Duties and Qualifications
In order to ensure wider reach out to the refugees and other persons of concern and ensure their close involvement in the delivery and management of the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) services, the incumbent will need to establish an appropriate consultative and monitoring framework which would draw the experience and expertise of a wide range of actors both internally and externally.
ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
(In offices where the working language is not English, excellent knowledge of working language of duty station and working knowledge of English.)
***For National Officer positions, very good knowledge of local language and local institutions is essential.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES
C001L3 – Accountability Level 3
C002L3 – Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
C003L3 – Communication Level 3
C004L3 – Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
C005L3 – Client & Result Orientation Level 3
C006L3 – Organizational Awareness Level 3
M003L3 – Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
X002L3 – Innovation and Creativity Level 3
X003L3 – Technological Awareness Level 3
X005L3 – Planning and Organizing Level 3
For those people applying for High Risk Duty Stations, we strongly encourage colleagues to read the country specific security and welfare profiles which can be found on the Intranet under Staff Resources (Duty of Care). These profiles have been specifically designed to answer some of the key questions (on security conditions, medical provisions, staff welfare, living and working conditions) potential applicants might have before deciding to apply. Ensuring staff are better informed is part of the increased attention UNHCR is paying to Duty of Care. This project is still in the pilot phase, and as such some of the information leaflets are being produced as we speak and might not be available yet. They will be soon, so keep checking.
– University degree in water and sanitation engineering / water resources development and/or postgraduate degree in one of the civil engineering disciplines (water supply and/or hydrology) or sanitation/hygiene engineering.
– Minimum of 8 years (6 years with Advance University Degree) of progressively responsible functions in water/sanitary engineering or a related field in developing countries dealing with large scale WASH activities. At least 2 years of this experience should be in a capacity directly relevant to the current position in the UN or in an international organisation dealing with large scale emergencies or displaced/refugee situations.
– Ability to coordinate a range of diverse actors and activities to achieve a common objective in the area of WASH.
– Demonstrated experience in organising and conducting training activities and information campaigns in the areas of environmental sanitation, natural resources management, water quality, bore-hole drilling, vector control and appropriate technologies.
– Proven technical expertise in the area of WASH assessment including surveys, programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and coordination.
– Exposure to UNHCR mandate, its priorities and principles.
– Knowledge of and experience with partner agencies with a capacity to provide formal and informal training.
– Proficiency in basic computer software such as MS Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, water modelling software, GIS.
– Excellent knowledge of English language
– On the job coaching and mentoring of national staff
– Multi agency coordination and dealing with the public
– Ability to come up with creative and innovative solutions to operational challenges
The Government of Uganda (GoU) is a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol. It is also party to the 1969 OAU Convention. It has incorporated its obligations under international law within its own domestic legislation through the 2006 Refugee Act and 2010 Refugee Regulations. Uganda adopts a settlement approach to refugee management and protection, whereby, upon receiving refugee status, new arrivals are provided with plots of land in refugee-hosting villages on which to build new homes and grow agricultural crops. Refugees are able to freely access public services such as health and education and are granted a range of rights and freedoms, including freedom of movement, to seek employment and to start their own business. The operational implication of this is that programme management becomes more akin to a rural developmental programme rather than a typical refugee camp management. Longer term vision and creative linkages with developmental actors are required to ensure that the settlements are developed with a multiyear vision and linked more closely with the district government structures. Refugees are also free to choose to live in urban settings, where UNHCR support is focused on protection issues, community services and limited livelihood assistance.
Uganda is currently hosting 898,082 refugees and asylum-seekers according to the Government¿s Refugee Information Management System (RIMS) (as of end of October), the largest number in the country¿s history. Uganda continues to receive three simultaneous emergency influxes from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi. Around 62% of the total refugee population are from South Sudan, around half of whom have arrived since the outbreak of violence in July 2016. The vast majority of South Sudanese refugees are being hosted in Uganda¿s West Nile district in settlements in Adjumani, Yumbe, Arua and Koboko. New arrivals from South Sudan are received at transit or collection centres in Elegu, Palorinya, Kerua and Kuluba. The majority of new arrivals are currently being hosted in the recently opened Bidibidi settlement, which in the space of a few months has become one of the largest refugee-hosting areas in the world. Together with the Government of Uganda, UNHCR coordinates the humanitarian response in the refugee settlements, working with implementing and operational partners to provide life-saving assistance and basic services.
WORKING AND LIVING CONDITIONS
Arua is a medium size town with the population of about 700,000. The town is peaceful. Arua is located in a corner of the country that borders both South Sudan and the DRC. There are significant amount of local economic activity as a result of cross-boarder trade.
Good accommodation is available in Arua. Health facilities are available but basic. All other recreation facilities are available.
Staff members are required to make accommodation arrangements of their own (either in UN cleared hotels or through private rental arrangements in which case prior advice from UNHCR Field Safety Advisor has to be sought.
Arua Sub office is 6 hours¿ drive away from Kampala in West Nile. It has a new field unit being established in Yumbe district with several border crossing points along DR Congo and South Sudan borders. Arua as well as Koboko and Yumbe district are all considered under having a low security level (security level II). It is a non-duty station category. Although a fast growing town Arua, Yumbe and Koboko have challenges of poor social, health, educational and recreational amenities. Settlements have thus been established in Rhino camp, ocea and Bidibidi for the South Sudese refugees. Although terrorism is a threat across Uganda, the major security challenges in Arua, Koboko are road traffic accidents, petty economically motivated crimes, domestic violence and disease outbreaks and prevalence include but are not limited to Malaria, HIV, hepatitis B and Typhoid fever. The UN security management system has put in place mitigation measures to reduce on the impacts of the safety and security challenges there-in.
Although English is the only essential languange, knowledge of Arabic would be an asset since most refugees speak it.
Arua, Uganda 🇺🇬