5 JOB POSITIONS AT UNHCR Rwanda : ( Deadline : 31 December 2019 )
Energy Associate AT UNHCR Rwanda : ( Deadline : 31 December 2019 )
EXTERNAL VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NO: 19/HCR/KGL/VN/082
Title of Post: Energy Associate
Duty Station: Karongi, Rwanda
Category and Level: Local ICA Support, Level 6
Title of Supervisor: Associate Energy & Environment Officer
Duration of assignment: Initially for one year
Entry on Duty: Immediate
Closing date of application: 31 December 2019
The Energy Associate will be responsible for supporting the assessment, analysis, planning and implementation of the IKEA Foundation Energy Programme, in collaboration with Practical Action. This will involve identifying and building relationships with key stakeholders, coordinating activities with relevant partners in addition to communications and reporting on progress.
The incumbent will be required to support the assessment of energy needs and evaluate existing energy systems in locations in which UNHCR operates, in addition to assisting in developing technical energy plans for effective implementation of energy programmes.
The job requires direct contact with the target populations and relevant actors in assessing energy needs; and taking into account aspects of age, gender and diversity mainstreaming in the planning, implementation and evaluation processes; the target populations skills profile and political and socio-economic context; as well as to propose appropriate solutions to meet those needs.
The staff member is directly supervised by the Associate Energy & Environment Officer
The incumbent will be responsible for coordination and communication to ensure effective synergies between energy and other UNHCR sectors, including protection, livelihoods, shelter, environment, programme and supply, in addition to synergies between other humanitarian agencies, government and private sector actors.
The Energy Associate will support Practical Action in the assessment and development of a comprehensive energy plan for sustainable and appropriate energy options for cooking, lighting and electricity, taking into account protection, financial, environmental and livelihood considerations in comparing the potential for each alternative. This shall be done in close consultation with all relevant stakeholders to include refugees/IDPs/returnees and host populations. The strategy shall outline clear costs, timelines and implementation plans for each section of the strategy, including staffing requirements and responsibilities, in addition to potential exit strategy.
The incumbent will inform and coordinate with implementing partners, consultants, UNHCR and government agencies to ensure the implementation of a robust and appropriate renewable energy strategy and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources and ensure safety. 2 She/he will also provide regular reporting of progress to the direct supervisor and at camp coordination meetings.
Access to clean, affordable and reliable energy services is integral part of the humanitarian response and an essential factor in creating sustainable economic development. Sustainable energy services are essential for basic human protection and aim to enable refugees, IDPs, host communities and other persons of concern to meet their energy needs in a safe, sustainable and affordable way, recognizing the critical importance of access to sustainable energy to ensure basic needs, improve human protection and well-being, and foster communities´ inclusiveness.
Energy services provide cooking, lighting, heating and clean water, and underpin all but the most rudimentary income-earning activities. Energy poverty leads to insecurity, increased risk of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), reduced development opportunities, health problems and environmental degradation.
