Construction Assistant







CHILD SAFEGUARDING: (select only one)

Level 3:  the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


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.
  • 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: Area Manager/ Construction Engineer Officer

Working Contacts


The job holder is required to have regular contact with the donor partners, other child protection organization, children, Host community, and Government organization.


The job requires the job holder to have direct relationship with all staff and management at all levels in ensuring the organizational policies and procedures.


  • Provide the required support to the Construction Officer as per the construction activities;
  • Supervise construction and maintenance activities that SCI will undertake in the response and host community host
  • Provide technical guidance to response team on proper use of structures and out-door play materials
  • Implement technical direction and ensure high technical quality of projects;
  • Represent SCI in SHELTER and WASH working groups and other coordination functions in the camp as and when necessary;
  •    Liaise and collaborate with relevant local authorities and other key stakeholders;
  • Provide technical specifications, BOQ and technical drawings as required;

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


  • Holds self-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


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


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency


•           Minimum Diploma in Civil Engineering/ Architecture or related field;

•           Minimum 2 years of experience from a senior level project implementation position,

            preferably in a humanitarian/recovery context;

•           Experience from working in construction supervision;

•           Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities;

•           Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile;

•           Fluency in English and Swahili, both written and verbal;

•           Previous work experience with a national/international NGO;

•           Excellent in computer software such as excel, word, and Auto-CAD;


Location: Kigoma Region Refugee Camp, Tanzania

Contract - Full-Time

Closing date: Tuesday 21 August 2018

All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified

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