Technical Supervisor (Works) Job in Kenya

Our Client is an intergovernmental organisation.

On behalf of our Client, we seek to recruit a Technical Supervisor (Works).

Job Purpose: Effective supervision of construction Projects and Works Technical Standards throughout east Africa in collaboration with UK Technical Manager. To manage the implementation of organisational policy including application of health and safety, Procurement, environmental standards, conservation management and approved working practices.

This role will report to the Chief Operations Office and have significant interface and inter-dependent working relationships with the Operations, HR and Finance teams to construct and commission new treatment plants.

This role will also work closely with the Business Development team at the start of projects to ensure smooth transition from the Project Development Phase (including concept design and financial approval) to the Delivery Phase (construction and commissioning).

Key Responsibilities

  • To act as Principal Project Supervisor to complete the annual Area Works Projects to time and budget in collaboration with the Technical Manager.
  • Provide technical advice concerning Works Projects to UK Technical Manager and Operations Manager in support of the Area Business Plan and objectives.
  • Carry out structural condition surveys and technical inspections on the AAPA buildings estate and transfer the resulting information into the Client’s Condition Survey Software.
  • Maintain accurate records of cemetery plans and technical data.
  • Implement Health and Safety policies, with specific regard to contractor management, promote safe working practices.
  • Record and report on project related accidents and near misses, taking appropriate action to effectively manage risk. Support the management of Area Health & Safety compliance.
  • Plan and execute international travel as required in order to carry out technical inspections, project supervision, and condition surveys to ensure the effective organisation and implementation of structural conservation works and property maintenance of the AAPA estate.
  • Coordinate with Technical Manager, Operations Manager, Regional Managers, Finance Manager and HR Manager in respect of works budget and staffing issues.
  • Identify, order and procure supplies/materials required to execute Works Projects.
  • Assist in the management, maintenance and conservation of the AAPA structures and property estate.
  • Support the preparation of Area conservation management plans and Conservation Statements.
  • Delivery and monitoring of the Area amendments programme, as required by Area Works Manager.

Team Performance

  • Manage the performance, behaviour and development for direct reports.
  • Identify training needs for direct reports and highlight skills gaps.
  • Support the delivery of training to both staff and contractors in order to maintain and improve the relevant skills.
  • Conduct regular team meetings to update staff on technical operations.

Financial & Risk Management

  • Manage delegated budgets, prepare estimates and submit monthly/quarterly expenditure reports as required.
  • Follow the commission procurement policy and regulations.
  • Assess external Contractors capabilities and portfolios, and ensure that they are reputable.
  • Ensure that Contractors receive appropriate pre-project inductions to project sites, and that all contractor health and safety documentation is up to date.

Job Functional Knowledge

  • The ability to evaluate the structural condition of all features and locations against the Client standards and draw up repair specifications for implementation. Application of the Commission project management process and direct project supervision of all phases as delegated by Technical Manager.

Business Expertise

  • Ability to develop knowledge on the commission standards and ensure that all structural work is carried out to current safety, health and welfare regulations and commission policies. To follow commission financial procedures to engage and assess suitably competent contractors via competitive tender processes.


  • Provides direction and guidance to the works staff and external contractors to deliver structural project work. Has the confidence to challenge staff and contractors if standards are not met, or breach of contractor occurs.

Problem Solving

  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to local circumstances and situations. First line contact for all project related and contractor issues.

Interpersonal Skills

  • Effective verbal and written communications skills, specifically across differing groups of individuals (internal and external) and in a range of different mediums
  • Makes a positive impression and builds effective constructive relationships with fellow colleagues, customers, suppliers and works with a diverse range of people with a range of experience and skills.


Education, Knowledge and Experience

  • A recognised and relevant construction qualification is required (degree or equivalent).
  • A qualification or proven training record in Engineering, Building Surveying, architecture or building conservation is highly desirable.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English, in addition to a high level of literacy in their first language.
  • Demonstrable practical experience of direct Project Management (end to end – all phases) desireable .
  • Experience (minimum 2 years) of working in a supervisory position.
  • High computer literacy including AutoCad (desirable), Excel, Word, Outlook.
  • Experience of working in different cultures, with understanding of cultural and political sensitivies and operations in complex environments is highly desirable.
  • A recognised H&S qualification at the level of IOSH Managing Safely standard would be beneficial.Experience in researching and compiling business case documents in support of project approval and bids for approved funding.
  • Thorough knowledge of organisational policies, surveying practices, and a conservation based approach to management of the Commission’s estate.
  • Experience of travelling to remote locations including lone working.

Skills and Abilities

  • Provide clear and consistent direction and guidance to staff and Contractors to meet objectives. Confident to make key technical decisions in support/in absence of Area Technical Manager.
  • Ability to develop productive relationships to ensure effective and efficient execution of Works Operations and support operations with effective communications when operating remotely
  • Ability to work with a high degree of motivation and autonomy, organising work to meet deadlines set by the Technical Manager or others.
  • Sensitive to the need to work flexibly, and at times, beyond conditioned working hours in the region.
  • Apply established procurement policy and purchase management practices.
  • Use resources efficiently, effectively and economically. Cognisant of the need for a ‘value for money’ approach.
  • A committed team worker that recognises and celebrates the contributions made by others.
  • Committed to professional development
  • An alignment and adherence to the Commission’s Values: RESPECT, EXCELLENCE, TEAMWORK, COMMUNICATION, PROFESSIONALISM and COMMITMENT
  • Health and Safety responsibility for self and, where line management responsibility, responsibility for others

How to Apply:

Qualified and interested applicants to send their application and detailed CV, indicating current and expected remuneration to, explicitly indicating the position in the email subject line.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Engineering and Technical
Updated: February 29, 2020 — 4:29 am