Title of Post: Energy Associate Vacancy Notice: 19/HCR/KGL/VN/031 Post Number UNOPS 19
Duty Station: Kirehe Category and Level: Local ICA Support, Level 6 Closing date of application: 2019-06-20 Duration of assignment: Until 31 December 2019
Organizational Context

TheEnergy Associate will be responsible for supporting the assessment, analysis,planning and implementation of the IKEA Foundation Energy Programme, incollaboration with Practical Action. This will involve identifying and buildingrelationships with key stakeholders, coordinating activities with relevantpartners in addition to communications and reporting on progress.


Theincumbent will be required to support the assessment of energy needs andevaluate existing energy systems in locations in which UNHCR operates, inaddition to assisting in developing technical energy plans for effective implementationof energy programmes.


Thejob requires direct contact with the target populations and relevant actors inassessing energy needs; and taking into account aspects of age, gender anddiversity mainstreaming in the planning, implementation and evaluationprocesses; the target populations skills profile and political andsocio-economic context; as well as to propose appropriate solutions to meetthose needs.


Thestaff member is directly supervised by the Associate Energy & EnvironmentOfficer


Theincumbent will be responsible for coordination and communication to ensureeffective synergies between energy and other UNHCR sectors, includingprotection, livelihoods, shelter, environment, programme and supply, inaddition to synergies between other humanitarian agencies, government andprivate sector actors.


TheEnergy Associate will support Practical Action in the assessment anddevelopment of a comprehensive energy plan for sustainable and appropriateenergy options for cooking, lighting and electricity, taking into accountprotection, financial, environmental and livelihood considerations in comparingthe potential for each alternative. This shall be done in close consultationwith all relevant stakeholders to include refugees/IDPs/returnees and hostpopulations. The strategy shall outline clear costs, timelines andimplementation plans for each section of the strategy, including staffingrequirements and responsibilities, in addition to potential exit strategy.


Theincumbent will inform and coordinate with implementing partners, consultants,UNHCR and government agencies to ensure the implementation of a robust andappropriate renewable energy strategy and technologies that promote sustainablepatterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resourcesand ensure safety. She/he will also provide regular reporting of progress tothe direct supervisor and at camp coordination meetings.


  • Project management and coordination between allstakeholders;

  • Communication and reporting on progress, obstaclesand resolution of issues;

  • Support to define the energy requirements anddocumenting the current situation;

  • Collaborate and coordinate closely with programme,supply, livelihoods, WASH and other technical experts to ensure energy basedinterventions are approached from a cross sectoral perspective;

  • Provide technical inputs and participate inrelevant inter-agency programming processes, joint needs assessments, nationaldevelopment planning, at national and sub-national levels;

  • Carry out key stakeholder consultations, includingrefugees, host communities, existing Implementing and Operational Partners, keygovernment stakeholders;

  • Oversee and coordinate energy activities conducted byimplementing partners, NGO contractors and consultants, in addition toproviding technical advice to partners and NGOs;

  • Ensure budget expenditures and reportingrequirements 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 andhost community areas;

  • Identify, mentor and capacity build EnergyAmbassadors within POC and host communities to advocate for proposed energyinterventions and serve as focal points for energy within those communities;

  • Document each stage of project developmentincluding monitoring, testing, trouble shooting, lessons learned and solutionsapplied to assure institutional knowledge development;

  • Develop effective communication channels betweenall with key stakeholders and promote the sharing of information on energyrelated activities;

  • Stay informed of all governmental/nationalregulations with relation to energy systems to ensure energy activities arelegal and sustainable;

  • Conduct monitoring and evaluation activities incollaboration with key partners;

  • Provide technical guidance to staff and partners onall energy activities;

  • Perform other duties as required





Theincumbent shall have the authority to coordinate between all stakeholders andUNHCR, advising other expert and non-expert staff in the proper planning andimplementation of energy projects in a methodical, transparent and professionalmanner to align with UNHCR's mandate and other programmes in the camps.

Minimum Qualification

  • Education:Completion of the Secondary Education with post-secondary training/certificatein energy technology, engineering, renewable energy or related area.

  • Jobexperience: Minimum of 6 years of previous job relevant experience.

  • Computerskills.

  • Excellentknowledge of English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language orlocal language.

  • AnalyticalThinking.

  • Planningand Organizing.

  • Stakeholder Management

Desirable Qualification and 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 translateinnovative concepts and current practices into sustainable projects.

  • Experience working on the design and installation of renewable energiesand related technologies.

  • Applied knowledge: ability to apply knowledge from contemporary researchin 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 reportingdeadlines, manage budgets and complete quarterly and yearly reporting.

  •  Experience working withgovernment authorities, development partners, civil society and public-privatesector.

  • Experience with UNHCR programming and reporting.

  •  Ability to workindependently and deliver high quality work under pressure

Operational Context

Shortlisted candidates may be required to sitfor a test. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. No late applicationswill be accepted.

UNHCR is committed to diversity and welcomesapplications from qualified candidates regardless of disability, genderidentity, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic andnational origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

UNHCR does not charge a feeat any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting,processing, training or any other fees). Should you be asked for a fee or abenefit at any stage of this process, please report your concern to UNHCR’sInvestigation Service (inspector@unhcr.org

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