Shelter and Infrastructure Assistant
Duty Station [Tikrit Iraq]
Who are we?
Danish Refugee Council is a leading protection agency pursuing our mandate to protect and promote durable solutions to displacement-affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), DRC apply a regional approach with operational presence in Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Iraq.
Present in Iraq since 2003, DRC is today operational in the Kurdish governorates, in and around Baghdad and in several South-Central governorates. Focused both on the influx of Syrian refugees and the current IDP crisis, DRC is providing assistance in a range of sectors including Camp Coordination and Camp Management, Protection, Livelihoods, Emergency Response (including food security, cash, and NFIs), WASH, Shelter and Mine Action. The Iraq programme presently employs some 450-national staff and 45 international staff, and is growing to meet new, emerging needs associated with ongoing and recent conflict in multiple locations
About the job:
- Under the supervision of the Infrastructure and Shelter Manager and the Technical officer, the Infrastructure and Shelter Assistant contributes to the planning, implementation and follow up of Shelter activities in his/her assigned area.
- The Technical Assistant will provide support and supervision to daily construction activities on shelters, infrastructure, informal settlements and other sites in areas of operation in addition to be responsible for conducting different shelter assessments.
- Shelter activities include rehabilitation of public infrastructures such as schools, health centers and community centers, emergency repairs of private houses according to Sphere minimum standards or distribution/installation of Shelter kits
- Implementation modalities are through either markets-based approaches through cash for work, casual labor, cash or vouchers, or instead through private contractors.
- Under the supervision of the Infrastructure and Shelter Manager and the Technical officer, the Infrastructure and Shelter Assistant undertake regular field/site visits to ensure proper monitoring of the activities’ implementation in area of operation.
- With the support of the Infrastructure and Shelter Officer and Manager, the Assistant liaises directly with the contractor focal point at the worksite to monitor the quality of the works, alongside the relevant governorate directorate. The Assistant may be tasked with approving/rejecting the works after consulting the Infrastructure and Shelter Officer/Manager according to the agreed standards in the BoQ.
- Conducting of site, infrastructure and building surveys with drawings, measurements and photographs.
- Production of technical CAD construction drawings and BoQs
- Take responsibility for on-site stock, inventories, materials, tools and equipment, including correct filing and documentation.
- Support the identification of potential beneficiaries for Shelter activities and conduct any technical assessment needed in order to tailor the response, taking into consideration the specific needs of vulnerable individuals and persons of concern.
- Prepare and follow up Procurement Requests forms for all materials or services needed to allow proper continuation of the works
- Contribute to the communication and liaison activities to actively consult and involve beneficiaries, key informants, actors, partners and stakeholders in all stages of project design and implementation.
- Ensure regular and timely reporting of problems, potential delays or risks to project implementation to the relevant supervisor, and support in the development and execution of solutions and mitigating actions.
- Manage safety and security of the construction site, workshops and associated areas, including of staff and laborers.
- Support with the preparation and filing of Payment Requests and other project related documentation, as requested by Line Manager;
- Ensure the respect of DRC Code of Conduct and DRC’s zero tolerance policy of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA), humanitarian principles and contribute to the integration of Protection and Age, Gender, Diversity (AGD) mainstreaming into DRC programming. Undertake any other duties that may be assigned by the Line Manager;
Experience and technical competencies:
- Proven work experience in supervising construction projects including Shelter infrastructure and previous INGO experience implementing Shelter activities. Experience in distributions is an asset.
- Proficiency in the following computer programs: MS Excel, MS Word, AutoCAD
- Good interpersonal skills and proven ability to work in a complex multicultural environment as a flexible and respectful team member.
- Willingness and capacity to work in the field and travel frequently to project sites when needed.
- Willingness and capacity to work outside of regular working days (national holidays or extra hours) in case of emergency response.
- Ability to work sensitively with vulnerable people, taking into account gender, age and diversity.
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work as part of a team to achieve joint objectives, in a multicultural context.
- Ability to act calmly in tense situations, handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion, and act with transparency and integrity.
- Solution-oriented approach, with strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
- Detail oriented, with ability to organize and manage information, plan and manage workload, prioritize, and deliver to deadlines.
- Technical and/or engineering higher qualification (e.g. university degree), in either civil, electrical or structural engineering; significant proven field experience may be accepted in lieu.
- Advanced English proficiency
- Arabic IS essential.
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:
Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values.
Contract length: 2 months (renewable based on both funding and performance).
Start date: 07 of July 2019
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Nationals; please refer to drc.ngo under Vacancies. .
All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.
Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking here or on the apply button.
Closing date for applications: 1st of July, 2019. Due to the urgency of the position DRC reserves the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.
For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website drc.ngo.
DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:
- Professionalism, impact & expertise
- Humanitarian approach & the work we do
- Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
- Culture, values & strong leadership
- Fair compensation & continuous development
Read more here about what our employees say about working in DRC.
DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process. Visit drc.ngo to read more about what we do to secure robust safeguarding mechanisms.
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