Shelter Technical Advisor

Starting date:   ASAP - February 2020
Country Programme:   Syria Response
Base:  To be confirmed - Dohuk/Erbil, Iraq or Amman, Jordan (with frequent travel to field locations in the region)
Line Manager:   LEARN Deputy Chief of Party
Time Period:   6 months with possible extension

About the mission:

PIN has been working in Northern Syria since 2012, providing emergency relief and early recovery support to conflict-affected communities. Programmes for conflict-affected communities in Syria focus mainly on Emergency Food Assistance, WASH, Shelter and Education, in addition to Early Recovery and Livelihoods activities. PIN’s contribution to the Syria humanitarian response is amongst the largest, with an annual turnover of over $35 million, engaging over 400 full-time staff members across Northern Syria and cross-border response hubs in neighbouring countries. In Northeast Syria PIN operates from four offices.

About the role:

People in Need (PIN) is looking for Shelter Technical Advisor (STA) of the LEARN Consortium (Linking Emergency Assistance and Response in Northeast Syria). LEARN Consortium is a joint action of four partners led by Solidarites International (SI) and funded by OFDA, aiming to provide affected population with WASH, Shelter and Health assistance in Northeast Syria. PIN leads the Shelter sector in this joint action.

The Shelter Technical Advisor will have a key role in identification of sectoral needs and gaps; program follow-up and support; provision of technical shelter support to partners’ teams across all four partners; leading on development of LEARN technical guidance documents and sector policies, with a focus on harmonised tools and approaches and, facilitating communication and coordination between LEARN partners. The Shelter Technical Advisor will also contribute to and support joint sectoral or multi-sectoral assessments and evaluations, identify and promote integrated programming, and contribute to potential Shelter components of LEARN’s Rapid Response Mechanism. The position requires a high mobility both inside and outside of the intervention areas (e.g. meetings in Amman or Erbil).

Depending on the qualifications, possible advisory role towards WASH sector is considered. This is to reflect the inter-sectoral character of the project and joined Shelter & WASH interventions, where relevant. The strong technical capacity of the field staff does not require detailed oversight but WASH knowledge is desirable in terms of harmonization of the approaches across the implementation partners, technical liaison with the donor and ensuring that the implementation reaches the technical requirements as set within the project.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Leads on the development of LEARN sector strategy.
  • Provides technical support to partners’ teams, develops their capacities and supports high technical quality of the Shelter outcomes and activities: Review of BoQ, support in planning health care facility, review of all technical drawings and monitoring private repairs at household level.
  • Support distribution of NFI and winterization kits for SI and PIN.
  • Supports identification of sectoral needs and gaps in target areas
  • Leads on development of technical guidance documents and tools and sector policies
  • Ensures that the Shelter intervention is in line with country specific Shelter guidance, global humanitarian standards.
  • Strengthens coordination between the LEARN partners and across programming sectors and leads cross-partner Shelter coordination meetings.
  • Together with the Shelter Programme Managers of PIN and SI, enhances coordination with other stakeholders.
  • Ensures appropriate monitoring mechanisms are in place and indicators for the project are relevant and followed up
  • Draws best practices and lessons learned, promotes other key topics, such as protection mainstreaming.
  • Consolidates activity reports of LEARN’s Shelter intervention and contributes to reporting
  • Contributes to coordination and quality of Shelter intervention of LEARN’s Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM).
  • Participates in the relevant meetings with partners, LEARN management and the donor


Suitable candidates for this position should possess:

  • At least 5 years of professional experience within a humanitarian and/or development organization;
  • Degree and experience in Engineering/Architecture, (civil, construction, environmental);
  • Proven field experience in Shelter programming (at least 5 years);
  • Experience working in a consortium setting would be an asset;
  • Familiarity with Shelter technical guidelines of institutional donors, humanitarian standards and Global Shelter Cluster guidelines;
  • Familiarity with WASH programming, technical and Global WASH Cluster guidelines would be an advantage;
  • Experience in representing an organisation in strategic meetings and coordination fora;
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills;
  • Excellent command of English;
  • Strong grasp of all stages of programme cycle management and quality standards in humanitarian programming, including safeguarding and accountability mechanisms;
  • Strong organizational, critical analysis and problem-solving skills;
  • Experience of working in complex and volatile contexts, including familiarity with the humanitarian context of Syria or the Middle East, would be an advantage.


Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

  • The position is an unaccompanied position based in Dohuk/Erbil with possible field visits to Jordan (Amman) Syria, as the access and security situation allows. Field offices are situated in NE Syria in close proximity to the border, which allows for training and advisory visits from Iraq as well as frequent meetings with field-based staff as per their travels to Iraq.
  • While Erbil city accommodates larger expat community, both Erbil and Dohuk are considered less conservative, offering opportunities for social life outside the work hours. Security situation is generally good.
  • Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and PIN's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

People in Need offers:

  • Working environment in a well-established and growing humanitarian organization;
  • Salary as per PIN salary scale (per diems included): 3.300 EUR, depending on the seniority grade
  • Accommodation in PIN or LEARN’s guesthouse on PIN’s expenses;
  • Performance related bonuses paid half yearly based on standard evaluation process;
  • 25 days of paid leave annually;
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses with travel to the country of residence once per every 6 months of completed work, plus R&R benefits according to PIN’s policy;
  • Reimbursement of costs of visas and vaccinations; assistance with visa application procedure;
  • Free medical helpdesk and psychological consultation available online; travel health insurance.


How to apply:

Are you interested in this position? Send us your CV (no longer than 4 pages) and short cover letter via this link. Please note only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on rolling basis and the vacancy will be closed when filled.

People in Need staff are expected to perform job duties and responsibilities in accordance with People in Need Code of conduct and key policies (available at: