UN Associate WASH Officer Careers - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:           Associate WASH Officer
Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: UNOPS-LICA/WASH
Vacancy Notice No.: UNHCR UGANDA/003/2017
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Position Grade: LICA, Level 9

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 jobholder will provide technical support in the coordination of WASH sector activities in the refugee operation
  • Render support in the implementation of UNHCR Strategic Plan for WASH activities.
  • Assist in adapting internationally accepted standards, policies, and guidelines for WASH.
  • Work in liaison with the Senior WASH Officer, consolidate and provide technical support to partners on WASH related issues to ensure quality, cost effectiveness, sustainability and environmental soundness in their implementation.
  • Actively contribute to regular reviews of the quantity and quality of water and sanitation services offered in the camps and host communities and ensures the maintenance of records of WASH performance indicators.
  • Undertake field verifications, monitor development and evaluate activities and approaches adopted by partners in WASH and related sectors, sharing the results with WASH focal points in the field (e.g. natural resources management, environment assessment) and formulate appropriate designs and corrective measures as deemed necessary in consultation with the WASH focal points.
  • 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.
  • Actively participate in WASH coordination meetings as well as in Technical monitoring of activities

Key Performance Indicators:
  • The incumbent holds a professional management position responsible for provision of expert technical support and advice on strategic planning and policy making on activities within the areas of WASH as an integral part of UNHCR programmes.
  • The incumbent will ensure that WASH services provided to refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR are based on UNHCR country and or internationally recognized standards and policies. Internal and external work relationships where the incumbent needs to work closely with includes Programme and field colleagues
  • The relevant line ministries for coordination purposes as well as be in position to work in line with the government policy guidelines Implementing partners in water, sanitation and hygiene promotion in the refugee settlements and communities in and around the refugee settlements

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Senior Health Information Associate career opportunity should hold a University degree in Water and Sanitation Engineering Water Resources Development and postgraduate degree in one of the Civil Environmental/ Water and Sanitation Engineering disciplines or Public health Engineering.
  • At least five years of professional working experience in water sanitary engineering or a related field in developing countries dealing with large scale WASH activities
  • 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
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of working with local partner agencies with a capacity to provide formal and informal training.
  • Proficiency in basic computer software such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word as well as GIS.
  • Excellent knowledge of English (written/oral /comprehension) and knowledge of local language.
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Highly 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: 21st July 2017

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