Job Title Assistant Environment Officer
Type Internal/External
Type Of Contract Fixed Term

Vacancy Notice Internal/ External Vacancy Notice Number 016/2019
Position Number 10031827
Number Of Vacancies 1
Location Moyo
Position Grade NO-A
Closing Date 2019-07-23
Organizational Context

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. The incumbent will undertake missions to the camps and liaise with Sub-Offices on the implementation of environment, self-reliance and shelters/site planning programmes. In addition, the staff member will maintain regular contact with UN technical agencies, and implementing and operational partners as needed.

The incumbent should be capable of working with minimum supervision in project submissions, revisions and reallocations throughout the project lifecycle in the environmental programme. S/he will be instrumental in contributing to the development of specific inputs related to the sector and must meet reporting requirements.

Functional Statement

Accountability (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

Responsibility (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.
  • Act as focal point and liaison officer for all matters related to environmental activities amongst different sectors within UNHCR and outside
  • Assist in the management of UNHCR's assistance programmes in the form of project submissions, revision and reallocations in the environment sector throughout the project lifecycle, needs assessment, budgeting, monitoring, implementation and evaluation.
  • Assist the UNHCR Office in organizing training activities of UNHCR and its implementing partners to address key areas of environmental management, climate change and domestic energy issues to refugees and other persons of concern.
  • Document best practices/lessons for dissemination and implementation in the areas of natural resource management, forestry, sustainable agriculture, domestic energy and environmental education sectors.
  • Provide technical support in developing project proposals and implementation arrangements to address environmental rehabilitation needs within the framework of UNHCR policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Provide technical input on reports related to environmental issues.
  • Undertake other duties as required.

Authority (decisions made in executing responsibilities and to achieve results)

  • Support the UNHCR Representation in coordinating matters related to environment amongst different sectors within UNHCR, the local authorities, and implementing partners.
  • Represent UNHCR in relevant national meetings and technical conferences in the area of environment. ct as focal point and liaison officer for all matters related to environmental activities amongst different sectors within UNHCR and outside.



Required Competencies
  • Empowering and Building Trust
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Analytical Thinking
Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience
  • Undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies/Management of Natural Resources, Agriculture, Forestry or other related fields.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Desirable qualifications & competencies
  • Budgeting, planning and managerial skills, ability to work with various (relevant) computer software.