IRC – Construction Manager.

The Construction Manager will directly lead to implementing of all Civil/Building and WASH-related construction-related activities in the IRC Kakuma, Dadaab refugee and Turkana host community programming.

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Requisition ID: req7014

Job Title: Construction Manager

Sector: Operations

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Kakuma, Kenya

Job Description

Kakuma Refugee Camp is located in the North Western part of Kenya in Turkana County. The Camp hosts over 140,000 refugees from twenty-two different nationalities with South Sudanese being the largest group at 48.1% followed closely by Somali at 32.7%. It is worth to note that Kakuma refugee camp has received an influx of asylum seekers from South Sudan fleeing from the current political instability from the beginning of last year, which has led to significant increase in the camp population.

The IRC has been operating in the camp since 1992 and from January 1997, it took over the management of the entire health sector and it is currently the sole agency providing comprehensive health care services to refugees. The IRC implements programs in Clinical services, Nutrition, Community health, Reproductive health, women empowerment and protection, GBV, HIV/AIDS and protection mainstreaming and safe programming

The Scope Work

The Construction Manager will directly lead to implementing of all Civil/Building and WASH-related construction-related activities in the IRC Kakuma, Dadaab refugee and Turkana host community programming. The activities will focus on design and construction/rehabilitation building facilities, construction of sanitation facilities, water supply, sewerage, and wastewater systems at all IRC facilities both health facilities and staff accommodation areas. In undertaking these roles, the Manager will always ensure a strong coordination and collaboration with other sector managers/coordinators, supply chain team, and with support from the SFC/DDO ensure external coordination with other partners implementing similar construction activities in all IRC areas of operation to learn best practices and harmonized approaches to these activities. While Leading the IRC Construction and WASH teams at field level, working with other sectors and partners, the Manager will ensure appropriate and quality delivery, of all building/civil WASH construction activities including routine/periodic maintenance, general rehabilitation to acceptable engineering standards and to the satisfaction of the end users.

This position will support all aspects of technical assessments/evaluations, architectural designs, detailed technical working designs and specifications, cost estimates, development of tender documents, bid evaluations, tender adjudication, general contract supervision and management of all IRC construction projects/activities. The Manager (or designate i.e. Construction Supervisor/WASH Officer) will be the lead Technical liaison between IRC and partners (including contractors) at field level on all matters related to construction and will also be expected to work alongside other sectors to ensure efficient integration of construction activities that contributes towards user satisfaction within the confines of available resources. The Manager will report to the Deputy Director Operations (DDO) on all construction related matters and to the Deputy Director Programs (DDP) on all WASH programming matters.

General Broad Tasks


  • Overall responsibility for the management of building/civil engineering and WASH construction activities for the Kenya program providing the requisite technical expertise.
  • Responsible for all technical assessments/evaluations of all buildings/civil engineering and WASH facilities/structures (including sanitation, sewerage, and wastewater systems) at all IRC facilities/staffing accommodation areas, community-level programming and generation of findings, engineering solutions and associated estimated costs.
  • Responsible for all architectural designs, technical working designs/drawings, specifications and all required tender documents related to building and civil engineering construction at all IRC facilities and staff accommodation areas, covering both new and existing facilities to be rehabilitated.
  • Working with the field Construction, WASH and other program staff, design and plan construction related activities geared towards achieving planned delivery and timely completion of building/civil engineering and WASH projects both for new and existing facilities being rehabilitated/repaired.
  • Working with field teams, responsible for the generation of construction activities’ cost estimates based on designs and BoQs that reflect local context, innovativeness and appropriate technologies that ensure cost-effectiveness.
  • Working with field teams, responsible for overall contract management of construction projects, which includes contractor supervision/supervision of artisans, quality control checks to ensure adherence to required standards and codes of practice.
  • Contribute and support the DDO/DDP and the Grants Unit in the design of new construction activities including development of new proposals and budgets for the Kenya program.

Capacity Building

  • Support strengthening the capacity of field staff (Construction/WASH) on design and construction projects implementation through close supervision of works being carried out, to ensure quality in delivery.
  • Mentoring, and training of incentive staff (plumber, electrician, and carpenter) carrying out different construction-related trades and Construction/WASH staff carrying construction related activities within the country program.


  • Working with field teams, support all reporting (daily updates, weekly, and monthly) related to all construction activities being implemented in the Kenya Country program as will be required.
  • Compiling technical assessment/evaluation reports including technical reviews of the same when called upon.
  • Responsible for timely and proactively highlighting any anticipated work/project delays/challenges and proposing solutions in order to meet deadlines. 
  • Working with field teams, support the development of realistic, logical and practical internal IRC project specific work schedules for all IRC construction projects including broader/top line construction projects plans.
  • Working with field teams, support filing all tender documents, all correspondences between IRC and contractors, site notes (including daily site logs) in hard and soft copies during the entire contract period for each specific project being implemented.


