Construction officer

The Opportunity: Field Infrastructure Officer

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Programme Operation


GRADE:                    4A

POST TYPE: National

Child Safeguarding

Level 3:  the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; ore because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


Program/Project Management

The Construction Officer will be tasked with overseeing all functional aspects of construction related projects from design and procurement, to supervision and contributing to reports. With challenging environments for constructing all project construction activities with in school.

 This position will demand a highly motivated, detail oriented individual who will be able to solve challenges in relation to implementation of construction activities when it arise. It is also a requirement that the Construction Officer maintains regular communication with all the stakeholders: contractors, Project Officers, representative community members and the line managers.


  • Routine contract administration, liaison with community, Government liaison, maintenance planning and liaison with relevant Regional Government bureaus on the design of structures and appropriateness of design and materials  for proposed Infrastructure facilities 
  • Regular site supervision, contribute information to proposals and provide daily and monthly reports outlining progress as well as the utilization of materials, labour and equipment being used.
  • Collaborate in planning,  design and quantity surveying with CO construction and program team while they are developing new project proposal


Program/Project Management

  • Visit and assess proposed construction sites in project areas and make decisions based on consultation with the Hub construction teams (Senior Infrastructure Specialist and Hub Infrastructure Specialist) and concerned project stakeholders.
  • Supervision of construction projects to ensure compliance with specifications, agreed quality standards and planned work schedules.
  • Ensure attendance on site for identified milestone (foundations, superstructure, concreting, formwork etc) activities on the planned work schedule.
  • Ensure that work orders (site book) instructed by the program manager from the FO are clearly communicated to the contractor.
  • Timely communication of any claims by the contractor; ensuring records have been kept of potential causes for claims such as site activities (or non-activity), weather conditions, access problems etc.
  • Timely communication of any engineering related issues on site; requiring Infrastructure Specialist presence/attendance.
  • Prepare weekly site progress reports (with photographs of both good and bad quality issues) that accurately depict completed elements to accepted standards and estimate % completion of elements still in progress. These reports should be communicable to the FO, SCI Construction Manager, Coordinators, local Government and Contractors.
  • Timely notification for upcoming payment milestones; relative to on-site progress/contract conditions to technical line managers at the field and CO (Program manager, Infrastructure Specialists or Head of Infra structure specialist.
  • Prepare draft technical design documents for newly proposed infrastructure facilities and make recommend to existing ones for relevant modifications, if required. And also ensure that the project plans, drawings or sketches are well understood by the implementation contractors/teams, provide implementation guidelines and give feedback as appropriate.
  • Assist the procurement team in outsourcing and contract administration for all the programme’s construction activities implemented by the programme under the field office threshold.
  • Verify and process payment requests for construction works undertaken in the programme area by the FO.
  • Establish a contract management database and keep updated record of progresses for individual project sites.
  • Work closely with stakeholders to ensure that executed works are within agreed contract value, and also keep record of payables (interim payments, retentions and advances)
  • Identify and organise procurement of locally available construction materials in close collaboration with the FO procurement team.
  • Ensure effective and efficient use of all SC’s financial and material resources in order to keep costs to the lowest possible

Monitoring, evaluation and quality assurance

  • Follow up on planning and implementation of all construction undertakings and monitor the performance of construction companies for compliance with the contract  agreements they entered into with SCI
  • Coordinate and actively participate in the construction projects management Processes (Planning phase, Design phase, Bidding phase, & Construction phase and Post construction phase)

Partner management and Capacity Building and Representation

  • Ensures that partnerships are maintained and functioning properly as per signed contract agreement.
  • Maintains regular communication and interaction with partners to facilitate and promote learning and information sharing.
  • Provide technical support to partners in the course of project implementation/ Construction activities


  • Oversees the proper documentation of experiences and lessons (including pictures and video documentation) learned in the course of programme implementation.
  • Collect data from fields/sites and compile  construction work progress  reports on regular basis to concerned program representative and Logistics at CO
  • Upholds the image and values of SC at all times.
  • Performs other related tasks as required.

In order to be successful you will bring/have:


  • Minimum of  B.Sc. with 3 years’ and above experience in construction engineering or related technical field
  • Proven and significant experience in procurement and contract management, including an ability to review procurement demands and trends, and to develop strategies to fill identified gaps.
  • Field level experience in construction for INGOs in development and emergency programmes
  • Interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching. 
  • Commitment to Save the Children values.
  • Ability and willingness to change work practices and hours in the event of major emergencies including travelling at short notice and for extended periods of time
  • Computer literate and operational knowledge of MS office, knowledge of Engineering-Software (AutoCAD) is a plus
  • Experience in NGO environment is an advantage
  • Experience in school feeding and WASH activities is also an advantage
  • Fluency in relevant local language/Afan Oromo and English both in written and spoken forms
  • Good human relation skills. 
  • Respect of Save the Children rules by anyone visiting the program;
  • Willingness to work under pressure and extra hours
  • Females are encouraged to apply

Skills and Abilities;

  • Familiarity with the culture.
  • Ability to work in stressful conditions, with limited social services, sometimes insecure and limited movements.
  •  Ability to work independently with minimum supervision and in a highly results oriented work culture.
  • Knowledge, skill and experience in participatory methods for promoting ownership.
  • Team player who is able to work collaboratively and with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy.

Commitment to the aims and principles of SC including willingness to abide and enforce the Child Safeguarding Policy. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support 

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector.

 Please add further detail here as required.  For example: This role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.


The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 


We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated


We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at


We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.


All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.



Job description:

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Date advertised: 10 Nov 2020

Closing date: 27 Nov 2020 - 23:59 EAT

Location: Bale, Ethiopia

Department: Programme, Development and Quality

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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