Nearly 162,000 refugees fled to Uganda in 2018, bringing the refugee population to more than 1.15 million people. Wars, violence and persecution in the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes Region were the main drivers of forced displacement into Uganda, in particular insecurity and ethnic violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South Sudan’s conflict, and political instability and human rights violations in Burundi.
South Sudanese make up the largest refugee population in Uganda (785,104) as of October 2018, followed by refugees from the DRC (284,265) and Burundi (33,657). Another 51,326 refugees from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda, Somalia and Sudan have lived in protracted exile in Uganda for the past three decades.
More than 63 percent of Uganda’s refugees are under the age of 18, one of the most visible consequences of conflicts in neighboring countries - and with clear implications for the provision of protection services. Women represent 52 percent of the entire refugee population.
Twelve of Uganda’s 121 districts host the overwhelming majority of refugees. About 95 percent live in settlements alongside the local communities, mainly in northern Uganda or West Nile (Adjumani, Arua, Koboko, Moyo, Lamwo and Yumbe) with smaller numbers in central Uganda or Mid-West (Kiryandongo and Kikuube) and southern Uganda or South West (Kyegegwa, Kamwenge and Isingiro). Urban centres are home to less than five percent of the refugee population, mainly Kampala, although there is a trend from settlements to these centres that requires more attention than has been the case to date.
UNHCR implements construction/rehabilitation projects in different locations in Uganda and is hereby seeking qualified and experienced Project Engineers to apply for a Project Engineer Roster in the locations mentioned above. Depending on the outcome of written test and verbal interviews, the selected applicants will be placed on the Roster, per geographical location(s), in priority order. Number-1 on the roster means the most highly qualified and experienced. The enrolment of selected applicants on the roster doesn't in any way constitute right for employment with UNHCR. Selected applicants on the roster will only be called to work with UNHCR on specific project(s) in the location(s) qualified for and for the duration of the project(s) assigned to. The Project Engineer will oversee the day to-day operations of the construction project(s) assigned to, to ensure that the Works are implemented and completed to the quality desired (as per specifications and designs), within time and project(s) budget