New Job at The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – Assistant Environment Officer

Jobs in Tanzania 2020: New Job Vacancies at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Tanzania 2020
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title Assistant Environment Officer
Job ID 23120
Location Kibondo, Tanzania- U.R. Of
Salary Grade NA
Hardship Level E
Family Location Type Family
Eligible Applicants
This Job Opening is available to eligible UNHCR staff members and external applicants.
Procedures and Eligibility
Interested applicants should consult the Administrative Instruction on
Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS). Applicants
must be nationals of, and be locally recruited within the country of
their employment.


Duties and Qualifications
Assistant Environment Officer
Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
Assistant Environment Officer will work closely with colleagues
responsible for protection, site planning, water and sanitation,
shelter, nutrition, education, health, community services and
livelihoods. The incumbent will support the UNHCR Office on all issues
related to environment and climate change, including mainstreaming into
all sectors and aspects of the country operation.
Regular and
frequent discussions between the incumbent and the supervisor(s) 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 programmes. In addition,
the staff member will maintain regular contact with UN technical
agencies, development partners, line ministries and agencies,
implementing and operational partners as needed.

operations inherently degrade environments because of changes in land
use and increased use of natural resources. It is imperative to ensure
environmental mitigation measures are in place to ensure sustainable
natural resource use for wellbeing refugees and host communities.

coordination and collaboration with key stakeholders, including
refugees and host communities, is required to synergise resources.
Interventions are evidence-based to ensure their appropriateness.
Environment and social screening in addition to environmental impact
assessments will be required to evaluate the Operation.

Assistant Environment Officer 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. The
incumbent should be part of the Multi-function Team to ensure that
environmental concerns are mainstreamed and taken into consideration in
any decision making process.

All UNHCR staff members are
accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job
description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with
the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN
Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative
Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition,
staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a
manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and
managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism,
integrity and respect for diversity.



– Ensure environmental considerations are systematically included when assessing the needs of PoCs.

Based on assessments, and in consultation with relevant stakeholders,
draft sustainable solutions to address the basic needs of PoCs while
mitigating the environmental impact of the interventions.
– Advise
site planners on mainstreaming environmental considerations throughout
the settlement design process with due consideration for the
environmental conditions in surrounding host areas.
– Work in close
coordination with all relevant sectors and clusters in UNHCR, including
Protection, WASH, Health, Shelter and Settlements, Livelihoods, Energy,
Camp Coordination & Camp Management to ensure environmental concerns
and impact mitigation measures are included in operational responses.

Collect, analyse and update data and information concerning the
environmental status of settlements and broader hosting areas.

Contribute to internal and external reporting commitments, including
proposal drafting for environment and energy while ensuring new projects
are coherent and visibly complement planned interventions at (sub)
office level.
– Ensure all responses work toward environmental sustainability for both PoCs and host communities.

Assist Programme in the technical oversight of UNHCR implementing
partners to ensure environmental considerations are adequately
integrated in technical interventions.
– Support quality monitoring of interventions, track and record relevant indicators in UNHCR¿s corporate tools.

Stay abreast of new technologies and relevant partnerships related to
environment and climate change to more efficiently respond to the needs
of PoCs, in line with the Global Compact on Refugees.
– Assist training and capacity building activities to address the identified skills and knowledge gaps
– Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications
Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
P1/NOA – 1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no
experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree

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Field(s) of Education

  • Environmental Studies Management of Natural Resources, Agriculture, Forestry
  • or other related fields.
  • (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses
Not specified.

Relevant Job Experience


  • 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.
  • Familiarity with community-based and participatory approaches.


  • Budgeting, planning experience, ability to work with various (relevant) computer software.

Functional Skills

  • IT-Computer Literacy;
  • PR-Refugee Issues;
  • SP-Environmental Assessment/Planning/Monitoring/Evaluation of integrated projects/programs;
  • SP-Emerging environmentally sustainable and appropriate technologies, and renewable energy;
  • SP-Environment – Experience in displacement and stable situations;
  • MS-Analysis;
  • PR-Participatory Approach;
  • CO-Drafting and Documentation;
  • (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

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Language Requirements
International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English
and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language
of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title
and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional
essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific
operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by
reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the
screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Position Competencies

Competencies as defined in Job Profile
Language Requirements
Please also note that English is essential for this Job Opening.

Additional Information
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No late applications will be accepted.
candidates may be required to sit for a technical assessment or written
test and later on, invited for an oral interview.
UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees).

Duration: initially for a period of one (1) year.
Qualified female and candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
In case of difficulties with application process please contact email:
Closing Date

Closing date for submissions or applications is 06 December 2020, Mid night Tanzania Time