Shelter and Settlement Technical Officer US Non-profit Jobs - Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Job Title:              Shelter and Settlement Technical Officer
Organisation: Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Duty Station:  Uganda
Reports to: Shelter and Settlement Project Manager

About US:
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in an international non-profit organization that carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners’ people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Job Summary: The Shelter and Settlement Project Manager is primarily responsible for the quality standards in the construction of the shelters through the CRS’ emergency response programming in Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement Camp. S/he will work closely with the shelter and settlement project manager, community mobilization officer and target communities to ensure the design and implementation of shelter programming meets the highest technical and accountability standards. S/he will provide technical input to shelter needs assessment, in collaboration with the Yumbe-based Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer and the Community Mobilization Officers. S/he will participate in the orientations and trainings provided to hired labor or volunteers and respected third parties in the host community as needed.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Program Implementation:
  • Ensure shelter construction is in accordance with design specifications through site visits.
  • Prepare and submit field reports and maintain a filing system for project documentation.
  • Evaluate and process payments for skilled and unskilled labor.
  • Evaluate performance of carpenters and hired labor to ensure shelter quality and safety.
  • The jobholder will ensure that design concerns raised by hired labor or beneficiaries are raised to the shelter and settlement project manager.
  • Work closely with other CRS departments concerning all aspects of project implementation.
  • Promote safety driven construction practices (safety culture) by regular review of project site safety initiatives and compliance by contractor.
  • Ensure procurement of shelter materials are of high quality and delivered on time.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Shelter and Settlement Technical Officer job placement must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, or extensive equivalent experience
  • At least five years of relevant work experience as building trade carpenter mason specializing in local construction methods specific to northern Uganda.
  • Extensive knowledge of local building design standards; experience with humanitarian shelter a plus.
  • Previous experience working in West Nile sub-region, Yumbe district preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to build/work in a team and to manage and motivate personnel drawing on individual skills to advance agendas and problem solving.
  • Familiarity with affected population’s culture, ability to develop the respect from a wide range of people and to communicate effectively on appropriate shelter solutions.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • Strong knowledge and experience of working with local/community partners.
  • Fluency in English with good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Significant experience with assessments and analytical and planning skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and consensus-building.
  • Proven experience of integrity and professionalism.
  • Ability to work in partnership with local communities and NGOs as appropriate.
  • Self-reliance and an ability to work in a challenging and demanding environment.
Emergency Competencies:
  • Communicates strategically under pressure
  • Manages stress and complexity
  • Actively promotes safety and security
  • Manages and implements high-quality emergency programs
Agency-Wide Competences (for all CRS Staff): Serves with Integrity, Models Stewardship, Cultivates Constructive Relationships, Promotes Learning

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter, testimonials, updated CV and three work references (names and contact information only) to or submit hard copy to Catholic Relief Services, Plot 577, Block 15, Nsambya Road, P.O Box 30086 Kampala/CRS Field Office in Yumbe

Deadline: 12th July 2017 by 5:00pm

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