Shelter & Infrastructure Coordinator – DRC


Job Description

OrganizationDanish Refugee Council (DRC)
Contract type:Expatriate or national contract
Application due:13/03/2021

About the job

The Shelter & Infrastructure Coordinator is part of DRC the Sudan technical advisory team. The role contributes to the development of Shelter & Infrastructure strategies, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks. This role has a focus on capacity building of existing teams, ensuring country office level coordination between DRC sector teams, and provides support and/or technical guidance to area level operations, and ensuring quality and adheres to DRC and international standards and/or guidelines. The Shelter & Infrastructure Coordinator will also have a role in supporting the emergency planning and preparedness activities and moving the DRC response towards a right and need based approach.

Main Responsibilities


  • Develop and undertake Shelter & Infrastructure works needs assessments to inform program design and strategic direction. This may include conducting assessments and fact-finding missions to establish Shelter & Infrastructure programming in the operational areas where needs have been identified.
  • Ensure that the Shelter & Infrastructure program is informed by sound analysis, and that contact with beneficiaries, target groups and representatives of authorities’ consultations is in line with DRC’s values, culture, and beliefs; and that the strategy is gender and conflict sensitive.
  • Provide Shelter & Infrastructure technical support and guidance for the field assessment team as appropriate, with specific responsibility for ensuring analysis of assessment data and preparation of reports.

Program Design 

  • Together with the Area Managers, identify and develop strategic and complimentary entry points for DRC Shelter & Infrastructure program. This may include exploring and developing strategic partners contributing to quality and scaling up of programs.
  • Play a proactive role in integrating Shelter & Infrastructure interventions with other sector strategies to ensure maximum impact; working collaboratively with other technical specialists/coordinators to ensure that minimum protection standards are included.
  • Work closely with the Grants unit to develop quality proposals, letter of intent, concept notes and budgets as well as input into donor reporting.
  • Ensure that the Shelter & Infrastructure program is driven by a sound Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning framework that leads to continuous improvement and fine-tuning of systems and processes. 
  • Proactively identify program development opportunities in Sudan, resource mobilization avenues, and new thematic areas of technical intervention that would promote the expansion of DRC’s Shelter & Infrastructure portfolio.
  • Ensure cross-cutting issues are integrated in the Shelter & Infrastructure programming such as GBV, Gender, Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP), Environment, sustainability and other cross cutting issues are considered and factored into program design.
  • Shelter & Infrastructure activities, including, but not limited to; framework agreements on goods and services, kit composition, contracted water trucking and any other services addressing emergency needs.

Technical coordination and support

  • Support partners to develop and finalize relevant technical documentation required for successful delivery of Shelter & Infrastructure projects, including Scope of Work, technical designs, BoQs, etc.
  • Provide technical support in the design, installation, maintenance and operation of existing and new community water supply systems as well as training of hygiene promotion volunteers and Shelter & Infrastructure committees.
  • Lead the selection and design of appropriate Shelter & Infrastructure works in accordance to SPHERE & UNHCR standards and taking full account of local conditions, resources, customs and cultural norms.
  • Design and provide technical support on Shelter & Infrastructure through new innovative approaches to assist target communities moving from the stage of emergency relief into early recovery and development as might be feasible and appropriate.
  • Identify technical or programmatic gaps and provide training, mentoring and capacity building as required, on emergency Shelter & Infrastructure within the humanitarian context.
  • Support recruitment of technical staff involved in supporting DRC’s Shelter & Infrastructure programs 

MEAL, Information and Co-ordination

  • Cultivate good relations with key humanitarian actors in the Shelter & Infrastructure sectors and associated sectors such as Shelter/NFI and WASH
  • Coordinate with relevant national and international actors and actively participate in relevant working groups and other meeting in the area of responsibility, including WASH an SNFI Clusters.
  • Represent DRC as required in technical visits and technical working groups.
  • Provide regular updates to the Head of Programmes, and the rest of the team on progress, priorities and constraints – verbally and in writing.
  • Closely coordinate with area offices to identify challenges and provide guidance and support. 
  • Develop and share lessons learnt, success stories (project impacts) internally and with stakeholders/ donors.
  • Quality control and site monitoring as per expected outputs and outcome to ensure that services provided are according standards in coordination with MEAL team.

About you

We expect you to have:

  • Professional technical experience evidencing and demonstrating ability to deliver against the above-mentioned responsibilities:
  • Masters/Bachelor’s degree with relevant, progressive experience in Water/Sanitation/environmental Engineering or Structural/Civil Engineering, Construction Management or related technical field;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and at least three years of relevant work experience for M.Sc and five for B.Sc  with an excellent program coordination skill in Shelter & Infrastructure programs, preferably with an International NGO; 
  • Excellent technical knowledge of shelter and WASH standards and principles with demonstrated capacity to develop effective responses/modalities to identified shelter and WASH needs and in accordance with the relevant frameworks;
  • Solid experience in project development; with good skills in donor proposal writing/reporting budget, and BOQs;
  • Knowledge of participatory approaches and community sensitization and mobilization
  • Ability to write reports, procedure manuals, and guidelines;
  • Effective coordination, representation and presentation skills (internal and external)
  • Profound contextual awareness and insight into health issues
  • Work experience in the areas of emergency, especially with displaced/refugees’ communities;
  • Previous technical advisory and implementation experience in, and understanding of, the Sudan context is highly desirable

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:   

  • Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.   
  • Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.   
  • Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.   
  • Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly.   
  • Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

How to apply

  • Contract length: 1 year with the possibility of extension
  • Deadline for applications: 13 March 2021 (start date as soon as possible)
  • All applicants must submit a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) through our career pages. Both must be in English.
  • Due to the urgency of the position, DRC has the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.    
  • For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website

DRC as an employer

By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.

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