UN Senior Technical Coordinator Job Placement – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:       Senior Technical Coordinator
Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Post Grade:  P4
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 Senior
Technical Coordinator will lead the Technical Unit of UNHCR comprising of the
sectoral and sectoral specialists in Shelter/Physical Planning, WASH,
Energy/Environment as well as effective inter-sectoral coordination in support
of their plan to provide sustainable improvements for the increased number of
new arrivals entering Uganda.  The STC
will work closely with the Snr Field Coordinator as well as technical sector
specialists and the team leaders on the ground, and will report to the
Assistant Representative (Programme).
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Coordinate, manage and support the
    technical team in Uganda in a timely, cost-effective, inter-sectoral and
    adequate delivery of technical interventions and services to support
    operational needs.
  • Review, identify and assess progress of
    UNHCR technical programs and initiate responses to  address the gaps in collaboration and
    coordination with key UNHCR technical staff, operational partners and
    authorities as required to ensure timelines, agreed interventions are
    addressed and comprehensive timely response to constraints are identified
    and solutions proposed as required.
  • Participate as technical focal point, in
    support of respective technical unit heads, in coordination meeting with
    various stakeholders including Governmental to ensure UNHCR¿s interests
    and those of our POCs are adequately reflected and disseminate information
    to all stakeholders in a timely, efficient manner.
  • Support the development of comprehensive
    multi-sector integrated settlement planning following the Master plan
  • Adapt standard technical coordination
    support and working environment that are consistent with the operational
    needs. Ensure effective information flow within and from the various
    technical units / operational locations.
  • Support sector technical specialists to
    disseminate, promote commitment to and monitor compliance with UNHCR’s
    global policies, standards and guidance on technical support in key UNHCR
    priority areas including settlement constructions, infrastructures, health
    and wash support etc.
  • Support Assistant Representative
    (Programme) with HR planning and management to establish and maintain an
    efficient and skilled technical workforce that is capable of supporting
    on-going operations.
  • Coordinate technical specialists to
    support to the Country office to assist with establishment of adequate
    shelter and infrastructural (incl. WASH) facilities for the refugee
    arrivals at the border entry points.
  • Coordinate with the technical team the
    development and periodically updating of appropriate shelter strategies
    which are framed by UNHCR¿s Global Strategy for Settlement and Shelter
    (2014-2018) and take into consideration the local context, age and gender,
    culture, climate, environmental protection and the availability of local
    resources, including materials, capacities and existing infrastructure.
  • Coordinate technical specialists to
    provide clear guidance on standards for shelter, settlement, WASH,
    environment, including minimum emergency standards to meet basic and
    essential needs, in close consultation with relevant DPSM Sections in
  • Coordinate and supervise regular
    assessments on environmental conditions in refugee-hosting areas and
    measure to what extent those conditions are affected by the presence of
    refugees, collecting and updating data on main areas of environmental,
    energy, livelihood and shelters and identify means to mitigate the impact
    on the natural resources.
  • Support sector specialists in ensuring
    that environment is adequately addressed within in-house through capacity
    building activities of the agency.
  • Together with UNHCR’s implementing
    partners, compiling, analyzing and mapping available information on
    shelter options in country taking into account relevant policies adopted
    by the Government. When planning infrastructure works, ensure that the
    technical component reflects UNHCR minimum standards for the provision of
    emergency and other types of shelter assistance and is within the
    budgetary requirements. Due consideration should be given to standards in
    other relevant sectors such as water and sanitation.
  • Coordinate technical specialists to ensure
    adequate monitoring and evaluation so that UNHCR¿s technical interventions
    are produced in a technically sound and standardized manner and establish
    monitoring and evaluation tools to ensure that works are implemented
    according to plans and completed within the designated timeframe.
  • Support senior staff to review the
    Government plans for development of facilities and advise on alignment of
    the planned services with best practice and international standards for
    such facilities.
  • Coordinate technical specialists to advice
    on matters related to the procurement of sector related responses or
    equipment, including the development of technical specifications for bid
    documents, technical evaluation of bids, review/inspection of the quality
    of products/works.
  • Work in close coordination with all functional
    Units in UNHCR (Protection, Programme, Community Services, Field,
    Administration, and Supply) for all issues related to protection,
    population of concern figures and assistance.
  • Work in close collaboration with all
    relevant stakeholders including, local authorities, relevant partners and
    affected communities on issues related to the shelter and settlement
  • Coordinate technical specialists to advise
    on matters related to construction activities within the settlement among
    different sectors (such as WASH (water & sanitation), health,
    education facilities, environment, etc);
  • Prepare mission report and debrief.
  • Maintain regular contact with the relevant
    DPSM Sections in Geneva and regional support center in Nairobi regarding
    all technical matters.
Key Result Areas:
  • UNHCR country office has support in the
    delivery of activities in specific sectoral areas of Shelter Physical
    Planning, WASH and Energy, Environment and promote linkages between these
  • Strong coordination and leadership as well
    as overall technical guidance is provided to the country office.
  • Coordination with key government and
    development counterparts is ensured to pursue the master plan approach
    country-wide and ensure the buy-in of the key government interlocutors
    (local authorities and line Ministries) as well as key development actors
    and donors.
  • The technical integrity of the
    infrastructure inputs implemented in Uganda (e.g. as part of
    implementation of the ReHoPE strategy), as well as effective monitoring
    and supervision is ensured.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The
    ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR
    Senior Technical
    Coordinator job placement should
    hold a g
    raduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s) in Architecture,
    Civil-Engineering or other related discipline plus minimum 8 years of
    previous work experience relevant to the function of which a minimum of 4
    years of international field experience. Undergraduate degree (equivalent
    of a BA/BS) plus 9 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 7
    years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
  • Excellent knowledge of English and working
    knowledge of another UN language.
  • Field experience in responding to large
    scale emergencies working with relevant governmental technical departments
    and various organizations in identifying, designing, delimiting, clearing
    and developing land allocated to establish site camps.
  • Prior experience of implementing shelter
    and settlement and WASH projects in humanitarian context and large scale
    emergencies coordinating with operational partners governmental technical
  • Prior experience in designing and
    implementing a shelter & WASH strategy, including host family
    situations, collective shelter, settlement and camp settings, in emergency
    while considering the transition to more sustainable solutions.
  • Prior knowledge of effective humanitarian
    coordination and engagement with Governmental authorities and other such
  • Proven ability to deal with multiple tasks
    in a courteous and service-oriented manner in a demanding working
    condition that often has short deadlines.
  • Computer literacy in MS Office and other
    relevant software with special focus on design, technical drawings and GIS
  • Personal Competencies:  Accountability, Teamwork & Collaboration,
    Communication, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Client & Result
    Orientation, Organizational Awareness 
    and Building Trust, Managing Resources, Judgement and Decision
    Making, Analytical Thinking,
  • Planning and Organizing, Stakeholder
How to Apply:
All interested Ugandan nationals 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: 15th March 2018
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