Ethiopia: Shelter Project Manager - Ethopia

Organization: Norwegian Refugee Council
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 04 May 2014

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 3500 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

The Horn of Africa (HoA) programme is the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC’s) largest mission globally. Operations began in Somaliland in 2004, expanded to Puntland in 2006, South Central and Dadaab in 2007. Since 2011, NRC has expanded to established presence in Kakuma refugee camp (Kenya) as well as Ethiopia, Yemen and South Sudan. Prioritized activities focus on shelter and infrastructure construction; water, hygiene and sanitation; emergency education including youth education; protection; food security and distribution. Programs target both emergency responses to acute crises as well as the capacity to address recurring protection needs of displaced populations through durable solutions. The Shelter Project Manager (Shelter PM) is responsible for leading and supporting the planning and implementation of the NRC Shelter Programme in Gambella.

Job description

  • Develop, coordinate and manage Shelter project in line with proposals, strategies and donor requirements.
  • Manage, train and develop the shelter team
  • Ensure high technical quality and transparent processes
  • Adherence to shelter tools and handbooks and other NRC policies
  • Represent NRC shelter in internal and external forums
  • Responsible for project documentation
  • Develop, manage and monitor the budget(s) according to Financial Handbook and donor requirements.
  • Transparent and cost efficient procurement of goods
  • Promote the rights of Refugees/ IDPs/returnees and explore and asses new and better ways to assist
  • Implement project specific protection priorities

Specific task are:

  • Undertake creative approaches in shelter design, site planning and refugee camps layout for firebreaks in collaboration with ARRA and UNHCR.
  • Guarantee the initiation and continuation of shelter activities and initiate complementary ones for expansion of the project in Gambella.
  • Ensure a constructive co-operation with other NRC programs in the region, ARRA, UNHCR, local authorities, other international and local NGOs working in the refugee camps.
  • At field level responsible for liaison and coordination with ARRA, UNHCR and other partners on the project follow-up and monitoring.


  • Minimum 3 years of experience from working as a Project Manager in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Technical shelter expertise
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal
  • Valid driver’s license

Personal qualities

  • Knowledge of the context in Ethiopia
  • Behavioral competencies. These are personal qualities that influence how successful people are in their job. The following are essential for this position:
  • Handling insecure environments
  • Strategic thinking
  • Initiating action and change
  • Empowering and building trust

We offer

  • Commencement: ASAP
  • Contract period: 6 months
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions
  • Duty station: Gambella
  • Approved health certficate will be requested before contract start

How to apply:

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