Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Closing date: 20 May 2019
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.
Qualifications and Competencies:
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 HQDOSTSEN@unhcr.org by Monday May 20th 2019.