Title of Post: Shelter/WASH Assistant under UNOPS Vacancy Notice: 19/HCR/KGL/VN/032 Post Number UNOPS20
Duty Station: Kirehe Category and Level: Local ICA Support, Level 3 Closing date of application: 2019-06-20 Duration of assignment: Until 31 December 2019
Organizational Context

Under the direct supervision of theAssociate Physical Site Planner based in Branch office working close with theHead of Field Office in collaboration with Associate Field Officer or FieldUnit at respective offices, the incumbent will be based in Kirehe Field Officebased on the signed duty station and will be required to travel to refugeecamps, receptions centers and urban areas. Shelter/WASH Assistant(s) willsupport further development and continuity of the Shelter/WASH activities andother infrastructures project activities at a country level at respective camps.


Finally, the incumbent with the help ofAssociate Physical Site Planner will be responsible for ensuring that UNHCRstandards are maintained in shelter construction, monitor the work ofconstruction companies, take care of the maintenance of the structures alreadybuilt and monitor the numerous constructions undertaken within the signed campof responsibility based on the Field Office location (Kirehe). 


UNHCR Office has sufficient service support inthe field of shelter thus better able to address technical issues related toshelter projects and meet the needs of persons of concern which shall be doneunder direct implementation according to shelter SOPs


  • Officeto implement clear guidance and standards for shelter, including minimumstandards to meet basic and essential needs.

  • Assistin carrying out technical assessments of the construction of new construction;rehabilitation/maintenance works (i.e. shelter/communal structures/roads/drainageworks) in priority locations that have been identified by the campadministration and /or the joint MFT team.

  • Assistthe respective Field Office in shelter monitoring, coordinate all shelter andinfrastructure activities within the camp; working closely with the existingrefugee structures (leaders and shelter committees) to support on shelterinterventions

  • AssistUNHCR Associate Physical Site Planner to monitor the implementation of projectsunder the area of responsibility.

  • Coordinatedaily need assessment on shelter within the camps

  • Participateon all shelter related meetings, compile reports or minutes on weekly/monthlybasis

  • Assistin verifying any BoQs, execution plan, including defining the scope of works,technical drawings and specifications for internal analysis.

  • Supportsupply in the market analysis of locally available construction materials andskills, promoting the use of local capacity as appropriate.

  • SupportField Office in monitoring WASH activities within the camps and to ensure allrelated WASH services conform to UNHCR standards

  • Playmajor role in Multi-functional Team during all stages of programme cycle

  • Regularlyreport on work progress of various activities and preparation of SitRep (weeklyand monthly).

  • Performother related duties as required.





  • Liaisewith Shelter committee (Refugee leaders, MINEMA, UNHCR MFT, Shelter committeemembers, Government agencies) on behalf of UNHCR.

  • Participatein monitoring of the implementation of shelter activities.

Minimum Qualification

  • Completionof secondary education with post-secondary certificate/training courses inshelter related fields.

  • Minimum3 years of relevant working experience, including collaboration with differentinternational organizations (e.g. UN agencies, Red Cross Movement, INGOs, IOsor Donors).

  • Excellentknowledge of English and good knowledge of French.

  • Knowledgeableon the use of engineering software’s i.e. AutoCAD, ArchiCAD etc.

  • ManagingResources

  • Analyticalthinking.

  • TechnologicalAwareness.

  • Planningand Organizing.

Desirable Qualification and Competencies

  • Knowledgeof UNHCR standards and criteria for site selection, as well as issues relatedto shelter, protection, WASH, environment, land property issues etc. will be anasset.

  • Goodknowledge about construction of buildings. Any specific additional knowledgeabout electricity work, water and sanitation system will be an asset.

  • Goodknowledge of site surveying and experience in undertaking related topography assessments/feasibility studies for site identification and environmental impact studieswhilst using surveying tools (including GPS equipment, GIS software).

  • Capacityto work with multi sectorial teams to ensure that relevant issues related tothe site/settlements planning are taken into consideration such as thedevelopment/maintenance of various infrastructures required.

  • Willingnessand ability to work in hardship environments.

  • Computerliteracy in MS Office and other relevant software to produce digital maps, siteplans, layout and technical drawings.

Operational Context

Shortlisted candidates may be required to sitfor a test. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. No late applicationswill be accepted.

UNHCR is committed to diversity and welcomesapplications from qualified candidates regardless of disability, genderidentity, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic andnational origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of therecruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training orany other fees). Should you be asked for a fee or a benefit at any stage ofthis process, please report your concern to UNHCR’s Investigation Service (inspector@unhcr.org).

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