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Shelter/Infrastructure Officer - Ugandans Only - Uganda

Adjumani / Pakelle

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 Shelter, Education, Food security, Legal Assistance, Camp Management Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sectors.

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has been implementing projects for Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees in Northern Uganda, West Nile and South Western respectively, since 1997. Having smoothly phased-out by end of August 2014 in the North, NRC reopened from September 2014, to compliment efforts of the Government of Uganda and UNHCR in supporting the South Sudanese Refugees currently settled in the Districts of Adjumani and Arua in West Nile. With funding from SIDA, NMFA, ECHO and UNHCR, NRC is implementing integrated projects in Adjumani/Arua/Yumbe refugee settlements. Norwegian Refugee Council now seeks to recruite a Shelter and Infrastructure Officer.
The purpose of the Shelter and Infrastructure Officer position is to contribute with specific technical competences to shelter and school infrastructure implementations. The following are responsibilities of the role.

Job description

Generic responsibilities

Ensure compliance with NRC policies, guidelines and standards
Ensure compliance with Shelter & Infrastructure development strategy, tools, handbooks, guidelines and standards
Responsible for implementation of project activities
Responsible for tracking of financial expenditures of the project’s technical / field activities
Responsible for the quality control and monitoring of project’s field activities
Responsible for documentation of project technical activities
Technical support and capacity building of project staff – assistants, incentive staff, community mobilizers etc.
Provide specific technical analysis and feedback to NRC representatives in coordination forums
Assess, promote and document ideas for technical improvement and further program development options
Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need, and explore and asses new and better ways to assist

Specific responsibilities
Help plan and carry out needs assessments, baseline studies and periodic studies, and share feedback on findings to the stakeholders.
Monitor and supervise the selection process of shelter and school erection sites / locations.
Assist in the selection of materials suppliers and contractors for infrastructure construction, through provision of technical guidance and verification of materials quality and contractor technical capacities
Supervise activities implementation and prepare / share progress reports of Shelter and school construction activities activities
Ensure that all construction works undertaken by NRC, or its contractors and assigns meets the required standards and quality specified in the contracts and those set by the national or local authorities.
Prepare distribution plan for Shelter Non Food Items (NFIs) and construction materials, and cash transfers for beneficiary driven shelter implementation.
Prepare spending plans for Shelter with the consultation of the respective PC/PM and AM
Coordinate/share plans with the shelter working group partners or members, IPs / UNHCR / OPM to avoid any duplication of services and wastage of resources
Collate data from the incentive / community outreach workers and prepare regular reports on all Shelter and infrastructure development activities conditions for monitoring.
Liaise with community leaders and other sectors and agencies working locally in order to coordinate within the Shelter, WASH, and Education and Food Security sectors.
Responsible for all kind of project field records including but not limited to beneficiary lists, distribution plans, site visit records, hand over records and lists and coordination meeting minutes
Supervision of field monitors and outreach workers
Facilitate and take part in community mobilization, and effective dialogue with the affected communities to allow the agency to be held to account for the quality of the program.


Technical background in Shelter / WASH and a University Degree in civil engineering, Surveying or architecture, or related experience
Proven practical experience on Shelter/Infrastructure / WASH interventions, cash transfer programming and monitoring/supervision of emergency shelter developments for at least 2-3 years preferably with an INGO.
Proven ability to use MS Office software (especially Word and Excel) and AUTOCAD or other Engineering design software

Education field

  • Civil engineering / construction

Education level

  • College / University, Bachelor's degree

Personal qualities

Planning and delivering results
Working with people
Communicating with impact and respect
Handling insecure environments

We offer

Duty Station: Adjumani
Salary: According NRC scale

Miscellaneous info

  • Travel: Some travelling must be expected
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: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Adjumani / Pakelle
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Infrastructure and Urban-Rural development
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
    • Emergency Aid
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