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Project Manager- Shelter and Infrastructure- Tel Afar

Tel Afar

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Tel Afar
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Infrastructure and Urban-Rural development
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-31

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Project Manager- Shelter and Infrastructure
Ninewa (based in Tel Afar, covering all of Ninewa) with frequent travel to the field

The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfilment of the wish to return home.  
The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956, and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced.  
All of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency. 
In 2003, following the start of foreign military operations in Iraq, DRC became one of the first organisations to provide humanitarian assistance in the country, and now operates in 11 governorates, including Anbar, Baghdad, Babel, Diyala, Duhok, Erbil, Karbala, Kirkuk, Najaf, Ninewa and Salah-al-Din. 

About the job and project 
Under the supervision of the Area Manager (AM) / Base Manager (BM), the Shelter & Infrastructure Manager is responsible for the planning, implementation, management and quality assurance of the shelter, WASH, and Infrastructure projects in the assigned area.  In close coordination with the Shelter & Infrastructure Technical Coordinator (based at Country Office) and the AM/BM, the Shelter and Infrastructure Manager leads the development and implementation of DRC’s sector strategy in Ninewa (NIN), as well as the harmonization and rollout of tools and guidelines. The Shelter & Infrastructure Manager contributes to the fulfilment of the aims and objectives of DRC’s presence in NIN. 


Program Implementation 

  • Responsible for ensuring on time, on budget implementation of projects in their defined area of operation. This includes meeting donor targets (activity and budget), ensuring donor compliant implementation and supervising quality.
  • Conduct regular field visits (approx. weekly) to key sites to ensure technical quality and adherence to key standards and processes.
  • Produce and regularly update detailed implementation plans identifying and planning for risks and tracking progress to date on outputs and activities.
  • Complete and regularly update budget forecasts for project activities and staffing, and monitor budget vs actual on a regular basis. Manage expenditure and take timely corrective action to ensure compliance and prevent over or under expenditure.
  • Lead on integration and joint programming initiatives with other sectors to strengthen the impact of DRC’s work.
  • Prepare high quality and timely narrative reporting for donors aligning with area financial reports and checking financial reports for accuracy, liaise with technical coordinators for quality assurance.
  • Work closely and collaborate with relevant support departments to ensure that activities are carried out according to plan and proactively engage with support managers to streamline bottlenecks.
  • Maintain ongoing communication with Safety regarding relevant contextual developments and incident reporting.
  • Identify opportunities and material to contribute to communications and advocacy work, and support facilitation of media visits. 

Team Management 

  • Technical and management capacity-building of NIN S&I teams. Assess training and development needs of S&I team, develop and implement capacity building plan as part of DRC’s wider transition to nationalization and in line with relevant policy and guidelines.
  • Recruit and line manage project staff, including conducting appraisals, performance management and providing instructions to HR around contract amendments and termination.
  • Liaise with line and technical management as necessary regarding team performance. 

Program Design 

  • Work closely with Technical Coordinators and line manager on identification of needs of communities and gaps in S&I and WASH services within DRC’s areas of intervention.
  • Provide technical input into the development (and implementation) of relevant SOPs and technical standards, including leading the draft development of SOP’s where necessary and appropriate.
  • In coordination with the AM / BM, contribute to the area level program strategy and to the establishment of sector-based log frames and targets. 
  • Work with the Technical Coordinator to develop innovative approaches to increase access to Shelter and WASH services for targeted communities.
  • Participate in the proposal development process by providing field specific context analysis, technical sector specific analysis, beneficiary insights, feedback on the concept including proposing the activities and costing at field level in line with Area Log Frames; 
  • In coordination with MEAL and IM teams, provide inputs to the development and design of tools. Ensure close coordination between S&I and MEAL/IM teams in the implementation of data collection tools.

Coordination and Representation 

  • Responsible for conducting donor visits in close coordination with the country office donor focal points, provide briefing to donors; 
  • Ensure that DRC’s work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies, ensuring the specific needs of vulnerable communities are being addressed;
  • Engage with sub-national clusters as necessary and relevant;
  • Feed into national clusters through Technical Coordinators, in particular regarding context, needs and possibilities for coordination; 


  • Ensure the respect of DRC Code of Conduct and DRC’s zero tolerance policy of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA), humanitarian principles and contribute to the integration of Protection and Age, Gender, Diversity (AGD) mainstreaming into DRC programming; 
  • Undertake any other duties that may be assigned by the Line Manager.


Reporting lines 

  • Reporting to: Area Manager/ Base Manager
  • Direct reports: Shelter and infrastructure Team leaders, Officers (Assistants report to TL).

About you 
Experience and technical competencies:  

  • Proven experience of at least 3 years in WASH, infrastructure and/or Shelter programming including experience of construction project management, preferably in an emergency or early recovery setting;
  • Minimum 2 year’s experience in people management and capacity building, preferably of a team(s) larger than 8 people;
  • Cultural and gender sensitivity, adaptability, flexibility, hands-on, problem solver.


  • Advanced university degree in architecture, construction management, civil engineering and/or water and sanitation engineering 
  • Strong relevant experience will be considered in lieu (if appropriate)



  • English (Fluent)\
  • Arabic will be an asset

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:  

  • Area / Base Manager
  • S&I Coordinator
  • S&I PM - national
  • S&I/WASH team leaders, officers, assistants
  • Support Services managers (Area SSM, Finance, Supply Chain, HR)
  • MEAL and IM Manager and Team Leader
  • People of Concern

We offer 
Contract length: 12 Months
Band: F
Designation of Duty Station: Ninewa (based in Tel Afar, covering all of Ninewa) with frequent travel to the field
Start date: As soon as possible

Application process 
Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button. 

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered. 

Closing date for applications: 31 October 2020
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Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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