Job Title: Assistant Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer (Fresher UN Jobs)

Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About Us:

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950, by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is to lead and co-ordinate action for international protection to refugees; seek permanent solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard refugee rights and well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning issues of statelessness, as it is given a designated role under Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

Job Summary:

UNHCR requires an Assistant Livelihoods Specialist to strengthen the MGLSD’s technical capacity to rollout the JLIRP and steer its implementation in collaboration with relevant Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, UN agencies, Development Partners, Local and International NGOs, the private sector, and the refugee Livelihoods and Resilience Sector Working Group (LRSWG). The Assistant Livelihoods Specialist at the JLRIP secretariat will strengthen JLRIP’s coordination and support the integration of the plan into national and district-level development plans and priorities. He/she will also monitor the implementation of the plan and strengthen linkages and collaboration with the LRSWG and settlement-level coordination structures.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

The specific roles and responsibilities of the Assistant Livelihood Specialist include but are not limited to:

  • Facilitating the development of Annual plans for the JLIRP in consultation with staff at MGLSD
  • Organizing quarterly meetings of the National Steering Committee of the JLIRP and follow up on agreed actions.
  • Collaborating with the LRSWG and its thematic coordination structures.
  • Exploring entry points to enhance the legal, policy, regulatory, and administrative environment for economic inclusion of refugees and host communities.
  • Organizing workshops and systemic engagements to integrate the JLIRP into sectoral priorities and district development plans and budgets.
  • Establishing a robust stakeholder engagement and partnership mechanism to enhance collaboration for implementation of the JLRIP.
  • In collaboration with UNHCR, other UN agencies, and the LRSWG, undertake a comprehensive analysis of sector performance and monitor the implementation of the JLIRP.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • The applicant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Assistant Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer should have one year of relevant experience with an Undergraduate degree; or no experience with a Graduate degree; or no experience with a Doctorate degree.
  • 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 the private sector, NGOs, UN organizations, 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.
  • Experience working with the government.
  • Knowledge of the Uganda refugee management approach.
  • Analytical Thinking.
  • Stakeholder Management.
  • Planning and Organizing.
  • Fluency in English.


  • Knowledge about the latest developments in the livelihoods sector, including broader UN processes on the SDGs and the Global Compact on Refugees.
  • Empowering and Building Trust.
  • Managing Resources.
  • Judgement and Decision Making.

NB: Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential.

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) should apply online at the link below: Click Here to Apply

Deadline: 29th February 2024

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