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Shelter Officer

  • Organization: MSB - Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap
  • Location:
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
  • Closing Date: Closed

Shelter Officer


The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) is opening our roster for Shelter Officers interested in working with us in Humanitarian operations.

MSB recruits committed and skilled experts for our humanitaria operations worldwide on a daily basis. We have great experience on working together and strengthening other organisations for example the UN and the EU in crisis, conflicts or other disasters.

When registered on the MSB roster you will continuously receive interesting international job opportunities and invitations to stimulating and valuable trainings and exercises. Prior to a mission with us you will need to conduct the MSB induction training.

A registration on our roster is initially for three years. After this period your registration will be evaluated and you may be offered an extended registration.
Deployed as a Shelter officer, the mission lenght is normally 6 months with a few weeks preparation prior to the mission. The MSB highly values the well-being of our staff and whilst on mission you will have access to health and safety support from the MSB 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The MSB strives to apply gender equality in terms of recruitment to our roster.

MSB supports international actors so that they can provide effective and efficient solutions for temporary accommodation and other basic services to disaster-affected populations, to contribute to improved living conditions, ensure protection aspects as well as increased access to clean water and reduced the risk of the spread of infection for the affected population. As a Shelter Officer you will work closely with other functions and stakeholders to implement your work.

Introduction swedish

Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap (MSB) arbetar dagligen med att stödja andra aktörer genom olika insatser runt om i världen och även i Sverige. Vi har stor erfarenhet av att samarbeta och stärka andra organisationer som exempelvis FN och EU i katastrof- och konfliktsituationer.

MSB öppnar nu resursbasen för Shelter Officers som är intresserade av att delta i internationellt humanitärt bistånd. En registrering i resursbasen löper initialt över tre år och som registrerad erbjuds du under denna period delta i förberedande utbildning samt förväntas vara tillgänglig för insatser. Som Shelter Officer är det vanligt att insatserna varar i ca 6 månader.
Vi värderar vår insatspersonals välbefinnande högt och du kommer att ha tillgång till stödfunktioner inom hälsa och säkerhet från MSB dygnet runt när du är på insats.

MSB strävar efter en jämn könsbalans bland profilerna i vår resursbas.

MSB stödjer de internationella aktörerna så att de kan tillhandahålla snabba och effektiva lösningar för tillfälligt boende och andra bastjänster till katastrofdrabbade befolkningar, för att bidra till förbättrade levnadsvillkor, skyddsaspekter samt ökad tillgång till rent vatten och minskad risk för smittspridning för drabbad befolkning. Som Shelter Officer kommer du arbeta med andra funktioner och intressenter för att genomföra ditt arbete.


As a Shelter Officer you are expected to perform the following duties:

• Ensuring that field operations are supported in carrying out shelter needs assessments taking into account the current situation, projected populations planning figures and the expected scale of returns.
• Development of shelter strategies and take into consideration the local context, age and gender, culture, climate, environmental protection and the availability of local resources, including materials, capacities and existing infrastructure.
• When identifying beneficiaries, ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable population of concern and host families are addressed.
• Provide clear guidance on standards for shelter, including minimum emergency standards to meet basic and essential needs as well as guidance for phased improvement of shelter conditions that will be necessary as the duration of the displacement prolongs.
• Together with implementing partners, compiling, analysing and mapping available information on shelter options in country, taking into account relevant policies adopted by the Government. When planning shelter works, ensuring that the technical component reflects the standbypartners minimum standards for the provision of emergency and other types of shelter assistance and is within the budgetary requirements. Due consideration should be given to standards in other relevant sectors such as water, sanitation and other environmental issues.
• Ensuring the shelter strategy is periodically reviewed to reflect the evolving situation in country and progressively transitioning to more sustainable shelter solutions. This process should be done in close collaboration with the beneficiaries and the host Government while bearing in mind the shelter needs of people upon their eventual return to their country of origin.
• Ensuring that specifications, bills of quantities and drawings are produced in a technically sound and standardised manner. Establish monitoring and evaluation tools to ensure that works are implemented according to plan and completed within the designated timeframe.
• Promoting the sustainability of technical interventions through local capacity building and self-help in collaboration with local partners in the field. Ensure that local communities have been consulted on all activities so as not to create unnecessary tension between the displaced and the host population.
• Monitor all shelter and infrastructure activities through Implementing Partners and ensure compliance with strategies and guidance provided and agreed.


A minimum of 4-5 years’ relevant experience within construction and support or engineering and design.

Bachelor's degree in urban planing and structural engineering or Engineering or other related fields. Relevant education and experience in the Shelter area can be accepted in lieu of a degree.
Fluency in english is essential, both spoken and written.

Knowledge of French, Arabic or any other official UN languges is an asset.

Other requirements

We are looking for persons with a strong commitment towards humanitarian relief and disaster operations. It is of utmost priority that you understand, respect and act in the spirit of the mandate and core values of the MSB. MSB operations are based on the needs of populations affected by crisis, and human equality. Through your behavior and work as MSB field staff, you actively strive to prevent discrimination and harassment based on sex, ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, political opinion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

Before a registration on MSB's roster, you need to fill in a self-assessed health declaration. You also need to undergo a health examination before undertaking a mission.

You should inform your regular employer of your potential assignment with the MSB.


• You must be able to interact with sensitivity and display respect for diversity and gender in multi-cultural environments.

• A capacity for working under pressure is essential, as work is often performed under difficult and demanding conditions, where the focus frequently shifts due to changes in priority.

• You must possess a high level of professional and personal maturity together with an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, managers and external partners, such as UN organizations, NGOs, recipient governments and host populations.

•You are expected to have excellent analytical and communicative skills, show initiative and take both a hands-on and an analytical approach to tasks and problems.

Contractual conditions

The MSB applies a policy of equal opportunities to avoid any form of discrimination. We strive for gender balance and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

The MSB roster contains a variety of professions and competences. A registration on our roster is initialy for three years. It is your responibility that your information on Mypages is always up to date during this period. After this period your registration will be evaluated and you may be offered an extended registration. IT IS MANDATORY TO PARTICIPATE IN MSB:S INTRODUCTION COURSE FOR FIELD STAFF BEFORE YOU ARE BEEING DEPLOYED. THE INDUCTION COURSE IS FOR ONE WEEK AND MSB ARE HOSTING THE COURSE A COUPLE OF TIMES EVERY YEAR. DURING THE COURSE YOU ARE OFFERED A SMALLER SALARY.

Working with MSB on international operations means that you are a temporary employee of the MSB. MSB pays salaries and other benefit packages depending on the mission, including free return travel and access to health and safety support functions from the MSB 24/7 during your mission.

How to apply:
If you wish to apply to the MSB roster you first need to create an account on MyPages. Please note; the information that you provide on MyPages will form the basis for your CV. When you have created you account and registered your CV-details on MyPages you submit your application by clicking on the "Apply" button in the add, and the follow the specified steps. If you already have an account on Mypages you can go directly to Apply-botton. If you find any trouble with MyPages, please contact our mypagess support;

It is your responsibility as an applicant to document your skills in a way that allows an objective and qualitative assessment. As a government agency we are subject to the principle of public access to official records. This means that if someone requests copies of application documents, we are obliged to disclose them.

Please note that your application need to be in English.

The MSB will process the applications on an ongoing basis during the application period, which means that we wish you to submit your application as soon as possible.

Welcome with your application!

Application deadline

Point of contact

Lena Holmgren

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