Shelter/NFI Global Specialist

Humanity & Inclusion is an independent and impartial aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. The organization works alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

Since its creation in 1982, HI has run development programs in more than 59 countries and responded to numerous emergencies. Today, we have a budget of approximately 230 million euros, with 4705 employees worldwide.

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The Emergency Shelter/ Non Food Items (NFI) Global Specialist is a member of the Basic Needs, Economic Recovery and Economic Inclusion unit. The unit is composed of seven persons including a Manager, and supports actions in emergency, recovery and development settings with around 80 projects in 51 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Specialist will be under the responsibility of the unit Manager. The unit belongs to the Social & Inclusion Division, which is composed of 20 persons, also covering Education, Social and Inclusion Technical Assistance.


Under the responsibility of the Manager, the Emergency Shelter & NFI Specialist is an expert who ensures strategic technical guidance, support and control in its scope of expertise. He/she provides standards and methodologies, provides advice, on-the-job training, and distance mentoring. Guaranteeing optimal quality and impact of projects he/she promotes innovation, research and professional development. He/she contributes to the implementation of the mandate and the strategy of Humanity & Inclusion. He/she ensures that synergies within the sector and outside are identified and fostered.

The objective of the position is to provide technical support and guidance to Geographical Divisions and in-country Programmes in the design and implementation of emergency shelter/NFI response, and the promotion of good practice and innovation to ensure the inclusion of vulnerable and underrepresented groups. The specialist will be responsible for developing and framing the strategy related to the implementation of shelter & NFI activities, in link with other HI basic needs sectors.

The Shelter/NFI Global Specialist works closely with 3 other global specialists for Food Security, WASH and Cash/economic recovery, as a team addressing Basic Needs in emergencies and humanitarian responses. S/he will also have a strong professional relationship with the Emergency Division team and will participate in working groups and contribute to the emergency response strategies.


Responsibility 1: Provision of Technical Expertise

The Specialist will be in charge to provide high-level technical support to a portfolio of countries and emergency responses. The tasks include:

  1. Support Geographical Divisions and in-country Programs in needs assessments, design and proposal development for emergency shelter/NFI projects in coordination with the other Basic Needs sectors and with the emergency division
  2. Provide in-country Programs with technical guidance and inputs to ensure high-quality standards in project implementation and monitoring and evaluation processes of emergency shelter/NFI projects, including through cash&voucher assistance.
  3. Provide in-country Programs with guidance and inputs on emergency shelter/NFI sector strategy development.
  4. Develop a strategic framework and adapt standards for Shelter & NFI interventions in HI, in link with other HI basic needs sectors.

Responsibility 2: Knowledge Management

In collaboration with the other Global Specialists and the Manager,

  1. Contribute to the improvement of technical know-how through the update of the HI shelter Toolbox, the development of lessons learned and the technical learning
  2. Update/upgrade HI’s guidelines for emergency shelter/NFI responses, inclusive of vulnerable groups.
  3. Develop technical trainings modules and learning materials (review and design of standardized trainings and pedagogical materials on specific shelter & NFI topics, including cash&voucher assistance)

Responsibility 3: Participate in building the capacities of our technical teams

In collaboration with HR department, Geographical Divisions and in-country Programs,

  1. Participate to the recruitment and induction of technical resources and project managers
  2. Contribute to the standardization of Shelter & NFI positions in HI and professional development of Shelter & NFI staff
  3. According to the identified needs, contribute to skills development (sensitization, training, coaching, access to technical resources and expertise, etc.) to operational teams, in-country specialists, technical officers and project managers
  4. Facilitate organization of training of staff on emergency shelter/NFI responses, including through cash&voucher assistance, and contribute to seminars on emergency responses.

Responsibility 4: Representation in professional networks and sector positioning

  1. Participate actively in international global networks, clusters and working groups such as the Global Shelter Cluster, and ensure a strong Shelter & NFI positioning of HI into the humanitarian community.
  2. Identify and analyze the value of engaging in new networks
  3. Identify and build relationships with key partners for developing new consortia
  4. Contribute, moderate and/or speak in conferences, webinars, seminars to showcase HI expertise in the shelter & NFI sector in emergency responses.
  5. Within HI,
    1. Participate actively to the internal working groups having interest in shelter & NFI and contributing to developing integrated approaches.
    2. Participate actively to different projects of the Emergency Division.


  • You hold a Bachelor's or Master's Degree in a Shelter & NFI-related field (architecture, Management, Civil engineering, International studies, etc.);
  • You have at least 5 years of experience in managing emergency responses and relief projects, including significant experience in emergency/temporary shelter, distribution of non-food items, and cash and voucher assistance;
  • You master Shelter & NFI key concepts, standards, approaches in emergency contexts and integrated approaches (with food security, WASH, MHPSS, etc.);
  • You have knowledge or experience in market-based approaches, including use of cash and vouchers;
  • You have a good understanding of SPHERE Standards
  • You are fluent in English and with a good level in French, other languages (Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic a plus)


  • Type of contract: Open-ended contract
  • Starting date: As soon as possible
  • Full time contract
  • The position can be based in France (Lyon or Paris), Canada (Montréal), UK (London), US (Washington DC), Belgium (Brussels) and Luxembourg
  • Advantageous telework agreement

People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply!

How to apply

Apply with your resume and cover letter at:

Only successful candidates will be contacted.

*To be based in the U.S., you must be a U.S. citizen, or be in possession of relevant permissions to work in the United States. Applicants without existing work permission in the United States should not apply.

March 31, 2023