Shelter Associate Construction Project management

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Kabul, Afghanistan

The Shelter Associate provides support in carrying out comprehensive sectoral needs assessments in liaison with other relevant sectors such as protection, programme, community services, public health, WASH, administration and supply. To ensure the most effective response, both quantitative and qualitative data should be gathered on the profile/needs and living conditions of both the displaced population and host community. The incumbent will assist in the day to-day operations of all construction and general infrastructure projects within the Area of Responsibility (AoR) to ensure that works proceed as designed and comply with established standards and procedures for the full project cycle. 
Close and regular contact is maintained with technical and non-technical staff of shelter sector members, national and international NGOs and Government Authorities. 
The incumbent assists the supervisor in ensuring that shelter & infrastructure responses within the AoR evolve according to the changing nature of the situation, progressively working towards more durable solutions and drawing from sustainable local building practices and materials. S/he provides technical assistance in general infrastructure planning, design and construction monitoring.
Within an urban context, it is essential that shelter responses take into consideration urban planning strategies, including an analysis of residential areas, housing affordability and availability. In addition, regardless of the context, shelter assistance should at all times minimize the risk of harm, eviction, exploitation and abuse, overcrowded living conditions, limited access to services and unhygienic conditions. Special attention must be given to the environment and low carbon approaches, attention to material selection through sustainable means to ensure a green approach to shelter delivery.
Technical Guidance:
  • Provide support in the daily management of all construction and infrastructure projects within the AoR ensuring that works are carried out in compliance to established UNHCR and national standards/best practices for the full project cycle.
  • Review and advise on requests for new construction and rehabilitation works
  • Follow up the design and construction of infrastructure (schools, health centres, reception centres, drainage and roadworks etc) to confirm these are approved by the relevant authorities, technically sound, supplemented with accurate drawings, detailed BQs and specifications and implemented according to plans, completed within designated timelines, budget and ensure that this information is shared with relevant colleagues. 
  • Provide support in the preparation of bid documents for all construction and infrastructure projects including technical specifications, BoQs, drawings, etc. 
  • Assist in the technical evaluation of received bids as well as in the review/inspection of the quality of shelter and infrastructure products/works.
  • Monitor and evaluate performance of partners and contractors.
  • Assist in providing training to partners and advise on good construction practices, good environmental management practices, and appropriate health and safety standards during construction.
  • Work closely with other relevant sectors such as WASH, education and health so that shelter and infrastructure implementation is well coordinated. 
  • Work with the relevant stakeholders to ensure that the shelter beneficiary selection process prioritises the needs of the most vulnerable Persons of Concern (PoC).
  • Assist in carrying out shelter needs assessments while liaising with other relevant sectors such as protection, programme, community services, WASH, administration and supply. 
  • Facilitate resolution of conflict amongst various stakeholders in the field level through precise assessment and obtained fact. 
  • Provide technical support in the field of shelter, construction and infrastructure development within the AoR to best meet the needs of PoC.
  • Assist in coordination and management of UNHCR’s shelter and infrastructure interventions in a timely, cost-effective, inter-sectoral manner. Coordinate with the Shelter Cluster and work with the relevant authorities and counterparts to ensure strong coordination and partnership. 
  • Participate, as technical focal point within the AoR for shelter/infrastructure, in coordination meetings with various stakeholders including Government counterparts to ensure UNHCR’s interests and those of the PoC are adequately reflected and disseminate information to all stakeholders in a timely, efficient manner.
  • Assist Programme in reviewing technical components of the Project Partnership Agreements that contain any construction and infrastructure projects. 
  • Actively work with Programme as a member of the Multi-Functional Team in the Office and regularly participate in multi-sectoral activities to ensure protection and assistance needs of the population are met. 
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Monitoring and Progress Controls:
  • Ensure constructions works are completed on time, within budget and to quality standards.
  • Conduct monitoring of construction projects and construction of housing by beneficiaries
  • Advise on improvements that could be made in managing and implementing the project.
  • Provide bi-weekly report to the Shelter Officer in the country office detailing all project matters including quality, health and safety, environmental and financial, as well as any issues relating to possible delays, cost overruns, variations and any other matter. 
  • Collect and provide data and analysis in timely manner when requested 
Qualifications and Experience:
  • University degree in Architecture or Civil Engineering or related field.
  • Bachelor or equivalent
Work Experience: 
  • 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher
  • Excellent knowledge of English and good working knowledge of local languages.
  • Prior knowledge of training initiatives preferred.
  • Knowledge of humanitarian settlement planning.
  • Computer literacy in AutoCAD, Graphic design, MS Project Management and other relevant software
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and be a team player.
  • Fluency in English required, and any other working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language is desirable.