Shelter, WASH & Construction Technical Advisor


Role Dimensions: The role is expected to foster relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders starting from Programme Development & Quality (PDQ) Team and Programme Operations Team, but also including Supply chain team, ACCM team, Regional/Global SCI Advisors, technical counterparts in other organisations, Clusters, etc. The role is also expected to engage with internal technical working groups and communities of practice. 

  • Context:  Humanitarian
  • Primary Technical areas: Shelter and WASH
  • Primary Sub technical area: Non-Food Items (NFIs)

Secondary Technical areas:  Construction activities (infrastructure development)


  1. Technical programme Design and Quality control (35%)
  • Work very closely with new business development and programme team prepare concept notes and project proposals, inclusive of budget for all activities and staffing, for Shelter and WASH programmes, including NFIs and Construction components.
  • Lead the design and implementation of technical needs assessments for Shelter and WASH programmes, including NFIs and Construction components, in cooperation with field-based teams in all operational areas.
  • Ensure the design and delivery of high-quality Shelter and WASH programmes for children, building on global best practices. 
  • Ensure that gender, disability, and safety and safeguarding considerations are reflected in  programme design and implementation. 
  • Provide oversight and guidance to the programme implementation teams to ensure that thematic programme components are technically sound, implementation methods are consistent with national and global strategies, acknowledged good practice (e.g., Save the Children Common Approaches); and are likely to achieve scale, as well as equitable and sustainable results. 
  • Lead on the definition of the Shelter, WASH and Construction sectoral strategy.
  • Coordinate with SCI field-based team and Partner teams (such as, but not limited to Vodokanal) to prepare plans for Shelter, NFIs, WASH and Construction related activities.
  • Regularly visit field locations in all operational areas to monitor programmes, review quality deliver, conduct assessments and support field-based Teams and Partners (it is expected that the incumbent will travel at least 40% of their time in all field offices).
  • Prepare feasibility study reports and submit to programme team to appropriate actions.
  • Prepare design and drawings of construction related activities by following National building codes and other national and international technical standards while implementing construction projects. 
  • Follow Sphere, Ukraine Shelter cluster guidelines,  and Government’s regulations while implementing Shelter projects.
  • Follow Minimum Requirement for WASH (MR WASH), Ukraine WASH Cluster guidelines, Sphere and other humanitarian standards while implementing WASH projects.
  • Lead to promote and document ideas for technical improvement and further programme development options around integration, aligned with other TAs from various sectors. In particular, work very closely with Education and Child Protection TAs for integration of WASH, Shelter and construction work.
  • Advising on the infrastructure component and support through capacity building to build disaster resilient infrastructures.

B. Planning, implementation of Shelter, WASH, construction and NFI activities (25%)

  • Support with the preparation of detailed implementation plans (DIPs), work break structure (WBS), preparation and finalisation of beneficiary selection criteria, monitoring and reporting schedule for each projects in WASH and Shelter, including construction and NFIs activities.
  • Prepare and apply site inspection checklist for WASH and general construction.
  • Certify the construction works for approval and payment process.
  • Ensure all WASH infrastructures are inclusive by considering disability issues and gender.
  • Prepare purchase request (PR) and work very closely with procurement team to identify technically capable and experienced contractors or suppliers as per SCI procurement policy, and support with tendering processes.
  • Work with Supply Chain to develop appropriate phased procurement plan.
  • Ensure that technical activities are completed on time and in accordance with agreed SOP.
  • Work with the Project Officer and the Procurement team to prepare Bills of Quantity (BoQ).
  • Conduct quality control and provide technical advice to partners and contractors as per need.
  • Ensure subcontractor compliance with SCI policies, guidelines and standards.
  • Working closely with the HR team, identify Shelter-NFI staffing needs (both national and international), and support with recruitment, induction, capacity building and training of newly recruited staff.
  • Work with Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) teams to establish a sector M & E plan, carry out gender and power analysis, and conduct quality monitoring against international standards through participatory methodologies that promote gender equality and social justice (including child-friendly and gender sensitive/transformative methodologies); ensure links to reporting requirements, and ensure that feedback from all relevant stakeholders is considered in programme design.
  • Prepare and update construction tracker on regular basis and share it with PDQ Director, Ops Director, and Area Management teams.
  • Provide guidance to other sectoral program managers on the planning, scheduling and supervisory requirements of various infrastructure and construction projects such as site assessments, preparation of Bills of Quantities, hiring of contractors, monitoring construction and final inspection of infrastructure work.
  • Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.
  • Ensure safe programming across all the activities. In particular, work very closely with safeguarding staff to ensure no children are harmed due to construction related activities, for instance through ensuring fencing and other mitigation measures are in place in construction activities specially school and WASH related construction works.
  • Ensure that shelter and WASH projects and multi-sector infrastructure projects are designed, planned, and implemented in collaboration with the communities they support to contribute to appropriateness and ownership of the finished building.
  • Ensure the quality, clarity, and consistency of technical components of internal and external reports (e.g., programme reports, sit-reps, internal updates), working closely with awards, programme implementation and communications colleagues as needed. 

C.  Capacity strengthening (30%)

  • Build and develop the capacity of the Shelter-NFI, 
    WASH and Construction teams through the use of effective training, performance management frameworks and development plan. Identify learning and training opportunities for Save the Children staff and partners and work as a mentor and role model for less experienced staff. 

D. Networking & External Engagement (10%)

  • Engage in strategic positioning with donors, partners, and government in-country, and ensure that Save the Children is a partner of choice in Shelter, WASH, NFIs and Construction Programming.
  • Leverage and liaise with technical colleagues from across Save the Children, including technical working groups, related community of practices and centres of excellence, ensuring that learning from the Country Office is shared with others and global lessons brought back.


  • Master’s degree in engineering (Civil or Architectural or Water supply or Sanitation) or related field with significant experience in managing Shelter and WASH projects in humanitarian context.



  • Significant Shelter and WASH programme management experience working in an emergency response contexts or fragile states, in preparedness, response and recovery.
  • At least five (5) years of professional experience in construction field. 
  • Advanced knowledge of community water supply, sanitation, and hygiene promotion programming.
  • Experience of site supervision and project management for construction works.
  • Understanding of humanitarian contexts and systems (coordination, humanitarian architecture, cluster functioning). 
  • Previous first phase emergency response experience.
  • Strong understanding of cross sector issues, such as Public Health, Environment, Disability Inclusion and Gender Mainstreaming in emergency shelter and WASH, with attention to specific needs of women and children. 
  • Sound knowledge of shelter and construction programme options including technical design, construction management, host family support, collective centres. 
  • Previous demonstrable experience in running NFIs and cash for shelter activities.
  • Excellent communication skills, fluent in English (both oral and written), and ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports.
  • Experience of representation and ability to represent SC effectively in external forums.
  • Capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD or similar drafting software and a high level of computer literacy (word, excel, ppt etc)


  • Language skills in Ukrainian.
  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in Ukraine.
  • Specific experience of designing and managing projects from major donors (such as, but may not be limited to: BHA, NMFA, UNHCR, FCDO, ECHO, etc).


  • International working conditions
  • Working hours from 09.00 till 17.00
  • Medical insurance starting the first working day
  • English courses paid by organization
  • Office in the central part of the city
  • Coffee and cookies in the office

Child Safeguarding: 

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. 

Health and Safety:

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures. 

If you are interested in the vacancy, we are looking forward for your application. A СV in English will be an advantage. Also, we will be grateful if you indicate the expected salary level and the level of English language proficiency.

9 Oct 2023

26 Feb 2024 - 14:30 EET


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