Environment Officer Job Vacancies – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:            Environment Officer
Organisation:  United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda
Salary Grade:
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 Environment Officer will
work closely with colleagues responsible for protection, site planning, water
and sanitation, shelter, nutrition, education, health, community services and
livelihoods. The incumbent will support the UNHCR Office on all issues related
to environment and energy, including mainstreaming into all sectors and aspects
of the country operation. S/he will lead in coordination of environment and
energy sector, ensuring all UNHCR policies are in line with global and national
Regular and frequent
discussions between the incumbent and his/her supervisor(s), including at
headquarters, are necessary to ensure that the latest best practices and
procedures are shared and applied consistently on issues related to
environment. The incumbent will undertake missions to the camps and liaise with
field offices on the implementation of environment, and energy programmes. In
addition, the staff member will maintain regular contact with UN technical
agencies, development partners, line ministries and agencies, implementing and
operational partners as needed. 
Refugee operations inherently
degrade environments because of changes in land use and increased use of
natural resources.
  It is imperative to
ensure environmental mitigation measures are in place to ensure sustainable
natural resource use for wellbeing refugees and host communities.
Proactive coordination and
collaboration with key stakeholders, including refugees and host communities,
is required to synergise resources. 
Interventions are evidence-based to ensure their appropriateness.  Environment and social screening in addition
to environmental impact assessments will be required to evaluate the operation. 
The incumbent should be
capable of working with minimum supervision in project submissions, revisions
and reallocations throughout the project lifecycle in the environment and
energy programme. S/he will be instrumental in contributing to the development
of specific inputs related to the sector and must meet reporting requirements.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·       In collaboration with the relevant stakeholders,
support the office in undertaking regular assessments on environmental
conditions in refugee-hosting areas and measure the extent those conditions are
affected by the presence of refugee camps; collect and update data on main
areas of environment, energy, livelihood and shelters and identify means to
mitigate the impact on natural resources.
·       Undertake an assessment of the current domestic energy
situation in the refugee camps together with the concerned persons.
·       Provide project management support to the
Environmental Audits.
·       Provide technical support to the Comprehensive Refugee
Response Framework (CRRF) team and help facilitate discussion with UNHCR
colleagues and partners on operational entry points for energy and
environmental interventions and, where possible, seeking synergies with the
Green Climate Fund (GCF).
·       Provide technical support to the GCF and help
facilitate discussion with UNHCR colleagues and partners on baseline surveys
and the development of concept notes for energy and environmental interventions
and, where possible, seeking synergies with the CRRF.
·       Provide technical input to, and liaise with, the UN
Joint Programme with regards to the protection of the environment and
combatting deforestation.
·       On the basis of the assessment, and in consultation
with relevant stakeholders, identify effective interventions in the sector of
energy both from the demand and supply sides.
·       Assist in the management of UNHCR’s assistance
programmes in the form of project submissions, revision and reallocations in
the environment sector throughout the project lifecycle, needs assessment,
budgeting, monitoring, implementation and evaluation.
·       Assist the UNHCR Office in organizing training
activities of UNHCR and its implementing partners to address key areas of
environmental management, climate change and domestic energy issues to refugees
and other persons of concern.
·       Ensure regular updates and share of information within
UNHCR as well as relevant government, UN, NGO counterparts and donor community.
·       Document best practices/lessons for dissemination and
implementation in the areas of natural resource management, forestry,
sustainable agriculture, domestic energy and environmental education sectors.
·       Provide technical support in developing project
proposals and implementation arrangements to address environmental
rehabilitation needs within the framework of UNHCR policies, procedures and
·       Provide technical input on reports related to
environmental issues.
·       Coordinate and monitor, as well as support partners in
the environment sub-sector.
·       Liaise with the government, donors and other
organizations with common goals.
·       Coordinate matters related to environment amongst
different sectors within UNHCR, the local authorities, and implementing
·       Represent UNHCR in relevant national meetings and
technical conferences in the area of environment.
·       Perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       The ideal candidate must hold a bachelors degree in Environmental
Studies; Management of Natural Resources; Agriculture; Forestry; or other
relevant field.
·       At least six years of experience in environmental
assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation of integrated environmental
programmes/projects in displacement and stable situations.
·        Awareness of
and practical experience with refugee-related environmental problems.
·       Familiarity with emerging environmentally sustainable
and appropriate technologies, and renewable energy.
·        Familiarity
with community-based and participatory approaches.
·       Budgeting, planning and managerial skills, ability to
work with various (relevant) computer software.
·        Proven
coordination experience with multi-sectorial stakeholders and interlocutors.
·       Broad understanding of climate change narrative and
initiatives geared towards mitigation of impacts.
Functional Skills
·       MS-Analysis;
·       MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation;
·       MS-Producing Reports;
·       IT-Computer Literacy;
·       CM-Cross-Cultural Communication;
·       MG-Negotiation;
·       MG-Project Management;
How to Apply:
All candidates should send
their online applications at the link below.
Deadline: 30th
December 2019
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