Dec 062018

Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 16 Dec 2018

Access to clean, affordable and reliable energy services is integral part of humanitarian response and an essential factor in creating sustainable economic development. Energy services are essential for basic human protection and dignity, two of the core ethical aims of humanitarian assistance. Energy services provide cooking, lighting, heating and clean water, and underpin all but the most rudimentary income-earning activities. It is estimated that some 80% of forcibly displaced persons in camps have minimal access to energy for cooking, lighting, education or livelihood activities. Energy poverty in camps 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 Senior Energy Officer is an expert position based within Technical Services in the Division of Programme Support and Management (DPSM) in HQ Geneva reporting to the DPSM Deputy Director. The incumbent will work closely with the energy and environment team and other units within DPSM, as well as relevant divisions, regional bureaux and external stakeholders.
The incumbent will provide strategic direction in supporting the organisation to meet the increasing demands of operations for refugees’ access to energy as well as reducing costs and carbon footprint. This dedicated expertise and experience would provide continuity and enhance institutional knowledge in this technical area, mainstreaming energy as a cross-cutting issue across UNHCR operations and within internal guiding frameworks such as the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF).


  • Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s) in a field related to natural resource management, energy and environmental sciences, renewable energy, or energy economics/engineering plus minimum 8 years of relevant working experience in energy at professional level, with 3 years in an international capacity, preferably in developing countries. Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) plus 9 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 7 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.

  • Experience in energy provision and energy in humanitarian/development settings, planning, and monitoring and evaluation of energy-related projects; demonstrated ability to coordinate and implement projects.

  • Ability to apply knowledge from contemporary research in the field of energy, and translate this into humanitarian settings; familiarity with emerging sustainable and appropriate energy technologies and renewable energy.

  • Solid skills in analysis, using and presenting quantitative and qualitative data, and report writing.

  • Familiarity with community-based and participatory approaches.

  • Strong communication, including written and presentation skills.

  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), and a statistical programmes.

  • Fluency in English with strong working knowledge of at least one other UN language, French desirable.


  • Strong management experience and skills, including in design, project management, resource coordination, planning, and budgeting of small- to medium-scale renewable energy installations in rural and/or refugee settings.

  • Comprehensive understanding of renewable energy systems, electricity, health and safety, in addition to international standards, energy regulation and policy; ability to apply knowledge from contemporary research in the field of energy to diverse humanitarian settings.

  • Experience with energy audits and comparative analyses of energy systems, as well as in negotiations with national and government regulators specifically around technical installations.

  • Knowledge of French language

How to apply:


Interested candidates should submit their online application on the UNHCR career page by clicking on the ‘international vacancies’ tab here:

Deadline for applications: Sunday, 16 December 2018 (midnight Geneva time).

To view all UNHCR vacancies, go to

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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