Job Title: Shelter Associate Vacancy Notice: VA/BGDCO/FTA/033/2019 Position Number PN 10028070 / 10028073 / 10031910
Location: Cox's Bazar Position Grade: General Service, G-6 Closing Date: 2019-10-21
Organizational Context

The Shelter Associatewill provide support and assistance on shelter and general infrastructurerelated activities within the Area of Responsibility (AoR). The incumbent willneed to have relevant technical background in order to provide the appropriateanalysis, assessment, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluationsupport to shelter response provided to people of concern (PoC).


As part of theshelter team, the Shelter Associate will assist in ensuring smoothimplementation of the UNHCR Shelter Programme throughout the projectlife-cycle, in particular to ensure compliance with technical specificationsand aspects in programme delivery (based on national, international and UNHCR’sshelter guidelines and best practice); for adequate advice on the technicalintegrity, cultural suitability and adequacy of implementation arrangements forUNHCR’s shelter and infrastructure assistance programme.


The incumbentworks independently, while s/he usually reports to a senior shelter colleague,who defines general work objectives


The ShelterAssociate keeps frequent internal contacts with staff members in the same dutystation to exchange information, to establish understanding of respectiveneeds; to ensure provision of services and resolution of problems and with theexternal contacts generally with officials of national and internationalinstitutions, leaders of the refugee community, local population and/orImplementing Partners (IPs) on subject matters which may be of importance tothe Organization.


All UNHCR staffmembers are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their jobdescription. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with theregulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN StaffRegulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as wellas relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are requiredto discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core,functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s corevalues of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.



-  Participate in shelter needs assessment missions to shelter and infrastructure projects'fields/sites. Provide detailed technical input required for shelter, physical planning and infrastructure projects' plans, with due consideration to environmental concerns, local context, UNHCR operation and capacity of implementing partners.

-       Provide technical support to UNHCR IPs in all the aspects relating to shelter and infrastructure projects through the whole project life-cycle (according to UNHCR, Sphere, and National Standards), liaising cross sectoral as appropriate

-       In the case of direct implementation by UNHCR (contractor led approach), assist in planning,supervising, monitoring and reporting project activities undertaken by UNHCR.

-       Assist UNHCR'sShelter IPs in technical preparation, technical revision and technical evaluation of detailed shelter and infrastructure rehabilitation projects,including (but not limited to) repair of damaged houses, shelter packages,access road works, WASH facilities, schools, health units, bakeries, civil affairs and other public buildings by revising technical specifications, BQs,cost estimations and tender documents.

-       Provide regular technical monitoring, guidance and supervision in shelter, construction, and infrastructure projects. This includes making recommendations to enhance work progress, time schedules, and procurement of the required shelter materials toensure timely implementation.

-       Work closely with UNHCR  Programme, Protection, Supply and Field Units and assist in all technical queries (project-plans, BQ, cost estimations, tender process and technical assessment) for program clearance and technical evaluation.

-       Work closely with inter-agency coordination officers to assist updating preparedness and emergency plans and make sure contingency stock of items/materials for emergency shelter response are in place.

-       Work closely with communication officers to assist finalizing the technical fact heet for PI purpose and contribute to reporting to donors regarding post-monitoring visits,technical results and identified gaps.

-       Liaise andcoordinate with stakeholders of shelter and infrastructure projects and provide regular technical reports to the supervisor and to other colleagues as appropriate.

-       Monitor the implementation of shelter and infrastructure construction activities and report through standard channels e.g. SIP making information available for functional unit

-       Liaise with local authorities, NGOs and IPs on shelter and infrastructure projects.

-       Provide technical support and advice on shelter related activities.

-       Perform other related duties as required.

Accountability and Authority


Knowledgeof computer graphics, AutoCAD and mapping software as well as the capacity touse mapping tools (GPS), and digital photographic equipment, and relatedsoftware (map info etc.).



Functional Skills


IT-MSOffice Applications


SP-CAD/CAMComputer-Aided Design & Manufacturing

MS-Drafting,Documentation, Data Presentation


SP-ShelterAssessment including survey/implementation/monitoring/evaluation/coordination

SP-Shelterand Site Planning Technical Guidelines and Standards

UN-Knowledgeof UN/UNHCR terminology


(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)


Language Requirements


Knowledge of English and/or UN workinglanguage of the duty station if not English.


Competency requirements:


Core Competencies:




Teamwork& Collaboration

Commitmentto Continuous Learning

Client& Result Orientation



Empoweringand Building Trust





Innovationand Creativity 




Minumum Qulification and Professional Experience Required

Years of Experience /Degree Level

 For G6 - 6 years relevant experience with Highschool diploma

 Relevant Job Experience



Knowledgeof SPHERE standards and the ability to use basic survey equipment, digitalcameras, and computer equipment. Experience in developing shelter andsettlement need assessments and undertaking gap analysis for development ofshelter programs.

Certificates and/or Licenses


Civil Engineering;Architecture or other relevant field.

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