Associate Shelter Officer (Cluster) - Tenders Global

Associate Shelter Officer (Cluster)

UNV - United Nations Volunteers


Mission and objectives

L’Agence des Nations unies pour les réfugiés (autrefois nommée le Haut Commissariat des Nations unies pour les réfugiés (UNHCR voire HCR ou HCNUR dans l’espace francophone)), basée à Genève, est un programme de l’Organisation des Nations unies. Il a pour but originel de protéger les réfugiés, de trouver des solutions durables pour les aider à reconstruire leur vie et de veiller à l’application de la Convention de Genève sur les réfugiés de 1951.


UNHCR is responsible for the protection for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Burkina Faso. Within the IDP context, as of 31 March 2023, there were 2,062,534 IDPs in various regions of the country (Sahel, Centre Nord, and Est), UNHCR has been designated the lead of the Protection and Shelter/Non Food Items (NFI) Clusters to ensure that IDP are provided with protection and assistance according to international standards. Therefore UNCHR is tasked to provide technical and strategic support in theses two areas to the various offices and partners through the Clusters in Burkina Faso. Further UNHCR is also working with Implementing Partners in Protection and Shelter to implement partner protection and assistance activities. The UNV will work within the Shelter Cluster Coordination team in UNHCR Branch office in Ouagadougou but will be travelling extensively as allowed by security restrictions in place. The Shelter Cluster Coordination team support the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) objective of improving the delivery of humanitarian assistance to affected populations by actors in the sector of shelter and non-food items (NFI).

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Shelter Cluster Coordination Officer, the UN volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
• Ensuring that Shelter Cluster partners are supported in carrying out shelter needs assessments, Post distribution monitoring report considering the current situation, projected population planning figures and the expected scale of returns;
• Ensure that monthly regular cluster and technical working meetings are done, and reports disseminated to shelter cluster partners and launch them on the national and the global cluster website site;
• Contribute to the development of country level shelter cluster strategy and take into consideration the local context, age and gender, culture, climate, environmental protection and the availability of local resources, including materials, capacities and existing infrastructure;
• Providing clear guidance on standards for shelter and settlement, including minimum emergency standards to meet basic and essential needs;
• Together with the information management officer, compiling, analyzing and mapping available information on shelter options in country considering relevant policies adopted by the Government and the cluster shelter;
• Ensure that shelter partners when planning shelter works, that the technical component reflects shelter cluster minimum standards for the provision of emergency and other types of shelter assistance and is within the recommended budgetary requirements approved by the cluster. Due consideration should be given to standards in other relevant sectors such as water and sanitation, protection and CCCM/GSAT;
• Participate the periodical review of shelter cluster strategy to reflect the evolving situation in country and progressively transitioning to more sustainable shelter solutions. This process should be done in close collaboration with the beneficiaries and the host Government while bearing in mind the shelter needs of people upon their eventual return to their country of origin;
• Ensuring that specifications, bills of quantities and drawings are produced in a technically sound and standardized manner and establish monitoring and evaluation tools to ensure that works are implemented according to cluster recommendations;
• Promoting the sustainability of technical interventions through local capacity building and self-help in collaboration with local partners in the field. Ensure that local communities have been consulted on all activities so as not to create unnecessary tension between the dis-placed and host populations;
• The position requires regular contact with other clusters colleagues and partners, program, protection and field staff in country in order to ensure that shelter cluster strategy are considered in all technical support related to shelter and construction activities;
• Close and regular contact with technical and non-technical staff of UN Agencies, shelter cluster Partners, National and International NGOs and Government Authorities, is essential to discuss matters relating to shelter and infrastructure coordination and provision;

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