Shelter and Settlements Specialist – Roster (Multiple Countries), Spécialiste des abris et des établissements – Liste (plusieurs pays), Maroua, The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Shelter and Settlements Specialist – Roster (Multiple Countries), Spécialiste des abris et des établissements – Liste (plusieurs pays), Maroua, The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle


This Roster is a call for applications for future opportunities, determined by emerging needs and is not linked to a current vacancy. This advertisement aims to attract and build a database of experienced, strategic, high-energy, hands-on, passionate, results-oriented individuals.

The countries of focus include:  Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Yemen.

What you will do

As a Shelter Specialist or Shelter Programme Development  Manager (PDM), you will be responsible for the technical and strategic development of the Shelter and Settlements Core Competency (CC), and you will provide strategic direction and quality assurance for NRC programming. In both cases, you will be responsible for mentoring, training and capacity building staff. You will also take a lead role on advocacy and coordination, as well as programme design and proposal development for the fundraising for the CC.

You will be part of the of the Programme Unit (PU) and contribute to the strategic direction of the Core Competency.

You will be responsible for the following:

Develop Shelter and Settlements country strategy and develop technical guidance that are aligned with regional and global strategies and priorities

Follow up on compliance with contractual commitments, ensure high technical quality and synergies in project implementation

Identify trends technical standards and provide technical direction and project implementation support

Provide systematic training and build capacity of staff in S&S approaches including cash-based interventions and market-based programme

Contribute to fundraising, developing and revising funding proposals, budgets and donor reports

Represent NRC in relevant forums/clusters, including with national authorities and donors

Promote the rights of refugees, IDPs and returnees in line with the advocacy strategy

In addition, as PDM, you will also be responsible for:

Overall management of project staff

Coordinating and managing S&S project implementation (activities, budget and project documentation) in line with proposals, strategies and donor requirements

What you will bring

Minimum 5 years of experience within technical expertise area in a humanitarian/ recovery context

Minimum 2 years of Shelter and Settlements expertise (as Specialist, Technical Adviser or Project Manager)

Bachelor’s degree or similar in relevant field

A clear interest and understanding of humanitarian issues from emergency to protracted crisis

A clear interest and understanding of Protection Mainstreaming (Safe & Inclusive Programming)

Experience from working in complex and volatile environments

Skills in market analysis, cash-based interventions and market-based programmes

Excellent analytical skills and communication skills in writing and speaking

Fluency in English both written and verbal; in addition, proficiency in French is required based on the contextual needs (Central and West Africa)

Proficiency in additional languages is an asset. Please state your language(s) proficiency in your application.

For more information on the role, please click this job description

What makes this position attractive?

A chance to join the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), a leading organization responding to the Shelter and Settlements needs of people across the different phases of displacement

A chance to advocate for the wider impact of shelter assistance and help maintain Shelter as a priority in humanitarian responses by developing and helping to deliver consistent quality response

A flexible opportunity with the possibility of placement at the different NRC duty stations

What it means to be in the Roster

As a potential hire to this role, all candidates undergo a comprehensive assessment process including but not limited to application screening, online video interviews, written tests, competency-based interviews and background checks. The successful candidates are included in our ready to hire talent pool and will be contacted by our recruiters in line with NRC’s hiring needs. Members of this pool are recommended to Hiring Managers whenever we have a vacancy. Hiring Managers then make the final hiring decision following a final assessment.

*Applications will be screened on a continuous basis before the deadline stated on the advertisement*

Working at NRC

We are looking for people who are passionate about helping refugees and people forced to flee. Are you one of those people? If you are, the Norwegian Refugee Council offers you the opportunity to:

Do demanding and professional work, often in challenging contexts – NRC is focused on quality. In the field, we work hard to solve challenges in demanding environments, often in hard-to-reach areas. We work professionally, with respect for all and focus on safety and teamwork. You will learn fast in a professional setting.

Join a work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility – At NRC we think outside the box. We encourage ideas and give responsibility to all employees at all levels, to help solve the complex issues that we face. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative.

Be part of a welcoming and supportive community committed to human dignity – We are a team of more than 15,000 humanitarians from all backgrounds, perspectives and ages. You will meet friendly, positive and collaborative colleagues. We nurture a conscious and respectful workplace and look beyond differences in culture, religion, race or gender. We are dedicated to improving the lives and rights of displaced people, whether we work in the field or in the Head Office. We welcome you to a global community of humanitarians, colleagues and friends.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to join our work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility


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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