Norwegian Refugee Council - ( Syria response office )
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Shelter Technical Officer (National Position)

Job Description and Requirements

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors. 

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 9000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs.

Our Ideal Candidate:

We are seeking a motivated professional individual to join our Syria Response Office’s operations. The ideal candidate must be a Bachelor Degree or above in civil, structural engineering, architecture or similar. Also the candidate must have a minimum of one year of experience from working within Shelter expertise area in a humanitarian/ recovery context. We are particularly interested in a candidate who has previous relevant experience in construction or shelter in rural areas and camps.

The Shelter Technical Officer will act as the programme’s technical focal point for a single core competence team within an area office. S/he will provide technical quality support to the field team and ensure adherence to programming specifications and standards. S/he will support the project manager with quality control and assurance to shelter programme designs, drawings, Bill-of-Quantities (BOQs) and other related products.                                                          

Generic responsibilities

  1. Ensure compliance with NRC policies, guidelines and standards
  2. Ensure compliance with Shelter/WASH (SW) strategy, tools, handbooks, guidelines and standards
  3. Shelter specific technical responsibility for implementation of technical activities of Shelter project(s)
  4. Shelter specific technical responsibility for tracking of financial expenditures for technical activities of Shelter project(s)
  5. Shelter specific technical responsibility for the quality control and monitoring of project activities
  6. Shelter specific technical responsibility for project documentation of technical activities of Shelter project(s) 
  7. Provide specific technical support and capacity building towards project staff
  8. Provide specific technical analysis and feedback to NRC representatives in coordination forums
  9. Assess, promote and document ideas for technical improvement and further program development options
  10. Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need, and explore and asses new and better ways to assist

Specific responsibilities

  1. Administers the project’s activities including raising purchase requisitions, preparation of payment supporting documents, and maintaining the project’s archive.
  2. Ensures that all project related documents are scanned and stored electronically, and ensures proper filing of project’s documents that are submitted by the field teams.
  3. Prepare technical designs, Bill-of–Quantities and drawings for shelter programme.
  4. Provides required support to Shelter field staff and technical capacity building.
  5. Assess project products quality and ensure the quality check is conducted periodically with monitoring activities.
  6. Organise and attend weekly meetings with field staff and help in producing minutes of meetings and team work plans.
  7. Report issues and risks to line manager and take corrective action when necessary to meet project objectives.
  8. Prepare regular sectorial reports, i.e. weekly checkpoint reports and submits material for preparation of the periodic project.
  9. Provide technical support, help in conducting sectorial need assessment remotely, and produce assessment reports.
  10. Carries out any other related Shelter activities relevant to the role, as requested by the line manager.
  11. Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy
  12. IF APPLICABLE: Monitor and document the implementation of project activities done by implementing partners and/or contractors (plan of action activities, contracts, financial expenditures and project documentation)
  13. IF APPLICABLE: Conduct quality control and provide technical support to implementing partners and/or contractors

Additional Information:

  • Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications may be screened prior to the vacancy deadline
  • Contract period: till 30th Sept. 2019 with possibility of extension till the 31st Dec. 2019
  • Duty Station: This position will be based in SRO office
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions
  • For more information, please see attached Job Description