, poverty reduction, agriculture, livestock, vocational and technical education and training, etc.
  • Experience in working effectively with private sector, international and national NGOs and UN organisations, and with government authorities at national level.
  • Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
  • For National Officer positions, very good knowledge of local language and local institutions is essential.DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES
  • Completion of UNHCR Protection Learning Programme (PLP) and/or the Operations Management Learning Programme (OMLP).
  • Experience with UNHCR standards and indicators, and/or projects related to the millennium development goals.
  • UNHCR Field experience.
  • Knowledge and exposure to the social and cultural values of the region concerned.
  • Knowledge of additional UN languages.This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR Livelihoods Officer positions. 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.

Position Competencies

  • C001L3 – Accountability Level 3
  • C002L3 – Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
  • C003L3 – Communication Level 3
  • C004L3 – Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
  • C005L3 – Client & Result Orientation Level 3
  • C006L3 – Organizational Awareness Level 3
  • M001L3 – Empowering and Building Trust Level 3
  • M003L3 – Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
  • M006L3 – Managing Resources Level 3
  • X001L3 – Analytical Thinking Level 3
  • X005L3 – Planning and Organizing Level 3
  • X008L3 – Stakeholder Management Level 3

Additional Information

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Additional Information

For those people applying for High Risk Duty Stations, we strongly encourage colleagues to read the country specific security and welfare profiles which can be found on the Intranet under Support Services – Duty of Care ( These profiles have been specifically designed to answer some of the key questions (on security conditions, medical provisions, staff welfare, living and working conditions) potential applicants might have before deciding to apply. Ensuring staff are better informed is part of the increased attention UNHCR is paying to Duty of Care. This project is still in the pilot phase, and as such some of the information leaflets are being produced as we speak and might not be available yet. They will be soon, so keep checking.

Desirable Attributes

The Livelihoods Officer plays a key role in the implementation and consolidation of Livelihoods projects in line with the joint UNHCR and the Government of Rwanda’ economic inclusion strategy and the CRRF approaches. The Livelihoods Officer is instrumental in spearheading the efforts to create the favorable conditions to promote livelihoods activities in and around refugee camps. The ideal candidate must be a dynamic, multi-functional person, who supports UNHCR with professionalism, dedication and client orientation. The person must have a large degree of international experience, particularly managing wide ranging partnerships, including the private sector. Furthermore, the Livelihoods Officer must be able to maintain an ecosystem of partners in Rwanda in order to generate synergies and ensure alignment between the interests of multiple stakeholders across the governmental, private, and civil society sectors.

Current Situation

The UNHCR Representation Office in Rwanda principally consists of a refugee population (mainly refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo who have been on the Rwandan territory since 1996 and Burundian refugees who have been arriving in the country further to the volatile situation in Burundi since April 2015) as well as a significant returnee population of Rwandan refugees returning after many years in exile. It is composed of the Branch Office in Kigali, Field Offices in Butare, Byumba, Cyangugu, Gisenyi, Kibuye and a Sub-Office in Kirehe. It hosts approximately 166,195 refugees in three protracted refugee camps, namely Nyabiheke and Gihembe (managed by Byumba Office) as well as Kiziba (managed by Kibuye Office), three new refugee camps, namely Kigeme and Mugombwa (managed by Butare Office) as well as Mahama (managed by Kirehe Office), and urban settings (Kigali and Huye). Since April 2015, UNHCR has reception centers in Bugesera, Gatore and Nyanza for Burundian refugees and transit centres in Kijote and Nyarushishi for returnees from DRC. The reception centre in Nyanza also serves as a transit center for Rwandan returnees from DRC.

Working and Living Conditions

The Republic of Rwanda is a small landlocked country in the Great Lakes region of east-central Africa, bordered by Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania. UNHCR enjoys cordial working relations with Government Officials, other UN Agencies and Partners. Basic health facilities are available with a UN Dispensary that can provide 1st Aid assistance and guidance. Domestic supplies are available on the market. Housing conditions in the capital Kigali are of good standard and rents are reasonable. There are good international schools existing in Kigali at the primary and secondary levels. The main airport in Kigali has several international flights with easy connections to the region.

Security Considerations

The UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is charged with overall UN agency and staff security. The general security situation in Rwanda remains cautiously calm. The Security level for Rwanda is SL1.

Additional Factors

Knowledge of French would be an asset.

Closing Date

Please note that the closing date for all vacancies in the Add.4 to March 2018 Compendium is Wednesday 5 Septembe 2018 (midnight Geneva time).