Entry Level UN Jobs – Assistant Settlement Planning Officer – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)



Job Title:        Assistant
Settlement Planning Officer (Entry Level UN Jobs)

Organisation: United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Duty Station: Kampala,

Vacancy Notice: Internal/ External Vacancy notice no. 016/2020

Position Number: 10033673

Position Grade: NO-A


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:  
Assistant Settlement Planning Officer provides support to emergency and
protracted operations in designing and developing sustainable settlements to
host people of concern (POC) to UNHCR. A settlement should take into
consideration the risks associated with settlement locations, spatial
allocation of functions while addressing the needs of the population, the
availability of resources, the amelioration of living conditions, the provision
of services, enhancing transportation networks as well as recreational spaces.


The incumbent will
therefore be expected to provide support to the supervisor in analysing the
variety of settlement options, urban, rural, formal or informal and ensure that
spatial allocation of lands is decided in support of the protection, access to
basic services, livelihoods, and socio-cultural life of displaced people and
the host community. S/he will also assist in negotiations with national and
local government authorities regarding land acquisition and site development


The Assistant
Settlement Planning Officer liaises and co-ordinates UNHCR settlement and
construction related activities within the area of responsibility (AoR), in
accordance with UNHCR policies and priorities and maintains contacts with the
local officials and implementing partners to discuss and share information on
the assessment of infrastructure conditions in refugee-hosting areas.


The incumbent should
maintain regular communication with the shelter and settlement team in HQ for
technical advice, information, communication and access to updated global tools
and resources.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Technical Guidance

  • Provide support in conducting assessments, analysis and joint inter-sector
    needs assessment exercises as appropriate, and selection of potential
    sites in accordance with the Master Plan approach to settlement planning
    taking into consideration protection concerns, national legislation,
    environmental considerations, appropriate density, and access to basic
    services including water, hydrological concerns, socio/economic issues,
    and cultural inclusion and HLP matters.
  • Draft settlement layouts, block plans and specific site plans that
    respond to natural topography and drainage patterns of the site to reduce
    construction and maintenance costs.
  • Work with the relevant technical, programme and supply colleagues in
    close coordination with implementing and other concerned parties to
    develop implementation modalities and work plans for the settlement plans.
    Provide technical inputs and advice to Programme in the process of
    Implementation Partner Selection and review of PPAs of all sector related
    partners and partners with construction related activities in their
  • Provide technical guidance, supervision and monitoring of settlement
    plan implementation during plot allocation, infrastructure set up, site
    location of health facilities, schools, distribution centres, woodlots
  • Conduct regular monitoring of settlement and infrastructure works,
    with the help of adequate project management tools, so these are
    implemented according to plans and completed within designated timelines
    and budget and ensure that this information is captured in reports shared
    with the supervisor.
  • In close consultation with partners, assist in conducting
    assessments, providing concrete initiatives and drafting specific
    strategies to make sure that residential areas, key services and
    infrastructure are not susceptible to the risk of natural hazards such as
    flash floods and landslides.


  • Provide support in ensuring that UNHCR’s operation within the AOR is
    technically sound in the field of settlement planning to best meet the
    needs of POC.
  • Liaise with relevant authorities and government counterparts to
    ensure strong coordination and partnership.
  • Draft settlement plans that are aligned with regional, national land
    use plans and planned developments.
  • Participate in the process of site selection and land negotiations
    with the local government, local community leaders and the landlords for
    the settlements within the AOR. In doing this, ensure that the risk of
    conflict linked to land tenure is addressed and mitigated while continuing
    to pursue actions that increase the security of tenure for displaced populations.
  • Actively support the development and implementation of Settlement
    plans in a consultative process with Senior Management, relevant technical
    colleagues, implementing partners, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Draft Settlement Master Plans in alignment with the UNHCR guiding
    principles of the Master Plan Approach to Settlement Planning. Provide
    periodic updates on the Masterplan taking note of the expansion and
    densification of the settlement and develop plans for any settlement
  • Work together with implementing and operational partners to ensure
    the use of common standards and tools for information collection and data
    management, including in needs assessments and monitoring.


  • Collaborate and coordinate with all functional units in UNHCR and
    relevant technical actors in the feasibility and technical assessments,
    planning and development of sites, including protection, environment,
    health, education, water and sanitation.
  • In coordination with relevant focal persons and technical
    colleagues, provide support in carrying out appropriate assessments and
    mapping exercises such as environmental impact assessment, useable land
    area assessment, mapping of services, mapping of host communities,
    livelihood assessments, etc.
  • Promote the integration of agreed priority cross-cutting issues
    (e.g. age, environment, gender, and human rights) in sector/inter-sector
    needs assessments, analysis, planning and monitoring.
  • Support active participation of communities and promotion of
    community-based approaches in the planning and implementation of
    settlement and masterplan activities.
  • Develop regular reports and share information, both within the
    settlement planning stakeholders and with other sectors through
    inter-sector communication channels. Work on the reporting and monitoring
    through the provision of inputs for the 4W, SIP and site monitoring
  • Promote and ensure the accountability to affected populations and
    the identification of durable solutions that also promote peaceful
    co/existence with the host communities.
  • Provide equitable access to basic services for both the displaced
    and host communities while making emphasis on meaningful inclusion of the
    site community groups (women, youth, elderly and persons with specific
    needs) in decision-making processes including through governance
    structures and sectorial focal points.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Assistant
    Settlement Planning Officer job placement should have completed an
    Undergraduate degree in civil engineering; construction; urban planning,
    architecture; or other relevant field. Required.
  • One year of relevant experience is required.
  • Good knowledge of basic computer software including engineering
    design tools is required.
  • Excellent knowledge of English language is required.
  • Experience in all disciplines of Civil Engineering, Rural Settlement
    Development, Emergency Management and Environmental Planning, and ability
    to make the linkages to rehabilitation and development programmes is
  • Empowering and Building Trust
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • 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


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Deadline: 24th September 2020


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