UN Assistant Shelter Officer Job Opportunities - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


Job Title:      Assistant Shelter Officer
Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: 10027147
Vacancy Notice: 014/2018
Reports to: Administrative Assistant
Duty Station: Uganda
Post Grade: NOA

About UNHCR:
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is to lead and co-ordinate action for international protection to refugees; seek permanent solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard refugee rights and well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning issues of statelessness, as it is given a designated role under Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

Job Summary:  The Assistant Shelter Officer will work under overall supervision of the Associate Shelter Officer. The position will not have any supervisory responsibility. The objective of the Assistant Shelter Officer is to assist UNHCR sub office in 5 main areas: 1) Contribute to the formation of UNHCR Shelter strategy. 2)            Assessment of shelter needs and capacity. 3) Development of site plan, estimates and drawings. 4) Monitoring of construction works and quality assurance. 5) Preparation of updates and reports.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:   
         Design, develop engineers cost estimate, prepare tender document package as well ensure cost-effectiveness and technologically sound design. In case of direct implementation, design and supervise construction activities undertaken by UNHCR.
         Assist in provision of technical guidance and supervision in compound(s) and settlement construction activities. This includes making recommendations on the procurement of the required building materials, equipment and tools to ensure timely implementation.
         Assist in provision of technical guidance and supervision taking into account technical standards (UNHCR/Sphere/National) and UNHCRs protection mandate and policy priorities, such as the environment, women and children, groups with specific needs etc.
         Assist the Sub-Office in the areas of compound maintenance, buildings, alterations and to provide regular technical report to the supervisor and to other colleagues as appropriate.
         Produce weekly / daily situation reports.
         Produce in consultation with the supervisor draft multi-year development plan;
         Contribute to development of UNHCR shelter strategy, standard operating procedure, technical documents, proposals and reports.
         Offer technical support and advice on all technical matters, including site planning, infrastructure and shelter to UNHCR office, implementing partners and other agencies involved in assisting persons of concern to UNHCR.
         Assist in preparation of bills of quantities, drawings and designs for site preparation, shelter and related works.
         Identify suitable implementing arrangements for all shelter and infrastructure works and outline implementation modalities and technical standards in line with the strategies adopted by UNHCR.
         Provide support in assessing the needs and resources of refugees in terms of shelter and infrastructure with participation of the community and taking into consideration the implementing partners views and assist in defining appropriate solutions
         Make recommendations on the procurement of all the required materials, equipment and tools to ensure timely implementation of plans and functioning of the site facilities.
         Ensure implementation of works related to the infrastructure, water and sanitation are fully attended to
         Undertake periodic market survey for the building materials and to update the prices regularly, enabling UNHCR and its partners to better utilize their resources.
         Assist in closely monitoring all construction works undertaken by partners with the aim of accomplishing the tasks in the most cost effective manner and on agreed schedule and in conformity with the set guidelines, principles and according to the overall objective of UNHCR.
         Work in close coordination with other units in order to ensure operational objectives are met and with external stakeholders.
         Compile information and prepare related technical assessments reviews and reports.
         Perform any other related duties, as required.

Key Performance Indicators:
         UNHCRs country operation has sufficient support in the field of shelter and thus better able to meet the needs of persons of concern.
         Needs assessment in terms of shelter, infrastructure and site selection is conducted in a participatory way and report is shared.
         Application of agreed standard to all construction works is achieved.
         All construction works meet minimum agreed standard and completed in a timely and cost effective manner.
         All achievements are documented.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
         The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Assistant Shelter Officer job vacancy should hold an undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Civil Engineering, Construction, Architecture, and Development Studies (technical) or related field.
         One year of relevant professional working experience.
         Good knowledge of basic computer software including engineering design tools.
         Knowledge of local institution.
         Fluency in English language.
         Computer literacy in MS Office, CAD-drafting software (AutoCAD, ArchiCAD etc) and GIS (Mapinfo, Global Mapper, ArcGIS, Googel Earth, etc).
         Extensive knowledge of UNHCR standards and criteria for site selection, as well as issues related to protection, WASH, environment, land property issues etc. will be an advantage.
         Knowledge of another UN language would be an asset.

How to Apply:
All interested Ugandan nationals who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the link below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job details.


Deadline: 16th March 2018

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