Associate Shelter-WASH Officer

United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

Under the direct supervision of head of Sub-Office the following tasks:

Ensuring that UNHCR Field operation is supported in carrying out shelter needs assessments taking into account the current situation, projected population planning figures and the expected scale of returns;

  • Providing clear guidance on standards for shelter and settlement, including minimum emergency standards to meet basic and essential needs;
  • Together with UNHCR’s implementing partners, compiling, analysing and mapping available information on shelter options in the region 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;
  • Ensuring the Shelter and Wash strategies are periodically reviewed to reflect the evolving situation in the region and progressively transitioning to more sustainable solutions. This process should be done in close collaboration with the beneficiaries and the host communities and Government counterparts while bearing in mind the needs of people upon their eventual return to their country of origin and/or their integration in the region;
  • Ensuring that specifications, bills of quantities and drawings are produced in a technically sound and standardised manner and establish monitoring and evaluation tools to ensure that works are implemented according to plans and completed within the designated timeframe;
  • 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;
  • In consultation with UNHCR’s implementing partner and local communities themselves, identifying the need for community based Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) that can benefit the local and displaced communities;
  • The position requires regular contact with programme, protection and field staff in country in order to ensure technical support related to shelter and construction activities;
  • Close 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 provision;
  • Maintaining regular contact with the Shelter Unit in Niamey regarding all technical matters.
  • Review performance, monitor development and evaluate approaches adopted by partners in WASH and related sectors (i.e. natural resources management, environment assessment, technical capacity of implementing partners) and formulate appropriate designs and corrective measures as deemed necessary.
  • Ensure effective mechanisms are in place to promote and monitor the performance of UNHCR partners on WASH activities in the refugee settlement / host community and that there is a coordinated delivery of WASH services to beneficiaries that meet UNHCR standards of assistance
  • Training materials and relevant tools (guidelines, SoPs and technical support documents) developed to enhance the capacity of UNHCR people of concern in the area of Shelter and WASH;
  • Contributions provided in emergency preparedness, contingency planning, and response programmes requiring Shelter and WASH interventions
  • Drafting of periodic and annual reports (narrative and statistical) concerning all shelter and WASH related activities
Bachelor degree or equivalent

Architecture or Civil-Engineering or Water/sanitation Management

Master’s degree or 4 years of relevant professional experience with a Bachelor’s degree.

24 Months

Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience with a Master’s degree or 4 years of relevant professional experience with a Bachelor’s degree.

Relevant professional experience includes management of humanitarian shelter or settlement and WASH programs / projects or a combination of experience in the humanitarian sector and construction-related activities outside of the humanitarian sector such as supervision of construction works.

Experience in project cycle management, partnerships, disengagement strategy and sustainability of WASH projects is an asset;

Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and negotiation skills in a cross cultural environment and the ability to assist in communication of technical and non-technical details with Government technical staff as well as NGO staff and local authorities.

  • French(Mandatory), Level – Fluent
  • English(Mandatory), Level – Working Knowledge
Water, sanitation and environmental engineering, Civil engineering and construction supervision

Architecture or Civil-Engineering or Water/sanitation Management;

Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and negotiation skills in a cross cultural environment and the ability to assist in communication of technical and non-technical details with Government technical staff as well as NGO staff and local authorities.

No

Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams

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Application deadline: -07-05-2020


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