UN Hydrogeologist Careers – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:           Hydrogeologist
Organisation: United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.:
Vacancy Notice No.:
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: WASH Officer
Position Grade: LICA, Level
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 Hydrogeologist will review and guide
    on implementation of best practice in the identification of promising
    locations for drilling;
  • Tasked with drilling and development;
    borehole completion/design;
  • Step and constant rate discharge testing to
    identify suitable flow rate for motorized systems.
  • Keenly monitor and improve systems for: –
    monitoring groundwater and surface water use, groundwater levels, surface
    water flow and water quality – recording works related to exploitation of
    groundwater and surface water – estimating groundwater
  • This activity will focus both on immediate
    needs and providing longer term data and assessments to: improve capacity
    for dealing with similar emergencies in the future; and provide data
    essential to a better understanding of the hydrogeology.
  • Where possible, identify boreholes that
    could be used for observation of pump tests in high-yielding boreholes and
    provide advice based on results of pump tests on aquifer characteristics.
  • The jobholder will also promote effective
    operation and maintenance of equipment through promoting use of limited
    range of pumps, generators etc
  • The incumbent will assess groundwater
    chemical characteristics, of surface and groundwater and identify
    pollution sources: proposing possible actions for remediation;
  • As feasible, operationalization of
    alternative water supply options including rain water harvesting, surface
    water storage dams, etc.
  • Work closely with Uganda’s Ministry of
    Water and Environment and with technical working groups set up to improve
    the response to refugee needs
  • Perform any other duties as requested 

Key Performance Indicators:
  • Support for the South Sudan emergency
    operation, in particular viability for exploring groundwater potential to
    improve the success rates of drilling works and reduce the amount of
    costly water trucking currently needed.
  • Support agencies undertaking drilling
    works to monitor groundwater extraction, and protect water resources in
    terms of quantity and quality. All proposed interventions shall be discussed,
    as appropriate, with UNHCR WASH officers, local government water officers,
    partners in the settlements involved in water supply and distribution. All
    interventions should comply with Ministry of Water requirements and
    guidelines. The liaison under point 6 is expected to focus on cooperation
    to support Ministry efforts, optimal use of expertise.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations
    UNHCR Hydrogeologist career opportunity should hold a Masters degree in
  • At least eight years of previous job
    experience in a related field
  • At least three years of experience of
    groundwater exploitation and protection in northern Uganda or similar
    environment (semi-arid, hard rock and sedimentary)
  • Excellent knowledge of English language
    and excellent report writing skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • 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: 13th September 2017
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