Knowledge and Experience
- University Degree in Civil Engineering / Architecture. A master’s degree will be an asset.
- Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in supervising architectural design and construction works.
- Prior fieldwork experience in infrastructure construction and rehabilitation of projects.
- Experience in working with INGO regulations would be considered an asset.
- Advanced computer skills (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Project, AutoCAD)
- Prince2 training and other related project management certification would be an asset.
- Fluency in the English language; fluency in Hausa is also desirable.
- S/he will be capable of multi-tasking, and rapid decision-making, have initiative, drive, and a lot of energy, as well as high emotional intelligence, constructive communication skills, and proven experience with capacity building. S/he will be committed to long-term program sustainability and the delivery of high-impact activities at the community level. Successful Mercy Corps team members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and challenging environments, and make effective written and verbal communication a priority.
Living Condition/Environmental Condition:
- The position is based in the Katsina metropolis, Katsina State and it requires frequent travel to other project field locations in Katsina State, as well as Abuja. Considering the frequent travel from/to different field locations, this position will require flexibility in terms of accommodation and logistics. Housing in the field will be in hotels or guesthouses where available. Security in the field locations requires additional vigilance and accessibility will be reassessed continuously. Access to good medical services in the field is limited. Phone communication, internet, electricity, and water are available but might be erratic. The location is not eligible for hardship and R&R benefits. Given the nature of the response, working hours require flexibility, and working through weekends/evenings might be necessary.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
- Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we can better leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges.
- We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
- Mercy Corps is an equal-opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have a sustained global impact.
- We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all.
- We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, colour, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
Safeguarding & Ethics:
- Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary-General and IASCand have signed on to the Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.
- We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members.
- As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and adhere to the Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times.
- Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct e-learning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Summary of key functions:
- Provide technical advice in the development of the scope of works for infrastructure designs and upgrades;
- Provide effective supervision of the architectural design works;
- Provide effective monitoring and supervision of construction/rehabilitation works performed in the field;
- Provide expert input to the overall execution of all infrastructure projects;
- Facilitate information development and information sharing.
Provide technical advice in the development of the scope of works for infrastructure designs and upgrades:
- Closely cooperate with the TSU/ consultants in the development of the initial scope of works for infrastructure designs and upgrades;
- Provide advice to the TSU/consultants related to technical expertise matters about the definition of the scope of works;
- Develop the tendering documentation necessary for recruitment of the construction works company/ consultants for designing the project proposal and necessary technical documentation for construction works;
- Evaluate the technical offers resulting from the tendering process.
Provide effective supervision of the architectural design works:
- Supervise the work of consultants to ensure the architectural design is fully in line with the initial scope of works and infrastructure upgrades required;
- Supervise the work of consultants to ensure the architectural design and project proposal meet safety and security requirements, rules, and regulations;
- Develop the tendering documentation necessary for the recruitment of the construction works company/consultant to implement the project proposal;
- Evaluate the construction works companies’ offers resulting from the tendering process.
Provide effective monitoring and supervision of rehabilitation/construction works performed in the field:
- Supervise the works in the field to determine/verify delivery of contracted works according to the project proposal as developed;
- Effectively liaise with contractors and communities on the construction works sites;
- Report to the TSU on the progress in the field
- Report on issues that may arise during construction works;
- Through monitoring of the construction works sites ensure required quality, timely completion, and value for money of construction works;
- Provide certification for payments to confirm that milestones under construction contracts are achieved; including submission of the final Certificate of Completion of work
Provide expert input to the overall execution of all infrastructure projects:
- Provide technical expertise during the evaluation of bids for conformity with requirements;
- Provide technical expertise in contract management through stipulation of terms, application of special conditions if any, liability, commitments, and milestones;
- Ensure compliance with Entities’ Physical Planning and Construction Acts, by-laws regulating the construction of similar social facilities, technical regulations, general and special technical conditions, and professional codes;
- Perform other duties as delegated by the Program Manager.
Ensure facilitation of information development and information sharing in the project focusing on the achievement of the following results:
- Synthesis of lessons learned and best practices in engineering;
- Sound contributions to information sharing among project staff and project partners;
- Participate, as a resource person, in substantive and/or specific training sessions organized for the project staff and the overall Mercy Corps teams;
- Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity;
- Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
- Self-development, initiative-taking;
- Acting as a team player and facilitating teamwork;
- Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
- Creating synergies through self-control;
- Managing conflict;
- Learning and sharing knowledge and encouraging the learning of others.
Advocacy / Advancing a Policy-Oriented Agenda:
- Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating the mandate of the joint impact and social cohesion projects
Results-Based Program Development and Management:
- Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into project work; researches linkages across program activities to identify critical points of integration; and monitors specific stages of projects/program implementation.
Building Strategic Partnerships:
- Maintaining a network of contacts: maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership-related issues; analyzes and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders; innovation and marketing new approaches; enhancing processes or products; generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things.
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing:
- Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices, and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise:
- Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position; possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks; strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning; and demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments.
- Researches potential solutions to internal and external client/community needs and reports back in a timely, succinct, and appropriate fashion; organizes and prioritizes work schedules to meet client/community needs and deadlines.
- As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient, and relevant to the communities they serve we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to Beneficiaries:
- Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
- Reports Directly To:Program Manager, with close collaboration and consultations with the in-country and global Technical Support Units (TSU), the Senior Program Office, and NRM Advisor.