Architect Officer


Job Title: Architect Officer  (Earthquake Response Operation)

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Department/Unit: Nepal Red Cross Society, Earthquake Response Operation (ERO)

Working Station: Head Office, Kathmandu

1. Position Title

Architect Officer

2. Purpose of Job

  • The Architecture will have to involve and assist to manage Safer House Designing, Planning, Technical Details, Architectural Model Making, improve development techniques for the safer building/shelter and other all Civil and Architectural project related Technical Drawings. 

3.Reporting to

ERO-Shelter & Construction Coordinator, NRCS

4. Outline of responsibilities and tasks

  • Review of Architectural plans, Detail drawings of Infrastructure projects and advise ERO and IFRC Shelter and Construction Coordinators on the energy efficient and cost effective designs
  • Participate in technical discussions with Consultants on design proposals as per NRCS requirement
  • Periodic field visit as advised by ERO Shelter and Construction Coordinator to ensure that the construction is done according to Architectural plans and designs and specifications
  • Assist Shelter and Construction Coordinators to develop quality monitoring mechanism and make periodic field visit to check quality of construction work.
  • Check and ensure that the invoices for completed consultancy and construction work is according to contractual agreement.
  • Prepare drawings for shelter as and when requested by District Chapter and on the advice of Shelter and Construction Coordinators.
  • Site visits to support District Engineers and Architects to review owner driven houses and assist in getting approvals from DUDBC, Municipality and / or VDC
  • Participate in preparation of tender documents, contractual agreements, Terms of Reference (ToR) and assist in tender evaluations and selection of Consultant and Contractors
  • Participate in various meetings and workshop for skill development trainings on construction program, e.g. trainings of masons and carpenters PASSA etc and support and facilitate the trainings if required.
  • Support the realization of practical trainings at VDC level with semi-skilled masons and carpenters based on the construction of demonstration buildings
  • Identify proper location for erecting the demonstration buildings and walls in coordination with the Mobile Training Units, NRCS and the local authorities;
  • Establish the list of all materials and tools required for realizing the different trainings
  • Assist / advise in collecting or purchase of all necessary salvage materials available on site that could be used to erect the demonstration buildings and walls
  • Participate on the monitoring, controlling and reporting of all trainings and construction activities, (e.g. construction progress, costs, schedule, construction quality and security etc.)
  • Test with community members the key messages materials to verify that contents are adequate and well understood
  • Provide ad-hock solution to overcome problem as they arise, keeping in mind the overall objectives of the project.
  • Participate to discussion and provide recommendation to ERO/TSSU about project next steps.
  • Provide technical guidance to NRCS volunteers and staff who will be implicated in the training program
  • To conduct the training work structural, nonstructural and other related to the earthquake resistant/safer building construction techniques to targeted community.
  • Undertake the responsibility for making a good relationship to all the technical institute, district technical offices with in a district to and national level.
  • Reporting and documentation of works.
  • Coordination and linkage with partner institutions.
  • Undertake all other tasks as and when assigned by ERO Shelter and Construction Coordinator.





5. Person Specification



5.1 Qualifications

  • Bachelor in Architecture





5.2 Experience

  • At least 2 years' experience in Building construction, with a experience in community based program or site based experience.
  • Experience in Field supervision and quality control of construction works.
  • Proficient in using computer-assisted engineering and design software (AUTO CAD, 3D, Sketch Up, Microsoft office package) and equipment to prepare engineering design documents.













5.3 Skills

  • Excellent written English and Nepali with experience of writing strong reports.
  • Understanding of the principle of Red Cross Society
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the role and function of associated support services in delivering humanitarian assistance.
  • Understanding of NRCS Recovery Strategic Framework and its approach.
  • Proficient in MS Excel, Word, Power Point and e-mail
  • A self- starter, with ability to work independently, set own objectives and priorities and to manage competing priorities under pressure.
  • Ability to manage/respond well to change
  • Take responsibility for own and team’s decisions and actions
  • Demonstrate flexibility and open mindedness
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Strong representation skills
  • Good negotiation and inter-personal skills with ability to coordinate process with multiple stakeholders.
  • Good planning, organizational and time management skills.
  • Commitment to values of humanitarian work


















5.4 Core competences

  • Interpersonal and communication skills of the highest order
  • Leading people managing colleagues
  • Analysis, decision-making and problem solving
  • Planning and managing projects and activities
  • Innovative and creative thinking
  • Team working
  • Interpersonal and communication skills




5.5 Additional competencies

  • Willingness to be contactable at all times in case of emergency.
  • Willingness to work out of office hours when required.