Role Overview

Plan, develop, monitor and evaluate the assigned shelter project(s), assessing shelter needs, designing projects, writing proposals, initiating and effectively managing and reporting on the projects in line with the objectives, timeframe and budget. Provide technical support, leadership and strategic direction; meet quality standards in shelter delivery, encourage beneficiary participation, liaise with other stakeholders and manage and train shelter staff.

Project Overview

Emergency Relief and Recovery projects in countries of high vulnerability.

Workplace & Conditions

Generic Field Vacancies are based in capital city or main field base in one of our programmes.

Starting Date & Initial Contract Details

This position is not currently open, but frequently required in the Field.

Full time, Normally ranges from (a minimum of) 12 months to 2 years.

Key Activity Areas

Shelter Project Management

  • Manage the assigned shelter project(s) in order to meet the project objectives within budget and within the allotted time frame.
  • Provide strong leadership of the assigned shelter project(s), working to ensure both short and long-term positive impacts and outcomes for the beneficiaries, local authorities (where applicable) and local shelter staff.
  • Develop and implement an appropriate and effective shelter strategy in consultation with other shelter staff and field managers.
  • Set clear objectives and indicators for shelter activities in collaboration with the shelter staff, field managers and, where appropriate, with the local communities.
  • Continuously monitor and supervise shelter activities, overseeing the technical design and execution and evaluating progress through outputs and impacts using both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Input into the integration of beneficiary participation and accountability in all aspects of the project.

Staff Management

  • Line-manage the Shelter Manager(s) of the assigned project(s), including day-to-day management, development and training, appraisals, etc.
  • Facilitate regular meetings to assist information sharing between project staff, to ensure staff members are aware of project objectives and current work plans and to provide the opportunity for feedback.
  • Provide coaching and technical supervision to staff in order to develop ownership and full responsibility for shelter activities.

Financial Management

  • Manage the shelter budget for the assigned project(s) and ensure all expenses are according to budget and meet the Medair standards with regard to financial management, including accountability and good governance.

Communication and Coordination

  • Develop and maintain appropriate, regular, transparent and supportive communication structures with the assigned shelter team, Medair in-country and HQ shelter managers and advisers and other relevant stakeholders (e.g. beneficiaries, community leaders, local and national government officials, UN agencies and other NGOs), with the objective of ensuring good cooperation and partnerships.
  • Participate in shelter coordination meetings and other working groups or meetings as required, representing Medair and feeding back to the shelter staff and field managers on relevant issues.

Logistics

  • Support the logistics activities of shelter staff, particularly in relation to the purchasing of supplies and equipment for the assigned shelter activities.

Quality Management

  • Ensure shelter projects are implemented in line with donor proposals and requirements and in accordance with Medair, donor, country and international standards i.e. Sphere and HAP standards.

Field – Team Spiritual Life

  • Reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
  • Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.
  • Work and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings.
  • Instigate and contribute to prayer times within internationally recruited staff and HQ teams.
  • Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international programmes and HQ prayer network.

This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organisational needs.

Qualifications

  • Higher level qualification in a technical field, preferably in civil engineering or in another relevant field such as architecture / engineering / construction management; BSc / BEng in a relevant field desirable.
  • Strong working knowledge of English, spoken and written.

Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)

  Everyone who works as an Internationally Recruited Staff in one of our field programmes must first successfully complete the Medair ROC. Read more for information, dates and related costs.

Experience

  • 2 years post-qualification professional experience in a relevant field.
  • Management exper. in a construction context; technical construction skills within humanitarian setting.
  • Experience working in a construction / shelter programme in a developing country, preferably in a humanitarian context desirable.
  • Good numerical, report writing and administration skills.
  • Experience in training / mentoring / coaching staff.
  • Advanced planning, assessment and analytical skills desirable.
  • Knowledge and understanding of humanitarian standards such as Sphere and HAP.
  • Committed to consultative and servant-minded leadership.
  • Capacity to work under pressure and manage personal stress levels.
  • Able to cope with basic living conditions in the field and during field trips.