Fresher UN Careers – Assistant WASH Officer – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


Job Title:        Assistant
WASH Officer (Fresher UN Career Jobs)

Organisation: United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Duty Station: Mbarara, Uganda

Vacancy Notice: Internal/ External Vacancy notice no. 016/2020

Position Number: 10018608

Position Grade: NO-A


About US:

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 assists in the
provision of professional technical support and guidance on activities within
the areas of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) in the locations within the
Areas of Responsibility (AoR). The incumbent normally reports to the WASH
Officer. S/he coordinates interventions with UNHCR’s implementing partners in
line with WASH Sector. In addition, the incumbent will be expected to work
within multi-functional and interdisciplinary teams. The Assistant WASH Officer
will support UNHCR, in coordination with the Government, to assess needs and
coordinate the provision of WASH, and in particular, hygiene promotion services
to Persons of Concern (PoC) to UNHCR. This will include coordination at site
level with WASH partners in conjunction with the government authorities, and
monitoring progress of hygiene promotion programme implementation to ensure
that an adequate level of hygiene promotion service is provided at each site in
accordance with the UNHCR WASH Manual and Technical Guidelines, and applicable
UNHCR Standards and/or National Standards.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Leadership and

  • Work to coordinate activities of WASH implementing partners,
    together with other UN agencies, governmental and non-governmental
    organisations (NGOs) and other partners within the AoR to ensure delivery
    of WASH services to beneficiaries (PoC and host community) meets UNHCR and
    /or nationally recognised and most up-to-date standards and policies.
  • Where there are PoC living outside of camps/settlements, work with
    partners to ensure the enjoyment of the human right to water and
    sanitation by all PoC.
  • Work with senior WASH staff (or management) to engage government and
    partners, following the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), to unlock
    resources (humanitarian and development) for the design and construction
    of community-centred infrastructure, improved hygiene conditions, safe
    management of water and sanitation services and service provision upgrades
    in refugee hosting areas.
  • Work towards ensuring that all decision-making regarding WASH
    services takes in to account the needs and capacities of PoC, and the
    solutions proposed by PoC.
  • Facilitate WASH coordination among partners, ensuring that inclusive
    and good practice coordination structures for all technical sectors
    covered are in place.
  • Assess gaps and overlaps in UNHCR funded WASH programmes and unmet
    needs, work to ensure that they are addressed, and the activities are
    oriented to addressing priority WASH issues.
  • Provide support to a multi-sector “technical unit” in the AoR,
    including sector functions covering site planning, shelter, health, nutrition,
    and environment.
  • Where relevant, provide support to national government(s) for
    inclusion of PoC within national SDG 6 development plans (Urban and Rural)
    and financing mechanisms and service delivery systems.
  • Contribute to key WASH strategic partnerships with development and
    humanitarian agencies to support inclusion of refugee WASH services within
    national systems and development financing mechanisms.
  • Engage with Urban WASH actors (GAUC, UCLG, UNHABITAT, Municipal
    Authorities, Utilities, and relevant government line ministries) for
    preparedness planning, inclusion in pro-poor tariffs, and provision of
    WASH services to PoC hosted in urban areas.

WASH Strategy,
Planning and Programme support

  • Follow a WASH strategy which identifies the targets and approaches
    for water supply, excreta management, personal and environmental hygiene
    (including menstrual health), solid waste management, vector control, and
    institutional WASH facilities.
  • Under guidance of senior WASH staff (or management) jointly with
    WASH partners and other stakeholders, update detailed needs and resource
    assessments and revise designs and technical plans, taking into account
    practical aspects of implementation, long-term sustainable solutions, and
    relevant technical specifications and guidelines.
  • Advise and assist the UNHCR programme staff on the development of
    WASH aspects of the programme including planning, budgeting and input to
    financial management of the programme.
  • Involce PoC during planning, design, implementation, and monitoring
    of WASH services using an age, gender and diversity approach.
  • Work with senior WASH staff (or management) to ensure the WASH
    Strategy includes all UNHCR PoC, and considers at a minimum WASH access
    data collection, and advocacy for inclusion of all PoC (both in camp and
    out of camp) within national systems of WASH service provision

