Advisor, Shelter and Infrastructure

Posted: October 04, 2017

Region: Ottawa, Ontario

Application deadline: October 18, 2017

Do you want to make a difference? Join the world’s largest humanitarian network. The Canadian Red Cross Society, a not for profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping the most vulnerable in Canada and throughout the world, is currently seeking an Advisor, Shelter and Infrastructure.
The position of Advisor, Shelter and Infrastructure will be based in Ottawa to provide shelter and infrastructural technical advice and support to:  International Operations Program Managers; Canadian Red Cross (CRC) international Field Operations and Domestic Disaster Management.
Shelter encompasses construction of temporary and/or permanent housing solutions as well as an analysis and recommendations to support people’s ability to participate in and adapt to their habitat.  The infrastructure (hardware) projects include design and construction of medium term and permanent sheltering solutions, clinics, hospitals, and Red Cross/Red Crescent (RC/RC) office buildings and warehouses.  It can also include oversight of water supply engineering, waste water treatment and disposal, irrigation, roads and drainage. There is an increasing need to assist with the development and implementation of hardware components of Mother and Children Health Programming (e.g. bore holes, latrines construction, health care facilities).
In close consultation with the Senior Manager, the Advisor, Shelter and Infrastructure will provide overall support for:  technical assessments; technical input in construction project proposals; construction work plans; civil, structural, mechanical & electrical engineering design;  cost estimates and construction budgets; construction risk analysis and mitigation; Terms of Reference (ToRs) for consultancy services and; technical high level field monitoring of all shelter, infrastructure and/or watsan projects The Advisor, Shelter and Infrastructure will contribute to overall shelter and infrastructure programming including dissemination of best practices.  The Advisor contributes to direction setting in the sector and support to CRC decision makers with related briefing and discussions papers as required. 
Planning and Document Preparation
  • Provides support to CRC Program Managers in developing project proposals, construction work plans, risk analysis and mitigation strategies, engineering cost estimation and construction budgeting for shelter and Infrastructure projects.
  • Advises Program Managers on appropriate technical solutions for construction/rehabilitation-related projects e.g. primary health care facilities, water points, latrines.
  • Develops ToRs for engineering consultancies for shelter and infrastructure construction (including geotechnical and environmental studies) in close coordination with the immediate supervisor and Program Managers.
  • Prepares and / or reviews technical components of tender documents and contract agreements in close coordination with CRC Legal and immediate supervisor. This includes architectural, civil and structural engineering, geotechnical and environmental engineering services, and other work to ensure that the documents are prepared according to Canadian and International standards.
  • Critically reviews field investigation reports, design documents and specifications prepared by the consultants and advises Program Managers on potential risks and possible engineering solutions.
Technical and Operational Support
  • Conducts field surveys to determine the land suitability for construction projects, familiarizing with local construction methodology, assesses availability of construction materials and skilled and unskilled manpower, requirement for environmental impact study, and risk analysis for shelter and Infrastructure projects.
  • Conducts field monitoring visits to project sites as per Program Manager’s request, to select contractors, monitor the quality of work as per design and specifications as well as review progress and adherence to contractual agreements. Monitors compliance with appropriate local, national and international standards and regulation.
  • As needed, undertakes environmental impact assessments for both GAC and non-GAC projects.
  • Advises on appropriate resourcing for community participation, input and feedback integrated into construction-related projects.
  • Advises on appropriate solutions for data management.
  • Participates in the evaluation of shelter, construction and infrastructure work undertaken or supported by CRC.
  • Supports the development of sheltering and construction-relatedcapacity building initiatives, including contributing to training, mentoring and other learning and skill development activities.
  • Contributes to the development and implementation of shelter risk reduction and preparedness activities; ensuring that environmental and sustainability issues are considered.
  • Contributes to the production of timely and accurate narrative and financial reports on projects undertaken by CRC, as required.
  • Supports Program Managers and HR in the recruitment of shelter, watsan and construction delegates.
Provides input into Shelter/Construction/Watsan strategies and policies
  • Contributes to identifying resources required for the SCW Unit including identifying potential partnerships with private industry and academic institutions.
  • Participates in the development of shelter/construction/watsan strategies for Canadian Red Cross (both International Operations and Domestic).
Education and Experience
  • Degree or similar professional qualification in civil engineering, architecture or a related technical field.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in design and implementation of shelter and/or construction projects in post-disaster reconstruction and recovery operations or conflicts situation.
  • Proven experience in planning and budgeting.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English are essential. Fluency in French and/or Spanish is strongly preferred.
  • The ability to travel between Canada and different country operations is required.
Asset Qualifications
  • Experience working with the RC/RC Movement, including low and middle income country contexts.
  • Experience in construction-related training including development of information materials.
  • Experience in design and implementation of water and sanitation projects including gravity fed systems, diesel and solar pumping systems from boreholes and river intakes, design and construction of pipelines and storage, design and construction of latrines and sewage disposal system.
  • Knowledge of the Canadian Red Cross Society’s Domestic operations.
  • Experience in volunteering for not-for-profit organizations.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • The nature of the job is such that the incumbent explores possible solutions and makes decisions or develops recommendations for approval.
  • The incumbent has no direct supervisory or budgetary responsibility.
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills.
  • Ability to solve complex problems.
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be an excellent facilitator and team player.
Duties are principally conducted at the National Office of the Canadian Red Cross in Ottawa, in an office environment which is mostly clean and comfortable. Although the position is based in Ottawa, frequent travel between Canada and different countries where CRC is funding and supporting Shelter, Construction and Water and Sanitation projects is required. Travel may amount to more than 50% of working time. Field missions can involve working in environments that are unstable and unpredictable requiring very strict adherence to security regulations and with limited access to basic services. A demonstrated ability to work in stressful and often ambiguous conditions is required.
This position requires a successful Canadian criminal record, reference check, valid provincial driver’s license, valid passport and First Aid certification. The Canadian Red Cross Society is an equal opportunity employer.  There is no relocation package for this position.
Please note for insurance purposes, a successful completion of health screening and medical clearance for travel to Country operations is also required.
Interested parties may submit their application by applying on the Canadian Red Cross Online Career Website by midnight EST on October 18, 2017.