Description of task
Under the direct supervision of Programme Officer, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks :
Ensuring that UNHCR Field operations are supported in carrying out shelter needs assessments taking into account the current situation, projected population planning figures and the expected scale of returns;
Developing country level shelter strategies which are framed by UNHCR’s Global Strategy for Settlement and Shelter and take into consideration the local context, age and gender, culture, climate, environmental protection and the availability of local resources, including materials, capacities and existing infrastructure;
Providing clear guidance on standards for shelter and settlement, including minimum emergency standards to meet basic and essential needs;
Together with UNHCR's implementing partners, compiling, analysing and mapping available information on shelter options in country taking into account relevant policies adopted by the Government.
When planning shelter works, ensuring that the technical component reflects UNHCR minimum standards for the provision of emergency and other types of shelter assistance and is within the budgetary requirements.
Due consideration should be given to standards in other relevant sectors such as water and sanitation;
Ensuring the shelter strategy is periodically reviewed to reflect the evolving situation in country and progressively transitioning to more sustainable shelter solutions.
This process should be done in close collaboration with the beneficiaries and the host Government while bearing in mind the shelter needs of people upon their eventual return to their country of origin;
Ensuring that specifications, bills of quantities and drawings are produced in a technically sound and standardised manner and establish monitoring and evaluation tools to ensure that works are implemented according to plans and completed within the designated timeframe;
Promoting the sustainability of technical interventions through local capacity building and self-help in collaboration with local partners in the field.
Ensure that local communities have been consulted on all activities so as not to create unnecessary tension between the displaced and host populations;
In consultation with UNHCR’s implementing partner and local communities themselves, identifying the need for community based Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) that can benefit the local and displaced communities;
The position requires regular contact with programme, protection and field staff in country in order to ensure technical support related to shelter and construction activities;
Close and regular contact with technical and non-technical staff of UN Agencies, Implementing Partners, National and International NGOs and Government Authorities, is essential to discuss matters relating to shelter and infrastructure coordination and provision;
Maintaining regular contact with the Shelter and Settlement Section in Geneva regarding all technical matters.
Qualifications / Requirements Required degree level Bachelor degree or equivalent Educational additional comments
Architecture or Civil-Engineering
Required experience 24 Months Experience remark
Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience with a Master’s degree or 4 years of relevant professional experience with a Bachelor’s degree.
Spanish(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Area of expertise Protection of refugees, asylum seekers and IDPs, Civil engineering and construction supervision, Emergency response, immediate relief operations, and post-conflict humanitarian aid operations Area of expertise details
Relevant professional experience includes management of humanitarian shelter or settlement programs / projects or a combination of experience in the humanitarian sector and construction-related activities outside of the humanitarian sector such as supervision of construction works.
Knowledge of computer software (MS Word, Excel PowerPoint), as well as the capacity to use mapping tools, i.e. GPS and knowledge of construction drawing and design software (AutoCad or MS Visio, Hipanet etc) is a great added advantage.
Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and negotiation skills in a cross cultural environment and the ability to assist in communication of technical and non-technical details with Government technical staff as well as NGO staff and local authorities.