IRC Construction Manager Job in Kakuma, Kenya

Construction Manager – Kakuma
Sector: Construction Management 
Location: Kenya 
Employee Type: Regular 
Employee Category: Full Time
Job Purpose / Objective: A global leader in humanitarian assistance, the International Rescue Committee works in more than 40 countries offering help and hope to refugees and others uprooted by disaster, conflict and oppression. 


The IRC has been in Kenya since 1992 providing life-saving services such as health care to refugees and vulnerable local communities. 
Currently, the IRC works in two refugee camps, Dadaab and Kakuma, in northern Kenya. The IRC supports communities in Turkana and Garissa Counties as well as in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. 
Through its Peace Initiative Kenya (PIK) program it is also working in several counties throughout Kenya. This position therefore will support the IRC Kenya to implement all its construction projects across the field sites.

Working under the supervision and guidance of the Supply Chain Coordinator, Deputy Director Operations, and administratively reporting to the Field Coordinator, Kakuma, the IRC Kenya Construction Manager oversees implementation of all construction works being under-taken by the country program. 

his will include construction/rehabilitation of health facilities, latrines, staff housing and medical waste pits among others.   
The position is based in Kakuma with frequent travels to other field sites.

The position will work closely with all Field Coordinators to ensure quality constructions and liaise closely with the technical coordinators. 

The position will be the focal point for all construction and rehabilitation works.

Key Responsibilities

General Responsibilities:

  • Ensure timely implementation of all aspects of construction components for the IRC Kenya  programs
  • Create and follow activity and spending plans in transparent manner
  • Provide designs for construction/ rehabilitation of construction projects including realistic bills of quantities.
  • Obtain all statutory approvals for constructions
  • Train health facility staff on maintenance of latrines and waste pits including any other community based projects.
  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting of project activities
  • Ensure cross-program integration, learning, sharing and adoption of best practices from other IRC construction activities
  • Undertake and implement basic baseline data and monitoring activities with respect to program activities
  • Ensure effective integration and mainstreaming of gender in all programs
  • Produce accurate procurement documents for logistics and finance
  • Keep accurate records of project materials used for the project and their costs
  • Follow all IRC security protocols
  • Undertake any other activities as required to fulfil the requirements of IRC programs.
Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • Administratively and technically supervise construction supervisor and clerk of works where applicable.
  • Hire and supervise contractors for all constructions and escalate any challenges in a timely version.
Grant Management and compliance:
  • Work with the field teams to ensure that program designs include quality construction estimates that are implementable;
  • Review all reports to ensure that data provided is reliable and accurate based on construction progress.
Coordination, Representation and Advocacy:
  • Liaise on a regular basis with relevant ministry representatives and other international and national actors in order to ensure effective coordination of all activities
Undertake any other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor.

Required qualification / experience & Competencies:
  • Diploma or degree in Civil Engineering, Quantity Surveying or Construction.
  • At least five years of prior professional experience in health and or a water engineering related position
  • Experience hiring and overseeing contractors
  • Experience in mechanical and electrical maintenance of generators and pumps and water storage structures
  • Operational knowledge of Auto CAD or any other engineering software plus Microsoft Office software
  • Excellent interpersonal and time management skills
Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous work experience with an NGO
  • Previous experience working directly with communities and construction contractors.
  • Previous experience liaising with government ministries
  • Previous work experience in an emergency environment
 Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply. 
International allowances are not available for this position. 
Salary and other benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector. 
How to Apply
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Disclaimer: Please take note that International Rescue Committee (IRC) does not ask for any fees in connection with its recruitment processes. In the event that you receive any request  for payment of any sort, please get in touch with us on Tel: +(254-020) 2727730, Email: or report to the nearest police.

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