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Construction Technician Full-time Job

9 months ago   Construction and building   Geita   1.5K views Reference: 438
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Role PURPOSE

A key component of KAGIS involves improving water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure at selected local primary and secondary schools in the four councils. The specific schools, number of sites (estimated at 20-35 schools), and type of works to be undertaken at each site are presently being determined. Anticipated works include the rehabilitation or expansion of existing sanitation and water supply facilities and/or new construction if such facilities are absent, insufficient, or proceeding with rehabilitation efforts would not be desirable or cost-effective. Table 1 outlines examples of potential WASH interventions that may be undertaken by KAGIS.

Table 1 Summary of potential school WASH infrastructure interventions by KAGIS

Type of works

Potential interventions

(Rehabilitation)

Potential Interventions

(New construction)

Sanitation Facilities

Repair of existing sanitation blocks at the school (e.g. pit latrines, VIP latrines, pour-flush, flush toilets, etc.); repair or replacement of plumbing fixtures (e.g. sinks, handwashing facilities, etc.); improving existing drainage and wastewater treatment works; other.

Construction of new sanitation blocks at the school (e.g. pit latrines, VIP latrines, pour-flush, flush toilets, etc.); septic tanks; handwashing facilities; other.

Water Supply Systems

Repair of existing water supply systems at the school (e.g. repairing or replacing handpumps, pipes, fixtures, repairing leaks, etc.); other.

Construction of new water supply systems at the school (e.g. development of borehole with handpump or solar-powered/electric pump, rainwater harvesting systems, connecting to existing piped water networks in the community); increasing on-site water storage capacity; other.

Once all assisted school sites have been selected and details of the works to be undertaken at each school site have been determined, the Construction Technician will support the preparation of a detailed Construction Validation Plan (CVP) for Global Affairs Canadas review and approval. The Construction Technician will also support the preparation of an updated Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and Class Screening Environmental Assessment (CSEA) for review and approval by Global Affairs Canada.

Once all requisite construction and environmental approvals from relevant Tanzanian government authorities and Global Affairs Canada have been received, Plan International Canada will tender for suitably qualified construction contractors to undertake the planned works at assisted schools.

Dimensions of the Role

The Construction Technician will provide technical support in the following areas

Planning and Quantitative Surveying Services:

  • Validate the bill of quantities (BoQ) and cost estimates (labor, materials, equipment) for WASH infrastructural works to be undertaken on assisted school sites.
  • Support the preparation of a Construction Validation Plan (CVP) for Global Affairs Canadas review and approval.
  • Support the preparation of an updated Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and Class Screening Environmental Assessment (CSEA) for review and approval by Global Affairs Canada.
  • Help ensure all works meet applicable local/regional and or national construction and environmental requirements, including securing approval permits as required.
  • Support the Plan International Tanzania procurement committee in the preparation for the engagement of contractors.
  • Participate in the evaluation of bids, contribute to the examination of technical and financial bids submitted by bidding constructors.
  • Ensure that contractors comply with the applicable construction and environmental laws, regulations, policies and directives of the Government of Tanzania, Global Affairs Canada and Plan International Tanzania.
  • Support the Plan International Tanzania procurement committee which will involve district construction engineers to procure materials for construction.

Accountabilities

Quality Assurance Services (construction supervision and reporting):

  • Prepare and implement a quality assurance plan to ensure engaged contractors undertake their assignment in accordance with contract, design specifications and quality.
  • Ensure that all environmental and construction activities are planned and implemented in accordance with the requirements of the Government of Tanzania, Global Affairs Canada and Plan International Tanzania.
  • Facilitate an orientation session to contractors to ensure that they fully understand their respective missions, contractual documents and other compliance expectations.
  • Review and approve the implementation plans prepared by the engaged contractors which will cover the mobilization, construction and demobilization phases of their missions.
  • Support the establishment and operation of a temporary Quality Control Committee (QCC) in each school to help with monitoring and supervision activities.
  • Carry out regular monitoring and supervision of the work of engaged contractors at school sites.
  • Review regular progress updates submitted by engaged contractors to ensure implementation is carried out in accordance with their respective contracts, including agreed design, quality and costs.
  • Organize meetings with the main stakeholders of the project. These may include: monthly general meetings attended by contractors, government (district, regional) and Plan International; weekly coordination meetings with contractors; additional meetings as needed.
  • Prepare and submit to the KAGIS Program Director monthly progress reports on the implementation status and performance of engaged contractors.
  • Participate in the review and certification of payment requests to each contractor.
  • Prepare the certificate of completion for each contractor.
  • Produce a final quality assurance report that will include photographs of the completed WASH infrastructure at all assisted school sites.
  • Provide technical clarity and guidance in all discussions between Plan International Tanzania and the contractors involved.
  • Perform any other task that may be discussed and agreed with Plan International Tanzania.

