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  • Civil Engineering Job at The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

  • Posted on: 16 May, 2016 Deadline: 27 May, 2016
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    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 the shelter, emergency food security, and water, sanitation and hygiene sectors.
    The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters, NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours’ notice when a crisis occurs.

    In light of the displacement in the north eastern part of Nigeria, NRC is about to start up an emergency response programme in Nigeria to respond to the humanitarian needs.

    Shelter Team Leader


    In the coming months, the main focus for NRC would be conflict affected populations including IDPs, returnees and the local communities in Borno State. NRC will initially be starting activities in the area of food security, water and sanitation and shelter/NFI sectors. NRC is therefore seeking  Shelter TL in Maiduguri, Nigeria. The Shelter TL reports to the Shelter Program Development Manager.

    Tasks and Responsibilities
    • Coordinate the Shelter activities according to strategy, proposals, budgets and plans
    • The Team Leader holds overall responsibility for management of the Technical and Social activities of the Shelter project including: project planning and implementation, assessment, monitoring and evaluation.
    • Ensure that all program data are accurately collected and reported; the shelter assistance is in fact provided to selected and approved beneficiaries; the quality and quantity of construction materials distributed; the  shelter completion and occupancy.
    • To assess the shelter construction training needs of the community and assists in the development of appropriate training materials and plans
    • Ensure that all programming, administrative and logistical tasks are promptly and correctly completed in accordance with NRC policies, procedures and guidelines.
    • Represent NRC in meetings and promote exchange of information with relevant external actors.
    • Ensure adherence to NRC policies and donor requirements
    • Remain current on all issues related Shelter Programming and ensure that staff maintain and update their knowledge.
    • Coordinate strategy and approach with other NRC offices and personnel.
    • Conduct staff meetings and produce regular reports.
    • Maintain updated and precise records on the geographical location of NRC beneficiaries
    • Supervise and support the daily work of all shelter program staff
    • Monitor and account for the statistical outputs of the team;
    • Provide weekly, monthly and quarterly reports on upcoming activities, progresses and achievements made in the designated areas of responsibility;
    • Ensure correct implementation of NRC Security Policy;
    • Maintain a close line of communication and cooperation with all relevant NRC counterparts in the country;  
    • Provide in-advance input on the overall program strategy and decisions in the designated area of responsibility
    • When requested by the supervisor, participate in strategy and coordination meetings with national and international stakeholders.
    • Performs any other duties as requested by the shelter Program Development Manager

    • Bachelor degree in civil engineering or related fields in development
    • Minimum 5 years’ experience from working with shelter/NFI, houses construction/repair projects in a humanitarian/recovery context. Experience from working with social work and/or with distribution of humanitarian assistance is an advantage.
    • Must have knowledge of emergency, transitional and permanent shelter construction requirements and protocols
    • Familiarity with international minimum standards of shelter service delivery (i.e., SPHERE) is an advantage
    • Excellent communication skills – written and spoken – in English required.
    • Fluency in one or more of the national/regional languages (Hausa and Kanuri preferred)
    • Must be willing to work as a team member, take direction, and share technical skills with colleagues and counterparts
    • Computer literacy in word processing and spreadsheets is required,
    • Familiarity with AutoCAD, GPS, ARC GIS and Google Earth is strongly desirable
    • Must be able to work under pressure 

    Personal qualification
    • Ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision.
    • Highest standards of ethics and integrity
    • Ability to work in insecure environments
    • Communicating with impact and respect
    • All employees of the Norwegian Refugee Council should be able to adhere to our Codes of Conduct and the four organizational values: Dedicated, innovative, inclusive and accountable

    We offer
    • Commencement: ASAP
    • Contract period: 31st December, 2016 (with possibility of extension)
    • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s directions
    • Duty station: Maiduguri, Borno State

    Method of Application

    Applicants can submit their application letter and updated CV to the following e-mail address: The title of the position (Shelter TL- Maiduguri) must be indicated in the subject line of your e-mail. Please notice that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    Deadline for application is May 27th, 2016 (any application received after the deadline will not be considered). The Norwegian Refugee Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women are particularly encouraged to apply to this position.

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