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Construction Officer at Save the Children Nigeria

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. Save the Children is working in Nigeria because one in five children in Nigeria dies before their fifth birthday. About 40% of children miss out on school and have to work to survive while nearly 2 million children have lost one or both parents to an AIDS-related disease.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Construction Officer

Ref No: 2100044G
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Employee Status: Permanent

Child Safeguarding

  • Level 3.  The responsibilities of this post may require the post holder to have regular contact with children and young people.
  • As part of these responsibilities the post holder will support the establishment of child safeguarding systems, promote a culture of keeping children safe, and ensure that potential harm to children (by our own staff and/or as a result of how we do our work) is identified and addressed on an ongoing basis.
  • The post holder should report and respond to interventions as determined by position related responsibilities identified in the Child Safeguarding Policy.


  • To Support the construction coordinator in planning, prioritizing and implementing diverse construction tasks and ensures a successful outcome in terms of quality, compliance, time frame, and budget, while adhering strictly to SCI rules and regulations.
  • Plans and conducts procurement in collaboration with the supply chain unit. Participating in functional aspects of construction-related activities, in design and supervision and contributing to reports.

Main Responsibilities

  • Support to the construction coordinator in maintaining and monitoring project plans, project schedules, construction works, budgets and expenditures
  • Support to the construction coordinator in ensuring all necessary plans, specs, permissions, and contracts are in place prior to commencement of construction activities
  • Quality control and follow up of procurement measures.
  • Preparation and participation at official contractual steps of infrastructure measure implementation (site handing over; taking over and official handing over).
  • Participation in regular meetings with stakeholders and other units.
  • Support programmes in identification and site assessments.
  • Support in the supervision of construction contractors and conduction of spot checks on-site to assure quality control.
  • Contribution to regular reporting of the infrastructure component
  • Technical drafting/design of structures and review of technical design documents.
  • Performance of additional duties and tasks at the request of the Construction Coordinator.


  • Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.

Core Behaviours
Understanding humanitarian contexts and application of humanitarian principles:

  • Ensures that programme goals and activities uphold the principles of the key national and international humanitarian frameworks, codes and commitments
  • Integrates beneficiary accountability principles into the approach
  • Participates in disaster coordination mechanisms and interagency cooperation

Achieving results effectively:

  • Ensures efficient and transparent use of resources in accordance with internal controls
  • Establishes staff engagement mechanisms.
  • Addresses difficult situations and makes tough decisions confidently and calmly
  • Considers the wider impact of decisions to be made in the short and long-term.
  • Continuously provides feedback and updates to achieve improved results
  • Coordinates with stakeholders to avoid duplication and maximise resources
  • Documents lessons learned and applies them to future projects

Maintaining and developing collaborative relationships:

  • Actively listens to different perspectives and experiences of stakeholders
  • Actively participates in networks to access and contribute to good practice
  • Establishes and maintains clear communication and dialogue with disaster and conflict affected people and other stakeholders
  • Establishes clear objectives with teams and individuals and monitors progress and performance

Operating safely and securely:

  • Identifies and communicates risk and threats and minimises these for oneself and the agency
  • Takes measures to do no harm and to minimise risks for partners and the communities
  • Reduces vulnerability by complying with safety and security protocols set by the organisation
  • Demonstrates an understanding of wider UN/NGO security coordination and how the organisation can benefit from, and contribute to, those mechanisms

Managing yourself in a pressured and changing environment:

  • Helps team members to practise stress management through prioritisation of workloads and modelling of appropriate self care
  • Remains effective and retains perspective in the face of difficult or demanding situations
  • Demonstrates personal integrity by using one’s position responsibly and fairly
  • Maintains ethical and professional behaviour in accordance with relevant codes of conduct
  • Plans, prioritises and performs tasks well under pressure
  • Takes responsibility for own work and for the impact of own actions

Leadership: Action; Thinking; Self; Inspiring; Developing Others:

  • Builds own awareness of the bigger global picture by using a broad range of sources to gather data
  • Demonstrates managerial courage by confronting difficult situations and seeking resolution, and stating willingness to champion ideas
  • Demonstrates approachability and trust by listening carefully to others and valuing their contribution, and making others feel comfortable by being open and honest about their thoughts and feelings
  • Demonstrates self-development and management by taking responsibility for own development, and actively seeking out feedback to better understand their own strengths and weaknesses
  • Makes positive statements about work
  • Effectively influences others by understanding their interests and showing how they will be met by own preferred solution
  • Gives constructive feedback to enhance capabilities and responsibilities to another for the purpose of his/her development

Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, or Registered Architecture from a recognized University/Institution.

Professional experience:

  • At least 2 years post NYSC general work experience in the field of construction and/or drilling.
  • Experience in tender and procurement management; establishing of Terms of reference and/or Bill of Quantities.
  • Experience in the design and realization of solar-powered boreholes.
  • Experience in the assessment of existing buildings for rehabilitation needs.
  • Experience working in international organizations or INGOs.
  • Experience in evaluating and supervising construction works (building, civil/ renovation works and/or drilling).
  • Personal competences:
  • A good team player who is willing to take on the responsibility
  • Ability to work independently and with a strong proactive approach to work
  • Highest level of loyalty and trustworthiness
  • Good communication skills
  • Proven ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines with minimum supervision required.
  • Other knowledge, additional competences
  • Good working knowledge of engineering-related software (e.g. CAD, GIS)
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office and Outlook.
  • Fluent written, oral knowledge of English.
  • Knowledge of the local languages of the duty station is highly desirable.
  • Desirable:
  • COREN registered or registerable applicant.
  • Experience of working in the North-East Nigeria and context is highly desirable

Deadline: 23rd June, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note: Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Posted in United Nations & Multinational Jobs in Nigeria

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