Nearly 162,000refugees 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 a total of 30 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.
Refugee settlement planning is the process by which the spatial allocation of land is decided in support of the protection, access to basic services, livelihoods, and socio-cultural life of displaced people and the host community. UNHCR provides technical support to the Government of Uganda to ensure that all refugee settlement spatial planning standards developed, as well as settlement plans implemented, allow for the adequate protection and self-resilience of refugees.
The proper planning of settlements is crucial as it provides a basis for the sustainable development of communities; facilitating the integration of displaced populations, contributing to the peaceful coexistence of communities and defining land use to meet the needs of those displaced within the wider national governance and development framework. In addition, the construction/infrastructure projects that UNHCR implements in different locations in Uganda require fit for purpose site layouts, materials and, where applicable, building designs.
Therefore, UNHCR is seeking a qualified and experienced architect or urban planner to apply for a Project Physical Site Planner 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 Physical Site Planner will oversee the settlement development plans of the location(s) assigned to, working closely with relevant government stakeholders (e.g. OPM, MLHUD, MoWE, DLGs). The Project Physical Site Planner will oversee the planning and design development of the construction/infrastructure project(s) assigned to, working closely with the assigned Project Engineer, to ensure that the Works are implemented and completed to the quality desired (as per specifications and designs), within time and project(s) budget.