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  • Posted: Nov 19, 2019
    Deadline: Dec 2, 2019
  • UNHCR was created in 1950, during the aftermath of the Second World War, to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes. We had three years to complete our work and then disband. Today, over 65 years later, our organization is still hard at work, protecting and assisting refugees around the world.
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    Assistant Livelihoods Officer

    Position Number: 2019/VA/042a
    Location: Ogoja - Cross River
    Category: Livelihood
    Grade: NOA
    Duration of Contract: Three Months
    Contract Type: Temporary Appointment

    Context, Duties and Responsibilities

    Operational Context:

    • Since September 2017, UNHCR Nigeria has been receiving increasing number of refugees fleeing conflict in North West and South West Regions in Cameroon. In March 2018, the Government of Nigeria granted a two-years Temporary Protection Status (TPS) to all Cameroonians fleeing conflict and seeking asylum in Nigeria.
    • To date 35,700 Cameroonian refugees have been registered by the government through its National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) with technical support from UNHCR. These refugees are hosted in border communities in four states, namely; Akwa Ibom, Benue, Cross River State and Taraba, with Cross River State hosting over 85% of the refugee population. Of this population, close to 14,000 are currently in three refugee settlements established in Anyake (soon to be relocated to Ikyogen) in Benue State, Adagom (1&2) and Okende in Cross River State respectively. Additional three settlements are currently planned and being developed in Adagom 3, Oban (Akampka) and Buya (Obanlinku) in Cross River State to facilitate relocation of refugees from urban and border communities closer to the border with Cameroon, decongest over crowdedness in existing settlements of Adagom and Okende and better serve the refugees.
    • Most of the refugees reside within local communities, many of whom wish to relocate to settlements where adequate protection and assistance can be accessed. About 50% (17,427) of the refugee population is made up of adults. A total of slightly over 7,000 reside in refugee settlements in Adagom, Okende and Anyake. These adults depend solely on Cash Based Interventions for their livelihoods, which is not enough to meet their basic needs. Furthermore, with funding sources becoming scarce it is better to engage the adults to utilise their skills and talents to generate income for themselves so that they become independent from relying on CBI.
    • The proximity of the settlements to the host community offer several opportunities to the refugees to engage in livelihood activities to supplement their CBI support which will start to be gradually reduced in September the resources will be channelled incrementally through livelihood opportunities.

    Functional Statement:

    • Ensure the operation is within the 2019-2023 UNHCR Global Agenda for Economic Inclusion.   
    • Support the development and implementation of the country-specific Economic Inclusion Strategy and advising on the design and implementation of livelihoods and economic inclusion programmes.   
    • Coordinate with respective stakeholders the approach for livelihoods programming that is specifically targeting refugees.   
    • Support the development and implementation, together with Protection and External Relations Sections, of a practical and realistic advocacy strategy on refugee livelihoods opportunities and rights.   
    • Conduct facilitate and support wealth ranking surveys for refugee population.
    • Explore partnerships with NGOs, Government, training institutions, employment services centres, UN agencies, and private sector.
    • Work closely with and provide technical assistance to UNHCR partners implementing livelihoods programmes.   
    • 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 other related duties as required.
    • Represent UNHCR at the appropriate level in consultations with the government offices and partners concerning the inclusion of livelihoods and local integration of refugees into their recovery and development policies and plans.
    • Decide which issues identified through monitoring and consultations with refugee and partners to be raised with senior management.

    Essential Minimum Qualifications

    • University degree in Development studies (Business Management, Socio-Economics Development, Economics/International Economics, Rural Development, Financial Management or other relevant field. Advanced University Degree (equivalent of a master’s or Doctorate degree) is highly desirable.
    • At least 1 year of relevant professional experience with proven 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 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. 

    Desirable Qualifications & Competencies:

    • Knowledge about latest development in the livelihoods sector, including broader UN processes on the SDGs and the Global Compact on Refugees.
    • Post graduate specialization in sustainable livelihoods.
    • Proven experience working in an UN inter-agency context, development/multilateral organization, rural development agencies/enterprise and in nurturing partnership.
    • Knowledge of donors and resource mobilization.
    • Experience working with farmers associations and or farmers groups.   
    • Experience working with district authorities on planning livelihood projects.
    • Knowledge of the UN system.

