Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Livelihoods n Economic Inclusion Associate, G6, TA, San Jose, Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica (BB-D83E5)

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Job Title: Job ID: Livelihoods n Economic Inclusion Associate, G6, TA


Location: San Jose, Costa Rica

Salary Grade: Hardship Level: A

Family Location Type: Family

Eligible Applicants

Los candidatos deben estar legalmente presentes en Costa Rica al momento de la solicitud, reclutamiento y contratación. Solo los candidatos que tengan una residencia permanente en Costa Rica serán considerados elegibles.

Duties and Qualifications


  • Explore partnerships with relevant stakeholders to enhance economic inclusion of UNHCR PoC. This includes working with economic development agencies to adapt their programmes to become inclusive of UNHCR PoC, working with the private sector to enhance inclusion of UNHCR PoC in their labour force and supply chains, working with financial service providers to enhance financial inclusion, and working with public and private sector service providers to include UNHCR PoC in supporting services (business development, micro-finance, training, saving accounts, poverty alleviation and social protection, etc.).
  • Work with the multi-functional team, more specifically with the Protection Unit, to collect information about the legal framework for the right to work and rights at work.
  • Support the implementation of socioeconomic and wealth ranking surveys to inform targeting, monitoring and facilitation of the engagement of development programmes.
  • Participate in necessary assessments in collaboration with relevant private and public stakeholders, including impact assessments on local economies and surveys that help to inform interventions and identify investment and funding opportunities that enhance the economic inclusion of UNHCR PoC.
  • In case UNHCR is implementing specific livelihoods activities, work closely with and provide technical assistance on livelihoods interventions to help ensure they are market-based, and that the role of UNHCR has been strategically determined in consideration of its comparative advantage vis-Ã -vis other partners.
  • Liaise with partners and authorities on livelihoods related issues under the technical guidance of the supervisor.
  • Prepare field reports and other relevant reports relating to livelihoods and make recommendations for interventions that enhance refugee economic inclusion to the designated officer.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

    Education & Professional Work Experience:

  • For G6 - 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

    Field(s) of Education:

  • Management, Economics, Financial Management, Agriculture or other relevant field.

    Relevant Job Experience


    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 private sector, NGOs, UN organisations, and government authorities in sub-sectors relevant to livelihood programming e.g. microfinance, employment, entrepreneurship, private sector development, local economic development, poverty reduction, agriculture, livestock, vocational and technical education and training, etc.


    Prior exposure to UNHCR refugee operations and functions relating to office administration and programme activities. Knowledge about latest development in the livelihoods sector, including broader UN processes on the SDGs and the Global Compact on Refugees. Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of the position.

    Functional Skills

  • EX-Experience with Inter/Non-Governmental Organization (INGO/NGO)
  • LV-Livelihoods & sub-sectors (value-chain upgrading, microfinance, cash assistance, etc.)
  • EX-Field experience

    Language Requirements:

  • Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

    Core Competencies

  • Accountability Communication Organizational Awareness Teamwork & Collaboration Commitment to Continuous Learning Client & Result Orientation

    Managerial Competencies

    Empowering and Building Trust

    Cross-Functional Competencies

    Analytical Thinking Planning and Organizing Stakeholder Management

    See below for this postion's Operational Context

    Costa Rica is a country with a longstanding commitment to human rights. It has been a model in the region on refugee protection and integration schemes and is a leader in seeking to end statelessness. In the past four years, Costa Rica has become an asylum country for refugees from the main displacement situations in the Americas (Nicaragua, Venezuela and Northern Central America), and a transit one for persons in mixed migration movements from other continents. As of November 2020, Costa Rica hosted over 93,000 asylum seekers, refugees and other persons of concern. In the aftermath of socio-political unrest and violence in Nicaragua in April 2018, Costa Rica became the main reception country for an unprecedented number of Nicaraguan refugees. To date more than 84,000 Nicaraguan asylum seekers have or are waiting to apply for asylum, nearly 94 percent of the total caseload comprising the five groups. Current arrival trends indicate that by the end of 2020, there could be as many as 100,000 Nicaraguan asylum seekers in the country. The recent large influx of asylum seekers has not only taxed the capacity of the authorities to process and assist persons of concern, but also UNHCRÂ's operation. To adequately support the Government in its response and ensure protection and assistance to asylum seekers, the UNHCR operations budget tripled in the past year and its personnel increased from 16 to 81 staff. The establishment of a Field Office near the border with Nicaragua has been part of this period of rapid change and adaptation, requiring the reorganization of the operation to deliver, including in the context of L1 and L2 declarations. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a worrying impact on the possibility of refugee and asylum seeker population to meet their basic needs, such as nutrition, shelter and self-reliance.

    UNHCR key activities involve registration, border monitoring, community-based protection to identify particularly vulnerable individuals, case management, counselling, CBI interventions, health insurance, livelihoods and peaceful coexistence projects through its partners or directly.

    Organizational Setting and Work Relationships: The Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Associate will work under the direct supervision of the Assistant Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Officer. The incumbent will support in operationalizing the strategic vision to align livelihoods and economic inclusion efforts with the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), which underscores the need to mobilize additional actors and to adopt a whole-of-society approach to strengthen refugee self-reliance and help ease pressure on host countries.

    The Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Associate will collaborate closely with livelihoods partners, government agencies, private sector and financial service providers as well as other relevant stakeholders to enhance the economic inclusion and improve self-reliance of both persons of concern (PoC) and host community members. The incumbent will also be expected to deliberately explore opportunities of collaboration with other UNHCR cross cutting areas such as the UNHCR Field Office in Upala, protection, education, cash, partnerships, research and analytics, SGBV, solutions, complementary pathways and more. To document good practices, results and to generate knowledge, the Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Associate will work closely with the supervisor to build on UNHCR databases and support regular information sharing and coordination among different humanitarian, developmental and governmental stakeholders. S/he will assist to mobilize socioeconomic inclusion efforts directed to refugees of different age, gender and background and to ensure that all stakeholders well understand the potential of economic inclusion of refugees and host community members, and to help communicate opportunities to PoC.

    If you wish to be considered for this vacancy, please submit your application according the following instructions: HOW TO APPLY

    Internal candidates:

  • Your application must be submitted by: MSRP - Self-Service - Recruiting - Careers - Costa Rica -NAME OF THE POSITION

    External candidates:

  • Candidates who do NOT have access to the system must submit their application through UNHCR's official application site:
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    For any technical problems encountered during the online application, please contact the Global Service Desk () prior to the deadline to allow sufficient time to resolve the issues. For any questions regarding the selection process, please contact Human Resources ().


    We are committed to maintaining diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity and culture. Persons belonging to minority groups, persons with special abilities, men and women, are encouraged to apply for vacancies. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

    We do not confirm receipt of applications or report on the status of the process. Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview and possibly a written test.

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