Shelter/ Accommodation Officer Non-profit Jobs – Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS)

Organisation: Uganda Red
Cross Society (URCS)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Operations
About US:
Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) is the leading national humanitarian
organization in Uganda and a member of the International Red Cross Red Crescent
Movement. The ICRC is an International humanitarian institution which has a
mandate to protect victims of international and armed conflicts i.e. the
wounded, refugees, civilians, prisoners and other non-combatants.
Job Summary: The Shelter/
Accommodation Officer will conduct comprehensive sectoral needs assessments in
liaison with other relevant sectors such as protection, programme, community
services, Public Health, WASH, administration and supply to enable the most
effective response in the South Sudanese Refugees Emergency Operations for URCS
Response Actions and Projects in Bidi Bidi resettlement site. The jobholder
will also ensure that URCS Field operations are supported in carrying out
shelter and settlement needs assessments taking into account the current
situation, projected population planning figures
Key Duties and
  • Ensure that UNHCR Field operations are
    supported in carrying out shelter needs assessments taking into account
    the current situation, projected population planning figures and the
    expected scale of returns.
  • Formulate camp level shelter strategies
    which are framed by UNHCR’s Global Strategy for Settlement and Shelter
    (2014-2018)  and take into
    consideration the local context, age and gender, culture, climate,
    environmental protection and the availability of local resources,
    including materials, capacities and existing infrastructure.
  • Provide clear guidance on standards for
    shelter, including minimum emergency standards to meet basic and essential
    needs as well as guidance for phased improvement of shelter conditions
    that will be necessary as the duration of the displacement prolongs.
  • Work closely with UNHCR’s implementing
    partners, compiling, analysing and mapping available information on
    shelter options in country taking into account relevant policies adopted
    by the Government. When planning shelter works, ensuring that the
    technical component reflects UNHCR minimum standards for the provision of
    emergency and other types of shelter assistance and is within the
    budgetary requirements. Due consideration should be given to standards in
    other relevant sectors such as water and sanitation.
  • Ensure the shelter strategy is
    periodically reviewed to reflect the evolving situation in camp/settle and
    progressively transitioning to more sustainable shelter solutions. This
    process should be done in close collaboration with the beneficiaries and
    the OPM while bearing in mind the shelter needs of people upon their
    eventual return to their country of origin.
  • In charge of promoting the sustainability
    of technical interventions through local capacity building and self-help
    in collaboration with local partners in the field. Ensure that local
    communities have been consulted on all activities so as not to create
    unnecessary tension between the displaced and host populations.
  • Ensure that specifications, bills of
    quantities and drawings are produced in a technically sound and standardised
    manner. Establish monitoring and evaluation tools to ensure that works are
    implemented according to plans and completed within the designated
  • Keenly monitor all shelter and
    infrastructure activities through Implementing Partners and ensure
    compliance with strategies and guidance provided and agreed.
  • In the planning of shelter works, ensure
    that the technical component reflects UNHCR minimum standards for the
    provision of emergency and other types of shelter assistance and is within
    the budgetary requirements. Standards for other sectors such as water and
    sanitation should be taken into consideration also.
  • In the identifying beneficiaries, ensure
    that the needs of the most vulnerable population of concern (POC) and host
    families are addressed. UNHCR’s vulnerability indicators should be applied
    in a participatory manner during the beneficiary selection.
  • Work closely and regular contact with
    technical and non-technical staff of UN Agencies, Implementing Partners,
    National and International NGOs and Government Authorities, is essential
    to discuss matters relating to shelter and infrastructure coordination and
  • Maintaining regular contact with the
    Shelter and Settlement Section in Geneva regarding all technical matters.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate should hold a
    Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture or Civil-Engineering
  • Possession of a Post graduate
    qualification in a related field is an added advantage
  • At least three years’ experience in
    managing shelter in refuge settlements will be an added advantage.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication
    skills, flexibility and organizational skills with strong capacity in
  • Demonstrated computer skills, particularly
    in data management.
  • Excellent knowledge of English.
  • High level of integrity
  • Ability to work under pressure
How to Apply:
All candidates who desire to join the International Red Cross and Red
Crescent Movement should send their filled application forms, download
and E-mail to: or mail via post to: The
Secretary General, Uganda Red Cross Society, Plot 551/555 Rubaga Road, P.O. Box
494, Kampala, Uganda.
Deadline: 23rd September
2016 by 5.00pm.
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