Shelter and Settlement Technical Assistant – Site Engineer Iraq Duhok

Job Overview


The purpose of the assistant position is to assist in the day-to-day implementation, monitoring, and reporting of the S&S project.


Generic responsibilities

These responsibilities shall be the same for all positions with the same title. The responsibilities shall be short and essential. Details belong in the Work- and Professional Development Plan.

  1. Adhere to NRC policies, tools, handbooks, and guidelines.
  2. Assist a range of support with the implementation of the Shelter and Settlement portfolio according to the plan of action.
  3. Implements independent procedures and activities within the S&S program as delegated.
  4. Responsible for organizing and delivery of tasks in line with priorities and standards.
  5. Develop and maintain knowledge of the specialist area of work in which technical assistance and support is being provided, to be most effective in supporting the team.
  6. Use initiative in day-to-day problem-solving in line with agreed procedures, priorities, and standards for the area of work.
  7. Prepare and develop status reports as required by management.
  8. Ensure proper filing of documents.
  9. Promote and share ideas for improvement in your area of expertise.

Specific responsibilities

These responsibilities shall be adapted to the particularities of the job location and context, phase of operation, strategic focus, and type of program intervention. This section shall be revised whenever a new employee is hired or the context changes significantly.

  1. Undertake technical survey assessments of S&S projects, with support from the S&S officer, and develop BoQs, drawings, and designs as required for submission to the S&S Coordinator.
  2. Monitor project and contractor implementation, as per project monitoring requirements.
  3. Assist in developing work plans of the S&S activities and assist with the implementation of the S&S portfolio according to project plans.
  4. In collaboration with the S&S project technical assistants and officers, conduct site monitoring visits to follow up on construction activities being carried out at selected projects.
  5. Report on daily activities of contractors and complete documentation in regard to QA QC attendance and performance and prepare and develop technical documents and status reports as per project monitoring requirements.
  6. Actively participate in capacity-building trainings, workshops, and seminars organized by NRC.
  7. Participate in field-level coordination with community stakeholders in areas of project implementation as directed by S&S Officer.
  8. Conduct household-level M&E activities and develop success stories from project implementation.
  9. Ensure that gender and protection mainstreaming is carried out at the field level.
  10. Respond to any project beneficiary information requests and complaints as directed by the Project Coordinator and M&E unit.
  11. Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need and explore and assess new and better ways to assist.
  12. Perform any other task relevant to the position as requested by the Project Officer and/or the Project Coordinator.


1. Professional competencies

These are skills, knowledge, and experience that are important for effective performance.

Generic professional competencies:

  1. Experience working as an S&S Assistant (or Equivalent) in a humanitarian/recovery context
  2. Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  3. Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  4. Fluency in spoken and written Arabic or Kurdish. Some knowledge of written and spoken English.

Context/ Specific skills, knowledge, and experience:

  1. University graduate in civil engineering or water resources is an advantage
  2. Minimum one-year experience in a similar position and maximum of three years
  3. Social work or similar background
  4. Experience in working at distribution sites
  5. Experience in conducting needs/vulnerability assessments and previous participation in beneficiary selection processes.
  6. Experience in working with vulnerable households in Urban and Camp settings with an NGO, charity, or similar organization.
  7. Proven experience in performing assigned tasks in an efficient and effective manner
  8. Experience in field-level coordination with community stakeholders, and local government officials.
  9. Local knowledge of areas of implementation
  10. Strong communication, interpersonal, analytical, and negotiation skills
  11. A solid computer skill

Basic computer skills, especially in Word and Excel.

2. Behavioral competencies

These are personal qualities that influence how successful people are in their job. NRC’s Competency Framework states 12 behavioral competencies, and the following are essential for this position:

  1. Handling insecure environments
  2. Managing resources to optimize results
  3. Empowering and building trust
  4. Communicating with impact and respect

Other Information:

  • Contract Duration: 12 months
  • Duty Station: Duhok- Iraq
  • Health Insurance is provided
  • Salary: G4/S1, According to NRC’s Iraq salary scale and terms and conditions.
  • NRC is an equal-opportunity employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, and physical ability.
  • For more information please read the Job Description.


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.
Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks.
NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.

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