Snr Shelter Assistant

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Job Description

UNHCR was created in 1950, during the aftermath of the Second World War, to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes. We had three years to complete our work and then disband. Today, over 65 years later, our organization is still hard at work, protecting and assisting refugees around the world.

Job Title: Snr Shelter Assistant

Job ID: 19416

Location: Yola, Nigeria

Salary Grade: G5

Hardship Level: D

Family Location Type: Non-Family

Eligible Applicants

  • This position is advertised open to internal and external applicants.

Procedures and Eligibility

  • Interested candidates should consult the Policy and Procedures on Assignments of Locally recruited Staff (IOM/49-FOM/50/2012 dated 15 June 2012).

Duties and Qualifications

Senior Shelter Assistant

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Senior Shelter Assistant will assist in providing technical support on shelter and general infrastructure related activities as well as regular guidance within the Area of Responsibility (AoR).

As part of the shelter team, the Senior Shelter Assistant assists the supervisor in assessment of shelter needs, capacity and monitoring of the project implementation as well as reporting activities.  

The incumbent usually reports to a senior shelter / settlement technical colleague.

The Senior Shelter Assistant supports UNHCR technical efforts during an emergency and or protracted crises assisting his / her supervisor in ensuring that national and / or international Shelter standards and best practices are met.

Main contacts are with staff members in the same duty station to exchange information, to establish understanding of respective needs. The incumbent also liaises with IPs and local authorities on behalf of UNHCR. 

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.


  • Assist in carrying out technical assessments of all shelter typologies e.g. (i.e. unused or unfinished private and public buildings / private accommodation /houses/apartments) in priority locations that have been identified by the municipalities and /or the Shelter partners.
  • Assist the supervisor in technical and/or shelter coordination activities.
  • Assist in technical design work and preparation of tender documents such as specifications, schedules of work and BQ¿s.
  • Assist the supervisor and/or implementing partners when necessary with technical support for all aspects of shelter related activities.
  • Assist with the monitoring and reporting of the project implementation under the AoR.
  • Support supply colleagues in the market analysis of locally available construction materials and skills, promoting the use of local capacity as appropriate.
  • Regularly report on work progress of various shelter activities and preparation of SitRep¿s (weekly and monthly). Utilising standard portals e.g. SIP making information on shelter projects within area of responsibility readily available for colleagues.
  • Liaise with IPs and local authorities on behalf of UNHCR.
  • Participate in monitoring of the implementation of shelter activities.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Job Requirements
Minimum years of experience


Other Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

  • Years of Experience / Degree Level
  • For G5 5 years relevant experience with High school diploma

Field(s) of Education

  • not specified
  • (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses

  • Civil Engineering
  • Architecture
  • (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience


  • Relevant working experience, including collaboration with different international organizations. Good technical knowledge about construction standards and guidance.


Knowledge of UNHCR shelter standards, as well as standards related to protection, environment and land use. Good knowledge of Auto Cad, site surveying and experience in undertaking related topography assessments/ feasibility studies for site identification and environmental impact studies whilst using surveying tools (including GPS equipment, GIS software). Knowledge on all shelter typologies utilized in UNHCR refugee responses.

Functional Skills

  • *IT-MS Office Applications
  • SP-Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities
  • SP-Autocad software
  • EX-Experience in international/governmental organizations
  • UN-Knowledge of UN/UNHCR terminology
  • SP-Topographic Surveying
  • IT-Computer Literacy

(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements

For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Position Competencies

Competencies as defined in Job Profile

Language Requirements

English is mandatory

Additional Information

A written test will be conducted for this position which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

Method of Application

Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.


Internal Candidates:

  • Interested staff members should consult the Policy and Procedures on Assignments of Locally recruited Staff (IOM/49-FOM/50/2012 dated 15 June 2012). If you have questions regarding your eligibility, you may also contact the HR Unit.
  • An applicant who has internal status is a staff member holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment in any duty station in the country. Former UNHCR General Service staff members, having held an indefinite or fixed-term appointment for an uninterrupted period of at least one year may apply for internally advertised vacancies at their previous grade or equivalent or one grade above, if the seniority requirements are met, for a period of two years following separation.

External Candidates: External candidates must meet the essential minimum requirements of the position and candidates who are not citizens of the country must comply with all eligibility requirements for employment in line with the prevailing legislative prerequisites in the country.[1]

Remuneration: A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the International Civil Service Commission at:

Submission of Applications:

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About United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.UNHCR stands for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and was created in 1950, during the aftermath of World War II. Its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland and it is a member of the United Nations Development Group.In 1954, UN...
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Job Summary
March 23, 2020
Offer Type
Full time
Minimum of 5years
March 31, 2020
Engineering/ Technical
NGO / Non-Profit / International Agencies
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