22 February 2017

Senior Site Planning Associate UN Job Careers - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:       Senior Site Planning Associate
Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: 10027154
Vacancy Notice: 009/2017
Reports to: Head of Field Office
Duty Station: Uganda
Post Grade: GL7

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 Senior Site Planning Associate will supervise all site planning activities, liaising with Office of the Prime Minister. The Senior Site Planning associate is expected to provide support to field colleagues in all site planning related inquiries, including necessary coordination with partners.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • The incumbent will coordinate / assist in scheduling and following up of plot demarcation works for a potential shelter construction (RHU & others).
  • Follow up and support the implementation of master plan of transit sites and detailed site layout principles for appropriate use of available land and safe siting of community facilities and infrastructure works including road and drainage works, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities, community services, education and health facilities, for security lighting and potential power line works.
  • Supervise the implementation of shelter construction works and report on progress made, difficulties observed on daily basis, including winterisation and maintenance issues.
  • Ensure quality, conformity, cost and timeliness of shelter projects.
  • Establish and maintain relations with all stakeholders and ensure that activities are conducted in a manner which guaranties staff and POC safety in the site.
  • The incumbent will also coordinate works with community services, field and other related units as required in process of handing over the RHU/ other shelter.
  • Assist in the tents/POC relocation process during implementation of shelter program.
  • Follow up on on-going construction works including site fencing, waiting areas & other infrastructures works.
  • Assisting in other engineering tasks such as site assessment, structural assessment works, drafting of work specifications, preparation of sketch, cost estimating & tender evaluation.
  • Actively participate, if required, in site identification, assessment and survey, applying UNHCR, international and national standards to advise on the suitability of sites.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Key Performance Indicators:
  • UNHCR shelter and settlement programme is implemented based on updated needs assessment and in accordance with agreed terms and conditions and standards.
  • UNHCRs policies, standards and procedures are constantly and coherently applied in the area of responsibility (AoR).
  • UNHCRs country operation has sufficient support in the field of shelter & settlement and is thus better able to meet the needs of persons of concern.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Senior Site Planning Associate job opportunity should have completed secondary education with additional training in Civil/Structural Engineering or other related field.
  • A minimum of eleven years of progressively relevant experience, including collaboration with different international organizations (e.g. UN agencies, Red Cross Movement, INGOs, IOs or Donors).
  • Field experience in responding to large scale emergencies working with relevant governmental technical departments and various organizations in identifying, designing, delimiting, clearing and developing land allocated to establish site camps.
  • Extensive knowledge of site surveying and experience in undertaking related topography assessments/ feasibility studies for site identification and environmental impact studies whilst using surveying tools (including GPS equipment, GIS software).
  • Prior experience in the design of camp master plans including layout of shelter plots, roads, communal infrastructures and basic services.
  • Prior experience in designing and implementing a longer term shelter strategy looking beyond the emergency phase, particularly within a camp context.
  • Significant exposure and experience of site construction management (including supervision, monitoring, quality control, evaluation, etc.).
  • Excellent working knowledge of English (written / oral / comprehension).
  • Knowledge of local language i.e. Madi is desired

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: 23rd February 2017

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