Shelter Assistant – Kibondo, Tanzania (National Position)

- Tanzania
Norwegian Refugee Council

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, emergency food security, and water, sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters, NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours’ notice when a crisis occurs.

In mid-April 2016, NRC conducted a pre-assessment mission in the refugee camps in north western Tanzania and the assessment revealed that the humanitarian situation for the refugees requires urgent intervention and NRC therefore decided to establish an operational office in Kibondo town, to respond in Mtendeli and/or Nduta refugee camps. The initial interventions will focus in three sectors; shelter, WASH and education (initially construction of permanent classrooms).). NRC is therefore seeking a Shelter Assistant for the NRC Office in Kibondo, Tanzania. The Shelter Assistant reports to the Shelter Officer.

Job description

Adhere to NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
Assist with the implementation of the shelter portfolio according to plan of action
Contribute to technical planning and designs by making drawings, BoQs and cost estimates and other related work
Assist NRC Shelter team in daily field activity planning and implementation
Carry out data collection to inform project design
Assist in mobilizing the community for proper participation and contribution to activities initiated by NRC in the camps
Train and supervise daily the field shelter teams (surveyors, site supervisors, local skilled labors and community workers)
Responsible for daily distribution of materials and tools to local labors and communities
Responsible for ensuring that the projects are in accordance with technical specifications and designs
Prepare and develop status reports as required by management (i.e. field reports, completion and hand over certificates, and other documents as required)
Ensure proper filing of documents
Promote and share ideas for technical improvement


Minimum 2 years’ experience from working with Shelter projects in a humanitarian/recovery context. Experience from working with social work and/or with distribution of humanitarian assistance is an advantage
Diploma in Civil Engineering or minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience
Previous experience from working through community-based approaches
Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
Managing resources to optimize results
Fluency in English and/or in Kirundi language, both written and verbal, is an advantage
Education level
College / University, Bachelor's degree

Personal qualities

Ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision
Ability to meet deadlines in multi-tasking environments
Ability to engage and motivate staff
Good coordination skills
All employees of the Norwegian Refugee Council should be able to adhere to our Codes of Conduct and the four organizational values: Dedicated, innovative, inclusive and accountable

Application Instructions
Online application, Click HERE

Application Deadline: 01-12-2016