Shelter and Settlements Officer

Job Description

Title: Shelter and Settlements Officer

Company Name: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Vacancy: 1

Job Location: Anywhere in Bangladesh

Employment Status: Contractual

Educational Requirements:
∎ Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering, Architecture with at least 2-3 years of experience working on small and big construction.

Experience Requirements:
∎ At least 3 year(s)

Job Context:
∎ Duration of the contract : up to October 2023. (Possibility to extend)
∎ Based in : Cox`s Bazar
∎ Reporting to : Shelter and Settlements Delegate
∎ Job Purpose:
∎ Working under the supervision of the Shelter and Settlements Delegate and in consultation with the Head of office /operations, the Shelter and Settlements Officer is responsible to lead and ensure effective implementation of shelter and infrastructure construction-related activities within the agreed time frame of the project. The shelter and settlements officer will be fully responsible for compliance with policies and procedures, the quality of the construction, construction management, field coordination, and reporting, resulting in the highest possible performance. This role will coordinate with National Societies as per needs and requirements as well as provide support to infrastructure/construction projects and under the Emergency Appeal as needed.

Job Responsibilities:
∎ Scope of work:
∎ The Shelter and Settlements Officer purpose is to supervise and coordinate all phases of a construction project at the field level, including cost accounting and billing procedures and liaising with contractors, vendors, other stakeholders, etc. The Shelter and Settlements Officer will develop the project schedule in critical path steps and budget time required to meet deadlines. He/she will inspect and review projects construction in progress to enforce compliance with plans, specifications, and building and safety codes. The job shall involve scheduling and directing all contractors and vendors through all activities to the full completion of the construction project. The person will also provide support for shelter and settlement Emergency Appeal shelter construction-related work for camp and host communities in terms of providing technical support to the BDRCS/IFRC shelter team for planning, designing, and monitoring of shelter construction activities of host community shelter, Transitional shelter Assistance, Midterm Shelter, and other infrastructures.
∎ Job Duties and Responsibilities:
∎ Management:
∎ Responsible for monitoring, following up, and supervising shelter construction, site development works, repair and maintenance at camps, and other infrastructure activities in Cox Bazar.
∎ Supervise contractors and suppliers, ensuring that deliveries occur according to the agreed-upon quality and quantity.
∎ Program Implementation:
∎ Support BDRCS and IFRC Delegate in planning activities to ensure effective implementation of shelter hardware/software activities for the displaced population and the host communities.
∎ Develop a work plan for construction activities with the IFRC/BDRCS Shelter Team and ensure progress and quality in line with donor regulations.
∎ To assess the activities undertaken and ensure efficient use of resources in close collaboration with the Shelter Team
∎ Ensure that marginalized communities, including women, participate in each of the shelter-related project cycles.
∎ Ensure that all documentation related to shelter activities for works completed, laborers engaged, and supplies are completed in a timely manner.
∎ Review BoQ and technical documents prior to implementation to ensure the feasibility and accuracy of inputs required.
∎ Review tender documents and evaluate the technical criteria in relation to the tender bids.
∎ Ensure field operations in Cox's Bazar are supported in carrying out shelter needs assessments, considering the current situation.
∎ Design, facilitate and implement the site improvement plan with the support of the Shelter team.
∎ Training:
∎ Co-design and facilitate technical training for skilled/unskilled laborers.
∎ Participate to the production of adequate material to facilitate the training/ awareness sessions and be shared with the participants as pedagogical training support (banners, manual, and leaflets).
∎ Participate to the production of monitoring progress reports to enable permanent information and consultation to BDRCS, IFRC, and Sectorial coordination working groups.
∎ Support in identifying alternative technics or materials that can be used as an alternative to local practices if the availability of local resources cannot cover the needs.
∎ Coordination:
∎ Liaise with other ISCG/Camp authorities to ensure coordination, consultation, and works approval if required.
∎ Represent IFRC/BDRCS at Camp level coordination meetings and participate in all Shelter related meetings.
∎ Coordinate with cash, relief, and logistics IFRC/BDRCS and staff for conducting shelter market assessment, NFI support (household items, adapted cooking equipment), and developing a schedule of delivery of shelter materials/NFI/cash, accompanied by the relevant community mobilization and technical support.
∎ Participate in existing sectorial coordination working groups (Site Management and Site Development, Shelter) on agreed approaches and standards for shelter activities.
∎ Communication:
∎ Daily communication with the field staff/RCY/CV and/or partners on the field.
∎ Prepare a weekly report on construction/rehabilitation progress and any challenges/delays in the work plan.
∎ Program Development:
∎ Identify gaps with a view to generating ideas for future projects with strong beneficiary impact.
∎ Conduct assessments and monitoring activities to adapt/refine shelter activities for the targeted groups.
∎ Assess existing local materials, skills, and know-how of both displaced population and host communities to answer local shelter needs with low impact on local resources and environment.
∎ Search for existing and government-approved techniques that could be promoted to improve the shelter of the displaced population.
∎ Share and review the findings and the messages with other partners: BDRCS, PNS, and Sectoral working group partners (INGO and local NGO).
∎ Support training and building capacity of BDRCS staff/volunteers on shelter aspects.
∎ Other tasks may be assigned by Immediate Supervisor.

