UN Jobs – WASH Officer at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:      WASH Officer
Organisation: United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Duty Station: Uganda
About UNHCR:
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was
established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly.
UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees is to lead and co-ordinate action for international
protection to refugees; seek permanent solutions for the problems of refugees
and safeguard refugee rights and well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate
concerning issues of statelessness, as it is given a designated role under
Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.
Job Summary: The WASH
Officer will work very closely with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation to
ensure that local laws are applicable to the designed projects for the camps.
The WASH Officer will support the Sector Lead in the development of WASH
strategies for the camps including the upcoming challenges of the management of
the infrastructure systems on completion.  In order to ensure wider reach out to the
refugees and ensure their close involvement in the delivery and management of
the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) services, the incumbent will need to
establish an appropriate consultative and monitoring framework which would draw
the experience and expertise of a wide range of actors both internally and
externally. The WASH officer will be responsible for provision of professional
technical support and guidance on activities within the areas of Water,
Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH). Furthermore, the incumbent is required to play
a lead role in formulating appropriate project proposals and assistance activities
that should be incorporated into the relevant operation programmes of UNHCR.
The WASH Officer will receive the technical backup and support from the
Regional WASH Officer and/or the Senior WASH Officer in HQ.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide technical assistance to UNHCR offices
and programmes in the development, integration and mainstreaming of appropriate
and cost effective WASH programmes.
Carry out needs and resource assessments with
Governments and partners in order to prioritize needs and activities in
provision of services to refugees and others persons of concern to UNHCR.
Offer support to operations in Uganda to define
the level and scope of UNHCR involvement, expressed in terms of overall and
operational objectives during emergency situations as well as in care and
maintenance and repatriation/reintegration programmes.
Support operation in Uganda to participate in
review and analysis of relevant project proposal and budgetary submissions
presented by UNHCR partners.
Ensure that project plan and proposal submitted
to UNHCR for funding adhere to internationally accepted standard.
The incumbent will maintain and update WASH
contingency plan for potential epidemics, refugee and returnee movement.
Work in a multi-sectorial and coordinated
approach in co-operation with Governments, UN agencies, non-Governmental
organizations (NGO’s) and other humanitarian partners.
Work in liaison with UNHCR programme, field and
protection staff to identify priority WASH and key data requirements for
programme planning and monitoring to ensure that minimum UNHCR and
international standards are being met.
Use community-based approaches, including clear
involvement of refugees in the hygiene promotion and others sector that are
related to WASH.
Ensure regular update and share information
within UNHCR as well as with relevant Government, UN and NGO counterparts and
donor communities.
Regularly monitor and evaluate country-level
WASH programmes against standard UNHCR and international indicator to ensure
that programmes are evidence-based and implemented in a comprehensive and cost
effective manner.
Make provisions for the installation of WASH
services in any new camp or camp extension identified for the settlement of
Actively facilitate capacity strengthening
activities of UNHCR and its implementing/operational partners to address key
areas of WASH importance to refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR.
Build the capacity and competence of UNHCR’s
Public Health and WASH staff.
Ensure WASH is adequately addressed in in-house
capacity building activities of the agency such as emergency and operations
Prepare, in close coordination with partners and
relevant government entities, Operation and Maintenance plans of the
infrastructure systems.
Prepare, in close coordination with partners and
relevant government entities, solid waste management plans.
Perform any other duties as required.
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR
WASH Officer career placement should possess a University degree in Water and
Sanitation Engineering/Water Resources Development and/or postgraduate degree
in one of the Civil Engineering disciplines (Water Supply and/or Hydrology) or
Sanitation/Hygiene Engineering.
At least eight years (6 years with advanced
university degree) of relevant work experience.
A minimum of three years of this experience
should be in a capacity directly relevant to the current position in an
international humanitarian organisation dealing with large scale emergencies or
displaced/refugee situations.
Ability to coordinate a range of diverse actors
and activities to achieve a common objective in the area of WASH.
Significant experience in organising and conducting
training activities and information campaigns in the areas of environmental
sanitation, natural resources management, water quality, bore-hole drilling,
vector control and appropriate technologies are important elements for this
Proven technical expertise in the area of WASH
assessment including surveys, programme implementation, monitoring and
evaluation, and coordination is required.
Exposure to UNHCR mandate, its priorities and
Broad knowledge of and experience with local
partner agencies with a capacity to provide formal and informal training.
Proficiency in basic computer software such as
MS Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, water modelling software, GIS.
Previous experience and professional training in
one of irrigation, site planning, or shelter with a good understanding of the
main issues in the other two sectors. To this end, an advanced degree and
additional training in one or more of the above sectors would be useful.
Applied knowledge in UNHCR programme management,
project formulation, programme cycles and reporting standards.
Previous exposure to cluster approach,
preferably both at the global policy level and at field level.
Previous expertise in planning, formulation,
implementation, monitoring and reporting on humanitarian operations is an added
Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of
additional UN languages such as Arabic is desired
Personal Competencies:
Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
Communication Level 3
Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
Accountability Level 3
Client & Result Orientation Level 3
Organizational Awareness Level 3
Strategic Planning and Vision Level 3
Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
Managing Performance Level 3
Empowering and Building Trust Level 3
Leadership Level 3
Managing Resources Level 3
Analytical Thinking Level 3
Innovation and Creativity Level 3
Technological Awareness Level 3
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Level 3
Change Capability and Adaptability Level 3
Policy Development & Research Level 3
Political Awareness Level 3
Stakeholder Management Level 3
Planning and Organizing Level 3
How to Apply:
All interested applicants who wish to join the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged
to click on the link below and follow the application instructions after
reviewing the job details.
Deadline: 27th October, 2016
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