Shelter/NFI Officer – national contract


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1956, that works in 40 countries around the world.

DRC’s mandate is driven by three global strategic objectives within the DRC Assistance Framework: Saving lives and alleviation of immediate suffering among people affected by conflict; Safeguarding, restoration and development of livelihoods; and, Institutional and organizational change that contributes to protection of people’s rights and peaceful handling of conflict.



DRC has been operating in Greece since December 2015, providing support to the Greek Ministry of Migration Policy in ensuring dignified reception conditions for refugees and migrants arriving on Lesvos Island. In March 2016, DRC expanded its operations in Athens, in response to the changing context and the build-up of refugee population on mainland Greece.



Under supervision of the Site Operations Coordinator and in close collaboration with other DRC field units, the Shelter/NFI Officer will be primarily responsible for ensuring minimum standards in shelter and NFI distribution are met and upkept in the emergency reception sites under DRC’s area of responsibility. 


Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited, to the following: 

  • Assess and continuously monitor the shelter conditions and NFI needs of the population hosted in the emergency reception site
  • Develop and implement a workplan for regular NFI distribution, including for recycling and re-distribution of blankets, to address the basic NFI needs of both existing population and new-arrivals in the emergency reception sites
  • Support development and implementation of standard operating procedures for shelter allocation and NFI distributions, as relevant and in coordination with other DRC field units
  • Develop and maintain beneficiary records and distribution lists
  • Actively contribute to the general management of shelter facilities
  • As necessary, propose and implement shelter maintenance activities, including small repairs and construction works if/as applicable
  • As necessary, oversee activity of contractors for any construction works related to shelter maintenance and improvements
  • Provide translation/interpretation as necessary
  • Actively contribute to the implementation of measures to minimize negative environmental impact
  • Support in drafting of relevant technical reports and assessments for internal and external use.
  • Ensure the observance of the DRC Code of Conduct throughout activity implementation
  • Any other tasks assigned by the Site Operations Coordinator to support DRC’s emergency response


Required Qualifications

  • University degree in a related technical field
  • Strong verbal and written English skills
  • Working knowledge of Arabic or Farsi is an added advantage
  • At least three years working experience in a related field; previous working experience with local or international NGOs will be considered as a strong advantage
  • Strong computer skills
  • High professional ethics


Skills & Qualities

  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, working with different groups, partners and nationalities
  • Strong initiative and self-motivated, with a strong commitment to teamwork and humanitarian principle
  • Flexible, enthusiastic and willing to learn from others
  • Ability to multitask and cope with competing demands under tight deadlines
  • Ability to cope with high workload and stress and identify priority activities and assignments, and adjust priorities as required
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment
  • We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of nationality, race, gender or age.


General Regulations

The employee must follow DRC instructions on safety, confidentiality and ethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Accountability Framework.

Employee should not engage in any other paid activity during the DRC contract period without prior authorization.

Employee should not engage in any activity that could harm DRC or the implementation of any project during the DRC contract period.

Employee should not give interviews to the media or publish project-related photos or other material without prior authorization.

Employee shall return all borrowed equipment for the project to DRC after the end of the contract period or upon request.



This position is requested for a period of eight months with potential to extend based on performance, DRC requirements and availability of funds.

We offer a fair compensation package depending on your qualification and experiences. DRC provides training opportunities to develop and strengthen the quality of its services as well as its staff members’ professional and personal development.

The position will be based in Athens (Greece)



Interested? Then apply for this position on line:

All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English.


Applications close on 29 April.

Due to the urgency of the position DRC reserves the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.


Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Athens
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
  • Closing Date: 2016-04-29

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