Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a leading protection agency with a mandate to protect, advocate and promote durable solutions for displacement affected populations.

DRC has been operating in Ukraine since 2014, currently DRC employs over 700 staff in Ukraine and will continue significant scale-up in 2024 to implement emergency response in the Protection, Livelihoods, Shelter/NFIs and Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding (humanitarian mine action) sectors, using direct interventions, support to duty bearers and civil society organizations (CSOs), and partnerships with CSOs. DRC will continue and adapt its durable solutions portfolio to the evolving context.

DRC is currently looking for a Shelter & Settlements Manager to join our team in Chernihiv.

About the job

DRC is managing its operations in Ukraine through its country office in Kyiv, and it has established offices in L´viv, Kyiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, and Dnipro. The Shelter manager will be in charge of managing DRC Shelter operations in the North area (Chernihiv and Sumy oblasts) including apartment and house repairs, upgrade of collective shelters, and repair of educational and/or health infrastructures. The position will be based in Chernihiv with regular travels to Sumy.

The position will include the management of approximately 10 national staff.

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • Select the most appropriate modalities of Shelter interventions depending on the context.
  • Designing, coordination, and management of DRC Shelter actions in the relevant area.
  • Ensure the highest quality of the sectoral interventions.
  • Responsible for timely deliveries, narrative reporting and financial overview, close cooperation with donors, Government counterparts and coordination mechanism at field level.
  • Provide capacity building programs for Shelter staff in cooperation with Area/Base managers.
  • Provide inputs for monthly, quarterly, and annual donor reports.
  • Provide specific project budget management, financial management and expenses supervision for the program activities, including compliance with minimum DRC and donor requirements.
  • Management of field beneficiary databases.

Program development and strategy

  • Representation of DRC and active participation in local Shelter cluster and/or working groups.
  • Oversee knowledge sharing across teams and ensure that monitoring and evaluation results are understood and used to improve programs.
  • Drive the development and growth of the relevant programs within the DRC program objectives and feed into country-wide strategy development.

Accountability and reporting

  • Guided by the DRC Programme Handbook, continuously monitor and develop relevant accountability initiatives within relevant project program as well as strengthening the effort to document the impact of activities.
  • Ensure compliance with internal and external reporting requirements including procurement.

People Management.

  • Lead and manage Shelter staff members including coaching, ensuring coordination, recruitment, and capacity development.
  • Provide on the job training as much as required and adapt trainings/coaching to specific staff needs.


  • Ensure the coordination with relevant Shelter actors in the area of intervention.

As Manager the post-holder is responsible for the following:

  • Accountable for achieving DRC’s strategic goals and objectives within the area of responsibility.
  • Accountable for making significant decisions on what the unit does: its purpose, functions, and role, and for making commitments and decisions that require the expenditure of significant unit resources.
  • Accountable for people management of direct reports. This includes hiring & firing, objective setting, probation, performance appraisal, development of staff, managing performance, including poor performance, etc.
  • Accountable for making sound decisions based on DRC policies, MOPs, standards, and the advice of technical experts in DRC.’

About you

To be successful in this role we expect you to have at least 3 years’ experience in Shelter and WASH NGO projects and at least 3 years’ experience with people management. Moreover, we also expect the following:

  • Master or bachelor’s degree in Architecture, civil engineering, or related field.
  • Proven experience in implementing Shelter activities in complex emergency contexts.
  • Experience in carrying out humanitarian interventions through and in coordination with implementing partner organizations is an asset.
  • Proficiency in English is compulsory.
  • Fluency in Ukrainian or Russian is an asset.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills for external audiences (including governments and donors).
  • Experience in producing high-quality technical material (training material, program tools, proposals, strategic documents, etc.).
  • Experience in working with Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning.
  • Excellent reporting skills


  • Calm and diplomatic in nature.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and to meet deadlines.
  • Effective team-player – problem solver.
  • Previous experience with DRC in emergency context.

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

  • Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.
  • Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
  • Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: Acting in line with DRC’s vision and values.

We offer.

Contract length: 12 months renewable depending on performance and funding.

Level: F2

Designation of Duty Stations: Chernihiv, Rest and Recuperation (RnR) for internationals, Non-Family duty station – Unaccompanied.

Start date: As soon as possible.

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies.

How to apply

Application process

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.


Closing date for applications**: 28/06/2024 at 23.59 Ukraine time.**

Please note the due to the urgency of the position, DRC will screen applications as they are presented, and suitable candidates can be interviewed and hired before the vacancy closure.