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WASH/Shelter Manager

Yola | Abuja (Nigeria)

Yola, Nigeria with frequent travel to Mubi, Maiduguri and Damaturu

Who are we?
The Danish Refugee Council / Danish Demining Group (DRC/DDG) has been operational in West
Africa since 1998. Our aim is to contribute to the peace and stabilization, protection and promotion of
durable solution to crisis affected populations in the region. The overall strategic objective of the
programme is to support peace and stabilization, protect and promote durable solutions to conflict
affected populations in Nigeria, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinée, and Mali on the basis of
humanitarian principles and fundamental human rights.
In July, DRC/DDG opened a new country programme in Nigeria focusing on responding to the huge
humanitarian needs and challenges in the North East of Nigeria. Nigeria’s north-east is currently
experiencing a significant humanitarian crisis, which has been the result of the ongoing-armed conflict
between Boko Haram, the Nigerian military and the Multi-National Task Force in the north-east. An
estimated 10 million people are affected by the conflict, which has led to a state of emergency being
declared in three North-Eastern states and spill-over effects into neighbouring countries. High
insecurity in the region has made access for humanitarian actors extremely difficult and further
exacerbating the situation. DRC/DDG operations is initially focused on Yola and Mubi in Adamawa State and south of Borno State and from there we will focus on meeting the basic needs (protection, MRE, WASH, food security, livelihood and NFI/shelter) of urban caseloads as well as supporting outreach to affected areas and displacement camps.
DRC/DDG has a representational office in Abuja and a larger coordination and field based
implementation office in Yola, Adamawa State. During beginning of 2016, DRC/DDG expects to expand
its activities in Borno state in Maduguri by building a strong emergency response capacity and by
working on the same time on resilience projects for durable solution for the people affected by the

About the job
The WASH/Shelter Manager will be responsible for setting up, management and implementation of WASH and Shelter activities in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, Nigeria with a primary focus on providing emergency lifesaving access to water, sanitation, hygiene and shelter for conflict-affected IDPs/returnees and host communities in North East Nigeria. This includes the needs assessments, project plans, management and monitoring of implementation through mainstreaming protection issues. The overall objective of the job is to ensure that target communities have access to lifesaving and minimum standards of water, sanitation, hygiene and shelter provision and to establish relationships with IDPs and local communities and other key stakeholders in the promotion of DRC’s mission and values.

Duties and Responsibilities
Key responsibilities are outlined below:

  • Under the supervision of the Country Director, manage and implement all construction, maintenance and repair activities as defined by project documents/proposals.
  • Supervise and guide WASH Technical Officer(s), other staff and contractors throughout the planning and implementation of the emergency WASH/Shelter response.
  • Identify direct and indirect beneficiary needs in terms of access to emergency shelter, infrastructure, WASH facilitiesand hygiene promotion taking into consideration the specific needs of vulnerable individuals and persons of concern.
  • Support, facilitate or undertake communication and liaison activities to actively consult and involve beneficiaries, key informants, actors, partners and stakeholders in all stages of project design and implementation.
  • Assess, plan, design and supervise the implementation of camp, off-camp and community infrastructure as defined by project requirements.
  • Ensure daily monitoring of the quality of construction and the progress of project/work implementation.
  • Provide regular updates on progress to supervisors and other team members, including other departments and sectors as appropriate.
  • Where relevant, liaise with donors and work closely with partners on project updates, site visits and other communication.
  • Undertake any other duties that may be assigned by the Country Director
  • Conduct duties in accordance with DRC Code of Conduct, Operational Handbook, CHS and other key documents
  • Ensure protections issues are incorporated and mainstream in shelter/NFI/WASH activities.
  • Responsible for preparation of progress reports, donor reports as per given deadlines.
  • Performance management of WSH/Shelter team. This includes setting team and individual objectives, providing capacity building, feedback, coaching to the team to achieve targets
  • Ensure that team is aware of security protocol and the SOPs are followed in order to minimize risks and threats
  • Make sure that team is aware of humanitarian principles, standards and code of conduct and follow them accordingly
  • Collaborate with Head of Finance and Admin, Procurement and Logistic Manager and Safety Advisor for safe and secured implementation of the activities
  • Actively participate and represent DRC in coordination meetings such as shelter and WASH clusters, other meetings conducted by local and state authorities, UN agencies and stakeholders.

Reporting Line

The WASH/Shelter Manager will report to the Country Director, Nigeria

About you
To be successful in this role you must have:
Required qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years of international experience with humanitarian organizations
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience of working in conflict context
  • University education in public health engineering and or equivalent to related field
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in shelter/NFI and WASH projects in conflict context
  • Experience of working with IDPs, Returnees, Refugees and host communities
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Working experience with diverse team in terms of sex, race, faith, age, etc.
  • Gender sensitive
  • Experience in working and living in team house
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Willing to travel within and between States in Nigeria

We offer DRC will offer the successful applicant a 12 months contract, renewable dependent on both funding and performance. You must be available to start work from 1 February 2016 and be willing and able to work in Yola, Nigeria Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies. This position will be placed at level A11.

Application process
Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking here.
All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. CV only applications will not be considered.
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact
Applications close 23 December 2015. The interviews are expected to take place as soon as possible there after.

Need further information?
For more details on this position please contact Ane Cecilie Hess-Nielsen at
Please note that applications sent directly to Ane Cecilie Hess-Nielsen will not be considered.
For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website

About DRC
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a private, independent, humanitarian organization working on all aspects of the refugee cause in more than twenty five countries throughout the world. The aim of DRC is to protect refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) against persecution and to promote durable solutions to the problems of forced migration, on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. DRC works in accordance with the UN Conventions on Refugees and the Code of Conduct for the ICRC and NGOs in Disaster Relief.
The protection and assistance to conflict affected population is provided within a long-term, regional and rights-based approach in order to constitute a coherent and effective response to the challenges posed by today’s conflicts. Assistance consists of relief and other humanitarian aid, rehabilitation, support to return and repatriation as well as promotion of long-term solutions to displacement and its causes. In addition, support and capacity building of local and national authorities and NGOs form an integral part of DRC’s work.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Yola | Abuja (Nigeria)
  • Grade: Junior - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Environment
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2015-12-23

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