Plan, develop, monitor and evaluate the assigned shelter project(s), assessing shelter needs, designing projects, writing proposals, initiating and effectively managing and reporting on the projects in line with the objectives, timeframe and budget. Provide technical support, leadership and strategic direction; meet quality standards in shelter delivery, encourage beneficiary participation, liaise with other stakeholders and manage and train shelter staff.
Take a look at Medair’s Shelter & Infrastructure work.
Emergency Relief and Recovery projects in countries of high vulnerability.
Generic Field Vacancies are based in a capital city or main field base in our programmes in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, D.R. Congo, Iraq, Madagascar, Nepal, Somalia, South Sudan and Syria (regional response in Lebanon and Jordan)**.
As soon as possible. This position is frequently required in the Field.
Initial Contract Details
Normally ranges from (a minimum of) 12 months to 2 years, 100%
Key Activity Areas
Shelter Project Management
- Manage the assigned shelter project(s) in order to meet the project objectives within budget and within the allotted time frame.
- Provide strong leadership of the assigned shelter project(s), working to ensure both short and long-term positive impacts and outcomes for the beneficiaries, local authorities (where applicable) and local shelter staff.
- Develop and implement an appropriate and effective shelter strategy in consultation with other shelter staff and field managers.
- Set clear objectives and indicators for shelter activities in collaboration with the shelter staff, field managers and, where appropriate, with the local communities.
- Continuously monitor and supervise shelter activities, overseeing the technical design and execution and evaluating progress through outputs and impacts using both quantitative and qualitative data.
- Input into the integration of beneficiary participation and accountability in all aspects of the project.
- Line-manage the Shelter Manager(s) of the assigned project(s), including day-to-day management, development and training, appraisals, etc.
- Facilitate regular meetings to assist information sharing between project staff, to ensure staff members are aware of project objectives and current work plans and to provide the opportunity for feedback.
- Provide coaching and technical supervision to staff in order to develop ownership and full responsibility for shelter activities.
- Manage the shelter budget for the assigned project(s) and ensure all expenses are according to budget and meet the Medair standards with regard to financial management, including accountability and good governance.
Communication and Coordination
- Develop and maintain appropriate, regular, transparent and supportive communication structures with the assigned shelter team, Medair in-country and HQ shelter managers and advisers and other relevant stakeholders (e.g. beneficiaries, community leaders, local and national government officials, UN agencies and other NGOs), with the objective of ensuring good cooperation and partnerships.
- Participate in shelter coordination meetings and other working groups or meetings as required, representing Medair and feeding back to the shelter staff and field managers on relevant issues.
- Support the logistics activities of shelter staff, particularly in relation to the purchasing of supplies and equipment for the assigned shelter activities.
- Ensure shelter projects are implemented in line with donor proposals and requirements and in accordance with Medair, donor, country and international standards i.e. Sphere and HAP standards.
- Higher level qualification in a technical field, preferably in civil engineering or in another relevant field such as architecture / engineering / construction management; BSc / BEng in a relevant field desirable.
- Strong working knowledge of English, spoken and written.
- Working knowledge of French (spoken and written) for French-speaking programmes.
Experience / Competencies
- 2 years post-qualification professional experience in a relevant field.
- Management exper. in a construction context; technical construction skills within humanitarian setting.
- Experience working in a construction / shelter programme in a developing country, preferably in a humanitarian context desirable.
- Good numerical, report writing and administration skills.
- Experience in training / mentoring / coaching staff.
- Advanced planning, assessment and analytical skills desirable.
- Knowledge and understanding of humanitarian standards such as Sphere and HAP.
- Committed to consultative and servant-minded leadership.
- Capacity to work under pressure and manage personal stress levels.
- Able to cope with basic living conditions in the field and during field trips.
- This is a field-based position and working and living conditions may be very different to that previously experienced.
How to apply
Before you apply
Please ensure you are fully aware of the:
a) Medair organisational values.
b) Profiles and benefits package provided for Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS).
c) Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC) (which forms part of the recruitment selection process for field positions).
To apply, go to this vacancy on our Medair page.
Please do not make multiple applications. We will not review email applications. Only English-language applications / CVs will be reviewed.
About the Organization
Medair is a humanitarian organisation inspired by Christian faith to relieve human suffering in some of the world’s most remote and devastated places. We bring relief and recovery to people in crisis, regardless of race, creed or nationality. As signatories of the Red Cross Code of Conduct, we believe that aid should be given to everyone who is in need, regardless of political, social or religious viewpoint. We save lives in emergencies and then stay to help people recover from crisis with dignity—working side by side with communities to leave a lasting impact. We provide a range of emergency relief and recovery services: health care and nutrition; safe water, sanitation, and hygiene; shelter and infrastructure.