Shelter and Construction Manager

Kibondo, Tanzania
DRC is looking for highly qualified, self-motivated Shelter and Construction Manager for its program in Tanzania, able to work with diverse teams of both national and international staff as well as local government authorities, UN agencies, I/NGOs and other partners.
Danish Refugee Council has been operating in Tanzania from October 2015 since the establishment of Nduta refugee camp. DRC are working in Nduta and Mtendeli refugee camps, with a current combined population of 75,000 refugees, and expected population of 100,000. DRC are working in the sectors of Camp Management and Community Services, Protection, Livelihoods and Shelter/Construction. Following the initial emergency response in 2015, DRC deployed emergency responders to open the program and are now, in 2016, stabilising the program to continue to address the needs of the growing refugee population in the three camps. DRC are based in Kibondo, Kigoma region with a sub-office in Kasulu.
Job Profile
Under the supervision of the Head of Program (Tanzania), the Shelter/Construction Manager (SCM) will oversee continued implementation of DRC shelter and construction activities in Nduta, Mtendeli and Nyarugusu Camps. Until end 2016, the SCM will be supported by a Transitional Shelter Manager to support the roll out of a large-scale T Shelter project in Nduta camp. Until that point, the SCM will focus on construction activities including schools, community centres and police posts in the camps, and coordination with other stakeholders to develop the shelter strategy. From 2017, the SCM will be fully responsible for the ongoing remaining shelter and construction activities.
Key responsibilities
Key Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for planning, implementing, following-up and supervising DRC shelter and construction activities in Nduta, Mtendeli and Nyarugusu refugee camps;
  • Support UNHCR in the development of strategies and designs for school building and community infrastructure in camps;
  • Ensure timely and effective compliance with construction plans;
  • Ensure that adequate staffing is in place for the construction activities, and to the extent possible build local construction capacity;
  • Monitor financial commitments and expenditures against construction budgets;
  • Ensure that the organisation’s financial, logistics, security and human resources policies and procedures are fully adhered to and implemented in relation to all construction activities;
  • Supervise the Transitional Shelter Manager, and later directly supervise the Transitional shelter team, to implement a large scale T Shelter project in Nduta camp.
  • Develop a work plan for activities and ensure progress and quality in line with applicable international standards and agreements.
  • Involve community in all stages of construction activities, from planning to implementation and evaluation;
  • Supervision of contractors and suppliers, ensuring that deliveries take place according to the quantity and quality agreed;
  • Ensure that all documentation related to shelter and construction activities for works and supplies is completed in a timely manner.
  • Report regularly on shelter activities to the Head of Programme and Grants/Reporting Officer for internal, operational and donor reporting.
  • Advanced university degree in architecture, engineering, construction or related field or the equivalent practical experience;
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in programming and designing of schools and community infrastructures: offices; community centres; recreational and child friendly spaces etc.;
  • Minimum 10 years of professional work experience in managing construction programs, including at least 5 years at the international level;
  • Experience with implementation of large-scale construction programs in post conflict regions;
  • Minimum 3 years of humanitarian work in deep field locations;
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with local staff and other stakeholders;
  • Ability to work under pressure, with minimal supervision, and in a culturally diverse team;
  • Experience with preparing design presentations, tendering including BoQs and technical design drawings for rehabilitation and new construction.
Contract: Contract until end June 2017, with possibility of extension dependent upon funding. Other employment conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates recruited by the Horn of Africa and Yemen Regional Office. This position is rated as A14 on the DRC salary scale available at
Availability: Immediate
Duty Station: Kibondo, Kigoma Region, Tanzania. Non Family Duty Station
General Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework.
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Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.
We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.
Please forward the application and CV, in English through the online application on under vacancies no later than 18 November 2016.
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Note: Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and interviews/selection may take place before the closing date candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible
This is a re-advertisement, candidates who previously applied need not re-apply.
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