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Shelter Sector Deputy Coordinator

Gaziantep | Ankara

  • Organization: IFRC - International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • Location: Gaziantep | Ankara
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Organizational Context

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC or “the Federation”) is the World’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network.  The Federation is a membership organization established by and comprised of its member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.  Along with National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Federation is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.  The overall aim of the IFRC is “to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.” It works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises.


The Federation is served by a Secretariat based in Geneva, with regional and country offices throughout the world.  The Secretariat is led by the IFRC Secretary General and provides the central capacity of the International Federation to serve, connect, and represent National Societies.  The Secretariat’s focus includes providing support to the IFRC governance mechanisms; setting norms and standards; providing guidance; ensuring consistency; coordination and accountability for performance; knowledge sharing; promoting collaboration within and respect for the RCRC Movement; and expanding engagement with partners.  The Secretariat’s headquarter is organized in three divisions: (i) Partnerships, including Movement and Membership; (ii) Programs and Operations; and (iii) Management. The Secretariat has five regional offices, as follows: Americas (Panama City); Africa (Nairobi); Asia/Pacific (Kuala Lumpur); Europe (Budapest); Middle East and North Africa (Beirut).


An earthquake of 7.8M, with depth of 17.9km, occurred in Pazarol district of Kahramanmaras province of Central Turkiye at 4:17 local time (UTC+3). A 6.7M aftershock followed in the same Gaziantep province 10 minutes after. The earthquake was felt in surrounding countries affecting mainly Syria and Turkey. According to reports from the region, many buildings were destroyed in Kahramanmaras, the epicentre of the earthquake, and in the surrounding provinces and although the exact figure is not known, thousands of people lost their lives and hundreds of people were left under the rubble. In response to this earthquake, IFRC has launched an Emergency Appeal to meet the needs of 1,250,000 people over the next 2 years.


As an extension of its leadership role in the international inter-agency humanitarian coordination architecture to coordinate the humanitarian shelter sector after disasters, IFRC has agreed to scale up the coordination of the Shelter Sector in this response, to provide a coordination platform for humanitarian shelter actors to plan and deliver a quality and effective

response to the shelter needs of the affected population. IFRC will be deploying a dedicated team to facilitate the coordination of the shelter response of interested humanitarian agencies, in support and complementary to the Government-led response, and in close coordination with and support of AFAD’s coordination mandate. The Shelter Sector brings together national and international humanitarian actors supports people with the means to live in safe, dignified and appropriate shelter. It enables better coordination among all shelter actors, so that people who need shelter assistance get help faster and receive the right kind of support.

Job Purpose

The purpose of the Shelter Sector Deputy Coordinator is to support the IFRC in fulfilling the sector coordination mission to:


  • provide leadership in emergency shelter and crisis preparedness, response and recovery;
  • work in partnership to prevent and reduce shelter-related morbidity and mortality;
  • ensure evidence-based actions, gap-filling and sound coordination; and
  • enhance accountability, predictability and effectiveness of emergency shelter actions.

The Shelter Sector Deputy Coordinator will support the Shelter Sector Coordinator in delivering the following functions:

Identification of key partners

  • Identify and build relationships with key humanitarian partners for shelter response, respecting their respective mandates and program priorities;
  • Identify and build relationships with other key partners, including national and regional authorities, national academic institutions, and International Financial Institutions;
  • Build cooperative relationships with OCHA and relevant sectors, particularly WASH, Protection, TSS, Early Recovery, etc.


  • Provide general oversight of shelter needs assessments implemented by shelter agencies in partnership with government authorities;
  • Promote and adopt standardized methods, tools and formats for common use in shelter needs assessments to ensure predictable action within a common strategy;
  • Ensure predictable action and a common strategy within the Shelter Sector for the identification of gaps in the shelter sector and in the overall humanitarian response.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Coordination of program implementation

  • Ensure the maintenance of appropriate shelter coordination mechanisms, including a strategic advisory group and technical working groups as appropriate, dependent on total number of shelter actors and the size of the shelter response;
  • Co-chair Shelter Sector coordination meetings at national level as applicable;
  • Actively promote the inclusion of all stakeholders in the Shelter Sector by creating an enabling environment for their participation;
  • Facilitate appropriate coordination with all humanitarian partners (including UN agencies, national and international NGOs, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, IOM and other international organizations), as well as with national authorities and local structures;
  • Seek commitments from sector partners in responding to needs and filling gaps, ensuring an appropriate distribution of responsibilities within the sector, with clearly defined focal points for specific issues as required;
  • Support Shelter Sector members to work collectively in a spirit of mutual cooperation and through consensual decision-making, ensuring complementarity of various stakeholders’ actions as far as possible;
  • Promote timely, effective and coordinated emergency response actions while at the same time considering the need for early recovery planning as well as prevention and risk reduction concerns, based on participatory and community based approaches;
  • Ensure effective links with other sector working groups;
  • Act as focal point for inquiries on emergency shelter response plans and operations.

