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
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
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
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
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
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
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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