assistance and capacity building

  • Plan and address adequately the needs of women, children, the
    elderly and people living with disabilities in planning and implementing
    WASH activities.
  • Provide input to the Operation to define the scope of UNHCR
    involvement, expressed in terms of overall and operational objectives
    during emergency, transition, and protracted phases.
  • Support the review and analysis of partner project proposals and
    budgetary submissions.
  • Use community-based approaches, including clear involvement of
    women, girls, boys, and men, elderly, persons with disabilities in the
    design of WASH related infrastructure, products, and services.
  • Provide technical assistance to UNHCR office(s) and programmes in
    the development, integration and mainstreaming of appropriate
    client-focused and cost-effective WASH programmes.
  • Ensure development of information, education and communication
    materials through community consultations, collaborating with women,
    girls, boys, men, elderly, persons with disability, and other potentially
    marginalised groups.
  • Contribute to capacity strengthening activities of UNHCR and its
    implementing/operational partners to address key areas of WASH importance
    to PoC.
  • Contribute to building the capacity and competence of UNHCR’s staff
    on both hardware and software components of WASH
  • Ensure community capacity building is carried out through
    multi-discipline teams working with women, girls, men, and boys of the
    community to train and empower them on WASH related aspects including
    menstrual health, hygiene promotion, operation and maintenance, monitoring
    and reporting, and other topics.

evaluation and quality assurance

  • Monitor and evaluate WASH programmes within the AoR against standard
    UNHCR and SDG indicators to ensure that programmes are evidence-based and
    implemented in a comprehensive, client-focused, and cost-effective manner.
  • Contribute to carrying out monitoring and evaluation following
    UNHCR’s WASH monitoring system using standard resources for data
    collection, analysis and interpretation
  • Ensure that all data regarding the boreholes and WASH infrastructure
    is updated on UNHCR’s GIS portal and relevant website(s).
  • Monitor the collection and recording of SDG 6 WASH access data in
    the WASH Monitoring System for all UNHCR PoC to enable comparative
    reporting against national averages, to ensure that refugees/IDPs are not
    being “left behind”.
  • Collate WASH services access data (for both in-camp and out-of-camp
    PoC) to identify and promote inclusion of PoC within national SDG 6
    development plans and financing mechanisms and service delivery systems.

Reporting and

  • Work towards PoC’s access to feedback and accountability mechanisms
    for the WASH services.
  • Contribute to the collating and analysis of data on the satisfaction
    of PoC with regards to WASH services.
  • Provide input to regular sectorial reports and submit material for
    preparation of periodic project monitoring reports as required.
  • Report regularly on WASH activity implementation by all WASH
    partners, while maintaining accurate records of all relevant performance
  • As requested, provide input to adequate reporting, timely updates
    and briefings to donor and management.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations Assistant WASH Officer
    job placement should hold an undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS)
    in Water/Civil/Environmental Engineering/Water Resources Development.
  • One year of previous work experience in Water/
    Sanitation/Environment or a related field dealing with large scale WASH
    activities and Integrated Water Resource Management is required.
  • Proven expertise in the area of WASH including surveys, programme
    implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and coordination is required.
  • Excellent knowledge of English (written / oral / comprehension) is
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Technological Awareness



  • Knowledge and understanding of water and wastewater hydraulics and
    physical, chemical and biological properties; solid waste management
    practices, vector control and hygiene promotion/awareness raising
  • Knowledge and understanding of relationship between water,
    wastewater, solid waste, vector control to public health indicators, and
    value of hygiene promotion/awareness raising and behaviour change


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


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Deadline: 24th September 2020


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