Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
Improving livelihoods through economic and financial inclusion is a key component of achieving protection and long-term solutions for the refugee situation.
Economic inclusion contributes to the self-reliance and resilience of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons, empowering them to meet their needs in a safe, sustainable and dignified manner, avoid aid-
dependency, contribute to their host economies, and prepare for their future whether they return home, integrate in their country of asylum, or resettle in a third country.
Self-reliance is often contingent to the ability of forcibly displaced to have access to financial services such as loans and credit lines, savings accounts and payment services.
Most forcibly displaced, in particular refugees, are today excluded from the formal financial sector, which means they lack a safe place to save and receive money, affordable ways to make payments, and access to loans to invest in a business activity or to smooth their consumption needs.
Ongoing global processes such as the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) and the focus on the humanitarian-development nexus show the need for and benefit of taking a holistic approach which requires the engagement of a broad range of stakeholders, leveraging the value-
add and strategic positioning of each of them.
In the area of financial inclusion, UNHCR engages with financial service providers (FSPs), specialized development agencies, and impact investors to facilitate the financial inclusion of refugees and other forcibly displaced.
To make its planning and interventions effective in this area, UNHCR wishes to hire a Financial Inclusion Officer who will be working under the supervision of the Senior Financial Inclusion Coordinator based in HQ and in close collaboration with the Economic Inclusion Unit.
The incumbent will have a broad range of tasks and responsibilities related to programs design, monitoring and evaluation, partnerships creation, and support of field operations.
and establishing key partnerships with financial inclusion actors in particular investors, financial service providers and specialized development agencies.
S / he will promote awareness about the needs for access to finance for forcibly displaced and disseminate findings of UNHCR work in this area by planning and delivering on a research agenda and writing / editing relevant communication pieces and papers as needs arise.
S / he will establish and maintain close and effective partnerships with the financial inclusion sector, in particular investors, donors and financial service providers.
S / he will also ensure UNHCR representation in appropriate regional coordination mechanisms and networks.
All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks.
In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-
functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.
collection and performance / outcomes monitoring.
how and networks in support of creating financial inclusion opportunities for forcibly displaced and hosting communities.
for implementing projects and fostering partnerships with the financial community.
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P3 - 6 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 5 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 4 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree
Field(s) of Education
or other relevant field.
Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Certificates and / or Licenses
Relevant Job Experience
Essential : Solid knowledge of the financial inclusion sector as evidenced by minimum 6 years of professional experience in the sector as researcher or provider.
Practical experience in conducting needs assessments of microfinance clients and analysis of results. Proven experience of developing training materials, organization and delivery of trainings for microfinance and banking institutions.
Professional experience with financial and social performance data collection and due-diligence of microfinance institutions.
Proven knowledge of the financial and social performance standards of the microfinance industry.
Desirable : Experience with living and working on financial inclusion in Africa. Previous experience working with FDPs or migrants in the area of economic inclusion.
Professional experience working for a microfinance investment fund or a financial service provider. Experience to support FSPs with improving their social performance management systems.
MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation
Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)