Assistant Shelter Officer (Temporary Appointment), Tripoli, Libya 191 views

Job Title: Job ID: Assistant Shelter Officer (Temporary Appointment)


Location: Tripoli, Lebanon

Salary Grade: Hardship Level: B

Family Location Type: Family

Eligible Applicants

This Job Opening is available to eligible UNHCR staff members and external applicants.

Procedures and Eligibility

Applicants for NPO positions must possess at least a first university degree from an accrideted institution

General Service staff, regardless of grade or length of service, with a university degree, may apply to any vacant NPO position in their own country of nationality for which they qualify in terms of prior professional experience, academic qualifications, language and other requirements for the post.

General Service staff with six consecutive years of UNHCR service since appointment, at the G-6 level and above at the time of application, but without a university degree, are eligible to apply for vacant NOA positions only.

Duties and Qualifications

Assistant Shelter Officer

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

Eight years into the Syria crisis, Lebanon remains the country hosting the largest number of refugees per capita, with nearly 950,000 Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR, about 20,000 refugees of other origins – mostly Iraqi – and Palestine refugees under UNRWA’s mandate. There are no formal camps for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and refugees are living in hundreds of communities and locations across the country.

The refugee response is led by the Government and UNHCR and UNDP, supported by the international community. As the designated lead agency in the refugee response, UNHCR has established a sector-based structure in Beirut and in the field. The structure brings together over 150 UN agencies, national and international NGO partners [over 150 actors, including UN agencies, national and international NGOs and Ministries] in identifying and agreeing on the strategic priorities to address the needs of Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese communities. The Lebanon Chapter of the Response Plan falls under the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), whereby UNHCR guides the refugee response and UNDP facilitates the resilience and stabilization component.

The UNHCR operational response in Lebanon is one of the largest for the organization. Media attention and the frequency of influential high-profile visitors is high. The Office has grown substantially in the past years and is currently operating with around 650 staff. Aside from the country office in the capital city of Beirut, UNHCR has field offices in Mount Lebanon, Qobayat, Tripoli, Tyre and Zahle.

The Assistant Shelter Officer conducts comprehensive sectoral needs assessments in liaison with other relevant sectors such as Protection, Programme, Community Services, Public Health, WASH, Administration and Supply. To ensure the most effective response, both quantitative and qualitative data should be gathered on the profile/needs and living conditions of both the displaced population and host community

Close and regular contact is also maintained with technical and non-technical staff of UN Agencies, Implementing Partners, and Shelter sector members, national and international NGOs and Government Authorities. The incumbent also discusses matters relating to shelter and infrastructure coordination and provision.

Specialized functions to be dealt with by the incumbent in this post include shelter planning/design and construction monitoring including remote monitoring, therefore the person should have a strong academic qualification in civil engineering, architecture or a related discipline.

The Assistant Shelter Officer also ensures that the development of shelter strategies takes into account the local context, age and gender, culture, climate, environmental protection, available resources and skills. In addition, the incumbent ensures that shelter responses within the AoR evolve according to the changing nature of the situation, progressively working towards more durable solutions and drawing from local building practices and materials.

The Assistant Shelter Officer will provide support to the Emergency Coordinator in the events of extreme weather, fire, and evictions to ensure PoC’s access to safe shelters and WASH services, as well as follow-up on post emergency needs and gaps in areas affected by events of extreme weather, fire and evictions;

Within an urban context, it is essential that shelter responses take into consideration urban planning strategies, including an analysis or residential areas, housing affordability and availability. In addition, regardless of the context, shelter assistance should at all times minimize the risk of eviction, exploitation and abuse, overcrowded living conditions, limited access to services and unhygienic conditions.

The Assistant Shelter Officer normally reports to a more senior shelter colleague.

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 the supervisor in carrying out shelter and settlement needs assessments taking into account the current situation, projected population planning figures and the expected scale of returns and displacement.
  • Assist the supervisor in ensuring that specifications, bills of quantities and drawings are produced in a technically sound and standardised manner and monitor programme performance to ensure works are implemented according to plans and completed within the designated timeframe.
  • Oversee the day to-day operations of all construction projects within the Area of Responsibility (AoR) to ensure that works proceed as designed and comply with established standards/best practices and procedures for the full project cycle.
  • Contribute to the development of the shelter strategies which are framed by UNHCR’s Global Strategy for Settlement and Shelter and take into consideration the local context, age and gender, culture, climate, environmental protection and the availability of local resources, including materials, capacities and existing infrastructure.
  • Assist the supervisor in providing clear guidance on standards and best practices for shelter and settlement, including minimum emergency standards to meet basic and essential needs.
  • Organise and provide trainings in construction techniques and practices leading to more durable solutions and drawing from local building practices and materials.
  • Promote the sustainability of technical interventions through local capacity building and self-help in collaboration with local partners in the field. Ensure that local communities have been consulted on all activities so as not to create unnecessary tension between the displaced and host populations.
  • Intervene with implementing partners on Shelter and general infrastructure issues.
  • Decide priorities in the designing of implementation plan.
  • Advise on implementing partners’ selection.
  • Enforce compliance with, and integrity of, all shelter standard operating procedures.
  • Enforce technical strategies, protocols and guidelines.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Education & Professional Work Experience

    Years of Experience / Degree Level

    For P1/NOA – 1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree

    Field(s) of Education

    Architectural Engineering; Civil Engineering; or other relevant field.

    (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk

  • are essential)

    Certificates and/or Licenses

    Not specified

    (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk

  • are essential)

    Relevant Job Experience


  • Hands-on technical support including experience in assistance delivery in emergencies and relief operations.
  • Knowledge of SPHERE standards and ability to use basic survey equipment, digital cameras, GPS receivers and computer equipment.


  • Knowledge of UNHCR system and operating modality.
  • Understanding of the humanitarian architecture.

    Functional Skills

    IT-Computer Literacy

    MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation

    SP-CAD/CAM Computer-Aided Design & Manufacturing

    SP-Sphere Handbook

    MG-Crisis/Emergency Relief Management

    SP-Shelter Assessment including survey/implementation/monitoring/evaluation/coordination

    SP-Shelter and Site Planning Technical Guidelines and Standards

    SP-Autocad software;

    SP-Design tools such as Global Positioning System (GPS);

    (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.

Language Requirements

Please also note that Arabic and English are essential for this Job Opening.

Additional Information

This Temporary Appointment is advertised to replace a staff member on mission until end March 2020

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for written test and/or oral interview.

UNHCR is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from qualified candidates regardless of disability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. UNHCR has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and sexual harassment. Successful candidates will be subject to mandatory UN Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment clearance check prior to receiving an offer. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees). All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

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