UNHCR ‎Project Physical Site Planner‎ Jobs in Uganda

UNHCR ‎Project Physical Site Planner‎ Jobs in Uganda

Nearly 162,000refugees fled to Uganda in 2018, bringing the refugee population to more than 1.15 million people. Wars, violence and persecution in the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes Region were the main drivers of forced displacement into Uganda, in particular insecurity and ethnic violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South Sudan’s conflict, and political instability and human rights violations in Burundi.

South Sudanese make up the largest refugee population in Uganda (785,104) as of October 2018, followed by refugees from the DRC (284,265) and Burundi (33,657). Another 51,326 refugees from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda, Somalia and Sudan have lived in protracted exile in Uganda for the past three decades.

Therefore, UNHCR is seeking a qualified and experienced architect or urban planner to apply for a Project Physical Site Planner Roster in the locations mentioned above. Depending on the outcome of written test and verbal interviews, the selected applicants will be placed on the Roster, per geographical location(s), in priority order.


UNHCR’s country operation is technically sound in the field of physical site planning and is thus better able to meet the needs of persons of concern in Uganda.


The incumbent will carry out the following responsibilities to the project(s) assigned to:

  • Provide technical guidance and support to the assigned project in all matters concerning Physical Planning to ensure quality, cost-effectiveness, sustainability and environmental soundness in their implementation, and taking into account policy priorities of UNHCR.
  • Upon requests, conducts technical assessments and provide recommendations, plan of action and verify compliance in the implementation of those projects.
  • Ensure that selection of sites are based on approved technical guidelines, giving full consideration to relevant factors like land availability, accessibility, security, water resources and absorption capacity.
  • Ensure that material selection and design layouts for constructions are based on approved technical guidelines, giving full consideration to relevant factors like orientation, drainage, preserving natural vegetation, physical access, cultural preferences, local built typologies, energy and water demands etc.
  • Conduct technical feasibility studies (site assessments) for identification of adequate sites in close coordination with Local Authorities at Sub County, District and Regional levels, as well as with the
    concerned line Ministries and implementing partners.
  • Ensure that basic technical criteria of land availability/property, accessibility, security, topography, water resources, absorption capacity, and adequate terrain for proper sanitation facilities are taken into consideration while selecting potential sites.
  • Other factors such as national reserves, migration corridor, and flooding, possible conflict with local population (grazing land) have also to be taken into consideration when identifying potential settlement solutions.
  • Complies with all relevant stakeholders safety, quality, health and environmental procedures to ensure healthy and safe work environment;
  • Performs other related duties as may be assigned.

    Required Competencies
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Strategic Planning and Vision
  • Leadership
  • Managing Resources
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Technological Awareness
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Political Awareness
  • Stakeholder Management

    Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or Urban Planning;
  • At least 5 years' experience in architectural and/or urban planning projects in Uganda;
  • Knowledge of Project management tools and processes;
  • Excellent command of English Language (Written and Spoken);
  • Strong report writing skills;
  • Good knowledge of basic computer software;
  • Good knowledge of AutoCAD 2D and other basic GIS software (e.g. open street map);
  • Familiarity with Ugandan national physical planning standards.

    Desirable Qualifications & Competencies
  • Experience in all disciplines of architecture, urban planning, rural settlement development, emergency management and environmental planning, and ability making the linkages to rehabilitation and development programmes will be an added advantage.
  • Good knowledge of ArcGIS or ArcMap.
  • Previous professional experience in the areas of rural development, natural resources and environmental management.
  • Proficiency in additional UN languages would be an asset

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 13th June 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; UNHCR ‎Project Physical Site Planner‎ Jobs in Uganda

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