Shelter & Infrastructure Specialist

World Vision International(WVI), To Be Determined, India

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsMonitoring and EvaluationTraining and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
27th July, 2015

Job Description


  • The Shelter Manager is responsible for leading the strategic design, development and implementation of a large scale emergency shelter and infrastructure program and help in the development of strategy to transition into recovery.
  • They will oversee all phases of the program from assessment to design, or redesign, monitoring and evaluation.
  • They will work across sectors with other operational departments to maximize integration.
  • They will also work with DM&E to ensure quality reporting and with support functions to ensure that WV health and nutrition programming meets best practice.
  • The role will include collaboration and coordination with relevant line ministries such as Ministry of Public Works, Housing or Infrastructure, other NGO and local partners and the shelter cluster or coordinating body for response and recovery.
  • They will represent WV Shelter and Infrastructure and ensure programme coherence and avoidance of service gaps and overlap.


During Deployment Periods:

Assessment and Design:

  • Initial and sector specific assessments completed and data analyzed to guide programming decisions in programming areas.
  • Do no harm/LCP, gender, humanitarian protection mainstreaming and disability are considered in assessment and design.
  • Identification of program implementation areas and appropriate interventions based on assessed needs.
  • Strategy developed with an integrated focus to meet the needs of the affected community, particularly for women and children.
  • Project/grant proposals and budgets are written in conjunction with the programs, finance and P & C teams based on assessed need and capacity of the program to deliver quality.
  • Donor engagement on technical issues for grant acquisition.

Management & Monitoring:

  • Appraisals of direct reports and regular meetings to ensure program quality.
  • Weekly surveillance reports and monthly progress and technical reports are submitted on time to appropriate stakeholders (relevant line ministries, cluster, ops manager and programs).
  • WV Shelter and Infrastructure programs are meeting international and internal best practice.
  • Accountability measures are in place in all program areas, and beneficiaries and other stakeholders know how to report issues and complaints, which are dealt with in a timely manner.
  • Protection and gender are mainstreamed in all projects, and reported.
  • Project inputs are monitored and supplies are purchased and transported in a timely manner.


  • All programming and strategy is coordinated with line ministries and related other government departments (e.g. health, education, social development, water supply and drainage). Relationships maintained.
  • Active participation in cluster or coordinating bodies and working groups, particularly NFI or logistics clusters in absence of shelter cluster.
  • Projects complement and do not overlap with other NGO and partner operations.
  • Relationships developed and maintained with UN, partners and donors.


  • Reporting systems are developed in conjunction with programs team to ensure accurate and timely reports to donors and key stakeholders.
  • Weekly and monthly reports are submitted to program operations, ministries and cluster in a timely manner.
  • Stocktaking reports are maintained in all operational sites (especially in relation to NFI/shelter materials).

Financial Management:

  • Financial expenditure for project activities tracked in conjunction with programs and finance team, and in compliance with WV financial and donor standards.
  • Operational and grant budgets are developed in conjunction with finance.
  • Monthly cash projections are prepared and submitted to operations in a timely manner.
  • Purchases and requisitions are completed as per budgets.

Capacity Building:

  • Capacity needs for staff are identified.
  • Assess, design and implement appropriate training programs and provide end of training reports.
  • Ensure that all staff are aware of government and international health/nutrition standards.
  • All staff receive appraisals and supported in finding mentors or other training as appropriate.

During Non-Deployment Periods:

Standards & Capacity Building:

  • Establish and maintain the shelter and reconstruction network within WVI.
  • Identify and increase existing shelter and reconstruction capacity for response staff and shelter and reconstruction specialists.
  • Develop and implement a capacity building strategy, supporting mentoring and skills transfer efforts.
  • Lead in the further development of strategies and standards related to emergency shelter and reconstruction within WV.
  • Participate in the HEA Community of Practice and collaborate and represent HEA Shelter and Reconstruction sector in discussions with other HEA and Integrated Ministry processes.
  • Develop a WV Shelter/reconstruction working group. Build mechanisms for lessons learned and ongoing documentation of best practice and innovation into project plans and budgets.
  • Assure that the process of identifying and documenting lessons learned continues throughout a program. Assure that lessons learned reports are gathered, analyzed and fed into the Partnership.

Integration of Shelter and Reconstruction within World Vision:

  • Ensure the shelter and reconstruction sector activities are integrated with other sectors and GPRN.
  • Ensure shelter and reconstruction sector activities integrate cross cutting themes such as child protection, disabilities, gender etc.
  • Ensure that shelter (and reconstruction activities where appropriate) fit into the strategic direction of the program.
  • Facilitate the understanding within the GRRT and other groups within WVI of the main donor trends and policies regarding shelter and re-construction and their relevance to humanitarian activities.

Representation within the Humanitarian Industry:

  • Explore and facilitate areas of practical collaboration with the UN, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors, non-governmental agencies and the private sector, as appropriate.
  • Actively participate in the Global Shelter Cluster.
  • Ensure the consistency of approach, design and quality delivered by the GRRT in shelter projects.



  • Degree in Architecture, Engineering (preferably Civil or Structural), Construction Management or extensive field experience in construction management particularly in community-based construction programs.
  • International development, humanitarian law or conflict studies an advantage.
  • Humanitarian competencies including standards (Sphere, HAP, IASC guidelines etc).
  • 5 years large scale shelter, infrastructure or construction program management and contract management experience.
  • At least 3 years experience working in a humanitarian setting or fragile country context.
  • Registered to practice in country of residence, or membership of appropriate architecture, engineering or construction related association or accreditation body.
  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English.


  • Technical expertise in architecture, engineering, and/or construction, particularly in design and implementation of projects.
  • Technical expertise in integrated programs that include water and sanitation.
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of contract management including tendering and subcontracting.
  • Experience in liaison and coordination with government, multilateral and bilateral donors on the design and implementation of shelter and infrastructure programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing complicated construction programs over $1 million in multiple implementation locations.
  • Management of integrated community based shelter and construction programs.
  • Training skills.
  • Team management skills

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