Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Shelter and Settlements Adviser (Infrastructure, Wash, Energy, Climate)

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Job Description


NRC is looking for a Shelter and Settlements Adviser to join the Iraq Mission. The role holder will be responsible for delivering quality infrastructure projects through mixed modalities across all area offices, integrating with other core competencies.

**This role is open to Iraqi nationals and internal NRC staff only**

 What You Will Do

Support development of, review and provide final sign-off of AO developed Bill of Quantities (BoQs), Scope of Works (SoW), drawings, designs etc, Support the implementation of the infrastructure component of the S&S programs with production of relevant Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for all infrastructure types and implementation modalities, where required, Provide training, guidance and strategic direction to field engineers engaged in implementing S&S projects, Support in recruitment of S&S Staff at AO level, Provide Technical Support and foster two-way collaborative relationships with the S&S Infrastructure implementation teams. This includes regular visits to the different Area Offices and leadership of the Community-of Practice that brings together S&S/Infrastructure teams,  Undertake and document quality control and follow up, with a focus on: 

Needs assessments, Quality Assessment, Feasibility studies, Cost benefit Analysis, technical standards, Monitoring and Evaluation, through harmonisation and strengthening of M&E tools, Strengthen synergies with other technical sectors particularly legal assistance and Livelihoods, Strengthen synergies between the S&S and Advocacy strategic objectives, Liaise with various government bodies to ensure infrastructure rehabilitation is aligned with government plans and adheres to or exceeds government standards, in particular Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), Directly liaise with Infrastructure expert assigned for the programme by the donor and other donor staff where required, Contribute to global and regional programme initiatives including cash-based interventions, Durable Solutions initiative, regional workshops, Shelter and Settlements Development Plan, WASH Development Plan, Energy and NRC’s ‘greening the orange’ initiative, Ensuring safe programming and protection mainstreaming within the infrastructure activities of the S&S programs, Represent NRC at relevant Iraq level inter-agency coordination and bilateral meetings, and as delegated by line manager, Matrix management of the S&S Technical Coordinators to support development of work plans, managing workload and performance management, Provide technical support and capacity building to AO staff on S&S soft components such as Adequate Housing and behaviour change, Work closely with the HLP/ICLA Advisor to identify and implement synergies and IP opportunities across both CCs.

What You Will Bring

Bachelor’s in engineering (Architecture, Civil, Water Resources, or any other related field), Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in Environment, WASH, Shelter, or Infrastructure development projects, Working Knowledge of KFW rules and regulations Knowledge of ESM frame works Knowledge of NRC’s tools, processes, and procedures Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts, Experience from working as a Technical Coordinator/manager in a humanitarian/recovery context, Understanding of Iraqi laws and statutory requirements related to construction, environmental and Agriculture, Wide knowledge of the NGO operations and the dynamics of the humanitarian sector, Fluency in English and Arabic, both written and verbal.  Keen sense of compliance with policy and procedure Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities,

What Makes This Position Attractive?

The humanitarian crisis in Iraq remains one of the largest and most volatile in the world. Four years since the end of active armed conflict, displacement in Iraq remains complex with protracted and secondary displacement.  This is an opportunity to contribute to protection and assistance internally displaced Iraqis, Syrian refugees, returnees, and host communities, focusing on those in protracted displacement in camps, informal settlements, and areas of return, with a particular emphasis on hard-to-reach populations. Meaningful work that responds to the diverse needs, priorities, and concerns raised by beneficiary communities. We are continuing to shift towards early recovery programming, aiming for sustainable development, providing integrated and localised services to assist the displacement-affected populations while maintaining our capacity to respond to immediate humanitarian needs. NRC is currently supported through multiple institutional, bilateral, and multilateral donors. These include the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, KfW Development Bank (KfW),  United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ),European Union Regional Trust Fund (EUTF),International Trade Centre (ITC)United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR)Department for International Development (DFID)Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), U.S. State Department Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)etc Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply and join our work culture which empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility.

What We Offer

Erbil, Iraq duty station. This role is open to Iraq Nationals and Internal NRC Staff Only 24-month contract– National position 40% travel, approximately within the area of operation Grade  8 in NRC’s Salary Scale. NRC offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, and physical ability. We think outside the box, encourage ideas, and give responsibility to all employees at all levels. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative.

Key Information - Please Take Note When Applying

We highly encourage you to learn more about the role: please review the full Job Description here. Learn more about NRC’s operation in Iraq here. To apply as an internal candidate, click on the suitcase icon “I am an employee” on the top right of the page to be redirected to NRC’s internal career site. Apply by completing all the system-required fields of your employment history, experience, responsibilities, and education in your application. Ensure to attach your latest CV. Submit your application and CV in English. When creating your profile, include your full name as per your passport. Unsolicited applications not related to this specific job advertisement will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We receive many applicants for each vacant position. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to give detailed feedback to applicants who have not been shortlisted. For any queries, please email us at with “Shelter and Settlements Adviser-Iraq” as the subject line. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country. Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks. NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.

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