ERT – Emergency Shelter/Non-Food Item Manager

South Sudan


Field based position in Juba, South Sudan with regular travel to field sites. Working and living conditions may be very basic and require great resilience.

Starting Date & Initial Contract Details

As soon as possible. Full time, 24 months.

Role Overview

The ERT S/NFI manager (shelter and non-food items manager) is a member of Medair’s Emergency Response Team. The ERT S/NFI Manager will mainly focus on assisting displaced people in need of NFI’s and emergency shelter, but may assist in other interventions as well. Manage ERT S/NFI assessments, distributions, and related processes while contributing to the overall quality of Medair S/NFI programming in South Sudan. Cover for the S/NFI Project Manager when needed.

Project Overview

The Emergency Response Team is primarily based in Juba and travels to field locations responding to outbreaks, emergencies, and population displacements across all of South Sudan. The team covers emergency responses in four main sectors: water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), health, nutrition, and S/NFI.

Our Culture

Key Activity Areas


  • Identify the S/NFI needs for affected populations through assessments, including market assessments.
  • Lead and facilitate appropriate verification and registration processes for affected populations.
  • Lead and facilitate appropriate distributions to meet identified S/NFI needs for affected populations.
  • Lead and facilitate appropriate training-of-trainers for emergency shelter construction.
  • Lead and facilitate appropriate cash and voucher assistance (CVA) for affected populations.
  • Lead and facilitate post-distribution monitoring exercises.
  • Coordinate with S/NFI partners in field locations.
  • Assist in developing and updating Medair and cluster standards for assessment, verification, and distribution.
  • Advise on the suitability of S/NFI as per the needs of the population.
  • Input and manage data through ONA and other data collection tools and online platforms.
  • Write analysis, distribution, and post-distribution monitoring (PDM) reports for internal and external dissemination in coordination with the ES/NFI Project Manager.


External Representation

  • Attend meetings when requested at Juba and field levels
  • Cover for Central Equatoria State Focal Point when requested (covering state-wide stock reporting, coordination, etc.).
  • Represent Medair to local authorities and partner agencies while on the ground in field sites.


Staff Management:

  • Act as team leader in the field when requested—having authority over other Medair field staff.
  • Act as team leader for inter-agency teams in the field when requested.
  • Assist in the hiring and supervision of casual labour assisting in S/NFI activities or logistical support.
  • Line manage one Senior S/NFI Officer and one S/NFI Officer.


Quality Management:

  • Ensure assessments, verification, registration, and distribution processes are done in line with cluster and Medair standards.
  • Ensure that all reporting and administration is done on time and according to the relevant guidelines and is reported accurately.
  • Ensure that S/NFI shelter is reaching emergency affected populations and not being distributed indiscriminately. Mainstream protection in all activities.


Logistics and Security

  • Arrange logistics (staff/cargo movements) related to specific field sites.
  • Share security information with your team and the ERT S/NFI Project Manager and/or the team leader.


Finance Management

  • Assist with information for developing the ERT S/NFI annual project budget.
  • Manage daily expenses used for the project, including entering expenses into field expense reports following completion of field assignments.


Team Spiritual Life

  • Reflect the values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
  • Work, live, and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings. Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.
  • Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international prayer network.

This job description covers the main tasks that are anticipated. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary.


  • Graduate degree and experience in a relevant field. Design, development, management, or construction background desirable.
  • Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written).

Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)

What is the ROC and why is it required?


  • Previous emergency response, S/NFI experience.
  • Report writing, critical thinking, strategy and knowledge of S/NFI assessments and distributions.
  • Working skills with Word, Excel, and use of email
  • Flexible and willing to work in often difficult and undeveloped environments, including camping, travel and working in many different sites over the course of the contract
  • Able to thrive in isolated settings, sometimes with limited social interaction
  • Good communicator, able to work well with people from different tribes and cultures
  • Willingness to remain in the field for up to 8 weeks at a time
  • Able to lead a team of staff, both Medair and inter-agency teams.
  • Ability to confidently speak in front of large groups and interact with local leaders, diverse teams.
  • Enjoys working with team and liaising with other organisations.