Job: Transitional Shelter Manager - Danish Refugee Council, Tanzania

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

DRC is looking for highly qualified, self-motivated Shelter Manager for its Transitional Shelter program in Tanzania, able to work with diverse teams of both national and international staff as well as local government authorities, UN agencies, I/NGOs and other partners.


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 Shelter/Construction Manager, the Transitional Shelter Manager will oversee continued implementation of DRC shelter activities in Nduta Camp, ensuring quick and high-quality roll out of this large scale project. This includes the direct management of Tanzanian staff, coordination of incentive worker supervisors and liaison with community members with the support of the Community Services team, to ensure that they understand their involvement in the project and are on track to complete what needs to be done. This is a short term position to ensure surge capacity within the shelter/construction team during the roll out of this project.

  • Responsible for implementing and supervising DRC transitional shelter project in Nduta camp
  • Ensuring timely rollout of the project through effective collaboration with the logistics, finance/HR, camp management and community services departments in DRC Kibondo/Nduta, ensuring materials are provided to the refugee population as needed
  • Oversee the information provided to the community regarding their technical involvement in the shelter construction
  • Oversee the mobilisation of the community to participate in the shelter construction
  • Assist the national shelter officers in the recruitment, coordination, management and payment of high numbers of incentive workers
  • Liaise with external stakeholders at Nduta camp level on issues regarding the transitional shelter project, including UNHCR and the Ministry of Home Affairs. Be responsible for the maintenance of strong collaborative relationships with all actors in the camp and shelter sector.
  • Ensure that adequate staffing is in place for the shelter activities, undertake recruitment of national staff, and to the extent possible build local shelter capacity;
  • Manage and effectively spend the budget for the transitional shelter activities
  • Ensure that the organisations' financial, logistics, security and human resources policies and procedures are fully adhered to and implemented in relation to all shelter activities;
  • Ensure that all documentation related to shelter activities for works and labourers engaged is completed in a timely manner.
  • Liaise continuously with the Shelter/Construction Manager to ensure they are updated on any challenges faced in the project
  • Advanced university degree in engineering, construction or related field or the equivalent practical experience;
  • Minimum 3 years of professional experience in programming and designing of emergency and transitional shelters.
  • Minimum 8 years of professional work experience in managing shelter or logistics programs, including at least 5 years at the international level;
  • Experience with implementation of large-scale shelter programs in camp settings;
  • 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 in direct implementation including preparing design presentations, BoQs and technical drawings for emergency and transitional shelters.

Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. 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 Shelter/Construction Manager

Contract: 4 months, 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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