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

Job Title:        Senior Technical Coordinator
Organisation: United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Duty Station: 
Kampala, 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.
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 approach.
  • 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 Geneva.
  • 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
  • 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 programme.
  • 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:
  • Guide, review and approve the development of settlement master plans
    and various strategies related to environment, energy, water, sanitation.
  • Review and approve the technical integrity of technical designs,
    bills of quantities.
  • Represent UNHCR at various technical coordination meetings.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Senior Technical
    Coordinator job placement should hold a graduate 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
  • 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 departments.
  • 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 actors.
  • 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 mapping.
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
Deadline: 16th April 2019

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