In line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), access to clean energy could vastly improve the health and well-being of millions of persons. The incumbent will provide technical support on sustainable energy in the operation. The Energy Associate will work very closely with the technical sectors, Programme and Protection colleagues. The incumbent will typically report to the Energy Officer or the Programme Officer in the Operation
• Project management and coordination between all stakeholders;
• Communication and reporting on progress, obstacles and resolution of issues;
• Support to define the energy requirements and documenting the current situation;
• Collaborate and coordinate closely with programme, supply, livelihoods, WASH and other technical experts to ensure energy based interventions are approached from a cross sectoral perspective;
• Provide technical inputs and participate in relevant inter-agency programming processes, joint needs assessments, national development planning, at national and sub-national levels;
• Carry out key stakeholder consultations, including refugees, host communities, existing Implementing and Operational Partners, key government stakeholders;
• Oversee and coordinate energy activities conducted by implementing partners, NGO contractors and consultants, in addition to providing technical advice to partners and NGOs;
• Ensure budget expenditures and reporting requirements are in line with UNHCR program procedures and donor priorities, notably the Programme team and Head of Sub-Office;
• Coordination of assessment of pilot projects, highlighting livelihood opportunities, obstacles, lessons learnt and their potential for expansion with the camps and host community areas;
• Identify, mentor and capacity build Energy Ambassadors within POC and host communities to advocate for proposed energy interventions and serve as focal points for energy within those communities;
• Document each stage of project development including monitoring, testing, trouble shooting, lessons learned and solutions applied to assure institutional knowledge development;
• Develop effective communication channels between all with key stakeholders and promote the sharing of information on energy related activities;
• Stay informed of all governmental/national regulations with relation to energy systems to ensure energy activities are legal and sustainable;
• Conduct monitoring and evaluation activities in collaboration with key partners;
• Provide technical guidance to staff and partners on all energy activities;
• Perform other duties as required. Authority 3 The incumbent shall have the authority to coordinate between all stakeholders and UNHCR, advising other expert and non-expert staff in the proper planning and implementation of energy projects in a methodical, transparent and professional manner to align with UNHCR’s mandate and other programmes in the camps.
ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
• Education: Completion of the Secondary Education with post-secondary training/certificate in energy technology, engineering, renewable energy or related area.
• Job experience: Minimum of 6 years of previous job relevant experience.
• Computer skills.
• Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language.
• Analytical Thinking.
• Planning and Organizing.
• Stakeholder Management.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION & COMPETENCIES
• Experience in partnership development and donor engagement.
• Problem solving ability combined with capacity for research and analysis.
• Ability to think creatively, and to explore, harness and translate innovative concepts and current practices into sustainable projects.
• Experience working on the design and installation of renewable energies and related technologies.
• Applied knowledge: ability to apply knowledge from contemporary research in the field of energy, and translate this into humanitarian settings.
• Strong interest and exposure to development and humanitarian issues, especially in the area of energy and sustainability.
• Ability to meet reporting deadlines, manage budgets and complete quarterly and yearly reporting.
• Experience working with government authorities, development partners, civil society and public-private sector.
• Experience with UNHCR programming and reporting.
• Ability to work independently and deliver high quality work under pressure.
SUBMISSIONS OF APPLICATIONS
If you wish to be considered for this vacancy, please submit your application on http://rwanda.unhcr.io by 31 December 2019. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a test. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. No late applications will be accepted. UNHCR is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from qualified candidates regardless of disability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees). Should you be asked for a fee or a benefit at any stage of this process, please report your concern to UNHCR’s Investigation Service ([email protected]
4 JOB POSITIONS AT UNHCR Rwanda : Senior WASH Assistant : ( Deadline : 31 December 2019 )
EXTERNAL VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NO: 19/HCR/KGL/VN/083
Title of Post: Senior WASH Assistant (4 Positions)
Post Number: UNOPS
Category and Level: Local, Support ICA, Level 5
Location: Huye, Kirehe, Gicumbi, Karongi
Duration of appointment: Initially for a period of one year
Entry on duty: Immediate
Closing date of application: 31 December 2019
The United Nations General Assembly mandated the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to ensure protection and multi-sectoral assistance to refugees and asylum seekers. The Government of Rwanda through its Ministry In charge of Emergency Management (MINEMA) and UNHCR co-coordinate the refugee response for nearly 150,000 refugees, who live in six camps and urban areas. Across the country, five refugee camps have been established (Kigeme, Mugombwa, Gihembe, Nyabiheke, Kiziba) in order to host refugees fleeing armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the mid-1990s; then another wave arriving in 2012-13 due to renewed insecurity in the Eastern part of the country. A sixth camp (Mahama) was established in April 2015 in order to host the mass influx of Burundian refugees fleeing election-related violence in Burundi. A small number of refugees are living in reception / transit centers pending their relocation to camps. Approximately 12,000 refugees reside in urban areas, mainly from Burundi, with a smaller population of Congolese and other nationalities.
