Project Technical Officer – Shelter US Non-profit Job Placements – Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Duty Station:
Reports to: Project
Manager – Shelter
About US:
Catholic Relief
Services (CRS) is an international non-governmental organization (NGO)
supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world.
CRS carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist
the poor and vulnerable overseas. CRS’ Catholic identity is at the heart of our
mission and operations; serving people on the basis of need, regardless of
creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church
partners to implement its programs.
CRS has worked in
Uganda since 1965, initially providing emergency assistance to Sudanese
refugees living in the north. Over the years, CRS has expanded its programming
to also address development needs in western, central and eastern Uganda. CRS’
projects in Uganda currently include agriculture, health, microfinance, peace building
and youth. CRS Uganda implements its programs through partnerships with local
organizations, including the Catholic Church, other faith-based organizations
and community entities for maximum impact and sustainability.
About the Project:
CRS recognizes that
Home and Community are the foundations of family life. But, when disaster
strikes, lives are shattered in the blink of an eye. The loss of a home can
have a grave impact on a family’s well-being, their identity, their security
and safety. CRS recognizes that safe homes are the first step for families to
rebuild their lives.
Through direct
implementation, CRS plans to demonstrate how the owner-driven shelter approach
increases the participation of families, is more cost-effective, and supports
local markets. Using shelter as an entry point, CRS will also demonstrate how
empowering communities through the Community Conversation methodology,
Community Centers, and a household-level case management system can lead to a
more holistic, community-centered approach that will increase the effectiveness
of shelter interventions and improve the quality of the response.
Shelter construction
activities will be complemented by the pilot of a Community Center, which will
act as a hub for local government, partner agencies, national and international
NGOs and private sector to facilitate an integrated system of services. Support
could include connections to project activities, referrals for protection and
health needs, legal services, training, and local initiatives, as well as space
for community activities, rentable market space for small business owners, and
opportunities to extend the impact of programming by sharing information on
best building practices, costs estimates, livelihood strategies, etc
Job Summary: The
Project Technical Officer – Shelter Technical Officer is responsible for the
quality standards in the construction of the shelters through the CRS’
emergency response programming in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement. S/he will
work closely with the shelter and settlement project manager, community mobilization
officer and target communities to ensure the design and implementation of
Programming meets
the highest technical and accountability standards. S/he will provide technical
input to shelter needs assessment, in collaboration with the Bidibidi
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer and
the Community Mobilization Officers. S/he will participate in the orientations
and trainings provided to hired labor or volunteers and respected third parties
in the host community as needed.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·       Ensure shelter construction is in accordance
with design specifications through daily site supervisions.
·       Prepare field reports and maintain a filing
system for project documentation.
·       Conduct stage approval and Prepare cash
support stage payments to project participants.
·       Evaluate performance of carpenters and hired
labor to ensure shelter quality and safety.
·       Ensure that design concerns raised by project
participants or construction crews are raised to the shelter and settlement
project manager.
·       Coordinate with other CRS departments
concerning all aspects of project implementation.
·       Promote safety driven construction practices
(safety culture) by regular review of project site safety initiatives and
compliance by contractor.
·       Ensure procurement of shelter materials are
of high quality and delivered on time.
·       Conduct quality of local materials used by
project participants and guide them.
·       Conduct on-site training of construction
crews under owner driven shelter construction approach.
·       Prepare and conduct signing of design concept
form by project participants or proxies.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       The ideal applicant must hold a Bachelor’s
Degree in engineering, or extensive equivalent experience
·       At least five years’ relevant work experience
as building trade carpenter mason specializing in local construction methods
specific to northern Uganda.
·       Knowledge of local building design standards;
experience with humanitarian shelter a plus.
·       Required experience working in West Nile
sub-region, Yumbe district preferred.
·       Proven ability to build/work in a team and to
manage and motivate personnel drawing on individual skills to advance agendas
and problem solving. Familiarity with affected population’s culture, ability to
develop the respect from a wide range of people and to communicate effectively
on appropriate shelter solutions
·       Excellent communication and negotiation
·       Fluency in English with good verbal and
written communication skills
·       Demonstrated experience with assessments and
analytical and planning skills.
·       Effective inter-personal skills and
·       Demonstrated experience of integrity and
·       Self-reliance and an ability to work in a
challenging and demanding environment
·       Knowledge of the local languages spoken by
South Sudanese and host communities living on or near Bidibidi settlement
These are rooted in
the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to
fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
·       Serves with Integrity
·       Models Stewardship
·       Cultivates Constructive Relationships
·       Promotes Learning
Emergency Competencies
Each staff member
working in emergencies is expected to use the following competencies to fulfill
his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
·       Communicates strategically under pressure
·       Manages stress and complexity
·       Actively promotes safety and security
·       Manages and implements high-quality emergency
·       Influence Competencies (for all Homes and
Communities Staff)
·       Effectively communicates the agency’s
priorities and leverages local relationships to bring stakeholders perspective
to decision-makers, based on job-specific responsibilities
How to Apply:
All interested and
qualified candidate please Email a cover letter and CV only to
Large files and/or
scans of documents will lead to rejection of your application, in the subject line
of the email, copy and paste – PROJECTTECHNICALOFFICERSHELTER only
All applications
that do not contain this exact subject line will be rejected and not read
Only selected
candidates that meet the requirements will be notified.
CRS is an Equal
Opportunity Employer
Deadline: 13th
August 2020 at 5:00 pm
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