Christian Aid (CA) is a UK-based international NGO, partnering with others to end poverty in Africa. At the heart of this vision is the transformation of the lives of people who live in poverty, empowering them to have a brighter future. Christian Aid works in more than 30 countries and has been operating in Nigeria since 2003. The Nigeria Country programme focuses on Community Health and HIV, Accountable Governance including humanitarian response and Gender.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Construction Engineer
Location: Monguno, Borno
Type of Contract: Fixed Term
Contracted Hours: 35
Contract Length: 6 months
Reports to: SPC-Livelihood & Resilience
Expected Travel Per Annum: 75 days
- The Construction Engineering would lead all Christian Aid construction related activities of Humanitarian response and livelihood programme
- The role would take lead in planning, designing and overseeing the construction of building structures and infrastructure as well as maintenance to support the effective implementation of Christian Aid funded humanitarian response with beneficiaries implementing the project.
- To contribute towards the smooth implementation of WFP funded livelihood and resilience project working mainly within the humanitarian programme team but may have frequent contact with external partners during work.
- The role works within the International Programmes role family positioned in Monguno, Borno, Nigeria and the role is part of the wider Nigeria Country Humanitarian Response Team
- The Construction Engineer will work closely with both Livelihood Programme Coordinator and SPC Livelihood and Resilience and the country team on humanitarian program.
- The position will be based in Monguno field office with frequent trips to project communities in Monguno and other locations in Borno State
- He/She is saddled with the responsibilities of supervising construction work activities through the engagement with other field staff, community project management committee, labour management committee and volunteers.
- In coordination with the emergency response team, he/she provides technical assistance to the field staff and beneficiaries, designs and rolls out capacity building activities on construction related activities and oversees the successful programme implementation
- The person is also responsible for monitoring construction sites, working in collaboration with other community-based structures, local government and actors (including active participation in Technical
- Working Group meetings), and in sharing and incorporating learning into the programming cycle.
- The role holder will lead on the assessment and analysis of sites for households and communal activities, the design of high-quality implementation of plans
- Responsible for production of designs, develop and construct a wide range of projects in physically and naturally built environment from conception through to completion. Construction work across all project locations
- The Christian Aid all donor funded livelihood and resilience projects are successfully managed following Christian Aid’s humanitarian policies and procedures
- Communicate and coordinate with project staff on technical questions related to construction and its maintenance
- Robust humanitarian practice and minimum standards in disaster response, as reflected in policies and procedures, are successfully implemented
- Effective projects and programmes delivered with impact in line with agreed aims
- Humanitarian and financial policies and procedures complied with, in particular, reporting requirements.
- All programmes are accountable to donors and beneficiaries
- Assess needs reeled to infrastructure of the community including including assessments, technical data, appropriate design
- Oversee the timely delivery of the all construction related activities and ensure compliance with all donor requirements
- Compliance with financial policies and procedures especially regarding Food and Agricultural Organisation, coordination requirements for all donor projects, but including reporting requirements and contribution made to other team members in the development and implementation, partner capacity building and training
- Represents Christian Aid with external actors including donors and government
- Liaise with other actors in emergency response for the region (UN, NGO, national and local authorities, incl. through established coordination mechanisms
- Working closely with Local and State governments stakeholder partners, LGA Officers and sectors to ensure effective management and coordination of the programmes.
- Works with the country team in Nigeria, and staff in the Humanitarian division Regional Emergency Manager, Regional Programme
- Development and Funding Manager and Humanitarian Response Manager.
- Make decisions to ensure the al construction related project is led and managed effectively and effectively linked to the wider Nigeria programme
- Proposes action Christian Aid should take in its response to the emergency and makes day-to-day decisions to guide the implementation and smooth running of the project.
- The post holder is responsible for overall lead of the construction activities of Christian Aid in North-East Nigeria and is expected to work with initiative and innovation, using analytical skills and their own judgement to recommend humanitarian programme decisions for the organisation in consultation with a wide range of country team and humanitarian colleagues and partner organisations
- S/He has to look beyond the challenges as situation is complex Detailed risk assessment may be required
- S/He seeks for and initiates new and diverse sources of information to test solutions and direction.
