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Shelter Assistant

Diyala (Iraq)

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Diyala (Iraq)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
    • Administrative support
    • Infrastructure and Urban-Rural development
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-24

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Shelter and Infrastructure Assistant



        Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified 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.


About the job

and Shelter Assistant will be responsible for conducting shelter assessments and supervision & monitoring during execution of shelter implementation. Under the supervision of the Infrastructure and Shelter Manager and Team Leader, the Infrastructure and Shelter Assistant contributes to the planning, implementation and follow up of Shelter activities in his/her assigned area. Shelter activities include rehabilitation of public infrastructures such as community infrastructure, emergency repairs of private houses according to Sphere minimum standards or distribution/installation of Shelter kits and seasonal NFIs and technical support and outreach to the Ministry of Urban Planning, cash for shelter activities. Implementation modalities are through either markets-based approaches through cash for work, casual labor/skilled workers, cash for shelter, or through implementing companies Your main duties and responsibilities will be:



  • Prepare shelter BoQs and shelter designs to support cash for shelter implementation and support beneficiaries in the explanation of technical details related to the BoQs.
  • Under the supervision of the Infrastructure and Shelter Team Leader and Manager, the Infrastructure and Shelter Assistant undertake regular field/site visits and supervise construction work at buildings as defined by project requirements, technical standards, specifications and other documentation.
  • Act as a focal point support for DRC Shelters activities in the worksites he/she is covering.
  • With the support of the Infrastructure and Shelter TL and Officer, the Assistant liaises with the contractor focal point (if works are implemented through company) at the worksite to monitor the quality of the works, alongside the relevant governorate directorate. The Assistant may be tasked with approving/rejecting the works after consulting the Infrastructure and Shelter Officer, TL and Manager according to the agreed standards in the BoQ.
  • Ensure to liaise directly with the shelter beneficiaries and makes sure to fully support beneficiaries technically, and for any issue they might have
  • Support the identification of potential beneficiaries for Shelter activities and conduct any market/vulnerability/technical assessment needed in order to tailor the response, taking into consideration the specific needs of vulnerable individuals and persons of concern.
  • Prepare and follow up Procurement Requests forms for all materials or services needed to allow proper continuation of the works.
  • Provide daily updates to the Infrastructure and Shelter Officer/TL and contribute to regular reports on progress and activities.
  • Contribute to the proper management of stock, inventories, materials, tools and equipment, including correct filing and documentation in close cooperation with the logistics department and notably warehouse officer.
  • Manage safety and security of the construction site, workshops and associated areas, including of staff and laborers.
  • Contribute to the communication and liaison activities to actively consult and involve beneficiaries, key informants, actors, partners and stakeholders in all stages of project design and implementation.
  • Ensure regular and timely reporting of problems, potential delays or risks to project implementation to the relevant supervisor, and support in the development and execution of solutions and mitigating actions.
  • Undertake data collection and data entry of Monitoring & Evaluation surveys and beneficiaries related data.
  • Collaborate with Protection and Economic Recovery team, to ensure a full integration of the Shelter intervention.
  • Ensure that particularly vulnerable cases are referred to the correct department for follow-up, while respecting the beneficiary’s privacy.
  • Support with the preparation and filing of Payment Requests and other project related documentation, as requested by Line Manager;
  • 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;


About you

To be successful in this role we expect you to have the following:


Essential experience/attributes:

  • Technical and/or engineering higher qualification (e.g. university degree); significant proven field experience may be accepted in lieu.
  • Proven work experience in supervising construction projects including Shelter infrastructure and previous INGO experience implementing Shelter activities. Experience in cash for shelter is an asset.
  • Proven experience in BoQ preparation
  • Proficiency in the following computer programs: MS Excel, MS Word, Autocad.
  • Good interpersonal skills and proven ability to work in a complex multicultural environment as a flexible and respectful team member.
  • Willingness and capacity to work in the field and travel frequently to project sites when needed.

Preferred attributes

  • Ability to work sensitively with vulnerable people, taking into account gender, age and diversity.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work as part of a team to achieve joint objectives, in a multicultural context.
  • Ability to act calmly in tense situations, handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion, and act with transparency and integrity. 
  • Solution-oriented approach, with strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Detail oriented, with ability to organize and manage information, plan and manage workload, prioritize, and deliver to deadlines.

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

Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process. 

Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback. 

Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation. 

Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly. 

Demonstrating integrity: You uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to our values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.



We offer

Contract length: 6 months with possible renewable

Band: I

Start date: 8/Dec/2020


Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies.


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: 24th November 2020

Please note: that given the urgency of vacancy the position may be filled before the due date.


For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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