UNHCR-Hydrogeologist-P3-P4- Roving,Uganda.

Location: Roving, (Adjumani, Lamwo,Palorinya,Mbarara), Uganda
Date Posted: 06-07-2017
Terms of Reference 
Hydrogeologist, P3/4 - Roving (Adjumani/ Lamwo/ Palorinya// Mbarara)
Mission Location: Kitgum/ Lamwo (initially), roving to project location under Adjumani, Mbarara and Hoima sub-offices
DURATION: 6 months

UNHCR Uganda is currently hosting over 1.2 million refugees and asylum seekers (according to OPM statistics) in twelve settlements across the country. The country has received the single largest refugee influx from South Sudan with over 800,000 new arrivals as of June 2017. At the same time, Uganda continues to receive refugees from the DR Congo, Burundi and other countries of origin. This unprecedented mass influx to Uganda puts enormous pressure on the country’s resources, in particular on land, systems for basic service delivery, and the humanitarian and development partners’ capacity to respond to the crisis. A concerted effort of humanitarian and development partners is required to continue to save lives, provide basic services including WASH, health and education, and to stabilise refugee hosting areas in Uganda. 
Uganda has an exemplary refugee protection environment, providing refugees with freedom of movement, the right to work and establish businesses, the right to documentation, access to social services, and allocation of plots of land for shelter and agricultural production through a generous asylum policy (the Refugee Act of 2006 and the Refugee Regulations of 2010). The country pursues a non-camp settlement policy, by which refugees are allocated relatively large plots of land that are stretched out over vast territories, which allows for both shelter and agricultural production. Typically, the settlement approach incurs higher up-front costs than that of a camp environment, when basic life-saving provision is being established. However, over time, the settlement approach encourages innovative self-reliance opportunities for refugees that are otherwise not feasible in a camp setting.
Support for the South Sudan emergency operation, in particular viability for exploring groundwater potential to improve the success rates of drilling works and reduce the amount of costly water trucking currently needed. Support agencies undertaking drilling works to monitor groundwater extraction, and protect water resources in terms of quantity and quality.
The Hydrogeologist will oversee, guide and monitor the current borehole drilling operations based on the findings of previous hydrogeological studies carried out in these areas. The Hydrogeologist will also conduct further hydrogeological studies to understand the groundwater capacity and inform the drilling operations. Current water operations still rely heavily on water trucking. The incumbent will oversee drilling operations by UNHCR and partners in the project areas, and make recommendations including for the water distribution systems.
Under the supervision of the Head of Sub Office, the incumbent will 
-  Oversee, guide and monitor current drilling operations and take physical measurements of existing boreholes, springs etc., in close cooperation with district authorities and other relevant national entities;
-   Put in place a tracking system to ensure quality and appropriate water drilling operations and distributions 
-  Review existing wells and their characteristics; alternative water supply currently provided by different 
agency in this locations and refugee camps; 
-  To support the UNHCR WASH team and partners in their efforts to identify new water sources for the camp 
-  Ensure that aquifer level monitoring systems are put in place, functioning and observations are taken into 
account for water operations planning;
- Look at options for enhanced aquifer recharge to maximize the aquifer recharge;
- Assessing groundwater chemical characteristics, of surface and groundwater and identify pollution sources 
proposing possible actions for remediation;
-  Identify potential gaps in terms of ground water exploration and geophysical analysis and make 
recommendations for future geophysical studies;
-  As feasible, operationalization of alternative water supply options including rain water harvesting, surface 
water storage dams, etc.  
- Perform other duties as requested
Master's degree in geoscience, environmental science or related field
- Minimum eight years of previous job experience in the related field 
- Ability to multi-task in a fast changing environment
- Excellent knowledge of English language
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