Shelter Program Officer at Mercy Corps Nigeria

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action - helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Shelter Program OfficerReference Number: MDG/HUMOPS/2018/00050Locations: Bama and Gwoza - BornoProgram / Department SummaryWith the insurgency affecting North East Nigeria and displacing millions of people, some of the LGAs are retaken by the Nigerian Military in last couple of months where return has begun. Mercy Corps is expanding its humanitarian programming to support the retunrees in Gowaza and Bama LGAs of Borno stateAs a result of the wide-scale needs, Mercy Corps has secured ECHO funding to respond to early recovery phase to support returns to help them resume their normal life again.General Position SummaryThe Shelter Program Officer to directly assist Senior shelter program Officer, Shelter Program Coordinator and support the field shelter teams based in Gowaza and BamaThis position has an interface with Mercy Corps’ operations & finance departments, field management, team leader, protection & gender and MEL internally and SC/CCCM sector, LGA level stakeholders and service contractors externally.Essential Job FunctionsDesign the permanent housing in consultation with community and prepare the BOQsPrepare the project engineering estimates and design drawings for the procurement and execution purposePrepare the team work plans and project implementation plansSupervise the shelter assistants and field supervisors to ensure they are implementing program activities within the set timeline and are delivering according to the work plan.Build the capacity of the shelter assistants and field supervisors in program managementMonitoring all shelter program activities, including the planning and execution of any required evaluations, to ensure that accurate and timely information is available.Supervise the construction works, and administer the works execution as per the contractual provisions and the design specifications.Collect and share data according to evolving needs.Develop documents on Shelter/NFI best practices, through capacity mapping and gaps identification.The Shelter Assistant is responsible in supporting the management of all shelter construction and to support in conducting sectoral needs assessments in liaison with other relevant team members such as protection advisor, community relief committee and WASH team.He/she would assist to develop technical components to shelter and preparation of BOQ and Estimates, Planning, Technical Details, Drawings, improve development techniques for the safer building/shelter and other all Civil and Architectural related projects.Support in carrying out shelter needs assessments taking into account the current situation, projected population planning figures and the expected scale of returns.Support in the developments of shelter strategies which are framed by Mercy Corps’s Global Strategy for Settlement and Shelter 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.Support in providing clear guidance on standards for shelter, including minimum emergency standards to meet basic and essential needs as well as guidance for phased improvement of shelter conditions that will be necessary as the duration of the displacement prolongs.Compiling, analyzing and mapping available information on shelter options in country taking into account relevant policies adopted by the Government and CCCM cluster. When planning shelter works, ensuring that the technical component reflects Sphere minimum standards for the provision of emergency and other types of shelter assistance and is within the budgetary requirements. Due consideration should be given to standards in other relevant sectors such as water and sanitation.Ensuring that specifications, bills of quantities and drawings are produced in a technically sound and standardized manner.Establish monitoring and evaluation tools to ensure that works are implemented according to plans and completed within the designated timeframe.Ensure that local communities and the community relief community have been consulted on all activities so as not to create unnecessary tension between the displaced and host populations.Support in monitoring of all shelter and infrastructure activitiesWhen identifying beneficiaries, ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable population of concern (POC) and host families are addressed. Mercy Corps’ vulnerability indicators should be applied in a participatory manner during the beneficiary selection.When planning shelter works, ensure that the technical component reflects Sphere minimum standards for the provision of emergency and other types of shelter assistance and is within the budgetary requirements. Standards for other sectors such as water and sanitation should be taken into consideration also.Timely actions on potential delays and/or cost overruns that can either be prevented or mitigated are to be quickly reported with recommended remedial actions for the Deputy Team Leader approval.Prepare project/contracts related documentations such as periodic progress reports, site monitoring reports, stake holder meeting minutes, Engineer’s Instructions and Variation Orders, Contractor’s bills review reports, certifications,etcPreparation of payment certificate and work progress record for the review of the contractorsWorks closely with contractors in the field with provision of technical support and guidance.Ensures that items procured meet specifications of the end-user while adhering to donor and Mercy Corps procurement guidelines and in a timely mannerDevelop and maintain working relationships and coordinate with relevant international and local agencies active in the shelter working group and related coordination platforms.Regularly monitor program sites in order to ensure that shelter programs are adapted to local needs, provide quality control assurance, and to conduct regular audits of program activities.Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian missionAny Other duties as assignedOrganizational LearningAs part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.Accountability to BeneficiariesMercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.Accountability:Supervisory Responsibility: Shelter Assistants based in Gowza, BamaReports Directly To: Senior Shelter Program OfficerWorks Directly With: Program, MEL, Operations, and support team. 

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