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Shelter and Infrastructure Assistant- Female

Tel Afar

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Tel Afar
  • Grade: Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Infrastructure and Urban-Rural development
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-22

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The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunities 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 fulfillment 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.

DRC has been operating in Iraq since 2003 and in Northern Iraq since 2010. It is currently implementing a broad range of activities relevant to conflict-affected communities and persons. The activities are categorized into ten sectors: Shelter and Non-food Items, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Livelihoods, Protection, Mine Risk Education, Camp Coordination, and Camp Management (CCCM). 

Overall purpose of the role

  • Under the supervision of the Infrastructure and Shelter Team Leader and Officer, the Infrastructure and Shelter Assistant contributes to the planning, implementation and follow up of Shelter and Infrastructure activities in his/her assigned area.
  • The Technical Assistant will provide support and supervision to daily construction activities on shelters, infrastructure, informal settlements and other sites in areas of operation in addition to be responsible for conducting different shelter assessments.
  • Wash and Shelter activities include rehabilitation of public infrastructures such as schools, health centers and community centers, emergency repairs of private houses according to Sphere minimum standards or distribution/installation of Shelter kits, hygiene promotion, cleaning campaign, 
  • Implementation modalities are through either markets-based approach’s through cash for work, casual labor, cash or vouchers, or instead through private contractors.


  • Under the supervision of the Infrastructure and Shelter Team Leader and Officers, the Infrastructure and Shelter Assistant undertake regular field/site visits to ensure proper monitoring of the activities’ implementation in area of operation.
  • Organizes the Cash for Work activities schedule, liaise directly with the workers and make sure that all the necessary documentation (attendance sheets, certificate of completion of works etc.) is properly filled and filed.
  • With the support of the Infrastructure and Shelter Officer and Team Leader, the Assistant liaises directly with the contractor focal point 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/Team Leader according to the agreed standards in the BoQ.
  • Conducting of site, infrastructure and building surveys with drawings, measurements and photographs.
  • Production of technical CAD construction drawings and BoQs
  • Take responsibility for on-site stock, inventories, materials, tools and equipment, including correct filing and documentation.
  • Support the identification of potential beneficiaries for Shelter activities and conduct any 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
  • 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.
  • Manage safety and security of the construction site, workshops and associated areas, including of staff and laborers.
  • 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;

Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • This position is for female applicants only
  • Proven work experience in supervising construction projects including Shelter/Water infrastructure and previous INGO experience implementing Shelter activities. Experience in distributions is an asset.
  • 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.
  • Willingness and capacity to work outside of regular working days (national holidays or extra hours) in case of emergency response.
  • 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.

Education: (include certificates, licenses etc.)

  • Technical and/or engineering higher qualification (e.g. university degree), in either civil, electrical or structural engineering; significant proven field experience may be accepted in lieu.

Languages: (indicate fluency level)

  • Advanced English proficiency
  • Fluency in Arabic

Key stakeholders: (internal and external)

We offer

  • Contract length: 6 months with possibility of extension subject to funds 
  • Salary Band: I
  • Designation of duty station: Tel Afer
  • Start date: As soon as possible.
  • Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Nationals; please refer to under Vacancies. 

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 act in line with DRC’s vision
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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