  • Under the guidance of your supervisor liaise with other partners and local authorities within at National and County level on all building/civil engineering and WASH construction related issues regularly to ensure coordination and effective implementation of activities.
  • Ensure a strong, strengthened engagement/liaison with other IRC sectors on all aspects of building/civil engineering and WASH construction activities
  • Represent IRC in all Construction Coordination forums at National and County level when called upon.

Supply Chain and Finance

  • Working with field teams, support generation monthly cash forecasts based on planned construction activities to the Finance Office in a timely manner
  • Support monitoring of monthly expenditure specific to construction activities, review the BvA with the Finance team, Grants Unit as appropriate to ensure burn rates/expenditures are consistent with the work plans set.
  • Support Supply chain teams in tender adjudication process through pre-tender site visits when required, technical evaluation of bids submitted by interested contractors, and site hand over to winning contractors for civil/building and WASH construction projects to be carried out by IRC.
  • Collaborate with Supply Chain team in generating and tracking orders (POs, Contracts, PRs) and making internal requisitions of stock/material for construction-related activities.
  • Support field teams in ensuring construction materials procured meet required specifications, are received on site (or where required), kept safely and stocks of the same tracked during use at all times to ensure no stock out and that there’s prudent use to minimize wastage.
  • Support and/or responsible for the certification of works completed, sign off all interim and final completion certificates on behalf of IRC for all construction related projects.

Broad Expected Deliverables

  • Support overseeing or directly supervising all building/civil engineering and WASH construction activities for IRC in the Kenya program, that currently include; Remedial measures to the newly constructed four door VIP latrine block for the maternity unit; Construction two blocks each six door VIP latrines at the OPD area; Rehabilitation of the existing Incinerator; demolition of the existing defective building; re-design and construction of a new emergency block building; construction of a new eye clinic all at the IRC Kakuma General Hospital.
  • Support field teams in overseeing WASH construction activities for IRC in the Kenya program, that currently include; rehabilitation of existing water supply and sanitation facilities at outreach sites; rehabilitation of existing buildings to set CEmONC centres, Stabilization centres all in the Lodwar IRC program.
  • Conduct WASH and building Infrastructure assessment at all IRC health facilities in Dadaab and Kakuma (and Lodwar if required), and accommodation areas generate report with findings showing gaps, solutions to bridge the gaps, cost estimates for bridging the gaps, solutions ranked in terms of priorities, a topline work plan of implementing the solutions developed, shared with relevant sector leads, the Snr FCs, DDO and DDP.
  • Initiate and oversee rehabilitation and repairs to IRC health facility structures at both camps and staff accommodation buildings as shall have been identified and prioritized by the assessments in (3) above, supporting engagement contractors, supervision of works and contract management up to contract discharge.
  • Conduct assessments/review of fast moving parts and fittings required for operation and maintenance of utility services (water system, sewerage system, electrical system, basic iron monger for doors/windows etc.) at the health facilities and the staff accommodation areas, generation of a list of the items, review of funding availability and procurement of the same for stocking to ensure response to faults/break downs is always prompt when they occur; deliverables to focus on both camps (Dadaab and Kakuma).
  • Technical designs, development of specifications, BoQs, and work schedules to a proposed new Staff accommodation unit in readiness for constructions once funding is made available.
  • In the light of funding coming through undertake tender adjudication process of the projects above, i.e. preparation of tender documents, facilitate pre-bid site visits, technical review of bids, site hand over, construction supervision and overall construction contract management up to discharge stage.


  • University Degree in Civil, or Building and Construction, or Water, or related Engineering field.

Required Experience & Competencies

  • Four years’ experience implementing civil engineering/building and WASH construction activities in a relief setting, remote locations/areas or ASAL areas.
  • Proven experience implementing Civil/Building and WASH construction activities in both healthcare and community settings.
  • Proven practical experience tender adjudication, contractor supervision, and general construction contract management.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong skills in partnership management, external engagement ad representation skills.
  • Experience with appropriate technologies, innovation, good engineering analysis, and judgment
  • Computer literate (good application of word processors, spreadsheet, database, outlook, Engineering CAD software applications – at least either ACAD or ArchiCAD)
  • Cultural and diversity sensitivity, commitment and an understanding of the values of IRC and the principles of equal opportunities.
  • Comfortable to work in a remote environment
  • Ability to work and adapt under pressure.
  • Previous practical emergency response experience.
  • Please make sure to include copy of Certificate of Good Conduct in your application.


Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowance.

Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.  International allowances are not available for this position. Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector. 

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.


Please take note that International Rescue Committee (IRC) does not ask for any fees in connection with its recruitment processes.

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