Shelter Cluster Co-Coordinator

  • Contract
  • Kyiv Ukraine
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Salary: TBD

Danish Refugee Council

The Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs working in 40 countries worldwide, is currently looking for a highly qualified Shelter Cluster Co-coordinator to co-lead the Ukraine country shelter cluster supporting UNHCR’s Ukraine Shelter Cluster Coordinator.

DRC has been operating in Ukraine for more than 10 years with emergency and durable solution interventions assisting IDPs, returnees, host communities, and conflict-affected populations. With the outbreak of the full scale conflict in February 2022, DRC has shifted its programming to emergency response to meet the urgent needs of conflict-affected population in the country. Current DRC programming is focusing on protection, shelter, basic needs assistance (NFIs and MPCA), economic recovery, and humanitarian demining activities.

As part of DRC support to the overall emergency response in the country, DRC will support the coordination efforts of the cluster lead agency UNHCR through the recruitment of a Shelter Cluster Co-Coordinator.

About the job:

The Ukraine Shelter Cluster Co-Coordinator (co-lead) will technically report to the Ukraine Senior Shelter Cluster Coordinator seconded by UNHCR, and s/he will support the national coordination among shelter actors, including but not limited to overall shelter strategy development, technical design of shelter guidelines, information management, needs assessments, profiling, reporting, and advocacy. The Co-Coordinator will work within the Shelter/NFI Cluster team, comprised of dedicated staff provided by UNHCR as cluster lead agency, including the Senior Shelter Cluster Coordinator, an Associate Shelter Cluster Coordination Officer, an Information Management Officer, and sub-national Hub Coordinators.


Strategic direction and Coordination

  • Ensure that DRC delivers on its commitments and accountability as Co-lead of the Shelter/NFI Cluster (SC).
  • Support the SC Coordinator in establishing strong working relationships with all cluster members at national and in all sub-national locations to facilitate effective collaboration and communication.
  • Support coordination services, including meetings, are provided in line with the Principles of Partnership, ensuring that cluster coordination is inclusive, consultative, and results-oriented at national level and in all the different sub-national locations.
  • Under the framework of Inter-Agency contingency Plan, s/he supports the SC Coordinator in the development of contingency plans, the revision of existing contingency planning and emergency preparedness measures and ensure they are updated and developed.
  • Support the SC Coordinator and the Cluster Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) in the development and implementation of a country-wide SC Strategy that is part of the overall multi-sectoral response, that is owned by shelter/NFI partners and the government counterpart and that is revised as the situation evolves.
  • Support the SC Coordinator in ensuring that the SC Strategy reflects the diversity of the different contexts in country, and that it has proper linkages with disaster risk reduction, relief, and recovery and development efforts.
  • Support the SC Coordinator in ensuring that the SC Strategy is integrated into the Humanitarian Country Team’s common humanitarian action plan.
  • Facilitate the promotion of accountability to affected populations, participation of local and national stakeholders such as civil groups, and support coordination with government counterparts and other relevant authorities.
  • Support the SC Coordinator in ensuring that appropriate transitional measures are in place for handing over to the government or recovery and development actors.
  • Support the SC Coordinator in the establishment and maintenance of the cluster structure including the cluster core documents as defined by the Global Shelter Cluster guidance: Strategy, Technical Standards, and Factsheet.
  • Contribute to the evaluation of the cluster’s performance. Based on the feedback of this evaluation, work with Shelter Cluster members to develop a plan of response to improve the cluster’s performance.
  • When needed, represent the Shelter Cluster in the Inter-Cluster Coordination Group (ICCG)
  • Support the Technical Working Group on Durable Solutions (TWiGs)

Needs Assessment and Resources Mobilization

  • Support the SC Coordinator in leading, coordinating and conducting within the SC or at Inter-Cluster level shelter and NFI needs assessments, including the Multi-Sector Needs Assessment (MSNA) and participatory assessments.
  • Support the SC Coordinator in setting up of a system to ensure the timely availability of data to inform operational decisions by partners and strategic decisions of the Humanitarian Country Team.
  • Support the SC Coordinator to ensure that the SC covers all identified shelter needs of the affected population and not only those relating to the specific mandate of individual members of the Shelter Cluster.
  • Facilitate the provision of transparent strategic direction to development of common funding criteria, resource mobilization and prioritization within the SC for inclusion in Consolidated Appeals and pooled funds processes.
  • Support the SC Coordinator in establishing mechanisms for accountable and transparent financial resource allocation within the cluster.

