UN Jobs - Energy and Environment Contractor at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:           Energy and Environment Contractor
Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: UNOPS/LICA/EEC
Vacancy Notice No.: UNHCR/UGANDA/LICA/022017
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
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.

Job Summary: The Energy and Environment Contractor will assume the role of UNHCR Uganda E&E focal point. The incumbent will manage the inter-agency co-ordination and consultation mechanisms at country and sub-office levels, including UNHCR staff, government, partner NGOs and the private sector related to and involved in Environment and Energy access in a humanitarian context. The jobholder will also lead and facilitate the development processes and relevant workshops towards elaborating UNHCR Uganda’s E&E strategy.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Tasked with the development of priority actions, milestones, targets, indicators, operational workplans and budgets, logical frameworks, anticipated budgets, highlighting linkages with other UNHCR mandate areas (protection, livelihoods etc.) as well as identifying roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders.
  • Provide strategic leadership and technical guidance towards the implementation of UNHCR Ugandas E&E strategy, to include identification of appropriate sources of renewable energy for cooking and lighting in camps and settlements as well as undertaking cost to benefit analysis of the different technologies.
  • Oversee the implementation of surveys and analysis (such as baselines and market surveys) relevant for E&E that would inform planning and decision making for UNHCR Uganda.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of an in-country monitoring and evaluation system for E&E, with the assistance of the Uganda Country Office and E&E Unit at UNHCR HQ.
  • Assess capacity building needs and provide training to UNHCR staff, government counterparts and partners, with assistance from the E&E Unit.
  • Build strategic partnerships that would assist UNHCR in mobilizing resources and effectively advocating for an enabling environment for implementation of E&E initiatives
  • Take lead in knowledge development and management to ensure that there is effective sharing of information amongst stakeholders in the E&E and Humanitarian sector.
  • Responsible for submission of regular reporting to the Country Office and E&E Unit in UNHCR HQ.

Key Performance Indicators:
  • Monitoring and Progress Controls:  Baseline environment and energy information established for each settlement in Uganda
  • Multiyear country level environment and energy strategy developed, incorporating financing mechanisms and M&E plans - Monitoring and evaluation framework established and implemented
  • Lessons learned/good practices documented and shared with other operations at UNHCR at the Energy and Environment Unit at HQ
  • Capacity building training on environment and energy-related programme issues organized
  • New, innovative ideas and approaches generated for application at settlement level;
  • Market-based approaches identified for energy technologies and projects
  • Regular, timely quality reports submitted to the Country Office and the Energy and Environment Unit

 Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Energy and Environment Contractor career opportunity should hold an MSC degree in energy/renewable energy, natural resource management, environmental sciences
  • A minimum of eight years of relevant experience as a minimum qualification for the consultancy position
  • Significant experience in design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of renewable energy, environment and development projects
  • Previous exposure and experience in coordinating and undertaking assessments, surveys and facilitating strategic planning processes
  • Previous experience in managing, supervising and providing technical leadership to field based project staff is highly desired
  • Experience in implementing cost effective energy and environment related initiatives in a humanitarian context will be an added advantage
  • Excellent communication (both written and spoken) skills and networking abilities in communicating relevant information to a variety of audiences for advocating UNHCRs mandate
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision while delivering high quality results for UNHCR Uganda
  • Previous work experience in East Africa or Uganda highly desired
  • Fluent in written and spoken English; knowledge of local languages will be an added advantage

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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