Emergency Employment


Youth in Burao, Somaliland, working on reconstruction of community infrastructures, supported by UNDP’s Youth for Change programme, which, in partnership with UNICEF and ILO, aims to empower youth through training and employment to and steer them away from criminal activities, such as piracy, human trafficking and armed violence.Photo: Alistair Lyne, UNDP Somalia

UNDP helps people recover quickly from crisis by generating livelihoods and economic opportunities, creating emergency jobs and employment in viable enterprises or self-employment, with a special focus on youth, women's groups and internally displaced persons. At the same time we work closely with local governments and institutions to increase their capacity to create jobs and contribute to inclusive economic growth.

Our Goals

We aim to create jobs and employment, revitalize the economy, rehabilitate post crisis infrastructure and reintegrate internally displaced persons in their areas of return early on in post crisis.  Through our programmes and advisory services we seek to achieve transformational results by having wider impact on community lives, services that are pilotable in similar circumstances and in the long term influence policy at local and national levels.

Projects and Initiatives

UNDP in the Philippines

Locally known as Yolanda, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall on 8 November in the Philippines’ Eastern Samar province. With record winds and sea surges, the storm more

A woman in the interior town of Bong Mines  (Photo: UNICEF - Giacomo Pirozzi)

Rebuilding Livelihoods in Liberia

Martha lost her husband during the civil war that tore Liberia apart and left 75 percent of the population in extreme poverty. A mother of two, Martha did not have any formal training. She could not send her children to school as she was not able to pay their school fees. more

In 2005 Hurricane Wilma tore across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, claiming thousands of hectares of tropical rainforest along with many fishing vessels. Marivel, a 38-year-old local fisherwoman of Mayan descent, says that her boat was among 350 destroyed in the town of Solferino, north of Cancun. more

Burying carcasses of livestock, casualties of Dzud  (Photo: UNDP Mongolia)

Cash for Work Programme in Mongolia: UNDP Support to Dzud-Affected Herders

The harsh winter is over, but the devastation continues throughout Mongolia. People and animals are starving and exhausted. More than 8 million livestock have perished nationwide, and their rotting carcasses litter the countryside. more

Did you know?
  • In 2012, UNDP emergency employment schemes benefited over 186,000 men and women in 15 crisis countries and territories,
    including Afghanistan, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Fiji, Guinea, Haiti, Kenya, Pakistan, Somalia, Uganda, and the State of Palestine. On average, 40 percent of the beneficiaries of these schemes were women.
  • In Haiti, in 2012, UNDP generated work for more than 50,000 people to help with the removal of 10 million cubic metres of rubble created by the 2010 earthquake, with 787,000 cubic metres cleared within the year.
  • In Ethiopia, still reeling from the crippling drought in the Horn of Africa, 2012 saw more than 13,992 beneficiaries, 39 percent
    of whom were women, employed under UNDP schemes to rehabilitate infrastructure, with a special focus on disaster risk
    management structures, such as water storage facilities.