UNHCR Assistant Energy Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

UNHCR Assistant Energy Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. UNHCR recognizes the global need for a broader “cultural shift” from long-term care and maintenance to self-reliance and solutions-oriented planning and programming in its refugee operations.

UNHCR’s operation in Dollo Ado and Bokolmayo Woredas - with the support from the IKEA Foundation since 2012 – serves as one of the key locations for UNHCR to implement a new type of programming which gives priority to activities that increase refugees’ self-reliance in order to decrease dependency on aid.

The program is aimed at building refugees’ resilience in preparation for their eventual return to Somalia. The national, legal and policy environment in refugee hosting countries places varying degrees of restrictions on refugees' right to work and freedom of movement.

In spite of these, refugees use different strategies to generate income, mostly through daily laboring jobs in the informal sector.


  • Oversee implementation of Energy components of the UNHCR Sub-Office Melkadida field activities;
  • Ensure that UNHCR Sub-Office Melkadida program’s work on energy is implemented effectively with high quality technical standards;
  • Provide support to programming at UNHCR Sub-Office Melkadida office through its partners in implementing energy activities;
  • Provide technical support on activities regarding the energy projects to IP’s and government field offices including Melkadida office staff;
  • Assist energy team with activities regarding implementation, project management, and supervision of staff and implementing partner, M&E and report writing.
  • Ensure effective, secure and transparent record keeping and the timely generation of progress reports, for the team and the implementing partners;
  • Participate in new business development related to energy activities and in the implementation of existing strategy;
  • Support the generation of proposal for energy programs with innovative ideas and gaps identification;
  • Identify energy and system requirements to meet the demand of homes and businesses identified through community discussions and surveys in collaboration with Livelihood team;
  • Ensure appropriate services are provided to the refugees at all levels by IP’s, OP’s, UN-Agencies and the private sector engaged in energy programs/projects in Melkadida;
  • Ensure the accountability of the IP’s, OP’s, UN-Agencies and the private sector to the wider refugees supporting teams that the technical capacity of their field officers is enhanced in the area of energy activities;
  • Further advance the networking of UNHCR Sub-Office Melkadida energy programs with relevant national and international level initiatives and networks, feeding information from the ground-up and keeping the field team informed of national energy strategy, policy procedure and UNHCR global energy priorities, principles and guidelines;
  • Maintain effective working relationship with key actors and partners operating within the relevant sectors to effective and efficient resources utilization;
  • Follow up on compliance and financial issues to ensure efficient management of UNHCR Sub-Office Melkadida’ s energy programs/projects;
  • Promote technical and strategic alliance between and within the UNHCR Sub-Office Melkadida programs including: Livelihood, Protection, WASH, Nutrition, Education …
  • Performs any other energy sector related duties that may be assigned.


  • BSc. degree in Electrical Engineering, Renewable Energy Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or similar.
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant working experience in the sector of renewable energy, project management and humanitarian settings;
  • Experience in dealing with the private sector, donors and international organisations;
  • Evidence of management of various scenarios of renewable energy projects, with generation of workplans, budget documentations, progress reports and deadlines compliance;
  • Working in challenging environments where the intense climate, logistic limitations and cultural differences create barriers towards accomplishment of goals;
  • Working as a team player by contributing to the overall project strategy and intended outcomes and at the same time able to supervise others.

    How to Apply

    Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 10th August 2019.

    For more information and job application details, see; UNHCR Assistant Energy Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

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