The nexus of security-humanitarian-development issues around Lake Chad has given rise to an intractable extremist insurgency that has left tens of thousands of people dead, approximately 2.
5 million displaced, and more than 10 million people in the region affected and in need. While robust national and multi-
national military operations have re-taken territory previously controlled by Boko Haram, UNDP recognizes that a new approach is required to consolidate these gains and establish the conditions necessary to transition from military to civilian responsibility for security, and from the provision of humanitarian assistance to the resumption of stalled development processes.
In this context, the UNDP is strengthening its presence in the North-East (NE) Region of Nigeria by establishing a sub-office in Maiduguri.
The sub-office will serve as the centre of operations for programming which will include a Regional Stabilization Facility, a Disengagement, Disassociation, Reconciliation and Reintegration (DDRR) and Recovery and Resilience programme.
The Sub-Office (SO) for NE Region of Nigeria has been operational since 2017 and establishes an Operations Service Centre to support management and operations functions related to the effective delivery of programmatic results in anticipation of launch of new programmes, such as Nigerian Window of the Stabilization Facility in NE Region.
The National Window of the Regional Stabilization Facility for Nigeria aims to address the needs of immediate stabilization in the target areas in North-
East Region of Nigeria with high degrees of insecurity, promoting the phased transition of insecure areas toward greater security, and the reduction of current volatility whereby previously secure areas have become more rather than less vulnerable.
Livelihood enhancement is one of the programme focus of the Stabilization Facility and integrated recovery programmes, particularly promoting emergency income-
generation and jump-start local businesses. Furthermore, restoration of cross-border trade is also identified as a critical entry point for fostering stabilization in the Lake Chad region.
Duties and Responsibilities Under the direct supervision of Livelihood Specialist, the Livelihood Analyst will support implementation of livelihood interventions in NE Region of Nigeria, as described below :
Support the development of programme strategies and project activities with strong technical soundness to enhance livelihoods and local economic recovery.
Implement day-to-day activities on livelihood and local economy recovery of the Stabilization Facilities and other NE integrated recovery projects, including monitoring the livelihood interventions
Provide technical inputs to the respective stakeholders for ensuring effective emergency income-earning support, livelihood enhancement and economic recovery.
Support knowledge management and information sharing, including M&E, Reporting and Communications
Support development and implementation of programme strategies focusing on achievement of enhancement of livelihoods and local economic recovery in NE Region.
Review analysis and research of the political, social and economic situation in the country and provide substantive inputs to the Stabilization Facility and other related programmes / projects in the NE Region.
Provide technical inputs for developing and updating programme strategies, identifying the areas for support and interventions on promotion of livelihoods and local economic recovery in line with the current context of NE Region.
Establish networks among all major stakeholders engaging in the related areas, including the government counterparts, local business associations, community-
based organizations, UN agencies and the international community
Identify potential partners and interested parties who would contribute to achievement of the project activities
Assist in identifying catalytic interventions for creating immediate income-earning opportunities (e.g., cash for work) and promoting local economic resilience of the affected populations.
Support formulation of a detailed implementation plan of the identified interventions, including potential implementing partners, methodologies, and coordination mechanisms, in accordance with UNDP’s rules and regulations.
Support implementation of the day-to-day project activities on livelihoods and local economic recovery under the Stabilization Facility and other NE integrated recovery projects focusing on result management and oversight of the project activities :
Identify the appropriate modality of implementation and partnerships for various livelihoods interventions for the Stabilization Facility and integrated recovery projects, including short-
term employment creation; entrepreneurship development; vocational training and other thematic-focused interventions (micro and small enterprise development;
business development services, economic empowerment of women and youth, based on the assessment and facilitate the procurement and agreement process.
Design and formulate activity plans for livelihood support activities for the Stabilization Facility and integrated recovery projects,
Maintain the quality assurance and the validation of livelihoods and economic recovery portfolio data (indicators, targets, results) in the established information management system for measuring the qualitative and quantitative impact, and report on the progress;
Conduct analysis of data, case evidence and research findings to distill relevant lessons from projects and programmes to support strategy and project development and innovation on livelihoods, and community economic revitalization;
Support implementation of livelihoods activities to ensure the quality delivery on time under the Stabilization Facility and integrated recovery projects, including short-
term employment creation (Cash for work, asset distribution); entrepreneurship and business development; Study different modalities of active labour market interventions and conduct assessments;
and establish innovative programmes to target women, youth, and other vulnerable groups.
