In Uganda, the presence of over 1.2 million refugees hosted with a settlement approach requires deliberate environmental management to mitigate the footprint of the response and sustain the integrity of the asylum space and peaceful co-existence with host communities. Further, in humanitarian contexts, sustainable energy is a crosscutting issue with broad implications for self-reliance, protection, education, health, and environment, and necessitates collaboration amongst a wide variety of actors in governmental, nongovernmental, and private sectors. To enhance safe access to fuel and energy for refugees, it is imperative to design a programme based on a feasibility study and baseline assessment with substantial refugee consultation. Such programmes should be holistic, from fuel provision to providing appropriate cooking and lighting technologies to refugees.
UNHCR is creating an Associate Environment & Energy Officer position in Kampala to coordinate and provide technical support on environmental protection and energy access. The incumbent will support all issues related to environment and energy and its cross-cutting impacts including self-reliance, education and protection, as well as integration with national responders including central and local governments for continued implementation of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework. The incumbent will support management of forestry programming in refugee-hosting districts in partnership with the National Forestry Authority and the Ministry of Water and Environment.
The position will be based in Kampala Country Office and will work closely with colleagues in related technical sectors including education, livelihoods, protection, health, community services, shelter, water and sanitation, and gender and age. S/he will coordinate and provide technical support to a regional network of country-level energy and environment focal points in the 12 refugee hosting districts in Uganda, including assistance with geo-spatial data collection and analysis.