Additional Requirements:
∎ Three years of experience working in construction-related activities for a humanitarian organization.
∎ Specific and demonstrated skills and technical experience in Shelter (architecture, civil engineering, design, management, implementation and supervision of civil works, shelters' rehabilitations, etc.)
∎ Knowledge of building materials, methods, processes, procedures, and equipment involved in the construction of buildings and related site work, including in-depth knowledge of tendering process and bid selection.
∎ Knowledge of principles and processes for project monitoring, particularly for cost, quality and, schedule, standard specifications/code in construction in Bangladesh.
∎ Experience in conducting and designing training and awareness-raising sessions related to Shelters.
∎ Experience in developing shelter and settlement needs assessments and undertaking gap analysis for the development of shelter programmes.
∎ Experience in designing and implementing assessments, community consultations, research, and/or focus group discussions.
∎ Proven Experience with PASSA approaches and safe shelter awareness training, including operation and Maintenance.
∎ Experience in camp site management and refugee emergencies.
∎ Experience in site improvement techniques.
∎ Experience setting up and managing accountability to communities' systems. For example, feedback and complaints mechanisms, rumour tracking systems, or participatory planning processes.
∎ Preferred:
∎ Experience working with Red Cross/Red Crescent National Societies.
∎ Experience of working as part of a team responding to humanitarian emergencies, complex crisis, or conflict situations.
∎ Experience setting up and managing tools for data collection.
∎ Knowledge and Skills:
∎ Good planning skills, with the ability to identify areas for improvements in operations through the integration of CEA approaches and activities Languages:
∎ Team player with the ability to coordinate and engage others and build good working relationships with internal and external partners.
∎ Highly motivated, proactive self-starter, able to set and achieve goals using own initiative.
∎ Strong written, presentation, facilitation and training skills.
∎ Ability to multi-task and work under stressful conditions to meet deadlines.
∎ Willing to travel extensively to support field operations.
∎ Excellent interpersonal, communication and networking skills.
∎ Preferable:
∎ Good knowledge of Red Cross / Red Crescent disaster management cycle, including planning and response processes and procedures.
∎ Good knowledge of gender and diversity issues in emergency response operations
∎ Fluency in English and Bangla.

Salary: Negotiable

Compensation & Other Benefits:
∎ Festival Bonus
∎ Life & Medical Insurance
∎ Provident fund & Gratuity
∎ Medical reimbursement for staff and immediate family members.
∎ Other benefits as per Staff Regulation.

Job Source: Online Job Posting.

Application Deadline: 1 Apr 2023

Company Information:
∎ 23 Mar 2023
∎ International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
∎ Business : The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, (IFRC) is the world`s largest humanitarian organisation. The IFRC Country Office in Bangladesh has worked alongside the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) for more than 30 years in humanitarian fields including disaster management, with a focus on the cyclone early warning and response programme in the coastal belt, and disaster preparedness and response during natural disasters.

Category: NGO/Development


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