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Job Title:           Assistant WASH Officer
Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: UNOPS-LICA-WASH
Vacancy Notice No.: 029/20198
Duty Station: Uganda

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 WASH Officer will oversee UNHCR directly implemented interventions in WASH, monitor all implementing and operational partners activities in the settlement, and provide technical guidance when needed. This entails holding at least one coordination meeting with WASH actors at settlement level per month, collate and consolidate information from WASH or relevant coordination bodies at settlement and zonal levels and advise the HoSO on most appropriate course of action for the sector. 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.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • 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, Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and the District Local Government, partners and other UNHCR heads of units/sectors, as appropriate. Under the direct supervision of the Program Officer and technical guidance from the Senior WASH Officer, the incumbent will provide technical support in the coordination of WASH sector activities in the refugee operation:
  • Support the implementation of UNHCRs Strategic Plan for WASH activities.
  • Assist in adapting internationally accepted standards, policies, and guidelines for WASH.
  • Work in close coordination with the Program Officer, consolidate and provide technical support to partners on WASH-related issues to ensure quality, cost-effectiveness, sustainability and environmental soundness in their implementation.
  • Contribute to regular reviews of the quantity and quality of water and sanitation services offered in the settlements 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
  • Contribute to SO Yumbes complete phase out of water trucking,

Key Result Areas:
  • Establishment of motorised systems and distribution networks for 5 UNHCR drilled high yielding bore holes and phase out water trucking in 6 months of deployment.
  • Complete ground water monitoring achieved in 9 months of deployment.
  • Drainable institutional latrines achieved in 9 months of deployment.
  • At least 80% of household latrines achieved in 9 months of deployment.
  • Monitor, at least quarterly, partners' activities and submit reports.
  • Submit regular reports from the sector meetings.
  • Regularly brief (orally and/or in writing) the HoSO, immediate supervisor and technical supervisor of key developments in the sector.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Assistant WASH Officer career opportunity should hold a University degree in Water and Sanitation Engineering / Water Resources Development and/or postgraduate degree in one of the Civil / Environmental/ Water and Sanitation Engineering disciplines or Public health Engineering.
  • 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).
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Flexible approach to problem solving; and good 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: 18th April 2018

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