Position : Shelter Engineer - IDB supported programme
Number of position : 01
Duration of the contract
: 12 months
Based in : Cox’s Bazar 
Reporting to : IDB-Programme Management Coordinator

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 190-member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

Job Purpose:

Working under the supervision of the IDB Project Management Coordinator, and in consultation with Head of office /operations is responsible to lead and ensure effective implementation of Health care infrastructure construction activities within the agreed time frame of IDB project. The incumbent will be fully responsible for compliance with policies and procedures, the quality of the construction, construction, management and reporting, resulting in the highest possible performance. This role will coordinate with IFRC Dhaka office and National Societies as per needs and requirement as well provide support to Health care infrastructure/construction projects  and under the Emergency Appeal as needed.The Shelter Engineer will work alongside with other IFRC Cox Bazar ISDB and shelter teams /Programme Manager IDB/staff and BDRCS staff/volunteers in assessments, coordination, planning and implementing of an effective and adapted shelter response as per the agreed ISDB project proposal.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Support to the operation and ISDB project:


  • Responsible for monitoring, following-up and supervising ISDB supported shelter, health care construction activities in Cox Bazar.
  • Supervision of contractors and suppliers, ensuring that deliveries take place according to the quality and quantity agreed.

Program Implementation

  • Support BDRCS and IFRC Delegate/ISDB Project manager in the planning and implementation of activities to ensure effective implementation of shelter hardware/software activities for the displaced population and the host communities.
  • Develop a work plan for construction activities with the IFRC/BDRCS Shelter Team and ensure progress and quality in line with donor regulations.
  • To assess the activities undertaken and ensure efficient use of resources in close collaboration with the Shelter Team
  • Ensure that the marginalized communities, including women participate in each of the project cycle related to shelter.
  • Ensure that all documentation related to shelter activities for works completed, laborers engaged, and supplies is completed in a timely manner;
  • Review BoQs and technical documents prior to implementation to ensure feasibility and accuracy of inputs required.
  • Review tender documents and evaluate the technical criteria in relation to the tender bids.
  • Ensure field operations in Cox Bazar are supported in carrying out shelter needs assessments, considering the current situation.
  • Involve Displace community in all stages of construction activities, including when shelter solution is designed, giving beneficiaries a chance to choose the model and/or recommending minor adjustments which can be accommodated in the budget limits.
  • Design facilitate and implement the site improvement plan with support of Shelter team


  • Co-design and facilitate with BDRCS staff and IFRC Delegate a Training of Trainers (Tot) for skilled/unskilled labors based on PASSA approach.
  • Support the realization of practical trainings at household level based on the construction of demonstration improved shelter.
  • Participate to the production of adequate material to be used to facilitate the trainings/ awareness sessions and be shared with the participants as pedagogical training supports (banners, manual and leaflets).
  • Participate to the production of monitoring progress report to enable permanent information and consultation to BDRCS, IFRC, Sectorial coordination working groups.
  • Identifying alternative technics or materials that can be used as an alternative to local practices if availability of local resources cannot cover needs.


  • Liaise with other ISCG/Camp authorities to ensure coordination, consultation and works approval if required.
  • Represent IFRC/BDRCS at Camp level coordination meetings and participate in all Shelter related meetings.
  • Co-ordinate with cash, relief and logistics IFRC/BDRCS delegates and staff for conducting shelter market assessment, NFI support (household items, adapted cooking equipment) and developing a schedule of delivery of shelter materials/NFI/cash, accompanied by the relevant community mobilization and technical support.
  • Participate to existing sectorial coordination working groups (Site Management and Shelter) on agreed approaches and standards for shelter activities. 


  • Daily communication with the field staff/RCY/CV and/partners on the field.
  • Prepare weekly report on construction/rehabilitation progress and any challenges/delays in work plan.

Program Development

  • Identify gaps with a view to generating ideas for future projects with strong beneficiary impact.
  • Conduct assessments and monitoring activities to adapt/refine shelter activities for the targeted groups.
  • Assess existing local materials, skills and know-how of both displaced population and host communities to answer local shelter needs with low impact on local resources and environment.
  • Search for existing and government approved techniques that could be promoted to improve shelter of the displaced population.
  • Share and review the findings and the messages with other partners: BDRCS, PNS, Sectorial working group partners, (INGO and local NGO).
  • Support training and building capacity of BDRCS staff/volunteers on shelter aspects.
  • Other tasks as may be assigned by Immediate Supervisor’s.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering architecture with 2-3 years experience working on small big construction.



  • Three years’ experience working in construction related activities for a humanitarian organisation.
  • Specific and demonstrated skills and technical experience in Shelter (architecture, civil engineering, design, management, implementation and supervision of civil works, shelters’ rehabilitations, etc.)
  • Knowledge of building materials, methods, processes, procedures and equipment involved in the construction of buildings and related site work, including in-depth Knowledge of tendering process and bid selection.
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for project monitoring, particularly for cost, quality and schedule, standard specifications/code in construction in Bangladesh.
  • Experience in conducting and designing training and awareness raising sessions related to Shelter.
  • Experience in developing shelter and settlement need assessments and undertaking gap analysis for development of shelter programmes.
  • Experience of designing and implementing assessments, community consultations, research and/or focus groups discussions.
  • Proven Experience with PASSA approaches and safe shelter awareness training including the operation and Maintenance.
  • Experience for site improvement techniques 


  • Experience working with Red Cross/Red Crescent National Societies .
  • Experience of working as part of a team responding to humanitarian emergencies, complex crisis or conflict situations.
  • Experience in camp site management and refugee emergencies.
  • Experience setting up and managing tools for data collection.
  • Experience setting up and managing accountability to communities’ systems. For example, feedback and complaints mechanisms, rumour tracking systems, or participatory planning processes.

Knowledge and Skills:


  • Good planning skills, with the ability to identify areas for improvements in operations through the integration of CEA approaches and activities.
  • Team player, with the ability to coordinate and engage others and build good working relationships with internal and external partners.
  • Highly motivated proactive self-starter, able to set and achieve goals using own initiative.
  • Strong written, presentation, facilitation and training skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and work under stressful conditions to meet deadlines.
  • Willing to travel extensively to support field operations..


  • Good knowledge of Red Cross / Red Crescent disaster management cycle, including planning and response processes and procedures.
  • Good knowledge of gender and diversity issues in emergency response operations.

Languages: Fluency in English and Bangla.

Salary Range: Negotiable.

Other Benefits

  • Festival Bonus
  • Life & Medical Insurance
  • Provident fund & Gratuity
  • Medical reimbursement for staff and immediate family of up to 70000 BDT per annum.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates are requested to apply through online by 20th May 2019.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

About Us:

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation. The IFRC Country Office in Bangladesh has worked alongside the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) for more than 30 years in humanitarian fields including disaster management, with a focus on the cyclone early warning and response programme in the coastal belt, and disaster preparedness and response during natural disasters.
American Red Cross is working in Bangladesh as an integrated partner of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) and IFRC to support the humanitarian efforts of BDRCS.

The IFRC is an equal opportunity employer