United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Shelter Associate Jobs in Nigeria

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Shelter Associate Jobs in Nigeria

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was created in 1950, during the aftermath of the Second World War, to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes. We had three years to complete our work and then disband. Today, over 65 years later, our organization is still hard at work, protecting and assisting refugees around the world.

This position will provide support and assistance to UNHCR Field Office in Ogoja on shelter and shelter related activities for the refugee settlement in Anyake; under the direct supervision of the Shelter Officer and working in close collaboration with the Shelter Officer, Ogoja Sub-Office and Head of Field Office in Adikpo.


  • Provide support and advice on all technical matters, including settlement development, shelter and infrastructure construction to UNHCR Office, Partners and Agencies involved in the UNHCR Operations in Cross River and Benue States.
  • Provide direct supervision and guidance for all UNHCR implemented shelter and construction activities to ensure quality control, timely and cost effective implementation.
  • Assist the UNHCR Office in close monitoring of shelter and settlement activities by highlighting budgetary implications of technical components, as well as the technical integrity of shelter interventions in refugee locations.
  • Prepare detailed designs, drawings, specifications, bills of quantities, material lists and cost estimates for all shelter and settlement related works. Review all proposed Partners designs/plans and drawings to ensure they meet the minimum required technical standards and specifications.
  • Identify and evaluate shelter needs in refugee settlement and host communities, in line with UNHCR’s mandate and planned activities. Provide inputs for formulation of project submissions to address shelter and settlement needs, taking into consideration technical standards (UNHCR/Sphere/National) as well as UNHCR protection mandate and policy priorities.
  • Regularly liaise and coordinate with other specialists in Ogoja sub-office and Government authorities as well as other agencies, maintaining close working relationship through different information sharing mechanisms;
  • Attend relevant co-ordination meetings to promote the active sharing of information and synergy in activities’ implementation.
  • Make recommendations on procurement of all necessary materials, equipment and tools for timely implementation of plans and site facilities functionality.
  • Provide regular technical reports to the supervisor and to other colleagues as appropriate.
  • Perform other relevant duties as


  • Completion of the Secondary Education with post-secondary training in Civil Engineering, Architecture, Construction Site Management or other related field
  • Minimum 6 years professional experience and additional training/experience desirable in site planning, construction of building works, Shelter and Infrastructure.
  • Knowledge of computer software (Ms Word, Excel PowerPoint), as well as the capacity to use mapping tools, i.e. GPS and MapInfo.
  • Knowledge of computer aided design software (AutoCAD or ArchiCAD, MS Visio, MapInfo etc.) is a requirement.
  • Fluency in English language skills (written and spoken) and excellent analytical capacity in English (written and spoken).
  • Technical drafting and design skills, preferably with basis computer-aided drafting (CAD) experience.
  • Knowledge of SPHERE standards and the ability to use basic survey equipment, digital cameras, and computer equipment.

    How to Apply

    Kindly prepare an application/letter of motivation, Resume as well as fully completed and signed UNHCR Personal History Form (P11)
    Submit the application, resume and Personal history form (P11) via email to: niglahr@unhcr.org quoting in the subject line the vacancy number and title of the position (VERY IMPORTANT).
    Kindly make sure you use the "UNHCR Personal History Form".
    Kindly note that a written test will be conducted for this position which will be followed by a competency based interview. Application Closing Date 28th January, 2019.

    For more information and job application details, see; United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Shelter Associate Jobs in Nigeria

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