Iraq nationals: Shelter & Infrastructure Assistant (WASH/Shelter)

Danish Refugee Council
Zummar or Nineveh, Iraq
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Languages Required: 


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The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfillment of the wish to return home.

The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956, and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced.

All of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.

DRC has been operating in Iraq since 2003 and in Northern Iraq since 2010. It is currently implementing a broad range of activities relevant to conflict affected communities and persons. The activities are categorized in ten sectors: Shelter and Non-food Items, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Livelihoods, Protection, Mine Risk Education, Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM). 

About the job

  • Under the supervision of the Shelter and Infrastructure Team Leader and/or Manager, the Shelter and Infrastructure Assistant (WASH/Shelter Assistant) contribute to the planning, implementation and follow up of WASH/Shelter activities in his/her assigned area.
  • WASH activities varies from rehabilitation of water supply infrastructures (pump stations, pipelines, boreholes etc.), rehabilitation of WASH facilities in Schools and Public health centers, support the municipalities with restoration of the waste collection services and restoration of grey water channels.
  • Shelter activities include rehabilitation of public infrastructures such as schools, health centers and community centers, emergency repairs of private houses according to Sphere minimum standards or distribution/installation of Shelter kits and seasonal NFIs and technical support and outreach to the Ministry of Urban Planning.
  • Implementation modalities are through either markets-based approaches through cash for work, casual labour, cash or vouchers, or instead through private contractors.

Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

  • Under the supervision of the Shelter and Infrastructure Team Leader and/or Manager, the Shelter and Infrastructure Assistant undertake regular field/site visits to ensure proper monitoring of the activities’ implementation in area of operation.
  • Act as a focal point for DRC WASH/Shelters activities in the worksites he/she is covering.
  • With the support of the line manager and Officer, the Assistant liaises directly with the contractor focal point at the worksite to monitor the quality of the works, alongside the relevant governorate directorate. The Assistant may be tasked with approving/rejecting the works after consulting the line manager/Officer according to the agreed standards in the BoQ.
  • Ensure that the workplan of Cash for Work activities is respected for the worksites he/she is responsible for, liaise directly with the workers implementing Cash for Work activities and make sure that all the necessary documentation (attendance sheets, certificate of completion of works etc.) is properly filled and filed
  • Support the identification of potential beneficiaries for WASH/Shelter activities and conduct any technical assessment needed in order to tailor the response, taking into consideration the specific needs of vulnerable individuals and persons of concern.
  • Prepare and follow up Procurement Requests forms for all materials or services needed to allow proper continuation of the works
  • Provide daily updates to the Line manager/Officer and contribute to regular reports on progress and activities.
  • Contribute to the proper management of stock, inventories, materials, tools and equipment, including correct filing and documentation in close cooperation with the logistics department and notably warehouse officer.
  • Be the focal point with distribution team and logistics to implement any distribution.
  • Contribute to the communication and liaison activities to actively consult and involve beneficiaries, key informants, actors, partners and stakeholders in all stages of project design and implementation.
  • Ensure regular and timely reporting of problems, potential delays or risks to project implementation to the relevant supervisor, and support in the development and execution of solutions and mitigating actions.
  • Undertake data collection and data entry of M&E surveys and beneficiaries related data;
  • Support with the preparation and filing of Payment Requests and other project related documentation, as requested by Line Manager;
  • Support the Shelter and Infrastructure Officer in the implementation of Shelter and WASH activities, as requested by the Line Manager;
  • Ensure the respect of DRC Code of Conduct and DRC’s zero tolerance policy of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA), humanitarian principles and contribute to the integration of Protection and Age, Gender, Diversity (AGD) mainstreaming into DRC programming.
  • Undertake any other duties that may be assigned by the Line Manager; 

About you

To be successful in this role we expect you to have the following:

  • Proven work experience in supervising construction projects including WASH/Shelter infrastructure and previous INGO experience implementing Shelter/WASH activities. Experience in distributions is an asset.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written Arabic is essential. English is an asset.
  • Proficiency in the following computer programs: MS Excel, MS Word. Autocad is a plus.
  • Good interpersonal skills and proven ability to work in a complex multicultural environment as a flexible and respectful team member.
  • Willingness and capacity to work in the field and travel frequently to project sites when needed.
  • Willingness and capacity to work outside of regular working days (national holidays or extra hours) in case of emergency response.
  • Ability to work sensitively with vulnerable people, taking into account gender, age and diversity.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work as part of a team to achieve joint objectives, in a multicultural context.
  • Ability to act calmly in tense situations, handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion, and act with transparency and integrity. 
  • Solution-oriented approach, with strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Detail oriented, with ability to organize and manage information, plan and manage workload, prioritize, and deliver to deadlines. 

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies: 

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process. 
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback. 
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation. 
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly. 
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values. 

We offer

Contract length: 6 months (renewable based on both funding and performance).

Salary Grade: I.1

Start date: As soon as possible.

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Nationals; please refer to under Vacancies. .

Application process

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking HERE or on the apply button.

Closing date for applications: 28 February, 2019.  The applications will be assessed on a rolling basis. DRC reserves the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.

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