UNHCR Jobs – Assistant Environment Officer at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Position No.: 10022185
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.
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
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • 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
  • 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
  • Propose measures to alleviate and mitigate
    any tensions which may occur tension between refugees and local
  • 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.
  • Consult UNHCR Programme Officers concerned
    to ensure the recommendations are duly incorporated into the programming
  • Prepare and submit consolidated reports on
    environmental related activities of the sites, and submitted to the Head
    of Office.
  • Act as focal point and liaison officer for
    all matters related to environmental activities amongst different sectors
    within UNHCR, and between UNHCR, the Government, implementing partners,
    bilateral and multilateral agencies and NGOs. Harmonize and coordinate the
    work of those agencies dealing with environmental programmes.
  • Perform any other duties as required by the Associate Field
Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
  • 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.
  • At least two years’ experience in
    environmental assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation of
    integrated environmental programmes/projects in displacement and stable
  • 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
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:
Deadline: 30th May 2014
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