Construction Manager

Child Safeguarding Level 3: the responsibilities of the post may require regular contact with or access to children or young people

Purpose of Role:
Save the Children International in Tanzania is a full–spectrum country programme and as such equal priority will be given to both humanitarian and development work. This is the only way we will be able to ensure that some of the fundamental rights that we believe children have, such as survival, safety and constant access to protection and education can be guaranteed. As part of a commitment to work with children through humanitarian interventions, Save the Children will support programmes in both sudden onset, such as the current Burundi response situation as well as in chronic emergency situations
• The country office has a portfolio of construction projects in support of Emergency Education and Child Protection programmes in the refugee response to the Burundi crisis. Temporary learning spaces and Child Friendly Spaces in multiple locations in the refugee camps are in need of rehabilitation and further new structures are planned.
• The main purpose of the role is to provide technical input and construction supervision over the quality of the education construction projects, taking particular care to minimise earthquake risk, while ensuring compliance with the objectives of the Ministry of Home Affairs and UNHCR.
• Provide also management skills and capacity building support to the logistics and construction teams on the ground.
• Maintain a database of all the projects, actions required and the progress by contractors and construction teams.
• Set up reporting mechanism to remotely monitor projects, to include checklists and photographic reports.
Reports to:
• The Construction Manager will report directly to the Emergency Response Manager
• Act as Save the Children Focal Point for construction, coordinating with other agencies and MHA including UNHCR, DRC, Refugee labour teams and construction contractors, and Save the Children Logistics.
• Act as Project Manager for the construction projects, ensuring all contract documentation is correct, specifications and drawings meet standards, including change control mechanism and completion certificates.
• Ensure the Risk Management plan is updated and maintained
• Prepare and oversee programme design and implementation, maintaining a progress tracker for all projects to ensure timely delivery of programme activities to budget.
• Directly manage Refugee labour teams, including the hiring of any further supervisors as necessary.
• Capacity building of refugee labour and internal SC staff (logistics) in principles of Save the Children safe construction.
• Work with Sectoral Technical Advisors eg. Education, Child Protection and Field Managers to ensure that programmes are budgeted and resourced to deliver appropriate quality works.
• Assist in the assessment of existing structures targeted for repair; advise of likely repairs required and prepare detailed specifications/BOQs/Plan of Work.
• Develop quality drawings, specifications and Bills of Quantities as required.
• Coordinate with logistics to decide on procurement methodologies for construction works.
• Review contractual documentation for construction work (in coordination with Logistics).
• Report regularly on construction progress using standardised templates to programme leads.
• Prepare and manage documentation to support final handover of completed construction projects; ensure community/government involvement.
• Represent Save the Children in various shelter/ construction platforms.
• Any other works as deemed necessary by the Emergency Response Manager and Director of Programme Implementation.

Core Behaviours:

• Holds his/herself accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
• Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
• Creates a managerial environment to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding

• Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
• Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
• Future orientated, thinks strategically

• Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
• Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally.

• Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
• Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
• Willing to take disciplined risks

• Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence
• Displays consistent good judgement

Qualifications and Experience:
• At least 5 years of professional experience in construction supervision with proven ability for site supervision in hardship duty station, with illustrated progressively responsible functions and up to date membership of the national Engineering licencing authority, or equivalent.
• Prior experience of working within a complex country programme in an emergency response.
• Education to MA/MSc/MEng or equivalent in Architecture, Civil or Structural engineering.
• Previous experience of managing a team.
• Previous experience of programme management across multiple sites.
• Commitment to, thorough understanding of, and able to train staff in participation and accountability approaches.
• Proficiency in computer software such as excel, word, architectural / engineering drafting software (CAD or similar).
• Ability to write clear assessment and project reports.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy.
• A high level of written and spoken English and French OR Swahili.
• The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in challenging working circumstances.
• Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support.
• Ability to use GPS equipment and GIS software and the ability to produce digital maps, site plans is an asset.


Location: Kigoma, Tanzania

Contract - Full-Time

Closing date: Monday 1 August 2016

All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified

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