Shelter Manager

Damascus

Background
The Shelter/WASH Programme Manager (PM) will be responsible – under the guidance of the Emergency Manager - for the strategic development of DRC Syria Shelter/WASH and school rehabilitation programme, and for the development of all relevant technical components concerning DRC’s activities. The PM will report to and coordinate with the Emergency Manager to ensure an integrated overall emergency response, and he/she promotes relevant cooperation with other DRC Syria units as required.
 
General Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for the development and expansion of DRC’s emergency Shelter/WASH strategy and response within existing components as well as new initiatives
  • Responsible for the development and expansion of DRC’s emergency School rehabilitation strategy and response within existing components as well as new initiatives
  • Responsible for the daily management and follow-up of Shelter/WASH rehabilitation and upgrade projects including related inputs, and school rehabilitation interventions
  • Responsible for ensuring that DRC Shelter/WASH and school rehabilitation activities are of adequate technical quality and efficiency according to DRC internal standards and minimum requirement of Syrian Authorities and Shelter/WASH/Education sectors
  • Responsible for managing DRC Syria technical Shelter/WASH team (main office in Damascus and field-based engineers; 20 staff)
  • In agreement with the Emergency Manager, the PM will regularly coordinate with key partners such as Ministry of Local Administration (MoLA); Ministry of Education (MoE); Ministry of Social Affairs (MOSA); UNHCR; UNICEF; and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC).
  • In agreement with DRC Emergency Manager the PM will report on achievements and challenges concerning Shelter/WASH and school rehabilitation activities to relevant donors
  •  Responsible for ensuring that relevant Monitoring and Evaluation mechanisms are in place
 
Management & Programme Development:
  • Management of DRC Syria’s technical team (4 Engineers in Damascus main office and 16 field Engineers in Dara’a, Aleppo and Homs)
  • Organise and lead regular technical team meetings; follow up on progress of works
  • Oversee the necessary capacity building of remotely managed technical staff in Aleppo, Dara’a and Homs
  • Oversee the creation of work plans according to commitments and budgets; prioritise tasks and issues as they arise
  • Propose strategic and technical solutions/innovations to improve Shelter/WASH components of DRC Syria’s emergency response
 
Site Management, Procedures & Technical Compliance:
  •  Responsible for ensuring streamlined DRC Syria Shelter/WASH and school rehabilitation systems/standards, as well as developing any tools required to improve procedures and works quality
  • Manage projects against contractual obligations (progress, quality, and costs) under the supervision of DRC Emergency Manager
  • Review/approve bills of quantities, contracts, invoices, and any other technical documents required
  • Responsible for spending Shelter/WASH budget lines under the supervision of the Emergency Manager and in compliance with DRC internal procedures and donor requirements
  • Ensure proper documentation and compliance with internal / external procedures throughout the project cycle
  • Make frequent visits to construction sites to follow up on the work status (quality and progress), and security
  • Ensure appropriate handover of Shelter/WASH projects, equipment, etc. to the relevant authorities as necessary
  • Advise shelter staff on implementation of complex shelter rehabilitation/construction contracts across DRC Syria offices and provide on-the-job training/capacity building as necessary.
 
Qualifications:
  • Technical or engineering degree, and/or solid field experience in Shelter and WASH sectors
  • At least 5 years work experience in the engineering field, of which at least 3 year experience in humanitarian  Shelter and WASH sectors
  • Solid experience in managing Shelter and WASH projects, ideally in a conflict environment
  • Previous work experiences with humanitarian agencies is an asset
  • Proven ability to manage technical teams
  • Good team player, flexible and able to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances
  • Demonstrated experience of working and managing staff in insecure environments/emergencies
  • Good communication skills, spoken and written English
  • Arabic speaker considered to be an advantage
  • Understanding and working experience in the Middle East an advantage
 
We Offer
DRC will offer the successful applicant  12 months contract, renewable based on both funding and performance. You must be available to start work asap and be willing and able to work in Damascus-Syria, with trips to the field sites (mainly Homs, Dara'a and Aleppo) according to security conditions.
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with DRC's Terms of Employment for Expatriates (please refer to www.drc.dk). This position will be placed at level A13.
 
Application Process
Interested? then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button. All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV. Applications close on 15 June 2016.
 
Please mention that due to the urgency of this post, DRC reserves the right to recruit a candidate prior to the application's deadline. So early applicants are highly appreciated.
 
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: Damascus
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2016-06-15

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