Organization: Norwegian Refugee Council
Closing date: 01 Sep 2013
The purpose of the Shelter Cluster Regional Focal Point (RFP) is to deliver emergency capacity building and preparedness support to national shelter clusters and national coordination platforms, with primary focus on building local capacities.
In 2013, the Global Shelter Cluster (GSC) approved its GSC Strategy for the period 2013-2017. In order to advance the implementation of the GSC Strategy, and in particular its Strategic Aim 1, the GSC with funding support from ECHO has established Shelter Cluster Regional Focal Points (RFPs) hosted by cluster partner agencies as standby/surge capacity and support for country level cluster based preparedness planning and awareness raising. The RFPs are hosted by partner agencies and operate in close collaboration with global cluster leads, therefore contributing to strengthen capacities of the overall shelter sector. As an active member of the GSC, NRC will host the position of Regional Focal Point –MENA.
◾Provide technical support to on-going clusters and other coordination mechanisms at the regional and country level on shelter coordination and sector-based contingency planning.
◾Support the national cluster coordinators in the region in fulfilling the IASC and GSC guidance. This will be done in coordination with the GSC Support Team.
◾Support the government and shelter actors in selected high-risk countries where there is no existing shelter coordination capacity. The support will mainly include undertaking sector-based contingency planning and strengthening their capacity to respond to shelter emergencies,
◾Enhance shelter cluster planning and strategy development at regional and national levels, including the integration of cross-cutting issues.
◾Contribute to roll out the cluster approach and global guidance and tools to shelter coordination bodies, especially at national and sub-national levels.
◾Increase awareness of and participation in shelter clusters in the region of operation, particularly of local NGOs and other national stakeholders.
◾Complement the Global Shelter Cluster surge capacity system, by providing dedicated surge capacity as members of Shelter Coordination Teams when required.
◾Lead the organization of regional shelter coordination workshops and trainings and support the organization of national and global shelter coordination workshops and trainings.
◾Contribute to the development and implementation of global shelter coordination guidance and tools (Strategy, Fact Sheet, Performance Monitoring, amongst others), to the systematization of good practice in coordination mechanisms at country level, and to shelter cluster reviews and evaluations.
◾Provide content as relevant and regularly monitor the website (sheltercluster.org) at the global, regional and country level sites to provide inputs and additional documents as necessary.
◾Work in close collaboration with other RFPs, GSC Global Focal Points and the GSC Support Team to ensure consistency and learning across regions.
◾Degree or similar professional or vocational qualification in Structural/Civil Engineering, Architecture, Planning, Construction Management or related technical field
◾Experience of working for a humanitarian aid organisation in a developing country, including emergency programme management
◾A minimum of 8 years relevant professional experience
◾A minimum of 3 years shelter/housing or rehabilitation programming experience
◾Familiarity with current standards and guidelines for humanitarian emergency response
◾Awareness of and exposure to the humanitarian reform process
◾Fluency in English
◾Knowledge and ability in Arabic and French an asset
◾Ability to work with sensitive issues in a multi-cultural environment and with virtual or/and dispersed teams
◾Ability to undertake strategic analysis and translate thinking into practice
◾Ability to network effectively and influence and inspire others including governments, other agencies, and own peers, staff, and partners
◾Ability to inspire, to build confidence and to find creative and constructive solutions to difficult issues
◾Training and staff development skills
◾Commencement: As soon as possible
◾Contract period: 12 months with possible extension
◾Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions.
How to apply:
Jake Zarins Shelter Adviser +47 908 11 418 (Norway)/ +44 (0)7739 460005 (UK)
Mette Eriksen Recruitment Adviser (+47) 90658635