Uganda: Shelter Engineering Assistant

Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 18 Jan 2018



Position Description


Category : Programmes

Location : Rhino Camp

Date : 05.01.2018


Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a private, independent humanitarian organization working to provide durable solutions and promote human security.

In Uganda, DRC works in North, North-Western, South-Western and North-Eastern regions in a range of emergency/development support for the refugees and communities in need with the aim of saving lives by providing protection and humanitarian assistance, and creating livelihoods (for more information go to

General Objective

The Engineering Assistant’s primary function is to supervise the day to day technical aspects of semi-permanent shelters and latrines works of the ECHO project in Rhino Camp. Additionally the Shelter Engineering Assistant is expected to participate in certification of completed projects for payment together with district technical teams. He/s will ensure that technical specifications for all infrastructure works are in line with DRC’s construction manual.

Key Responsibilities

The Shelter Engineering Assistant will perform the following tasks:

  • To set up, plan, supervise and monitor the implementation of the project: Emergency intervention to South Sudanese refugees and host communities in West Nile – Uganda through coordinated and appropriate WASH, Shelter, Education services and resources to rebuild livelihoods, funded by ECHO;
  • Carry out screening of project jointly with the district technical team and compile Investment Plan for approval by the District Technical Planning Committee (DTPC)
  • Supervise and monitor the work of youth and participating communities;
  • Supervise the technical aspects of the project;
  • Prepare Order Request/Purchase Requisitions for procurement of materials and tools for project implementation;
  • Assess the activities undertaken and ensure efficient use of resources;
  • Liaise with all internal and external counterparts of the project;
  • Continuously monitor and supervise construction of semi-permanent shelter and latrines in close collaboration with the infrastructure Assistants and Infrastructure Coordinator Junior;
  • Ensure regular communication between communities at the project implementation sites and DRC
  • Processing payments for youth after completion of works.
  • Liaising with the district engineering team to assess the quality of infrastructure projects
  • Recording and filling the tally sheets during deliveries of local materials at the sites.
  • Participate in social mobilization of communities for maintenance of completed project
  • Participate in radio talk shows whenever invited
  • Together with the Shelter Adviser, Short Term and Shelter Engineer, work on project technical reports
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the immediate supervisor.

Reports to Shelter Adviser, Short Term and Shelter Engineer

Personal Specifications


  • Minimum Diploma in civil engineering;
  • At least 4 years of relevant working experience in labor based technologies
  • Being a strong team player and adept at creating a strong team spirit;
  • Proven ability to work creatively and independently both in the field and office;
  • Ability to work with culturally diverse groups of people;
  • Ability to travel and work in difficult conditions and under pressure;

How to apply:

Applications should be in English and include the following:

  1. A cover letter (1 page) in which you explain why you are interested in the position and how you meet the qualities and qualifications criteria and salary expectations.

  2. Concise and accurate CV (maximum 3 pages). The CV should include information about your qualification, relevant training courses, Work experience, name and contact details of 3 relevant references.

Please send your Cover letter, CV and Academic certificates by email to by 18th January 2018 5:00pm clearly indicating position name in the subject line. We thank applicants for their interest in the position however; only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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