UN Careers – Associate Environment and Energy Officer – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Organisation: United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Vacancy Notice Number: 013/2019
Position Number: 10030515
Position Grade:
About US:
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 Associate Environment and Energy Officer
will coordinate and provide technical support on environmental protection and
energy access. The incumbent will support all issues related to environment and
energy and its cross-cutting impacts including self-reliance, education and
protection, as well as integration with national responders including central
and local governments for continued implementation of the Comprehensive Refugee
Response Framework.  The incumbent will
support management of forestry programming in refugee-hosting districts in
partnership with the National Forestry Authority and the Ministry of Water and
The position will be
based in Kampala Country Office and will work closely with colleagues in
related technical sectors including education, livelihoods, protection, health,
community services, shelter, water and sanitation, and gender and age. S/he
will coordinate and provide technical support to a regional network of
country-level energy and environment focal points in the 12 refugee hosting
districts in Uganda, including assistance with geo-spatial data collection and
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Support sector coordination activities with other energy/environment
    stakeholders in the refugee settlements including facilitation of working
    group meetings, data collection and reporting.
  • Lead the baseline assessments and feasibility studies on energy in
    refugee situations in the region.
  • Coordinate the design of energy and environment programmes of the
    operations in the region, identifying appropriate energy interventions,
    including alternative/renewable energy sources. This should be based on
    outcomes of the baseline and feasibility studies, and extensive
    consultation with the refugee community and stakeholders within UNHCR, the
    government, implementing partners and NGOs/other UN agencies. Work in a
    cross-sectoral and coordinated approach in cooperation with UN agencies,
    nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and other humanitarian partners in
    the region.
  • Develop and ensure implementation of policies and strategies.
  • Review and provide technical input on reports and proposals from the
    field with the aim of verifying compliance with UNHCR policy priorities on
    refugee women and children, gender, adolescents and other related areas.
    This includes considering the cross-sectoral impact of energy on other
    sectors such as education, livelihoods and protection.
  • Represent UNHCR in relevant national meetings and technical
  • Provide technical assistance on energy and environment to UNHCR
    operations in the region, and implementing partners.
  • Lead the design and implementation of baseline and feasibility
    studies of energy options in the regional refugee contexts, and subsequent
    impact assessments/evaluations including in areas of overlap with other
  • Lead the effort in resource mobilization for energy and
    environment-related activities.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Key Result Areas:
  • Assistance provided to the Senior Environment and Energy Officer in
    sector coordination activities.  
  • Assistance is provided in establishing partnerships with government
    ministries, NGOs, other UN agencies and donors and coordinating, planning
    a response to refugee related environmental damages in the country.
  • Technical advice is provided to develop project proposals and to
    support programme implementation of environmental and self-reliance
  • Assistance is provided on the geo-spatial analysis of energy and
    environmental activities to strengthen government capacity and
    inter-agency coordination.
  • UNHCR management is assisted in establishing coordination,
    monitoring and evaluation systems, including information sharing
    mechanisms regarding environment, energy sources and livelihoods

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Associate
    Environment and Energy Officer job placement should hold a Bachelor’s
    degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Civil or Environmental Engineering;
    Environmental Studies/Management of Natural Resources, Forestry or other
    related fields plus three years of experience in energy, environmental
    assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation of integrated
    environmental programmes/projects in displacement and stable situations.
    Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s) plus 2 years or Doctorate
    degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 1 year of previous relevant work
    experience may also be accepted.
  • Proficiency in GIS enabled software to generate maps and input data.
  • Awareness of and practical experience with refugee-related
    environmental problems.
  • Experience in energy provision and energy in
    humanitarian/development settings, planning, and monitoring and evaluation
    of energy-related projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and implement projects.
  • Ability to apply knowledge from contemporary research in the field
    of energy, and translate this into humanitarian settings; familiarity with
    emerging sustainable and appropriate energy technologies and renewable
  • Familiarity with emerging environmentally sustainable and
    appropriate technologies, and renewable energy.
  • Solid skills in analysis, using and presenting quantitative and
    qualitative data, and report writing.
  • Familiarity with community-based and participatory approaches.
  • Excellent knowledge of English and knowledge of local language.
  • Budgeting, planning and managerial skills, ability to work with
    various computer software
  • Designing and facilitating training programmes
  • Empowering and Building Trust
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Leadership
  • Analytical thinking
  • Technological Awareness
  • Planning and Organizing
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: 13th June 2019
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