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    Assistant CCCM Officer

    Position number: 10032569      

    Grade: NOA

    Contract Type/Duration:Fixed Term Appointment / One Year

    Duty Station:Maiduguri, Borno state, Nigeria


    Operational Context:
    The Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Officer P1/NOA is a focal point for camp management activities in designated LGA in North East and reports to the CCCM Officer P3 in Maiduguri.   The incumbent supports the office strategy of enhancement of IDP response program through an integrated approach working closely with Protection, Programme and field-based staff.
    The incumbent will undertake missions to all Local Government Areas where the office’s integrated IDP interventions are taking place making direct contact with the target population to assess needs and to monitor the response while staying abreast of challenges and opportunities posed by the local political, economic and socio-cultural context impacting on project implementation.

    The CCCM Officer assists in the design and preparation of the Office CCCM interventions, by ensuring that it is based on consultations and actual needs of affected population. To achieve this, the incumbent will aim at strengthening Implementing Partners’ and other stake holders’ capacity, including local authorities, in CCCM principles, approaches, operational standards and tools.

    The CCCM Officer P1/NOA will be part of the protection Team and ensure that camp governance structure, data collection

    Achieving his responsibilities will be continuous relation with services providers (shelter, wash, protection, health, nutrition, GBV, child protection) but also with local authorities (Camp management, Camp administration), IDPs, donors

    Functional Statement:

    • Assist the supervisor in ensuring that UNHCR delivers on its commitments and accountability as co-lead of the Global CCCM Cluster, which in turn can support preparedness and provides the technical capabilities needed for timely, effective and well-coordinated interagency humanitarian response to needs of management and coordination in camp and camp-like settings.
    • Provide advice for decision-making and operational responses relevant for CCCM at country-level and throughout the life-cycle of a crisis, ensure they are tailored to the country/regional context (such as guidelines, protection considerations).
    • Ensure staff and partners at country level can access guidance as well as the necessary tools, resources and support to recognize and respond effectively to the protection needs/risks of crisis-affected populations in the context of communal (camp and camp-like) settings throughout the cycle of a crisis.
    • If requested, represent UNHCR in inter-agency cluster processes, establish and maintain appropriate contacts with other UN agencies, NGOs and other actors in order to foster effective mechanisms to facilitate collaboration and exchange of information on IDP situations.
    • Partner with other humanitarian actors to contribute to the planning and evaluation of IDP cluster approaches to Camp Coordination and Management, ensuring that latest lessons learnt, and best practices are widely disseminated for replication
    • Monitor the living conditions of people of concern (PoC), define gaps and prioritize needs.
    • Maintain effective collaboration and communication with PoC, partners and key stakeholders, in line with the Global CCCM Cluster strategic framework.
    • Ensure clarification of roles and responsibilities amongst stakeholders in the site, for maintenance of site infrastructures with a focus on sustainability and community/local government ownership.
    • Support maintaining site information management systems and monitor service provision including cross-cutting services such as prevention and response to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), health, psychosocial support and HIV among others in all sectors according to agreed guidelines, standards and indicators.
    • Work with NGO and government partners to promote the use of a community-based approach to camp coordination and management and age, gender and diversity analysis in planning, evaluation and monitoring to ensure respect for the rights of all and gender equality. 
    • Represent UNHCR within interagency coordination bodies and at meetings on issues related to the displacement management in and out of camps and camp-like settings.
    • Support camp management agencies and local authorities as they facilitate the search for durable solutions for the displaced population.
    • Perform other related duties as required.                    


    • Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Law, Political Science, Economics, International Relations, Business Administration, Social Science or other relevant field plus minimum of 1 year of previous work experience relevant to the function. Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s) or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) may also be accepted.
    • Knowledge of camp and campsite-based monitoring.
    • Competent use of MS office
    • Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.


    • Diverse field experience desirable.
    • Good and timely reporting Skills.
    • Strong sense of personal integrity.
    • Attention to detail and ability to work in difficult environment.
    • Training in CCCM cluster coordination, emergency management.

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.


    Please be informed that this is a two-step application method for quality assurance reasons.



    If you wish to be considered for this vacancy, please prepare your letter of motivation, resume and signed Personal History Form.



    1. Please enter the following link to create a profile, apply and upload your letter of motivation, resume and signed Personal History Form AS ONE DOCUMENT. Kindly download your personal history form here:






    If you already have a profile, please update it to carry your relevant experience and do make sure to upload your personal history form before applying.



    1. Submit the application, resume and Personal history form (P11) via email by following the sample, which includes information on the Vacancy number, Position number, title of the Position, grade and location as exemplified below;



    “SUBJECT: Application for VN 2019/VA/033, Position No 10025913, Senior Information Management Assistant, G6, Abuja



    No late applications will be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be required to sit for a written test and/or oral interview. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees).

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