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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Assistant Environment Officer - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Uganda

Vacancy: Assistant Environment Officer
Recruiting Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: 10022185
Reports to: Associate Field Officer
Vacancy Notice: 11/2014
Duty Station: Adjumani,
Country: Uganda
Post Grade: NOA

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 Assistant Environment Officer will primarily;
Offer technical guidance to UNHCR offices in establishing partnerships with government ministries, NGOs, other UN agencies donors and coordinate responses to refugee-related environmental damages in the country.
Technically guide and develop project proposals and to support programme implementation of environmental and self-reliance projects.
UNHCR management is assisted in establishing coordination, monitoring and evaluation systems, including information sharing mechanisms regarding environment, energy sources and livelihood.

Work closely with the relevant stakeholders, support the office in undertaking regular assessments on environmental conditions in refugee- hosting areas and measure the extent to which 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. Define main areas of environmental concern (e.g. deforestation, rangeland degradation, soil erosion, water conservation, etc.).
Conduct an assessment of the current domestic energy situation in the refugee camps together with the concerned persons.

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.
Study environmental, as well as socio-economic, impacts upon local communities, and assess the possibility of conflicts between refugees and local communities over natural resources.
Propose measures to alleviate and mitigate any tensions which may occur tension between refugees and local communities;
Identify appropriate local institutions and agencies that have the capacity to implement proposed projects, and advise on implementing arrangements.
Assess the need for strengthening the district departments related to the proposed projects.
Prepare a draft environmental action plan covering the above-mentioned issues and ensure implementation of the plan.

The UNHCR applicant should possess a good University degree in environmental studies/ management of natural resources, agriculture, forestry or other related fields.
Good awareness of and practical experience with refugee-related environmental problems.

Skills & Experience:
At least two years’ experience in environmental assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation of integrated environmental programmes/projects in displacement and stable situations.
Good knowledge and understanding of the 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.
Language proficiency i.e. Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of local language and institutions

All Interested candidates who meet the above criteria should submit their applications, under confidential cover, quoting the Post No addressed to: The Senior Administrative/ Finance Officer, UNHCR Representation in Uganda via E-mail to: UGAKAHR@unhcr.org.

Deadline: 30th May 2014