Capacity Development

  • Support the SC Coordinator in ensuring capacity building at national and sub-national level of the government counterparts or the organizations that will take over the coordination of the cluster once this is phased out.
  • Contribute to the coordination of shelter training activities for SC members, other local partners, and relevant authorities.
  • Support the coordination of initiatives to build the shelter capacity of the national and local government, partners and civil society.

Standards Setting and Implementation

  • Support the SC Coordinator in ensuring that the shelter response is informed by appropriate relevant Technical Standards including among others Sphere, and good practice.
  • Support the SC Coordinator in ensuring appropriate collaboration with shelter response-related clusters of CCCM, Early Recovery, Education, Health, Logistics, Protection and WASH in the work of the Shelter Cluster.
  • Support the SC Coordinator in integrating cross-cutting issues in the work of the Shelter Cluster, including age, gender, environment, diversity.

Information Management and Reporting.

  • Support the SC Coordinator in ensuring that the SC has a functional information management strategy and mechanism to report and share information within the Shelter Cluster, with the other clusters, with the government, with the overall humanitarian community including donors, and with the Global Shelter Cluster.
  • Facilitate the SC production of analytical shelter reports, including the Factsheet; Promote that information on affected population is disaggregated by sex and age. Implement decisions on indicators to measure impact and performance of SC members.
  • Support the SC Coordinator in ensuring that the SC maintains an updated website that captures the diversity of the sub-national coordination and produces regular updates on the shelter concerns of the affected population, the response by the shelter actors, the gaps, challenges and recommendations.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation of the impact of operations carried out by cluster members and the performance of the coordination team; for example, ensure that subnational hubs put into monitoring mechanisms that evaluate shelter projects and collect feedback from Shelter Cluster beneficiaries.

Advocacy, Promotion, and Fundraising

  • Participate in the Identification of core advocacy concerns for the SC through a consultative process: support the development of joint cluster/inter-cluster initiatives to ensure regular and consistent advocacy.
  • When tasked by the SC Coordinator, represent the SC in meetings with sectoral and external partners, authorities, donors and other relevant interlocutors.
  • Support the drafting of reports and advocacy statements on behalf of the Shelter Cluster.
  • Support the direct transparent and accountable financial and other resource allocation within the Shelter Cluster, when required, such as with regard to CERF or CHF.
  • If tasked by the SC Coordinator, the SC co-Lead may approach donors and other potential sources of funding to explain the SC strategy, challenges, and progress, and to advocate for funding for the overall shelter sector.
  • Contribute to ensure a consistent interpretation and application of international law and related UNHCR and IASC legal standards and policies for the adequate provision of shelter.

Contribute to ensure the Shelter Cluster’s adherence to international human rights instruments, the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement as well as other relevant international and regional instruments; in cooperation with the Humanitarian Country Team.

Experience and technical competencies:

  • At least 7-10 years of proven international experience in Shelter at international level.
  • At least 3 years of proven international experience in leading or co-leading Shelter cluster at national or sub-national level.
  • 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.).
  • Excellent reporting skills.


  • Master or bachelor’s degree in Architecture, civil engineering, or related field.
  • Advanced degree in urban planning desirable;
  • Fluency in Ukrainian or Russian is an asset.

Key stakeholders: (internal and external)

  • UNHCR Cluster Coordinator
  • NGOs, INGOs, UN working on shelter
  • Relevant Ministries

We offer

Contract length: 12 months renewable depending on performance and funding

Level: F1

Designation of Duty Stations: Kyiv 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.

For applying we kindly ask you to follow the link:

Closing date for applications**: 13/01/2023 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.

Closing date: 13 Jan 2023