29 June 2017

UN Hydrogeologist Careers - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:           Hydrogeologist
Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: UNOPS/LICA/Hydrogeologist-2
Vacancy Notice No.: UNHCR/UGANDA/LICA/022017
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: WASH Officer
Position Grade: LICA, Level 8

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:  
  • The Hydrogeologist will review and guide on implementation of best practice in the identification of promising locations for drilling;
  • Tasked with drilling and development; borehole completion/design;
  • Step and constant rate discharge testing to identify suitable flow rate for motorized systems.
  • Keenly monitor and improve systems for: - monitoring groundwater and surface water use, groundwater levels, surface water flow and water quality - recording works related to exploitation of groundwater and surface water - estimating groundwater
  • This activity will focus both on immediate needs and providing longer term data and assessments to: improve capacity for dealing with similar emergencies in the future; and provide data essential to a better understanding of the hydrogeology.
  • Where possible, identify boreholes that could be used for observation of pump tests in high-yielding boreholes and provide advice based on results of pump tests on aquifer characteristics.
  • The jobholder will also promote effective operation and maintenance of equipment through promoting use of limited range of pumps, generators etc
  • The incumbent will assess groundwater chemical characteristics, of surface and groundwater and identify pollution sources: proposing possible actions for remediation;
  • As feasible, operationalization of alternative water supply options including rain water harvesting, surface water storage dams, etc.
  • Work closely with Uganda’s Ministry of Water and Environment and with technical working groups set up to improve the response to refugee needs
  • Perform any other duties as requested 
Key Performance Indicators:
  • Support for the South Sudan emergency operation, in particular viability for exploring groundwater potential to improve the success rates of drilling works and reduce the amount of costly water trucking currently needed.
  • Support agencies undertaking drilling works to monitor groundwater extraction, and protect water resources in terms of quantity and quality. All proposed interventions shall be discussed, as appropriate, with UNHCR WASH officers, local government water officers, partners in the settlements involved in water supply and distribution. All interventions should comply with Ministry of Water requirements and guidelines. The liaison under point 6 is expected to focus on cooperation to support Ministry efforts, optimal use of expertise. 
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Hydrogeologist career opportunity should hold a Masters degree in hydrogeology
  • At least eight years of previous job experience in a related field
  • At least three years of experience of groundwater exploitation and protection in northern Uganda or similar environment (semi-arid, hard rock and sedimentary)
  • Excellent knowledge of English language and excellent report writing skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Flexible approach to problem solving
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

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 details.


Deadline: 4th July 2017

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