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Shelter & Settlements Specialist (Aid Worker)

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Organisation : Australian Red Cross

Location : International

Work type : Contract/Temporary

Sector : Overseas Aid & Development

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : 65 – 85k / pa.

Application closing date : 7 Apr, 2019

About the role


Australian Red Cross deploys Shelter & Settlements delegates in response to disasters and crises around the globe as part of IFRC Emergency response and/or Recovery Teams; and as part of Shelter Cluster Coordination Teams. Whilst Shelter & Settlements covers a broad area of programming in both rural and urban contexts, it’s important that Australian Red Cross Delegates can apply knowledge and skills across the following areas:

  • Design and implementation of shelter & settlement interventions from relief through to recovery phases working with local teams and across a range of sectors.
  • Consideration of appropriate materials and approach for shelter & settlements interventions (including local sourcing, cash based interventions and environmental impact).
  • Identification of housing land & property and other risk factors that may impact planned interventions


Shelter & Settlements Delegate

  • In coordination with other sectors carry out emergency needs assessments, taking the lead on the shelter technical areas. Analyze data and ensure findings are documented and easily accessible for the emergency operations team.
  • Together with local counterpart/s develop shelter response plan that balances context, capacity and broader operational goals.
  • Draw upon sector knowledge and existing local standards/practices to provide contextual options for emergency sheltering options; promoting appropriate and sustainable sourcing and use of materials, technical standards and safer building practices.
  • Work effectively with cash & markets, livelihoods, relief, logistics, HR and finance staff to ensure that shelter activities are well designed and implemented; including procurement and distribution of shelter materials and NFI’s, sourcing of local staff and volunteers, and that the operation is well financed whilst remaining accountable.
  • Support the identification and advocacy for overcoming regulatory barriers to the provision of shelter, including housing, land and property issues/security of tenure at a project level.
  • Monitoring of shelter and settlements project delivery including site supervision, financial controls and people management.
  • Use knowledge of contemporary best practices around the incorporation of cross cutting themes in shelter design such as gender and diversity, disability and social inclusion, and community engagement/ accountability.
  • Wherever possible, seek to build technical skills and capacity in local counterparts and promote safer building practices in communities through direct mentoring, training design/facilitation and overall program design.



  • University qualification or trade background in architecture, engineering or construction.
  • Minimum 5 years working experience in the above fields, including minimum 2 years experience in a developing country context.
  • Demonstrated ability in project management including site management, development of BOQ’s, budgeting,
    staff management, timeline management and reporting.


  • These are aid work positions which are activated when there is a relevant emergency.
  • The positions are paid on short (1-3 month) fixed term contracts. Salary is commensurate with the grade of the role and the experience of the appointee.
  • The salary range for these roles are approximately 65 – 85k per annum.


Shelter & Settlements Delegate Profile 2019


  • Contemporary knowledge and working understanding of the humanitarian shelter sector, including thorough knowledge of programming in urban contexts, people-centered design and working alongside local actors.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with strong ability to convey complex ideas to RCRC Movement colleagues, community members, in addition to high level stakeholder communications as necessary.
  • Experience in developing and delivering training courses and broader level capacity building.
  • Well developed ability to assess and analyse situations and prioritise/ make decisions accordingly.
  • Strong ability to be flexible and adaptable, and at ease in ambiguous and high intensity environments.
  • Culturally competent with an excellent ability to work effectively as part of multicultural teams and engage in a respectful, considerate manner with local staff and communities.


About the organisation

Organisation Name : Australian Red Cross

How to apply for this role

Position Description : Shelter & Settlements Profile 2019

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Shelter & Settlements Specialist (Aid Worker) via Pro Bono Australia.


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