Oversee and monitor day-to-day project activities, providing technical support to ensure the project activities are implemented in line with the planned timeline and results.
Promptly report to Livelihood Specialist, Senior Management in UNDP, and relevant actors whenever the issues that require their attention arise.
Ensure that female-headed households are specifically targeted to participate in cash for work and other livelihood activities.
These interventions should incorporate measures that address women’s additional needs such as childcare responsibilities, clean domestic energy and time poverty.
Identify and implement livelihood interventions specifically targeted to women, including increase of their access to and control over financial, social, human and political assets;
strengthening of their ability to participate in community and leadership structures; and provision of resources to mitigate women’s disproportionate care-
Support regular monitoring of the implementation of the livelihood and economic recovery activities in UNDP’s project location.
Provision technical inputs to the respective stakeholders for ensuring effective emergency income-earning support, livelihood enhancement and economic recovery.
Identify the latest trends in local socio-political / economic market situations and other relevant areas that can have an impact on the delivery of the results of livelihood interventions.
Provide technical support and inputs to the relevant coordination mechanisms, such as Early Recovery and Livelihood Sector and Cash Working Group, to leverage UNDP’s stance and strategic policies and promote coordination with other partners.
Outreach and coordinate with UN agencies and other actors, such as the governments, the private sector, and NGOs / CSOs, to create synergies and collaboration for greater positive impacts of the UNDP interventions in the area of livelihood and economic recovery.
Identify and synthesize best practices and lessons learned directly linked to livelihood support projects.
Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the area of livelihoods enhancement
Disseminate analyses of the relevant data and research documents in a regular basis to relevant stakeholders
In addition to regular reporting to the Sub Office, regularly contribute to donors’ reporting and briefings;
Facilitate and document human interest stories of beneficiaries and develop various communication materials linked to livelihood and economic recovery;
Make sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice in livelihoods.
Impact of Results
The key results have an impact on the success of the Stabilization Facility and other NE integrated recovery projects to enhance livelihood and economic recovery to undertake effective crisis response and promote resilience in the communities to on-
going crises in the NE Region of Nigeria through high-quality of design, operation and programming of activities with strong technical inputs.
Competencies Corporate : Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN values and ethical standard;Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
Technical / Functional :
Substantive and technical expertise in all aspects of stabilization, peace-building, and DDR programming within broader recovery frameworks, including assessments and planning;
Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office;
Has good knowledge of UNDP programme and operational issues;
Has knowledge of UNDP / UN policies and programme in crisis and post -crisis situations;
Excellent analytical and organizational skills;
Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills.
Focuses on impact and results for the client and responds positively to feedback;
Ability to establish effective working relations in a multicultural team environment;
Excellent interpersonal skills;
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
Builds strong relationships with internal and external clients;
Demonstrates capacity to communicate effectively; resource management; capacity to plan and organize programmes effectively;
Demonstrates resourcefulness, initiative and mature judgment.
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
People Skills : Promotes a learning and knowledge sharing environment;Facilitates the development of individual and multi-
cultural / team competencies. Required Skills and Experience Education :
Minimum Master's Degree in Economics, International Development / Relations, Economics, Business Management, Political Science, or other relevant topics
Minimum 2 years of relevant experience in economic development, livelihood enhancement, or poverty reduction
Experience in post conflict environment with knowledge of socio-economic, culture, and community development issues in complex crisis situation is a strong advantage.
Strong knowledge on employment creation, emergency livelihoods interventions, cash-for-work activities, economic recovery
Experience with diverse projects in complex environments, involving multi-disciplinary teams, broad ranges of stakeholders, and within volatile security situations is strongly preferred
Previous working experience with UNDP and other UN agencies strongly preferred
Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
The ability to communicate effectively in Kanuri, Hausa, or any other local language spoken in the NE region is an asset.
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