UN Fresher Jobs – Assistant Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Officer at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Organisation:
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.:
10022183
Reports to:
Associate Field Officer
Vacancy Notice:
11/2014
Duty Station:
Adjumani, 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. The agency is mandated to lead and
co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee
problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and
well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the
right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to
return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.
It also has a mandate to help stateless people.
Job Summary: The Assistant
Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Officer will be to ensure that the WASH
services provided to refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR are based
on UNHCR country and/or internationally recognized standards and policies. The applicant
will also provide technical support and advice arc provided to the country
operation in the field of WASH.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
·        
Proactively
co-ordinate UNHCR’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme;
·        
Offer
technical and capacity-building assistance in relevant sectors to population of
concern using a community-based approach.
·        
Offer
technical assistance, supervision and reporting on implementation and operation
management of WASH activities carried out by the Implementing Partners (TPs).
·        
Work
closely with technical staff of the Implementing Partners (IPs), update
detailed needs and resource assessments and revise designs of technical plans
as necessary taking into account practical aspects of implementation, and
relevant technical specifications and guidelines elating to water pumping &
pipeline distribution systems, boreholes and shallow wells installations, solar
water systems, spring developments.
·        
Develop
practical tools and guidelines to implement, a mechanism for monitoring,
evaluation and reporting of construction works as well as operation and
management of WASH-related activities.
·        
Actively
contribute to development of capacity-building strategy to ensure follow-up and
sustainability of WASH interventions at the community level.
·        
Make
sure that the UNHCR beneficiaries’ participation and community mobilization in
all aspects of WASH planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and
reporting activities with focus on protection risks and access especially for
women, children, ethnic groups and other groups with specific needs.
·        
Prepare
and review technical proposals and requests received by the Office for funding
submissions, undertake feasibility assessments and perform technical evaluation
of the proposals.
·        
Coordinate
with IPs, Government technical departments, other UN Agencies and the
beneficiaries on all technical issues, and facilitate for timely and cost-
effective implementation of the proposed technical activities.
·        
Review
on a regular basis the quantity and quality of water, sanitation and hygiene
promotion services offered in the settlement.
·        
Compile
and submit draft sectoral reports covering water, sanitation/hygiene and other
technical areas as instructed by the Office.
·        
Perform
any other duties as required by the Associate Field Officer.
Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
·        
The applicant
should hold a University degree in water and sanitation engineering / water
resources development or/in one of the civil engineering disciplines (water
supply and/or hydrology) or sanitation/hygiene engineering.
·        
At least
two years’ professional working experience in water/sanitary engineering or a
related field in developing countries dealing with large scale WASH activities.
·        
Possess
the ability to coordinate a range of diverse actors and activities to achieve a
common objective in the area of WASH is essential.
·        
Expertise
in area of WASH assessment including surveys, programme implementation,
monitoring and evaluation, and coordination is required.
·        
Comprehensive
knowledge and experience of working with local partner agencies with a capacity
to provide formal and informal training.
·        
Computer
literacy Skills i.e. Proficiency in basic computer software such as Excel,
Powerpoint, Word as well as GIS.
·        
Excellent
knowledge of English (written/oral /comprehension).
·        
Knowledge
of local language and institutions.
·        
Knowledge
of WASH related computer software/packages.
·        
Past
experience and exposure to UNHCR mandate, its priorities and principles.
How to Apply:
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

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