Iraq nationals: Team Leader (WASH/Shelter)

Danish Refugee Council
Zummar or Nineveh, Iraq
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)


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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 Manager, the Infrastructure and Shelter Team Leader (WASH Team Leader) is responsible for the timely and high quality standard implementation of all DRC WASH and Shelter related programming in Tel Afar district.
  • WASH activities varies from Community Hygiene Promotion, Camp Based WASH, rehabilitation of water supply infrastructures (pump stations, pipelines, boreholes etc.), rehabilitation of WASH facilities in Schools and Public health centers and hygiene promotion, 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 Manager, the Shelter and Infrastructure Team Leader (WASH/Shelter Team Leader) develops a workplan for the implementation of all DRC WASH and Shelter related programming in Tel Afar district, assigning focal points amongst subordinates;
  • Take responsibility on the overall quality and timeliness of the DRC WASH and Shelter related programming;
  • Support the Shelter and Infrastructure Manager in the prioritization of interventions by organizing and compiling high quality assessments of the target areas’ most vulnerable communities, needs and high impacts projects;
  • Mobilize team members to actively consult and involve beneficiaries, partners, government line directorates, and stakeholders;
  • Take the lead on communication and liaison activities with relevant project stakeholders as Directorate of Water, Directorate of Sewage, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Contractors and Local Authorities (such as Municipality) in all stages of project design and implementation;
  • Act as DRC representative at governorate WASH and Shelter Cluster level;
  • When relevant, liaise with partners on project updates, site visits and other communication;
  • Make sure that the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning activities are timely conducted by mobilizing and supporting the MEAL team;
  • Liaise directly with the Supply Chain department to follow up on the status of Procurement Requests for all materials or services needed to allow proper continuation of the activities;
  • Proactively identify solutions and take action to resolve issues with Key Stakeholders, after consulting the Shelter and Infrastructure Manager;
  • Supervise closely all stages of project implementation in order to make sure that all relevant governmental and humanitarian technical standards are being met as per agreed specifications in BoQs;
  • Verify and validate all WASH and Shelter related BoQs;
  • Lead on the design of WASH and Shelter activities, and ensure they are implemented successfully.
  • Monitor project budget and timely report potential risk of under/over spending to his/her supervisor;
  • Contribute to the capacity building of Shelter and Infrastructure team members by providing WASH and Shelter guidance at all stages of project design and implementation;
  • Contribute to planning, budgeting, design of new WASH projects, as well as Shelter projects;
  • Promptly communicate administrative, HR and other issues to the Shelter and Infrastructure Manager and proactively suggest solutions;
  • Ensure that all required project documentation is properly recorded, filed in soft and hard copy;
  • Conduct performance review and appraisals of contractors and subordinates;
  • Supervise closely and support the Shelter & Infrastructure team members to ensure that the WASH and Shelter Programs are implemented successfully;
  • Develop project interim and final reports by collecting and consolidating all the necessary information from Shelter and Infrastructure team members and other relevant departments, such as the MEAL department;
  • Generation of technical guidance, lessons learned, standard operating procedures;
  • 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:

  • 3 years 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.
  • Significant experience of integrating hygiene promotion actives into projects. 
  • Proficiency in the following computer programs: MS Excel, MS Word. AutoCAD is a plus
  • Strong organizational, supervisory and interpersonal skills and proven ability to work in a complex multicultural environment.
  • Experience in site supervision and management/coordination of large teams in a challenging environment.
  • Understand the needs and requirements of international donors and local authorities.
  • 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 build a team and lead it to achieve joint objectives.
  • 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.
  • Familiarity with international humanitarian and protection standards (e.g. WASH and Shelter standards Sphere handbook, USAID Field Operations Guide WASH and Shelter guidelines).

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: G.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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