Job: Environment Officer - Tanzania

Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 12 Feb 2018


The Environment Officer will work closely with colleagues responsible for water and sanitation, shelter, nutrition, education, health, community services and livelihoods. The incumbent will support the UNHCR Office on all issues related to environment, self-reliance and shelter/infrastructures and will make sure that UNHCR policies are in line with global and national strategies.

Regular and frequent discussions between the incumbent and his/her supervisor(s), including at headquarters, are necessary to ensure that the latest best practices and procedures are shared and applied consistently on issues related to environment. The incumbent will undertake missions to the camps and liaise with Field-Offices on the implementation of environment, self-reliance and shelters/site planning programmes. In addition, the staff member will maintain regular contact with UN technical agencies, and implementing and operational partners as needed.

Refugee operations inherently degrade environments because of changes in land use and increased use of natural resources. It is imperative to ensure environmental mitigation measures are in place to ensure sustainable natural resource use for wellbeing refugees and host communities.

Proactive coordination and collaboration with key stakeholders, including refugees and host communities, is required to synergise resources. Interventions are evidence-based to ensure their appropriateness. Environment and social screening in addition to environmental impact assessments will be required to evaluate the operation.

The incumbent should be capable of working with minimum supervision in project submissions, revisions and reallocations throughout the project lifecycle in the environmental programme. S/he will be instrumental in contributing to the development of specific inputs related to the sector and must meet reporting requirements.



  • Assistance is provided in establishing partnerships with government ministries, NGOs, other UN agencies and donors and coordinate planning a response to refugee-related environmental damages in the country.
  • Technical advice is provided to develop project proposals and to support programme implementation of environmental and self-reliance projects.
  • UNHCR management is assisted in establishing coordination, monitoring and evaluation systems, including information sharing mechanisms regarding environment, energy sources and livelihoods.


  • In collaboration with the relevant stakeholders, support the office in undertaking regular assessments on environmental conditions in refugee-hosting areas and measure the extent those conditions are affected by the presence of refugee camps; collect and update data on main areas of environment, energy, livelihood and shelters and identify means to mitigate the impact on natural resources.
  • Undertake an assessment of the current domestic energy situation in the refugee camps together with the concerned persons.
  • Provide project management support to the Environmental Audits that are to be undertaken at Nyarugusu, Mtendeli and Nduta Refugee Camps, as requested by the National Environment Management Council.
  • Provide technical support to the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) team in Tanzania and help facilitate discussion with UNHCR colleagues and partners on operational entry points for energy and environmental interventions and, where possible, seeking synergies with the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
  • Provide technical support to the GCF and help facilitate discussion with UNHCR colleagues and partners on baseline surveys and the development of concept notes for energy and environmental interventions and, where possible, seeking synergies with the CRRF.
  • Provide technical input to, and liaise with, the UN Joint Programme for north western Tanzania, with regards to the protection of the environment and combatting deforestation.
  • On the basis of the assessment, and in consultation with relevant stakeholders, identify effective interventions in the sector of energy both from the demand and supply sides.
  • Assist in the management of UNHCR's assistance programmes in the form of project submissions, revision and reallocations in the environment sector throughout the project lifecycle, needs assessment, budgeting, monitoring, implementation and evaluation.
  • Assist the UNHCR Office in organizing training activities of UNHCR and its implementing partners to address key areas of environmental management, climate change and domestic energy issues to refugees and other persons of concern.
  • Ensure regular updates and share of information within UNHCR as well as relevant government, UN, NGO counterparts and donor community.
  • Document best practices/lessons for dissemination and implementation in the areas of natural resource management, forestry, sustainable agriculture, domestic energy and environmental education sectors.
  • Provide technical support in developing project proposals and implementation arrangements to address environmental rehabilitation needs within the framework of UNHCR policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Provide technical input on reports related to environmental issues.
  • Coordinate and monitor, as well as support partners in the environment sub-sector.
  • Liaise with the government, donors and other organizations with common goals.
  • Undertake other related duties as required.


  • Coordinate matters related to environment amongst different sectors within UNHCR, the local authorities, and implementing partners.
  • Represent UNHCR in relevant national meetings and technical conferences in the area of environment.


  • Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Environmental Studies, Management of Natural Resources, Agriculture, Forestry or other related fields plus minimum 6 years of experience in environmental assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation of integrated environmental programmes/projects in displacement and stable situations. Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master¿s) plus 5 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 4 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
  • Awareness of and practical experience with refugee-related environmental problems.
  • Familiarity with emerging environmentally sustainable and appropriate 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.
  • Excellent knowledge of English language.


  • Budgeting, planning and managerial skills, ability to work with various (relevant) computer software.
  • Knowledge of local language is an advantage.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should apply online at by clicking on the international vacancies tab. All currently advertised positions are available there.

The closing date for applications is Monday 12 February (midnight Geneva time).

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.