Technical Specialist – Catholic Relief Services
- Ensure that designs and BOQs are sound, from an engineering and program quality aspect, including that proposed structures are culturally appropriate, accepted, and tailored to the needs of diverse, vulnerable populations.
- Ensure shelter programming is in line with Sphere Standards.
- Contribute technically on required timelines to the development of a comprehensive implementation plan for the project.
- Ensure that land, tenure, access to services (water, sanitation, electricity) access to facilities (health education) and environmental and sustainability issues are considered in the program design, in keeping with industry standards and agency best practices.
- Ensure that shelter and settlement project comply with relevant local, national and international standards and regulations, and reflect industry standards and agency best practices.
- Ensure assistance is relevant to the affected population according to the time scale, geographical areas and intervention type.
- Ensure the project follows “Do no Harm Principles” “Build Back Safer” and “sustainable recovery” processes.
- Provide technical input into the procurement and logistics process for materials and equipment required by the project. Be aware of CRS procurement policies and procedures.
- Prepare and assist in the preparation of concept papers, project documents and other material to develop or promote the shelter and settlement programming. This may include taking a supporting role in reviewing same documents submitted by CRS’ partners and assisting them in project proposal development and implementation capacity building.
- Actively participate in the Shelter Cluster Technical Working Group to agree on technical specifications, shelter response approaches, or other technical issues.
- Assist in the design and carrying out of needs assessment relating to Shelter and WASH.
- Promote utilization of participatory and community-based approaches in the planning and implementation of projects to ensure that humanitarian responses build on local capacities.
- Promote and adopt tailored approaches, tools and formats for common use in shelter programming within the framework of an agreed common shelter strategy. These tools, where possible, should be in line with those promoted by the Shelter Sector and CRS Humanitarian Response Department (HRD)
- Help ensure a cross-sectoral approach integrating gender, protection mainstreaming, and disaster risk reduction.
- Ensure exchange of good practices and lessons learnt amongst Sector partners by organizing presentations, joint visits, sharing documents and other activities.
- Ensure compliance with quality, safety, and environmental standards for all projects, in keeping with internationally agreed best practices or as otherwise outlined in agency guidelines.
Program Implementation & support
- Support the implementation of agency-wide strategies, standards, tools and best practices in Shelter that effectively engage partners, donors, and governments..
- Address challenges encountered through timely focused support or adjustments in implementation strategy and plans. Maintain an updated Shelter Strategy as the program develops over time.
- Support capacity strengthening initiatives in Shelter programming for staff and partner through helping develop learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums, conducting trainings and workshops, and coaching.
- Participate in CRS meetings and workshops on strategic planning, shelter and settlement programming, and agency-wide initiatives as requested by supervisor.
- Provide regular updates on progress, priorities and constraints — verbally and in writing to CRS program lead.
Qualifications & Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in engineering, architecture, urban planning or other related courses. A Master’s degree desired.
- A minimum of three (3) years design and/or construction experience or similar context, including significant site supervision and contract management experience, plus experience in developing and implementing infrastructure or community infrastructure projects on behalf of development organizations.
- Familiarity with current standards and guidelines for humanitarian emergency response, including the Sphere Handbook criteria;
- Ability to work in partnership with local communities and NGOs as appropriate.
- Good technical knowledge and experience on indigenous architecture materials, construction methods and resilient construction techniques.
- Good skills in using Microsoft Office software and other commonly used software. Knowledge of Auto CAD and graphic design (Adobe Suite) software
- Knowledge and experience of Water and Sanitation construction and rehabilitation.
- Self-reliance and an ability to work in a challenging and demanding environment, under supervision.
- Strong relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings
- Good strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment
- Good technical writing skills
- Presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
- Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented
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