American Red Cross

Shelter and Construction Program Manager

American Red Cross

Shelter and Construction Program Manager

Shelter and Construction Program Manager

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Basic Job Information

Job Category : NGO / INGO / Social work
Job Level : senior
No. of Vacancy/s : [ 1 ]
Job Location : Kathmandu
Offered Salary : None
Apply Before(Deadline) : Jun. 15, 2015 00:00 (4 years, 11 months ago)

Job Specification

Education Level : Master
Experience Required : Not Required
Other Specification


Job Description

The Shelter & Construction Program Manager will lead technical support to the NRC for the implementation and management of all community works components of the recovery program, and will support the Shelter & Settlements Advisor with elements of the core housing program elements.

S/he is expected to play and active role in collaborating on the implementation of the fully integrated program, coordinating with technical delegate counterparts, including in particular those supporting the Water & Sanitation and Livelihoods components of the program.

This is a full-time position for a minimum of 6 months with the possibility of extension.

The position will be based in Katmandu, Nepal and will report to the Head of Programs.


The Shelter & Construction Program Manager ‘s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Leads technical support to NRC for the implementation and management of all community works components of the recovery program;
  • Support the Shelter & Settlements Advisor with elements of the core housing program elements.
  • Supports NRC in the preparation Invitation to Bid (ITB), RFQs for contractors for shelter and development projects. Analyse the technical quality, cost, implementation method, feasibility and context appropriateness of proposals and bids made by prospective partners, consultants and contractors.
  • Support NRC in the BoQ and overall procurement and logistics processes in support of the community works program.
  • Creates a set of standards, tools and procedures for effective monitoring and control of construction projects including, but not limited, to the following; i) Certificates of reception of construction materials, and equipment to check their quality and condition and ensure that they meet specifications; ii) Daily Site Construction Reports to be used by site supervisors; iii) Certificates of Substantial Completion to generate right to payment (for work performed by ARC contractors); iv) Forecast of Works and Cash-flow; vi) Certificates of final completion and start of defect liability period.
  • Coordinate with the NRC/ARC water and sanitation team and NRC risk reduction teams in support of integrated and sustainable results in the targeted areas.
  • Ensures ARC shelter and development programs are in alignment with humanitarian industry standards, ARC and Movement guidelines and policies.
  • Support NRC in the hiring of technical staff/ volunteer engagement for community works and construction programs.
  • Actively build the technical capacity of NRC staff and volunteers.
  • Identifies and proactively works in partnership with NRC, Government and humanitarian agencies to address reconstruction needs in targeted areas.
  • Coordination within ARC, and with the RC/RC movement, the Government of Nepal, and other actors (in coordination with Shelter expert colleagues):
  • Supports NRC in ensuring proper representation in formal and informal government/cluster/RCRC Network/sector coordination meetings, to ensure proper coordination and information sharing.
  • Represents the ARC and liaises with counterparts from the Nepal Red Cross, Participating National Societies, IFRC and ICRC, relevant Nepal Government agencies (DSWD, NDRRMC, etc.) as well as external partners active in the country to minimize duplication and maximize coordination.

Program Implementation, partnership coordination, monitoring and evaluation:

  • Conducts regular field visits to shelter rehabilitation projects implemented by NRC in partnership with ARC to ensure construction quality, and provide advice as necessary.
  • Supports NRC to ensure that construction quality as defined on the projects, and its implementation, complies with International Building Codes and relevant Guidelines and Construction Codes applicable in Nepal, ensuring that the highest standard will apply on each case.
  • Provides technical and capacity building support including supervision, training and mentoring of construction staff and/or program beneficiaries, as applicable pending type of methodology (e.g. owner driven approach, or support to self-recovery), in planning, management and implementation of construction projects/programs.
  • Provides project management support and oversight when required.
  • Closely monitors and communicates technical program performance, tracks and advises Senior Leadership on technical issues that could adversely impact American Red Cross programming in the Nepal Operation.
  • Contributes technically in the review of program reports with project teams.
  • Supports in the successful exit strategy and/or handover of sector-specific activities.
  • Documents and promotes good practices, knowledge management and institutional learning around better rebuilding and construction approaches and incorporates lessons learned, best practices and technical innovation in plans and project designs.
  • Contributes in the production of materials such as presentations, annual reports, training materials, positions papers, proposals, etc. relevant to the incumbent’s area of expertise.
  • Backstops for other team members when required.


  • MA/MS in Architecture/Civil Engineering or related field required.
  • Demonstrated experience in program identification and design, assessment, and coordination of stakeholders.
  • Minimum of five years related experience and progressive management responsibilities and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated experience in shelter and settlements/housing/construction/infrastructure related works, e.g. new construction of shelter, housing, public and private infrastructure, soil stabilization/retaining walls and retrofitting of houses and buildings, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience in humanitarian shelter relief and recovery setting is essential and previous work experience in Nepal is desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, negotiate, and manage partners, consultants and contractors.
  • Working experience with CAD, critical path planning (or alike), and project management, project scheduling, and cost estimating software in a professional capacity required.
  • Experience with land tenure issues and solutions preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to form, mentor, manage and lead a team of technical staff and volunteers to achieve common objectives, required.
  • Working experience with International Building Codes.
  • Effective understanding and prior use of FIDIC contracting for engineering works and services highly desired.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt and work effectively in dynamic and demanding operational environment.
  • Experience and familiarity with Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement highly desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work effectively and in a collegial fashion with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.
  • Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and achieve results through collaboration.
  • Computer proficient, especially in MS Office required.
  • Familiarity with the Red Cross and Red Crescent Network highly desirable.
  • Fluency in English and Nepalese is required.

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