Job: Shelter and Construction Manager - Danish Refugee Council, Tanzania

Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 16 Sep 2016


Danish Refugee Council has been operating in Tanzania from October 2015 since the establishment of Nduta refugee camp. DRC are working in Nduta and Mtendeli refugee camps, with a current combined population of 75,000 refugees, and expected population of 100,000. DRC are working in the sectors of Camp Management and Community Services, Protection, Livelihoods and Shelter/Construction. Following the initial emergency response in 2015, DRC deployed emergency responders to open the program and are now, in 2016, stabilising the program to continue to address the needs of the growing refugee population in the three camps. DRC are based in Kibondo, Kigoma region with a sub-office in Kasulu.


Under the supervision of the Head of Program (Tanzania), the Shelter/Construction Manager (SCM) will oversee continued implementation of DRC shelter and construction activities in Nduta, Mtendeli and Nyarugusu Camps. Until end 2016, the SCM will be supported by a Transitional Shelter Manager to support the roll out of a large-scale T Shelter project in Nduta camp. Until that point, the SCM will focus on construction activities including schools, community centres and police posts in the camps, and coordination with other stakeholders to develop the shelter strategy. From 2017, the SCM will be fully responsible for the ongoing remaining shelter and construction activities.

  • Responsible for planning, implementing, following-up and supervising DRC shelter and construction activities in Nduta, Mtendeli and Nyarugusu refugee camps;
  • Support UNHCR in the development of strategies and designs for school building and community infrastructure in camps;
  • Ensure timely and effective compliance with construction plans;
  • Ensure that adequate staffing is in place for the construction activities, and to the extent possible build local construction capacity;
  • Monitor financial commitments and expenditures against construction budgets;
  • Ensure that the organisation’s financial, logistics, security and human resources policies and procedures are fully adhered to and implemented in relation to all construction activities;
  • Supervise the Transitional Shelter Manager, and later directly supervise the Transitional shelter team, to implement a large scale T Shelter project in Nduta camp.
  • Develop a work plan for activities and ensure progress and quality in line with applicable international standards and agreements.
  • Involve community in all stages of construction activities, from planning to implementation and evaluation;
  • Supervision of contractors and suppliers, ensuring that deliveries take place according to the quantity and quality agreed;
  • Ensure that all documentation related to shelter and construction activities for works and supplies is completed in a timely manner.
  • Advanced university degree in architecture, engineering, construction or related field or the equivalent practical experience;
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in programming and designing of schools and community infrastructures: offices; community centres; recreational and child friendly spaces etc.;
  • Minimum 10 years of professional work experience in managing construction programs, including at least 5 years at the international level;
  • Experience with implementation of large-scale construction programs in post conflict regions;
  • Minimum 3 years of humanitarian work in deep field locations;
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with local staff and other stakeholders;
  • Ability to work under pressure, with minimal supervision, and in a culturally diverse team;
  • Experience with preparing design presentations, tendering including BoQs and technical design drawings for rehabilitation and new construction.


DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability committments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework into the work of DRC


Availability: 1st October 2016

Duty station: Kibondo, Kigoma Region. Non Family Duty Station

Reporting: This position reports directly to Head of Programme and Grants and Reporting Officer for internal, operational and donor reporting.

Contract: Until end June 2017, with possibility of extension dependent on both funding and performance. Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates (available at under Vacancies). This position is graded as A14.

For qualified National staff the terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for National staff

How to apply:

Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.

We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.

Please forward the application and CV, in English through the online application on under vacancies no later than 16th September 2016

Note that due to the urgency of this position, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and interviews/selection may take place before the closing date.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact [email protected]

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