21 September 2016

Shelter/ Accommodation Officer Non-profit Jobs - Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS)

Organisation: Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Operations Manager

About US:
Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) is the leading national humanitarian organization in Uganda and a member of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. The ICRC is an International humanitarian institution which has a mandate to protect victims of international and armed conflicts i.e. the wounded, refugees, civilians, prisoners and other non-combatants.

Job Summary: The Shelter/ Accommodation Officer will conduct comprehensive sectoral needs assessments in liaison with other relevant sectors such as protection, programme, community services, Public Health, WASH, administration and supply to enable the most effective response in the South Sudanese Refugees Emergency Operations for URCS Response Actions and Projects in Bidi Bidi resettlement site. The jobholder will also ensure that URCS Field operations are supported in carrying out shelter and settlement needs assessments taking into account the current situation, projected population planning figures

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Ensure 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.
  • Formulate camp level shelter strategies which are framed by UNHCR’s Global Strategy for Settlement and Shelter (2014-2018)  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.
  • Provide clear guidance on standards for shelter, including minimum emergency standards to meet basic and essential needs as well as guidance for phased improvement of shelter conditions that will be necessary as the duration of the displacement prolongs.
  • Work closely 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.
  • Ensure the shelter strategy is periodically reviewed to reflect the evolving situation in camp/settle and progressively transitioning to more sustainable shelter solutions. This process should be done in close collaboration with the beneficiaries and the OPM while bearing in mind the shelter needs of people upon their eventual return to their country of origin.
  • In charge of 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.
  • Ensure that specifications, bills of quantities and drawings are produced in a technically sound and standardised manner. Establish monitoring and evaluation tools to ensure that works are implemented according to plans and completed within the designated timeframe.
  • Keenly monitor all shelter and infrastructure activities through Implementing Partners and ensure compliance with strategies and guidance provided and agreed.
  • In the planning of shelter works, ensure 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. Standards for other sectors such as water and sanitation should be taken into consideration also.
  • In the identifying beneficiaries, ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable population of concern (POC) and host families are addressed. UNHCR’s vulnerability indicators should be applied in a participatory manner during the beneficiary selection.
  • Work closely 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, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture or Civil-Engineering
  • Possession of a Post graduate qualification in a related field is an added advantage
  • At least three years’ experience in managing shelter in refuge settlements will be an added advantage.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, flexibility and organizational skills with strong capacity in multitasking.
  • Demonstrated computer skills, particularly in data management.
  • Excellent knowledge of English.
  • High level of integrity
  • Ability to work under pressure

How to Apply:
All candidates who desire to join the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement should send their filled application forms, download here and E-mail to: sgurcs@redcrossug.org or mail via post to: The Secretary General, Uganda Red Cross Society, Plot 551/555 Rubaga Road, P.O. Box 494, Kampala, Uganda.

Deadline: 23rd September 2016 by 5.00pm.

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