UN Job Vacancies – Senior Shelter Associate – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


Job Title:    Senior Shelter Associate

Organisation: United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Duty Station: Uganda

Vacancy Notice: Internal/ External Vacancy notice no. 018/2020

Position Number: 10026744

Position Grade: GS-7


About US:

The Office of the United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by
the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute of the
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is to lead and
co-ordinate action for international protection to refugees; seek permanent
solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard refugee rights and
well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning issues of statelessness,
as it is given a designated role under Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the
Reduction of Statelessness.


Job Summary:  The Senior Shelter Associate provides support
in carrying out comprehensive sectoral needs assessments in liaison with other
relevant sectors such as protection, programme, community services, public
health, WASH, administration and supply. To ensure the most effective response,
both quantitative and qualitative data should be gathered on the profile/needs
and living conditions of both the displaced population and host community. The
incumbent will provide support in the day to-day operations of all construction
and general infrastructure projects within the Area of Responsibility (AoR) to
ensure that works proceed as designed and comply with established standards and
procedures for the full project cycle.


Close and regular
contact is maintained with technical and non-technical staff of shelter sector
members, national and international NGOs and Government Authorities. The Senior
Shelter Associate normally reports to a more senior shelter colleague or
Technical Coordinator and normally supervises some support staff.


The incumbent
assists the supervisor in ensuring that shelter & infrastructure responses
within the AoR evolve according to the changing nature of the situation, progressively
working towards more durable solutions and drawing from sustainable local
building practices and materials. S/he provides technical support in general
infrastructure planning, design and construction monitoring.


Within an urban
context, it is essential that shelter responses take into consideration urban
planning strategies, including an analysis of residential areas, housing
affordability and availability. In addition, regardless of the context, shelter
assistance should at all times minimize the risk of harm, eviction,
exploitation and abuse, overcrowded living conditions, limited access to
services and unhygienic conditions. Special attention must be given to the
environment and low carbon approaches, attention to material selection through
sustainable means to ensure a green approach to shelter delivery.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Technical Guidance

in carrying out shelter needs assessments while liaising with other relevant
sectors such as protection, programme, community services, WASH, administration
and supply.

with the relevant stakeholders to ensure that the shelter beneficiary selection
process prioritises the needs of the most vulnerable Persons of Concern (PoC).

the supervisor in developing and updating shelter strategies to reflect
evolving situations and ensure alignment with national and global level
policies and guidelines including: Global Compact on Refugees, Sustainable
Development Goals, Relevant Global Strategies and Policies.

support in the daily management of all construction and infrastructure projects
within the AoR ensuring that works are carried out in compliance to established
UNHCR and national standards/best practices for the full project cycle.

and follow up the design and construction of infrastructure (schools, health
centres, reception centres, drainage and roadworks etc) to confirm these are
approved by the relevant authorities, technically sound, supplemented with
accurate drawings, detailed BQs and specifications and implemented according to
plans, completed within designated timelines, budget and ensure that this
information is shared with relevant colleagues.

closely with other relevant sectors such as WASH, education and health so that
shelter and infrastructure implementation is synchronised and coordinated.

implementing partners on sound technical shelter and settlement issues while
ensuring compliance with national and global standards, national and
operational strategies and guidance.


technical support in the field of shelter, construction and infrastructure
development within the AoR to best meet the needs of PoC.

in coordination and management of UNHCR’s shelter and infrastructure
interventions in a timely, cost-effective, inter-sectoral manner. Work with the
government and relevant authorities and counterparts to ensure strong
coordination and partnership.

as technical focal point within the AoR for shelter/infrastructure, in
coordination meetings with various stakeholders including Government
counterparts to ensure UNHCR’s interests and those of the PoCs are adequately
reflected and disseminate information to all stakeholders in a timely,
efficient manner.


Programme in reviewing technical components of the Project Partnership
Agreements that contain any construction and infrastructure projects.

work with Programme as a member of the Multi-Functional Team in the Operation
and regularly participate in multi-sectoral activities to ensure protection and
assistance needs of the population are met.

bid documents for all construction and infrastructure projects including
technical specifications, BoQs, drawings, etc.

in the technical evaluation of received bids as well as in the review/inspection
of the quality of shelter and infrastructure products/works during
implementation and at completion

other related duties as required


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

ideal candidate for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Senior
Shelter Associate job placement should hold a High school diploma. Required.

qualifications in Civil Engineering, Architecture is required

At least
four years of previous job experience relevant to the function is required.

in use of word processing and spreadsheet applications ability to prepare
schedules / bills of quantities and estimating cost is required.

in developing shelter and settlement need assessments and undertaking gap
analysis for development of shelter programs is required

of English is required.

of computer graphics, AutoCAD and mapping software as well as the capacity to
use mapping tools (GPS), and digital photographic equipment, and related
software (map info etc.) is desirable.



and Creativity


How to Apply:

All interested
Ugandan nationals who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the
link below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job




Deadline: 21st October 2020


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