Shelter Officer, Officier du refuge, Bamenda, The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Shelter Officer, Officier du refuge, Bamenda, The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

Job Description

The WASH/Shelter officer will assist the WASH/Shelter Program Coordinator and lead the WASH/Shelter Team in the North West Region in providing technical support in the development of NRC’s WASH and Shelter programming and high quality technical planning and implementation of construction activities. He/she shall ensure efficient and effective construction of water, sanitation and shelter (including educational infrastructures) facilities in the respective implementation sites, inspect and monitor routine sanitation facilities (bathing shelter, water points and latrines) and maintenance of the constructed systems to ensure minimal service as per the sphere standard and in conformity with Engineering norms and standards. He/she will be responsible in all construction activities in the WASH/Shelter department. The WASH/Shelter officer will be lead in all technical designs, BOQ preparations, technical specifications, legal proceedings related to constructions, and elaboration of tender documents as well as follow up of contracting process and contracts management.


Together with the other WASH/shelter staff, appropriately design, coordinate, supervise, implement and closely monitor the technical aspects of both the emergency and longer term WASH/shelter activities and interventions for the IDPs, returnees, and host communities in line with the proposals, strategies and donor requirements;

To ensure that all planning processes and BoQs are in line with budget planning, in line with budget provision and cost effectiveness and in accordance to the contractual obligations to the donor and make sure that all BoQs and technical specifications are shared with the concerned partners.

Appropriately design and ensure timely and smooth implementation of all technical aspects of the WASH/shelter project activities (borehole/Shallow drilling, water supply construction/rehabilitation and distribution networks, latrine construction, handwashing facilities, etc.) in a manner that promotes cost-efficiency (value for money) and innovation with the WASH programme, through participatory approaches that maximizes community involvement and ownership.

Ensure that WASH and shelter facilities are planned, designed and implemented in a manner that addresses issues related to Gender and Protection, as well as the needs of the Persons with Special Needs such as the disabled and elderly persons.

Participate in the strategic planning and drafting proposals for all new WASH and shelter construction project activities within North West Region and as would be required.

Where applicable, prepare tender and contract documents and take lead in the contract evaluation and awarding process;

Coordinate all contract management activities with the logistics department for all major contracted works, to ensure adherence to contract specifications, terms and conditions, including timely issuing of completion certificates and payments;

In close collaboration with finance office, ensure construction expenditures are within approved budgets by regular monitoring of both physical work progress and actual expenditures, as relates to the provisions in the BoQs;

Work in close collaboration with all programme sector staff, especially the Community Development and WASH/shelter teams, to ensure provision of technical inputs and support in the implementation of community sub-projects; to ensure construction project eligibility, cost-effectiveness and community empowerment in all aspects of project management and implementation;

Ensure quality control of all contracted and directly implemented construction works by travelling regularly to all construction sites to ensure adherence to contract specifications and / or workmanship specifications and adherence to set completion dates;

Develop and or adopt relevant local and international standards and guidelines such as Sphere minimum standards for all WASH construction projects, apply them during implementation and ensure adherence by NRC and Partners’ staff and the Contractors;

To assess the quality of works, complete and incomplete and make recommendations for improvement or modification as part of an ongoing monitoring mechanism;

Write field visit report to provide feedback on quality and engineering works underway to further advice programme management of any corrective measures to be taken and ensure donor reports are in compliance with all grant related reporting requirements;


The applicant for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) construction Officer Job placement should hold degree or advanced degree in field related to Civil Engineering, Architecture or Construction.

At least three years of proven practical experience in the planning and execution of shelter / construction projects.

Experience from working as a construction Officer in a humanitarian emergency context.

Knowledge of a wide variety of software, including AutoCAD, Archicad, Word, Excel and Power Point

Ability to plan and deliver results

Communicating with impact and respect

Handling insecure environment

Ability to work with minimum supervision.

We offer

  • Beginning: April 2022
  • Duration of the contract: 12months
  • Salary / Benefits: Grade 5 According to the NRC Salary Policy.
  • Duty station: Bamenda

About Us

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks.

NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.

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