Oct 142017

Organization: Trickle Up
Country: Zambia
Closing date: 31 Oct 2017

Organizational Context

Trickle Up’s mission is to empower people living on less than $1.90 a day to build sustainable livelihoods for a better quality of life utilizing the Graduation Approach to livelihood development, a proven strategy that combines elements of social protection, livelihoods and microfinance to move people out of poverty. With programs in India, Central America and West Africa, Trickle Up has established expertise in livelihoods for difficult-to-serve populations.

TU leverages this expertise by equipping large institutions to design and implement effective livelihoods programs for people living in extreme poverty, and its largest client is the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Working in over 125 countries, UNHCR’s mandate is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees, displaced persons, and the stateless, and to seek lasting solutions to their plight. Together, TU and UNHCR have established the first-ever Graduation pilots working with displaced populations and work in urban areas.

Trickle Up will hire a Livelihoods Specialist to be seconded to and based in UNHCR’s Country Operation in Zambia. The post will provide support to UNHCR livelihoods staff in Zambia to achieve UNHCR’s Global Livelihoods Standards and will lead the implementation of the Integrated Livelihoods Programme (ILP) Graduation Pilot. The objective of ILP is to increase the self-reliance of 300 refugee and host community households in Meheba and Mayukwayukwa settlement areas. ILP aims to eradicate extreme poverty through:

  • Increased skills, knowledge, and access to services to support increased income;
  • Increased nutrition sensitive-agriculture production by target households;
  • Development of strategic partnerships and government capacity to scale up the Graduation model;
  • Generation and dissemination of evidence to inform policy and practice on graduation-based livelihoods programming and pathways out of extreme poverty.

The Livelihoods Specialist will be supervised by the Livelihoods Officer in Lusaka, and receive administrative and technical support from Trickle Up’s Director of Technical and Strategic Alliances. This position is grant-funded through August 31, 2018, with the potential to renew thereafter contingent upon continued funding.

Principal Functions:

  1. Support the implementation of the UNHCR Global Livelihoods Strategy and country-specific livelihoods strategy;
  2. Support UNHCR Zambia operations to implement livelihoods, and particularly the Graduation Approach interventions;
  3. Ensure that livelihoods projects implemented by UNHCR Zambia comply with UNHCR Minimum Criteria to achieve better impact on people of concern;
  4. Provide technical guidance to strengthen existing livelihoods projects using Graduation principles, through the utilization of Trickle Up and UNHCR best practices.



  • Master’s degree in Development Studies, Socio-Economic Development, Economics/International Economics, Rural Development/Natural Resource Management, or other related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience


  • At least 4 years of international development experience, including in project management or capacity building for economic strengthening project(s);
  • Sustainable livelihoods, economic strengthening, and economic development for vulnerable populations experience;
  • Experience as a technical advisor to capacity building/training programs;
  • Practical knowledge of livelihoods in Zambia preferred;
  • Experience with refugees preferred;
  • Exposure to or involvement with the Graduation Approach is an asset;
  • Experience with the UN is valued.

Knowledge and skills

  • Knowledge and/or experience integrating gender in livelihoods interventions;
  • Excellent English writing and speaking skills;
  • Strong leadership skills;
  • Advanced written and oral communications and presentation skills;
  • Excellent training skills;
  • Good interpersonal and diplomacy skills;
  • Self-awareness and cross-cultural sensitivity.

Behavioral competencies

  • Highly organized, analytical thinker;
  • Independent worker who also performs as an effective and trusted teammate;
  • Dedicated self-starter who shows creative problem-solving abilities;
  • Meets targets and deadlines;
  • Demonstrates flexibility and productivity under pressure.

Salary and Benefits:

We offer a competitive salary and benefits for this full-time position. The successful applicant will join a dynamic, passionate, multicultural team deeply committed to the alleviation of extreme poverty. Trickle Up promotes a collegial, high-performing organizational culture in which staff communicate clearly and openly, and are reflective, innovative, and mutually accountable.

Trickle Up is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and extend equal opportunity to all applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by law. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

How to apply:

To be considered, click the following link and follow the instructions to upload your cover letter and resume. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until October 31. We are sorry we are unable to entertain phone calls related to this posting.

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