Catholic Relief Services, Uganda Program
Job Title : Project Technical Officer – Shelter
Department : Emergency Response Program
Supervisor : Project Manager – Shelter
Job Type : Full Time
About Catholic Relief Services:
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) supporting relief
and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS carries out the commitment of the Bishops
of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. CRS’ Catholic identity is at the heart of our
mission and operations; serving people on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS
works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs.
CRS has worked in Uganda since 1965, initially providing emergency assistance to Sudanese refugees living
in the north. Over the years, CRS has expanded its programming to also address development needs in western,
central and eastern Uganda. CRS’ projects in Uganda currently include agriculture, health, microfinance,
peacebuilding and youth. CRS Uganda implements its programs through partnerships with local organizations,
including the Catholic Church, other faith-based organizations and community entities for maximum impact
CRS recognizes that Home and Community are the foundations of family life. But, when disaster strikes, lives
are shattered in the blink of an eye. The loss of a home can have a grave impact on a family’s well-being, their
identity, their security and safety. CRS recognizes that safe homes are the first step for families to rebuild their
Through direct implementation, CRS plans to demonstrate how the owner-driven shelter approach increases
the participation of families, is more cost-effective, and supports local markets. Using shelter as an entry point,
CRS will also demonstrate how empowering communities through the Community Conversation
methodology, Community Centers, and a household-level case management system can lead to a more holistic,
community-centered approach that will increase the effectiveness of shelter interventions and improve the
quality of the response.
Shelter construction activities will be complemented by the pilot of a Community Center, which will act as a
hub for local government, partner agencies, national and international NGOs and private sector to facilitate an
integrated system of services. Support could include connections to project activities, referrals for protection
and health needs, legal services, training, and local initiatives, as well as space for community activities,
rentable market space for small business owners, and opportunities to extend the impact of programming by
sharing information on best building practices, costs estimates, livelihood strategies, etc
1. The Project Technical Officer – Shelter Technical Officer is responsible for the quality standards in the
construction of the shelters through the CRS’ emergency response programming in Bidibidi Refugee
Settlement. S/he will work closely with the shelter and settlement project manager, community
mobilization officer and target communities to ensure the design and implementation of shelter
2. programming meets the highest technical and accountability standards. S/he will provide technical
input to shelter needs assessment, in collaboration with the Bidibidi Monitoring, Evaluation,
Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer and the Community Mobilization Officers. S/he will
participate in the orientations and trainings provided to hired labor or volunteers and respected third
parties in the host community as needed.
• Ensure shelter construction is in accordance with design specifications through daily site supervisions.
• Prepare field reports and maintain a filing system for project documentation.
• Conduct stage approval and Prepare cash support stage payments to project participants.
• Evaluate performance of carpenters and hired labor to ensure shelter quality and safety.
• Ensure that design concerns raised by project participants or construction crews are raised to the shelter
and settlement project manager.
• Coordinate with other CRS departments concerning all aspects of project implementation.
• Promote safety driven construction practices (safety culture) by regular review of project site safety
initiatives and compliance by contractor.
• Ensure procurement of shelter materials are of high quality and delivered on time.
• Conduct quality of local materials used by project participants and guide them.
• Conduct on-site training of construction crews under owner driven shelter construction approach.
• Prepare and conduct signing of design concept form by project participants or proxies.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience:
• Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, or extensive equivalent experience
• Minimum of five years’ relevant work experience as building trade carpenter mason specializing in
local construction methods specific to northern Uganda.
• Knowledge of local building design standards; experience with humanitarian shelter a plus.
• Required experience working in West Nile sub-region, Yumbe district preferred.
• Proven ability to build/work in a team and to manage and motivate personnel drawing on individual
skills to advance agendas and problem solving. Familiarity with affected population’s culture, ability
to develop the respect from a wide range of people and to communicate effectively on appropriate
• Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
• Fluency in English with good verbal and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated experience with assessments and analytical and planning skills.
• Effective inter-personal skills and consensus-building.
• Demonstrated experience of integrity and professionalism.
• Self-reliance and an ability to work in a challenging and demanding environment
Required/Desired Foreign Language:
• Knowledge of the local languages spoken by South Sudanese and host communities living on or near
Internal: Shelter and Settlement Project Manager, Shelter Community Mobilization Officers, Home &
Communities Program Manager, Emergency MEAL Officer and Yumbe-based Office staff
External: National and international NGOs; Community leaders and local councils
Agency-Wide Competencies (for all CRS staff)
These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or
her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
• Serves with Integrity
• Models Stewardship
• Cultivates Constructive Relationships
• Promotes Learning
Each staff member working in emergencies is expected to use the following competencies to fulfill his or her
responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
• Communicates strategically under pressure
• Manages stress and complexity
• Actively promotes safety and security
• Manages and implements high-quality emergency programs
Influence Competencies (for all Homes and Communities Staff)
• Effectively communicates the agency’s priorities and leverages local relationships to bring
stakeholders perspective to decision-makers, based on job-specific responsibilities
This job description is not an exhaustive list of skills, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with
Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the
commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a
part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to
serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and
vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation
By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with
dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I
understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and
my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguardingrelated topics.
CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer
NOTE: To apply, please follow these instructions exactly otherwise your application will NOT be
• Email a cover letter and CV only to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 13th
, 2020 at 5:00pm.
• Large files and/or scans of documents will lead to rejection of your application, in the subject
line of the email, copy and paste – PROJECTTECHNICALOFFICERSHELTER only
• All applications that do not contain this exact subject line will be rejected and not read
ONLY SELECTED CANDIDATES THAT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED.