May 142019

Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 20 May 2019

General Background

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. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum, ultimately helping to find durable solutions that will allow people to rebuild their lives in dignity.

Energy access and environmental management need to be considered in humanitarian operations to enhance the well-being and protection of affected populations, and the sustainability of protracted operations. The majority of refugees rely on their surrounding natural environment for food, water, livelihoods, shelter and fuel. A large population in an area can put substantial pressure on the surrounding resources, with potential significant protection consequences for persons dependent on the surrounding environment.

Limited access to energy can have severe repercussions on the socio-economic situation and the safety of persons of concern to UNHCR particularly exposing them to heightened risk of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). This is a particular issue both at the onset of emergencies and in protracted crises. It is the strategic objective of the energy strategy within UNHCR that “*Refugees* have increased access to clean, sustainable, reliable and affordable energy without fear or risk to their health, well-being and personal security.”

The UNHCR Energy and Environment Unit is responsible for providing technical support, strategic advice and developing tools and methodologies for improved programming with enhanced protection outcomes. It has implemented measures to address these issues, including increasing access to clean cooking solutions, community and household lighting, increased use of renewable energy, in addition to implementing environmental activities such as land rehabilitation, waste management and linking to national development plans.

UNHCR is now seeking a Consultant to support the delivery of several key outputs in multisectoral collaboration.


Under the direction of the Energy and Environment Unit

· In collaboration with key Divisions support the collation of existing data, information and documentation on the protection/energy nexus including good practices and opportunities related to UNHCR persons of concern.

· Identify key technical support needs in target operations and undertake delivery of the needed support through missions, desk top assistance and guidelines.

· Defining, mapping and quantifying the energy issues which increase protection challenges in target locations (focus on cooking and lighting).

· Investigate scale of the protection impacts, rationalisation for prioritisation and information on impeding policies, resource constraints etc.

· Create briefing/advocacy material for communication, internally and externally, on the protection impacts of energy deficiencies affecting persons of concern to UNHCR, highlighting achievements, gaps and opportunities.

· Missions and technical ongoing support to target operations with significant energy projects especially those under the Safe from the Start initiative.

· Coordinate training for energy focal points on energy and protection e.g. SAFE, use of assessment tools etc.

· Support the development and field use of lighting and cook stove guidelines and their implementation

· Support promotion of a community of practice on energy and environment.

· Participate in technical meetings and coordination platforms as requested.

Example Outputs

  1. Produce a summary report on the mapping of energy issues which increase protection risks, potential results of inaction and possible solutions.

  2. Provide on-going technical support and to country operations undertaking energy interventions funded by SftS and as requested and produce regular update reports on the same.

  3. Develop advocacy material for communication on the importance of addressing energy issues to reduce protection risks.

  4. Test the use and effectiveness of guidelines for lighting and cooking stoves.

  5. In collaboration with partners support finalisation of guides on cooking and lighting.

  6. Develop and implement a dissemination and capacity development plan based on the two guidance documents.

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • University degree in renewable energy, engineering or another relevant field.

  • Eight years of relevant experience, including on energy and environment in humanitarian settings.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide hands on technical support in the areas of renewable energy installation, cooking fuel selection and supply and/or public lighting.

  • Humanitarian protection experience a particular advantage.

  • Experience working with government authorities, development partners, civil society and public-private sector an advantage.

  • Experience in developing funding proposals and UNHCR programming an asset.

  • Problem solving ability combined with capacity for research and analysis.

  • Ability to work independently and deliver high quality work under pressure.

  • Fluency in English with strong oral and written communication skills. Other UN languages an asset.

Important note: This is a consultancy contract which will be subject to all applicable Swiss taxes. The consultant will be responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties.

How to apply:

Please send a CV and cover letter to by Monday May 20th 2019.

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