Shelter/Construction Coordinator at Alight: (Deadline 5 July 2020)

Shelter/Construction Coordinator at Alight: (Deadline 5 July 2020)
  • Full Time
  • Rwanda



Shelter/Construction Coordinator at Alight: (Deadline 5 July 2020)

ALIGHT is looking for a qualified, self-driven, and committed individual to join its team as Shelter/Construction Coordinator, to be located in any one of the refugee sites in Rwanda where ALIGHT has active operations and programming.


The Shelter/Construction Coordinator is responsible for planning, implementation, and monitoring of all activities related to shelter, construction, rehabilitation, and road infrastructure at designated refugee sites or camp.  Reporting to the Site Manager and receiving technical guidance and support from the national WASH, Environment & Construction Technical Advisor, s/he works towards to ensure refugees have sustainable shelter and infrastructure. S/he supervises Shelter Assistants, Masons, Carpenters, and Refugee casual workers at the project site – working on rehabilitation and maintenance of the shelter, including roads, medical facilities, drainage, shared communal facilities; also camp offices, and other such site facilities/buildings.


Shelter and Construction

  • Assist in carrying out technical assessments of the construction, rehabilitation/maintenance works (i.e.: shelter or communal structures, roads, drainages works) in the assigned site;
  • Assist the camp level unit in shelter monitoring, coordinate all shelter and infrastructure activities within the camp; working closely with the existing refugee structure (leaders and shelter committees) to support shelter interventions;
  • Coordinate daily assessments on shelter/construction within the site when required;
  • Participate in all shelter/construction related meetings, planning, and design activities;
  • Compile and present all site shelter/construction data, assessments, reports or minutes when required;
  • Manage the direct implementation of all shelter and construction-related activities in line with established work plans and available budgets;
  • Support WASH, Environment & Construction Technical Advisor on developing technical drawings, blueprints, and BBQs for WASH-related construction activities;
  • Contribute to shelter and construction  strategy development; project proposal and provide input on WASH needs and gaps;
  • Organize trainings and capacity building activities for refugee committees, casual laborers, as well as ALIGHT staff on shelter construction, rehabilitation and maintenance  practices;
  • Supervise and monitor the shelter construction, rehabilitation, and maintenance of shelter in the camp;
  • Advice on quality of all shelter activities, monitor regularly to all ALIGHT implementation activities, assessing the adherence to the set standard;
  • Mobilize beneficiaries communities to maintain the established /rehabilitated / shelter through the formation of shelter  committees;
  • Support ALIGHT WASH, Environment & Construction Technical Advisor on the design of blueprints and BoQs for construction-related activities;
  • Coordinate receiving and delivering supplies and materials to various work sites in the camp, in line with internal ALIGHT policies and procedures;
  • Implement construction-related activities and oversee the progress of work sites for construction, maintenance,  and rehabilitation of shelters and public infrastructure in the camp;
  • Certify works completed and ensure safety of all infrastructures to prevent all possible hazard;
  • Plan and supervise  construction, rehabilitation, and maintenance of  shelter structures, access roads, and bridges  to the camps and internal camp road network, to allow safe and easy vehicle access and mobility;
  • Supervise construction workers at worksites to meet deadlines and follow technical guidelines;
  • Responsible for requesting and safekeeping of construction and maintenance equipment/tools used at work sites.

General Duties/Responsibilities

  • Organize and submit /Shelter/Construction data for monthly, weekly, and quarterly reports;
  • Develop and follow work plans (with support of WASH/Construction  Technical Advisor and Site Manager) for shelter and construction activities;
  • Coordinate (with support from the site manager) with MINEMA  authorities, UNHCR, shelter committees, and other partners on Shelter/Construction activities to ensure complete, efficient, timely, appropriate, and non-overlapping service;
  • External representation: Act as a focal person or donor activities, and other external meetings;
  • Support the Logistics Coordinator and Storekeeper in the control of all resources assigned to shelter/construction and ensure monitoring, storage, and proper use;
  • Perform administrative tasks related to shelter/construction sector (maintaining databases, record keeping, report writing, making requisitions, etc;
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor, or any other ALIGHT Senior Manager.


  • A0 Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineer, Construction, Surveying  or related field from a reputable university;
  • Minimum four (4) years’ experience in Construction and/or WASH programming;
  • Good knowledge of site survey and experience in undertaking related topography assessments/ feasibility   studies   and environmental   impact studies, including familiarity using surveying tools (including GPS equipment, GIS software);
  • Knowledge of Rwanda shelter and construction standards and regulations, including latrine placement, set up and monitoring water, electricals and sanitation provisions;
  • Direct experience working with site/settlements planning and development/maintenance of various infrastructures;
  • Experience in direct management or supervision of staff and incentive workers complement is required;
  • Computer literacy in MS Office and other relevant software required to produce digital maps, site plans, layout, and technical drawings;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; Kinyarwanda, English, or French.


  • Highly motivated self-starter who takes direction well, but also works independently;
  • Strong intercultural skills and high tolerance to uncertainty required;
  • Diplomatic skills and strong ability to manage staff, to resolve conflicts and build relations with diverse stakeholders;
  • Capacity for effective planning and management, including of risks and concern areas;
  • Capacity to work independently in a fast-paced environment and deliver results within tight deadlines;
  • Ability and willingness to live and work full-time in rural, low resource, and isolated areas of Rwanda.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES:  Interested and qualified candidates should submit 1page Cover letter, an updated CV (maximum three pages) and names, title, and contacts of three professional referees, to include most recent or current employer/supervisor (all in/as one document) – via email only to: [email protected]  with the POSITION applied for clearly indicated in the subject line. The deadline for submission of applications is July 5th, 2020 at 16:00hrs. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

American Refugee Committee is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.  American Refugee Committee complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.


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