Planning and strategy development

  • Develop preparedness and response strategies and action plans for the Sector and ensure that these are adequately reflected in overall country strategies, such as the Preliminary and Strategic Response Plan;
  • Draw lessons learned from past activities and revise strategies and action plans accordingly in the light of these and needs as they evolve;
  • Ensure full integration of the IASC’s agreed priority cross-cutting issues. In line with this, promote gender equality by ensuring that the needs, contributions and capacities of women and girls as well as men and boys are addressed;
  • As soon as appropriate, initiate preparatory work and a strategy for the recovery phase, developing the transition from emergency shelter to longer-term shelter recovery programming, in close consultation with the other agencies.

Monitoring and reporting

  • Establish adequate monitoring mechanisms to review the impact of the shelter coordination and response and progress against implementation plans;
  • Promote and adopt standardized methods, tools and formats for common use in monitoring trends, activities and outcomes in support of strategic decision-making;
  • Promote use of participatory mechanisms for monitoring of shelter programs;
  • Ensure the tracking of performance and humanitarian outcomes using agreed benchmarks, indicators, and data (disaggregated by age and gender) so as to provide a systematic accountable arrangement to assess the timeliness, coverage, and appropriateness of shelter-related humanitarian action, as well as wider humanitarian assistance, in relation to the targeted populations;
  • Implement the IASC Performance Monitoring system to assess the shelter coordination performance of the shelter sector;
  • Ensure the development, collation, and analysis of simple, user-friendly shelter response reporting formats in consultation with the local authorities, providers of shelter assistance and other key stakeholders;

Job Duties and Responsibilities (continued)

  • Promote adequate reporting and effective information sharing of shelter activities, needs and gaps, through regular production of situation reports, bulletins, factsheets, and/or other relevant information to partners and stakeholders.

Information management

  • Establish shelter information management needs and call on additional IM resources as applicable;
  • Ensure the development of information management strategy for effective integration and sharing of data and information for shelter response planning, monitoring, and reporting.
  • Provision of information and documents to be uploaded to the operation site at the shelter sector website (;
  • Promote and ensure training on the use of information management tools among shelter agencies and other stakeholders;
  • Ensure coordinated work with OCHA Information Management Units and relevant sectors in developing common information management architecture for data collection, collation, dissemination, and analysis, including archiving, and application of common tools, standards, and indicators.

Representation, advocacy and resource mobilization

  • Identify core advocacy concerns, including resource requirements, and contribute to key messages on broader advocacy initiatives of the Humanitarian/Resident Coordinator and other actors;
  • Identify common strategies for communicating with public, media, and policy makers, including for the marketing and advocacy of appeals to donors;
  • Advocate for donors to fund humanitarian agencies to carry out priority shelter activities, while at the same time encouraging agencies to mobilize resources for their activities through their usual channels;
  • Represent the interests of the Shelter Sector in discussions with the Humanitarian/Resident Coordinator, appropriate Governmental representations, donors and other key agencies on prioritization, resource mobilization and advocacy;
  • Call on additional local and international partners, and advocate for additional donor commitment to meet priority shelter needs and fill gaps;
  • Establish mechanisms for accountable financial resource allocation at sector level for projects funded through the sector

Training and capacity building of national authorities and civil society

  • Promote and support training of humanitarian personnel and capacity building of humanitarian partners;
  • Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of the relevant authorities and civil society;
  • Develop and implement a common strategy within the Shelter Sector for capacity building and training.


  • Promote a common and joint system of reviews, assessments, and evaluations conducted with due transparency, accountability and objectivity;
  • Support the conduct of a review of the shelter sector.


  • The Shelter Sector Deputy Coordinator will advise the Shelter Sector Coordinator on the approach to and resources required to provide the required shelter coordination services to humanitarian agencies.
  • The Shelter Sector Deputy Coordinator will coach other staff as needed.
  • Prepare a short summary report at the conclusion of the assignment on lessons learned and recommendations for future deployments.
  • Any other tasks that may be required to achieve the objective of this assignment.



  • “Humanitarian Shelter Coordination” course (or equivalent experience).
  • University degree or proven coordination and management experience.


  • Basic Delegate Training Course, IMPACT. FACT, ERU or RDRT Training.



  • At least 7 years of experience working in Shelter and Settlements with operations and coordination experience.
  • Experience of working in complex responses with an ability to work independently from a sector perspective within a larger response team.
  • Experience of internal Red Cross Movement and External Stakeholder relationships.
  • Experience in emergency response with early recovery / recovery transition planning.
  • Experience in drafting Shelter Strategies.

Knowledge, Skills and Languages


  • Ability to independently deliver a range of Shelter and Settlements operational and coordination / representation and advocacy roles within a Surge response.
  • Strong command/ highly proficient in spoken and written Turkish
  • Strong command/ highly proficient in spoken and written English


Competencies, Values and Comments

National Society relations, Communication – Teamwork, Professionalism – Integrity – Diversity, Judgement-Decision-making, Results focus and accountability.

Please note that the position may be filled before the deadline for submission of the applications.

Due to limited resources, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

This vacancy is now closed.
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