Ended Shelter Assistant

The Job


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has delivered humanitarian relief and development programming in Yemen since 2008. DRC focuses on supporting refugees, migrants, and people displaced by conflict and natural disasters, working especially in areas with access challenges. DRC engages in protection, emergency, WASH, and mine risk education programming among other sectors, and has hub offices in Sana'a, Aden, Hodeidah, as well as several other locations throughout Yemen.

In response to the critical and constantly evolving humanitarian situation in Yemen, DRC has assumed a leading role in coordinating response at IDP hosting sites. Working at IDP sites involves working together with international and local organizations in order to coordinate implementation of humanitarian activities, support community based site management mechanisms, and monitor standards, needs, and gaps.

Broad responsibilities of the Shelter Assistant include ensuring the quality of shelter planning, implementation and follow up of all technical aspects of the sector activities being implemented by DRC. Specifically, the main activities often include provision of emergency shelter and emergency cash grants; rehabilitation of housing; provision of physical infrastructure; training of community based infrastructure management groups; and facilitation of community development initiatives for disaster risk reduction. This is a field based position.


Job title: Shelter Assistant             

Location: Abs, Hajjah

Starting date: Feb 28, 2019

Contract: Standard

Duration: Dec 31, 2019

Reporting lines

  1. Reports to: Camp Management Team Leader
  2. Subordinates: none


Shelter programming

  • Ensure efficient and effective program implementation
  • Monitor and supervise construction companies contracted by DRC for execution of projects
  • Carry out technical quality control of constructed facilities
  • Ensure gender equity and social inclusion in all aspects of DRC interventions
  • Support the process of capturing, documenting and disseminating project experiences, achievements, and good practice as lesson learnt, case studies, and progress reports
  • Support governorate & district level stakeholders in planning, orientation, training, and other activities
  • Supervise technical aspects of daily workers and incentive labor
  • Promote and share ideas for technical improvement in shelter programming
  • Actively participate in, and provide inputs on, site planning and infrastructure arrangements
  • Train IDPs and host communities on how to use emergency shelter kits and repair emergency shelters

Site management and coordination

  • Work closely together with community based site management committees at sites
  • Support site planning in order to ensure that IDP site residents are able to live in dignified conditions
  • Monitor sites to identify needs, gaps in service provision, and duplication of efforts at IDP sites
  • Collaborate with relevant internal and external technical experts on sector relevant issues
  • Represent DRC at meetings and other relevant technical coordination meetings
  • Ensure integration with other DRC sectors
  • Support other teams in conducting multi-sectorial assessments of IDP needs

Information management

  • Establish, maintain, and actively utilize networks of key shelter informants at IDP sites
  • Support with the timely registration of IDPs, including identification of shelter related needs
  • Support maintaining a comprehensive database of service and needs related information for each site
  • Analyze site related and contextual information to support DRC MEAL project evaluations
  • Provide, document, and track timely referrals and shelter service requests to key partners

Other responsibilities

  • Plan and coordinate proactively logistics and movements of staff from at different operational areas
  • Ensure distribution plans are prepared and shared with logistics in a timely manner
  • Support the CCCM team in conducting shelter related capacity building
  • Train site committees in site monitoring, especially with shelter related issues
  • Actively participate in development and implementation of protection and gender mainstreaming
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the Camp Management Team Leader to advance DRC's work


  • University degree in civil engineering
  • Minimum one year of experience in international and/or local NGO; ideally involved in the direct implementation of field level humanitarian assistance to IDPs
  • Proven skills in building relationships with stakeholders at the community, local, and national levels
  • Basic conceptual understanding of gender, protection, and human rights
  • Good representation, negotiation, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Strong team spirit and ability to work comfortably in multi-cultural contexts
  • Good skills with basic software, such as MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of field specific software, such as AutoCAD and Civil 3D
  • Ability to spend extended periods of time in field conditions
  • Ability to come up with innovative solutions to unexpected and challenging problems


All DRC staff members are expected to demonstrate the following core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence – constantly and actively seeking ways to develop professionally
  • Collaborating – working respectfully with DRC staff, partners, beneficiaries, and other stakeholders
  • Taking the lead – showing positive initiative in situations where leadership is required
  • Communicating – ability to listen, give space, and convey thoughts and ideas to others respectfully
  • Demonstrating integrity – adhering to high personal and professional ethical standards

Furthermore, DRC places strong emphasis on staff acting in accordance with the following DRC values:

  • Humanitarian approach – right to life with dignity takes precedence over politics and principles
  • Respect – belief in the notion that all human beings have equal rights
  • Independence and neutrality – fairness and equality through non-affiliation with politics
  • Inclusion – all people should have access to, and be included in, DRC interventions
  • Honesty and transparency – assuming accountability for our actions


Professional fluency in spoken and written Arabic is essential.

How to Apply

CVs of qualified candidates are invited at the below link by the 13th Feb  2019. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis, and based on urgency, DRC may fill the position prior to the closing date. Please name your CV before uploading the file. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for positions within DRC Yemen.


  • Employer: DRC
  • Category: Development/Non-Profit
  • Location: Abs, Hajjah
  • Posted on: 31 January 2019
  • Deadline: 13 February 2019