Snr Shelter Assistant
Yola, Nigeria
4d ago

Duties and Qualifications

Senior Shelter Assistant

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Senior Shelter Assistant will assist in providing technical support on shelter and general infrastructure related activities as well as regular guidance within the Area of Responsibility (AoR).

As part of the shelter team, the Senior Shelter Assistant assists the supervisor in assessment of shelter needs, capacity and monitoring of the project implementation as well as reporting activities.

The incumbent usually reports to a senior shelter / settlement technical colleague.

The Senior Shelter Assistant supports UNHCR technical efforts during an emergency and or protracted crises assisting his / her supervisor in ensuring that national and / or international Shelter standards and best practices are met.

Main contacts are with staff members in the same duty station to exchange information, to establish understanding of respective needs.

The incumbent also liaises with IPs and local authorities on behalf of UNHCR.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks.

In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.


  • Assist in carrying out technical assessments of all shelter typologies e.g. (i.e. unused or unfinished private and public buildings / private accommodation / houses / apartments) in priority locations that have been identified by the municipalities and / or the Shelter partners.
  • Assist the supervisor in technical and / or shelter coordination activities.
  • Assist in technical design work and preparation of tender documents such as specifications, schedules of work and BQ s.
  • Assist the supervisor and / or implementing partners when necessary with technical support for all aspects of shelter related activities.
  • Assist with the monitoring and reporting of the project implementation under the AoR.
  • Support supply colleagues in the market analysis of locally available construction materials and skills, promoting the use of local capacity as appropriate.
  • Regularly report on work progress of various shelter activities and preparation of SitRep s (weekly and monthly). Utilising standard portals e.
  • g. SIP making information on shelter projects within area of responsibility readily available for colleagues.

  • Liaise with IPs and local authorities on behalf of UNHCR.
  • Participate in monitoring of the implementation of shelter activities.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Years of Experience / Degree Level

    For G5 - 5 years relevant experience with High school diploma

    Field(s) of Education

    not specified

    Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

    Certificates and / or Licenses


    Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

    Relevant Job Experience

    Essential :

    Relevant working experience, including collaboration with different international organizations. Good technical knowledge about construction standards and guidance.

    Desirable :

    Knowledge of UNHCR shelter standards, as well as standards related to protection, environment and land use. Good knowledge of Auto Cad, site surveying and experience in undertaking related topography assessments / feasibility studies for site identification and environmental impact studies whilst using surveying tools (including GPS equipment, GIS software).

    Knowledge on all shelter typologies utilized in UNHCR refugee responses.

    Functional Skills

  • IT-MS Office Applications
  • SP-Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities

    SP-Autocad software

    EX-Experience in international / governmental organizations

    UN-Knowledge of UN / UNHCR terminology

    SP-Topographic Surveying

    IT-Computer Literacy

    Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

    Language Requirements

    For International Professional and Field Service jobs : Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

    For National Professional jobs : Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

    For General Service jobs : Knowledge of English and / or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

    This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and / or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and / or position.

    Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

    Position Competencies Competencies as defined in Job Profile Language Requirements English is mandatory Additional Information A written test will be conducted for this position which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

    Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

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