Job Description




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.

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

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Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. In Feb 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own. Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana and Wajir and we work through partners in many other parts of the country.


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