Developing Self and Others:
- The post holder is expected to work independently under the supervision of SPC Livelihood and Resilience and support from the Programme Coordinator Livelihood / Humanitarian Response Manager / Regional Emergency Manager providing leadership and influencing strategies within the country and ensuring upholding of humanitarian standards and principles by Christian Aid staff and partners.
Applied Skills/Knowledge and Expertise
- Bachelor’s Degree in Civil/Construction Engineering
- At least five years’ INGO experience and managing construction projects in emergencies
- Minimum two year aid-related International NGO experience in North-East Nigeria.
- Working under own initiative with a variety of different stakeholders especially within the cluster systems.
- Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and facilitating capacity building skills
- Strong report writing, analytical and documentation skills with Good interpersonal, organisational and communication skill Fluency in Hausa is required and Kanuri is desirable.
- Experience in working with a team as a strong team player with positive attitude.
- Good knowledge of and experience working with IDPs in Nigeria.
- Good understanding of gender-sensitive programming.
- Fluency in written and spoken English
- Extensive knowledge of discipline design standards, specifications, codes, and appropriate safety criteria
- Ability to adapt to tight deadlines, heavy workloads, and frequent changes in priorities
- Proficient in designing software programs as AutoCAD.
- A thorough understanding of and ability to apply the SPHERE standards on Construction related activities. In addition to knowledge of capacity building tools; of Sphere and Red Cross Code of Conduct; of HAP standards
- Understanding of partnership approach to emergency/humanitarian work and experience of working with local partners
- Specialized qualification in engineering work.
- Experience of organisational development
- Experience in construction projects in humanitarian responses
- Ability to speak and understand Hausa fluently and basic Kanuri
- Understanding of the political, social, economic and infrastructural context of the region and the humanitarian/development issues and challenges it faces of peace building and conflict resolution
IT Competency Required
LEVEL 2: You are expected to be able to:
- Implement ways to reduce the inefficient use of resources or pass the ideas on to someone who can make them happen
- Estimate the resources needed to achieve your own work plans or objectives and to deliver them in the most efficient and cost-effective way
- Set and communicate realistic timelines for achieving tasks, working out how best to adapt as priorities change or unforeseen circumstances arise.
- Prioritise, plan and monitor own work to meet own and team deliverables to agreed performance or quality standards
- Acknowledge others’ priorities whilst being prepared to say “no” if there are genuine reasons why their needs cannot be met
- Use logical processes and relevant tools and techniques to report on information or analyse options
- Make timely and considered recommendations or decisions based on analysis of available data, information and evidence.
- Take on different work when necessary to achieve a team or organisational goal.
- Actively consult with others to ensure you understand their needs or goals.
- Listen to and take on board fresh perspectives and views even if you initially disagree with them.
- Maintain on-going relationships with individuals and contacts through networks, based on mutual rapport and respect.
- Make complex things simple for the benefit of others
- Actively listen and question to check your understanding and draw out others when they are not expressing themselves clearly or seem to be holding back
- Be sensitive to what others may be feeling, based on what they say, how they say it and their non-verbal behavior, adapting your style and approach to fit
- Address difficult issues when they arise, being honest and open
- Evaluate your own work and actively address gaps in knowledge and skills, without prompting
- Recognise how you react to feedback and manage reactions positively, acting on specific feedback from others.
- Share your knowledge where it will help others to be more effective
- Provide instruction, constructive feedback and guidance to others to help them learn.
Strive for Improvement:
- Constructively challenge existing practice
- Seek better ways of doing things, taking into account the possible implications
- Make positive suggestions on a way forward when faced with challenges even if these falls outside own scope of work
- Look inside and outside Christian Aid for new ideas and evaluate them for own work.
Full Time Salary
N8,501,197 per year.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Application Deadline 1st February, 2019.
Interview Date 12th February, 2019.