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Shelter Specialist Palestine

Jerusalem | Palestine

  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Jerusalem | Palestine
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
  • Closing Date: Closed

What we are looking for:

An experienced Shelter Specialist to provide strategic direction and technical support to the shelter programme and ensure quality assurance. The Shelter Specialist is also responsible for the technical mentoring, training, and capacity development of relevant staff. 

What you will do:

  • Develop the Core Competency (CC) strategy action plan including initiatives planned to achieve the strategy, along with CC specific indicators in the Balance Scorecard.
  • Ensure that technical guidance and resources are available for the development of the Shelter programme’s implementation, monitoring and learning.
  • Develop proposals, project reviews and modifications, including budgets.
  • Consolidate and develop internal and external reports and other materials.
  • Take the lead on quality monitoring of project deliverables and reporting. 
  • Ensure workplans and spending plans are developed, updated and monitored by supporting Project Coordinators, Managers and Area Managers
  • Lead on conducting needs assessments (in collaboration with Area Program teams, Protection team and M&E team), baseline, mid-and end-evaluations.
  • Provide inputs and participate in needs assessments including risks and needs in thematic areas including energy, environment, and age-gender-diversity perspective, and adapt programme response accordingly.
  • Participate in relevant humanitarian coordination meetings in country.
  • Actively promote and operationalize synergies between Shelter and other NRC programmes
  • Contribute to implementation of Safe and Inclusive Programming Minimum Standards across your area of work.
  • Oversee and be responsible for Safe and Inclusive Programming (mainstreaming protection, gender, age and diversity) guidelines in the NRC Shelter activities as per NRC’s SIP guidelines and ensure that all breaches/concerns reported are properly resolved.
  • Develop programmatic thematic areas such as Energy, Environment, as well as Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD).
  • Ensure capacity building of project staff, and provide technical direction and project implementation support to Area Managers, Project Managers and Project Coordinators in the field.

Please download the detailed job description to learn more about the position. 

What you will bring:

  • University degree or higher education relevant to the assignment. 
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience within technical expertise area in a humanitarian/ recovery context.
  • Experience of working in complex and volatile contexts. Knowledge of Palestine context and response is an asset. 
  • Proven expertise in shelter related issues in temporary settings and urban areas. 
  • Previous experience in developing and following up shelter program strategies. 
  • Experience with Program/program start-up, exit or similar strategies. 
  • Prior experience and proven capability in training and capacity development 
  • Proven skills and experience in report and proposal writing
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile with documented results related to the position’s responsibilities.
  • Ability to prioritize needs and carry out multiple tasks simultaneously. 
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal. Knowledge of Arabic language is an asset. 

What we offer:

  • Duty station: Jerusalem.
  • Contract: 12 months (Renewal is subject to performance and funds availability)
  • Travel: 50%, (within the West Bank, Gaza and the region) 
  • Salary/benefits: grade 9 on NRC’s salary scale, with accompanying terms and conditions
  • NRC is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to diversity without distinction to age, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and physical ability.
  • We think outside the box, encourage ideas, and give responsibility to all employees at all levels. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative.

Find out more about the benefits of working for NRC

Important information about the application process

  • We welcome applications from all eligible and interested individuals possessing the requisite work authorization or the ability to promptly obtain legal authorization for employment in the country. Females are highly encouraged to apply. 
  • Internal candidates: To apply as an internal candidate, log in with your official email or click on Opportunity MarketPlace.
  • When creating your profile, include your full name as given on your national identification card. Complete all the system-required fields for experience, employment history and education.
  • Submit your application and CV in English, taking care to attach your latest CV.
  • Applications that do not meet the minimum standards in terms of experience or qualifications will generally not be considered. Unsolicited applications not related to this specific job advertisement will not be considered.
  • We receive many applications for each vacant position and so only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • If you have any questions about this role, please email with the job title as the subject line.

Why NRC?

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. Our 15,000 staff work in crises across 40 countries, providing life-saving and long-term assistance to millions of people every year.

NRC currently has over 3,000 staff across the Middle East dedicated to assisting people affected by conflict in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Libya and Palestine. Its humanitarian interventions are based upon its programming expertise in the Core Competencies of Shelter, Education, WASH, Livelihoods and Food Security, and Information Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) to vulnerable displaced people that were forced to flee.   

Watch this short video to see NRC in action.

We are looking for people who are passionate about helping refugees and people forced to flee. Are you one of those people? If you are, NRC offers you the opportunity to:

  • do demanding and professional work, often in challenging contexts.
  • join a work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility.
  • be part of a welcoming and supportive community committed to human dignity.

Learn more about NRC's operations in Palestine here.

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