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Assistant Environment Officer

at UNHCR UN Refugee Agency
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted July 11, 2019
Category Environmental Science
Currency UGX


JOB TITLE Assistant Environment Officer

The Assistant Environment Officer will work closely with colleagues responsible for water and sanitation, shelter, nutrition, education, health, community services and livelihoods. The incumbent will support the UNHCR Office on all issues related to environment, self-reliance and shelter/infrastructures and will make sure that UNHCR policies are in line with global and national strategies.

Regular and frequent discussions between the incumbent and his/her supervisor(s), including at headquarters, are necessary to ensure that the latest best practices and procedures are shared and applied consistently on issues related to environment.

(key results that will be achieved)

Assistance is provided in establishing partnerships with government ministries, NGOs, other UN agencies and donors and coordinate planning a response to refugee-related environmental damages in the country.
Technical advice is provided to develop project proposals and to support programme implementation of environmental and self-reliance projects.
UNHCR management is assisted in establishing coordination, monitoring and evaluation systems, including information sharing mechanisms regarding environment, energy sources and livelihoods
(process and functions undertaken to achieve results)

In collaboration with the relevant stakeholders, support the office in undertaking regular assessments on environmental conditions in refugee-hosting areas and measure the extent those conditions are affected by the presence of refugee camps; collect and update data on main areas of environment, energy, livelihood and shelters and identify means to mitigate the impact on natural resources.
Undertake an assessment of the current domestic energy situation in the refugee camps together with the concerned persons.
On the basis of the assessment, and in consultation with relevant stakeholders, identify effective interventions in the sector of energy both from the demand and supply sides.


Budgeting, planning and managerial skills, ability to work with various (relevant) computer software.
Familiarity with emerging environmentally sustainable and appropriate technologies, and renewable energy.
Solid skills in analysis, using and presenting quantitative and qualitative data, and report writing.
Familiarity with community-based and participatory approaches.
Excellent knowledge of English language and knowledge of local language and local institutions.

Experience Requirements

Minimum 1 year experience in environmental assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation of integrated environmental programmes/projects in displacement and stable situations.
Awareness of and practical experience with refugee-related environmental problems.

Education Requirements

Undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies/Management of Natural Resources, Agriculture, Forestry or other related fields.