Coordination and reporting

  • Serve as the main point of contact between Plan International Tanzania and the contractors contracted to undertake the work at assisted school sites.
  • Coordinate with regional and district government engineers / technicians and contractors to ensure timely inspection and approval at critical points in the construction process.
  • In collaboration with the KAGIS Program Director and engaged contractors, develop a detailed construction monitoring and reporting work plan which includes among others: the preparation of timely progress reports; testing and acceptance of building materials, mechanisms to facilitate early identification of any potential challenges and delays, and development of mitigation plans if necessary; ensure that good health, safety and environmental practices are in place and followed.
  • Responsible for overseeing the activities of engaged contractors and reporting to the KAGIS Program Director, ensuring that construction is completed on schedule and on budget. In addition, the Construction Technician will inform the KAGIS Program Director regarding the approvals for the release of funds pending satisfactory delivery of service steps by the engaged contractors.
  • Be an active contributor to the KAGIS project team. The Construction Technician will liaise with the KAGIS Finance Manager as well as the procurement and logistics unit of Plan International Tanzanias country office based in Dar es Salaam.
  • Collaborate with Plan International Canadas technical and project management teams on KAGISs construction and environmental deliverables and associated requirements of the Government of Tanzania, Plan International and Global Affairs Canada.

Security

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of Safeguarding policies.
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Ensure compliance to COVID-19 and other outbreaks safety measures

    Compliance to Global Polices
  • Ensures that Plan Internationals global policies for safeguarding children and young people and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEIP) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring Plan and Partners staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan Internationals Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures
    Communications and Working Relationships:
    Internal:
  • This position works closely with Programme Unit Manager (high)
  • This position works closely with the project coordinators within the project, program Director (high)
  • This position work closely with other Head of Education, Head of Health and Nutrition (Medium)
  • This position works closely with other technical leads and project team members (high)
  • This position works closely with technical counterpart at Plan International Canada (medium)
    External:
  • This position works closely with government stakeholders

    Key relationships
  • Plan International Canada
  • Plan International Tanzania Programme Unit & Country Office
  • Senior Head of Program Quality
  • Head of Health and Nutrition and Education
  • Functional networks within Plan

    Technical expertise, skills and knowledge
    Required experience and Qualifications
  • Diploma or Full Technician Certificate in Civil/building engineering.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience of similar assignments (WASH infrastructure, borehole development).
  • Professional license valid / registered and in good standing with the relevant professional association / accrediting agency.
  • Willingness to visit school sites frequently, stay in the field for long periods.
  • Knowledge of / experience with environmental assessments, Tanzanias National Environmental Management Council (NEMC) environmental assessment requirements and processes would be beneficial.
  • Previous experience working with international NGOs, similar field and work experience in Geita and Kibondo regions are considered as assets.
    Essential
    Behaviours
  • Hardworking with capacity to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Honest, integrity, open and transparent personality.
  • Working towards achieving a team goal
  • Be able to Respect all groups of people in the community and culturally sensitive
  • Persuasive and able to work with different cultural settings
  • Motivated, energetic and strives to develop and support others
  • Result oriented and a team player
  • Working for the best interest of the organization and children
  • Appreciate of child rights and gender equality

    Plan Internationals Values in Practice
    We are open and accountable
  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people
    We strive for lasting impact
  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.
    We work well together
  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and win-win relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.
    We are inclusive and empowering
  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and win-win relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

    Physical Environment
  • Working environment will include both typical office environment and field environment
  • The position requires regular field travels, at least 40% of the work time

    Level of contact with children
    Mid contact: Occasional interaction with children during environmental assessment and construction.

Location: Geita

Reports to: Program Director

Grade: D1

Closing Date: 27th February, 2022

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.

We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls rights and inclusion.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

Company Description
Founded in 1937, Plan International is a development and humanitarian organisation that advances childrens rights and equality for girls. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners.
OUR PURPOSE
We strive for a just world that advances childrens rights and equality for girls.
We engage people and partners to:
Empower children, young people and communities to make vital changes that tackle the root causes of discrimination against girls, exclusion and vulnerability.
Drive change in practice and policy at local, national and global levels through our reach, experience and knowledge of the realities children face.
Work with children and communities to prepare for and respond to crises and to overcome adversity.
Support the safe and successful progression of children from birth to adulthood.

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