Livelihood Specialist - Tenders Global

Livelihood Specialist

  • Contract
  • Erbil
  • Posted 6 months ago


Job Description

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Since the liberation of the governorates of Anbar, Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa, and Salah al-Din from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in 2015, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with support from the Government of Iraq (GoI) and development partners, initiated the Funding Facility for Stabilization and Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programmes in 2014 and 2015, as part of the Stabilization Pillar. UNDP has since been actively utilizing these programs to lead stabilization efforts in these liberated governorates.

Furthermore, maintaining the gains achieved through UNDP’s stabilization interventions has necessitated the provision of meaningful and sustainable livelihoods and employment opportunities for returnees in these liberated areas. This has been a fundamental component in enhancing resilience, fostering economic recovery, and ensuring community stability. Therefore, the engagement of returnees in the rehabilitation and development of their communities through the creation of income-generating and sustainable employment opportunities has been of paramount importance for the long-term recovery of the liberated regions.

In pursuit of this goal, UNDP, with support from the Government of Germany, launched the Building Resilience through Employment Promotion (BREP) project in 2020. This five-year initiative is centred on bolstering the resilience of vulnerable communities by enhancing their economic empowerment and reconstructing damaged houses. The project prioritizes vulnerable areas within the governorates of Anbar, Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa, and Salah Al-Din. BREP provides Iraqis with short and medium-term employment opportunities, enhances their skills in economically promising sectors such as construction and agriculture, and contributes to the growth of the private sector by supporting small and medium enterprises.

Another complementary project to BREP is the Japanese Supplementary Budget (2022), which aims to assist small-scale farmers and micro/home-based food businesses vulnerable to food insecurity in Diyala. The primary objective is to help these entities maintain and improve their production while reducing food losses and waste. Through this project, small-scale farmers in Diyala Governorate will receive training and in-kind/cash grants to enhance their production capacities and adapt to climate-induced shocks, such as drought, in the plant and animal sub-sectors.

Over the years, through these programs, UNDP has made significant progress in stabilizing the five liberated governorates by restoring public services and infrastructure and providing access to meaningful livelihood opportunities. This has facilitated the safe and dignified return of displaced populations to their respective governorates and enabled them to rebuild their lives after the conflict.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1- Support programme strategies and ensure project activities are designed and implemented with strong technical soundness to enhance livelihoods and local economic recovery opportunities through focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Conduct thorough analysis and research of the country’s political, social and economic situation and provide substantive inputs to livelihood programmes/projects in the Country Office (CO).
  • Develop and update programme strategies, identifying the areas for support and interventions on the promotion of livelihoods and local economic recovery in line with the current context of Iraq.
  • Identify catalytic intervention opportunities for promoting livelihoods and economic resilience of the affected populations and ensure synergies with other relative CO programmes/projects to optimize the positive impacts of UNDP’s interventions.
  • Support the design of a detailed implementation plan for the identified interventions, including potential implementing partners, methodologies, and coordination mechanisms, per UNDP’s rules and regulations.
  • Ensure initiatives are coordinated with and complementary to other UNDP livelihood interventions, building synergies to achieve a greater impact of UNDP’s interventions.


2- Participate to the strategic coordination and partnerships with the key stakeholders, including the community leaders, the academics and the private sector, are established for successful implementation of the project activities and policy advocacy, including mobilization of resources and support (e.g., in-kind contribution, public-private partnerships), through focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Conduct analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on livelihood and economic recovery activities under BREP, and identify resource mobilization opportunities for expansion of project activities with active contribution to the overall programme effort in resource mobilization.
  • Provide policy advice to strengthen synergies and partnerships with other actors, such as the Government of Iraq through its Ministry of Agriculture, the private sector, and international organizations for greater positive impacts of the UNDP interventions.
  • Identify opportunities and provide technical inputs to promote innovative partnerships with non-traditional donors, such as academic institutions/universities and the private sector, including mobilization of their in-kind contribution or pro bono services in the framework of BREP activities.


3- Provide policy advice and technical inputs are provided to the respective stakeholders to ensure effective income-earning support, livelihood enhancement and economic recovery through focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Identifies the latest trends in socio-political situations and other relevant areas that can impact the delivery of the project results.
  • Support organizing roundtable discussions, press conferences, briefing sessions, interviews, launches, etc. UNDP’s livelihood and economic recovery interventions.
  • Support outreach and coordinate with UN System actors and other organizations in the livelihood and economic recovery field to create synergies and collaboration.
  • Identify and synthesize best practices and lessons learned directly linked to livelihood support projects worldwide.
  • Support the engagement of the community of practice in livelihood and economic recovery interventions, support knowledge sharing and documentation of best practice.
  • Provide capacity-building support to project and partner teams as requested.
  • Participate in Livelihood Cluster / Task Forces and other ad-hoc internal working groups on cross-cutting themes as requested.
  • Perform any other tasks as required by the Head of Stabilization / Programme Manager.

Institutional Arrangement:

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Head of Stabilization / FFS Programme Manager and in coordination with the Livelihood counterpart in Central Iraq, the Livelihood Specialist will support UNDP’s livelihood coordination and collaboration efforts with relevant stakeholders, including GoI through its line ministries, departments and agencies at national and governorate levels, the Emergency Livelihoods Cluster, donors and communities. In addition to this, the Livelihood Specialist will support UNDP’s resource mobilization efforts in support of its livelihood interventions and provide technical inputs and policy advice for the successful implementation of livelihood strategies and activities under the Stabilization Pillar.

Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
Act with Determination:  LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

People Management N/A

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Thematic Area Name Definition
Business Direction & Strategy System Thinking Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgment to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system.
Communications Brand & quality management Ability to position a UNDP brand and uphold it to a high level of quality
Business Direction & Strategy Effective Decision Making Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources
Business Direction & Strategy Negotiation and Influence Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates win-win situations
Business Management Project Management Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
Business Management Monitoring Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies
Business Management Customer Satisfaction/Client Management Ability to respond timely and appropriately with a sense of urgency, provide consistent solutions, and deliver timely and quality results and/or solutions to fulfil and understand the real customers’ needs.
Required Skills and Experience:

Min. Education requirements


  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in Economics, Business Management, International Development, Political Science, Public Administration, or related field is required . Or
  • A first-level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree
Min. years of relevant work experience 
  • Minimum seven (7) years (with master’s degree) or 9 years (with bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience in livelihood enhancement, economic development or poverty reduction is required


Required  skills 
  • Proficiency in using computers, office software packages and advanced project management software, as well as handling web-based management systems.
  • Relevant experience  in strategic planning processes, programming coordination and partnerships.
  • Experience in livelihood enhancement, employment creation, small and medium enterprise promotion and/or private sector development.
Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section
  • Experience from previous UN assignments and/or multilateral organizations and bilateral aid organizations would be an asset.
  • Experience in a post-conflict environment is a strong advantage.
  • Experience and Knowledge of Iraq’s socio-economic, cultural, and community development issues is an asset
  • Experience in coordination of a range of stakeholders, including Government, Donors, partners, and communities.
  • Proven experience in result-based reporting and public relations/communication
Required Language(s) 
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Fluency in Arabic and Kurdish would be considered as an advantage.
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