The UNHCR Operation in Rwanda and its Project Partners are continuously putting more efforts together to ensure access to basic needs including adequate and safe access to water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in all refugees’ settings. Among the area of the intervention, include construction of shelters & related infrastructure and improving the WASH facilities, sensitization and mobilization of community within the camps for behavior change to sustain the best hygiene practices. The UNHCR Rwanda WASH strategy 2020 – 2022 is in place to guide the implementation of within the refugee settings and national host communities.
This position is central to the implementation of the WASH activities at the grassroots in the camps to ensure that UNHCR standards are maintained through the implementation of WASH programmes and monitoring the works of the WASH Project Partners in the refugee camp. Under the supervision of WASH Officer and in co-ordination with the other colleagues working in the field of programme, Protection, site planning & shelter, health and community services units, the WASH Associate will undertake the following tasks:
1. Coordinate daily needs assessment on WASH and infrastructures within the camps through involvement of beneficiaries’ structures (refugee leaders and WASH committees).
2. Participate on all WASH/Shelter related meetings, compile reports or minutes on weekly/monthly basis
3. Support the partners and conduct training of water management/WASH committees at camp level and host communities 2
4. Together with the WASH Officer and Physical Site Planner, perform compliance inspection of new construction, which pertains to the water distribution system/sanitation facilities and other infrastructures against the prescribed standards, plans and specifications.
5. Supporting in monitoring the regular water quantity and quality surveys per each water supply system at camp level, provide the feedback to the WASH partner and inform the users of its quality.
6. Assist and check the engineering calculations leading to detailed drawings for required WASH infrastructure, drainage activities and associated cost estimates for camps/settlements, transit centers, to support on WASH/ shelter interventions.
7. Assist in reviewing the proposals from WASH partner on planned WASH activities and related construction works.
8. Participate for documentation of successful WASH and community related initiatives/ activities at the field level.
9. Facilitate the community voluntary participation in waste management, provision of clean and safe water and measures in order to promote hygiene practices.
10. Support the Field Office in monitoring WASH activities within the camps and to ensure all related WASH services conform to UNHCR standards
11. Play major role in Multi-functional Team during all stages of programme cycle particularly for monitoring.
12. Regularly report on work progress of various WASH activities and preparation of technical reports and SitRep (weekly and monthly).
13. Assist in compilation of the data from Field Offices or WASH Partners on WASH indicators for WASH Report Card on monthly basis.
14. Liaise and coordinate technical activities with local authorities, community representatives and other agencies as required.
15. Liaise with other sector, particularly shelter, health, field and protection to locate, plan, implement and monitor wash activities.
16. Perform other related duties and tasks as required
Essential Minimum Qualification, experience and competencies
In order to be considered eligible for the position, the following criteria must be fulfilled:
• Completion of diploma in Water Engineering, Environment Health Science, Civil engineering or WASH related course from recognized institutions. Bachelor’s degree is an added advantage.
• Minimum 2 years of relevant working experience in implementing WASH project, including collaboration with different international and local organizations.
• Thorough knowledge of national, UNHCR and international WASH standards
• Fluency in English and working knowledge French is desirable
• Proven skills in computer programs (MS Office, etc.), Knowledgeable on the use of engineering software’s i.e. AutoCAD, ArchiCAD, ArcGIS to produce digital maps, site plans, layout and other technical drawings.
• Willingness and ability to work in hardship environments.
• Managing Resources, Analytical thinking.
• Planning and Organizing, Technological Awareness
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
• Excellent skills in report writing and meeting dead lines
• To establish effective working relations with the other team members and other stakeholders. 3 SUBMISSIONS OF APPLICATIONS
If you wish to be considered for this vacancy, please submit your application on http://rwanda.unhcr.io by 31 December 2019. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a test. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. No late applications will be accepted. UNHCR is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from qualified candidates regardless of disability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees).