Shelter & Settlements Coordinator At Danish Refugee Council

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Danish Refugee Council is one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, working in more than 40 countries to provide adequate assistance with a rights-based approach to refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, returnees and migrants.

DRC established operational presence in Colombia in 2011 with focus on Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) and providing support to conflict-affected population in the south of the country. With the onset of the large mixed migration flows into Colombia due to the Venezuelan crisis, DRC started up an integrated humanitarian response in 2018 to meet the urgent needs of refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, Colombian returnees, and host communities. Hence, DRC has been able to assist the Colombian population, Venezuelan refugees, migrants and host communities through its integrated humanitarian response.

About the role:

The Shelter& Infrastructure Technical Coordinator is responsible for the strategic development, overall quality and impact of DRC’s Shelter and Settlements (S&S) programme, with a strong underlying Disaster Risk Reduction lens. S/He is expected to set up/start up a S&S response for DRC Colombia in designated informal settlements, carrying out the necessary technical assessments, team technical supervision and training, and lead technical implementation of S&S activities. The S&S Coordinator will also contribute to the sector strategy development in line with existing DRC programme strategy and participate and represent DRC in key coordination meetings.


Project Management

  • Ensure launch of quality control and standard compliant S&S focused DRR projects in designated areas
  • Ensure smooth and timely implementation of S&S activities (assessments, planning, BoQs, training, design material and implementation supervision) according to established workplans and projects’ outcome/outputs
  • Overview project forecast and spending plans of S&S projects/components
  • Support MEAL’s unit in developing adequate S&S specific monitoring and evaluation tools
  • Contribute to donor engagements events and external and internal reports as needed
  • Participate in/take the lead where necessary in projects’ kick-off, follow-up and closure meetings, ensuring accountability to projects’ commitments.

Technical support

  • Provide strategic and technical guidance to programme staff; developing tools/guidance such as SOPs for different modalities for S&S activities in line with the existing at global level and in close collaboration with the Global S&S Sector Lead
  • Provide technical support on the recruitment of S&S programme staff, including development of Terms of Reference (ToRs), written test and interview guides
  • Ensure technical supervision of S&S programme staff, including participation in performance evaluations
  • Facilitate capacity building for team members to develop stronger shelter expertise in-country. This includes coaching, capacity and mentor building for S&S/DRR staff in close collaboration with the Global S&S Sector Lead.

Programme/strategic development

  • Analyse existing data/information on S&S in areas of interest; develop and undertake S&S needs assessments in key areas according to DRC programme strategy to inform program design and wider sector strategic direction, in particular exploring how S&S interventions can contribute to DRR in displacement/migration settings
  • Support the HoP and programme team in the development of project proposals, design of workplans and budgets for S&S, and S&S focused DRR interventions
  • Identify and develop DRR strategic and complementary entry points for DRC S&S programme, including exploring and developing strategic partnerships contributing to quality and scaling up of programmes.
  • Play a proactive role in integrating shelter strategy with other sector strategies to ensure maximum impact;
  • Working collaboratively with the Global S&S Sector Lead and other technical specialists/coordinators to ensure minimum protection standards are mainstreamed.

Coordination and representation

  • Represent DRC in key coordination meetings such as the national Shelter & Settlements Cluster and the Multisector Response Working Group
  • Represent DRC towards external stakeholders, including humanitarian partners, donors, authorities, etc. acting as DRC’s focal point for relevant coordination fora.

Experience and technical competencies:

  • At least 5-years’ experience in working for international humanitarian organizations in complex conflict settings, including 3 years in managerial and/or coordination capacity
  • Previous experience working in context of urban displacement/migration
  • Previous experience working with Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) approaches and concepts
  • Solid experience in project development and management; including ability to lead on assessments, design, implementation, monitoring; with good skills in proposal writing/reporting and budget
  • Excellent technical knowledge of shelter technical standards and principles with demonstrated capacity to develop effective responses/modalities to identified shelter needs
  • Commitment to integrate protection and accountability into programming
  • Strong coordination capacity with proven representational skills
  • Demonstrated ability in thinking creatively and practically to improve the quality of programming and achieve greater impact
  • Strong capacity building, facilitation, and presentation skills
  • Ability to work flexibly in a diverse team; with proven leadership skills


Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or Civil Engineering.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Advanced level in spoken Spanish

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

We offer:

  • The opportunity to job in a the better ngo around the world.
  • To access than 1000 capacitations and certifications online.
  • Commencement: 04/2024
  • Duty station: Bogotá
  • Contract length: Six (6) months renewable to 1 year.
  • Position Level: Band G starting in $6.748.000 COP

Application Process

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than 3 pages).

Closing date for applications: March 28, 2024

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