Construction Officer

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The Construction Officer is responsible to oversee the implementation of ECW project construction activates like construction of primary school, latrines construction and water works undertakings in the field office in close cooperation with Education Program Manager. He/she is expected to have sound experience and knowledge on design, supervision and contract administration of schools, & latrine construction, sand water supply and sanitation facilities. The position involves regular trips to and supervision of all construction works at targeted sites. As part of the assignment, he/she is expected to design appropriate technologies (economical, durable and manageable scheme), adhere to agreed construction methodologies and standards and mobilize community and local authorities to participate in the construction from the planning through the construction phases. S/he is expected to liaise with communities, local authorities and other agencies regularly to ensure coordination and effective quality construction implementation of activities.


  •  In close collaboration with Education Program Manager the post holder will ensure effective implementation of project construction works (construction of primary schools, latrines and school WASH facility).
  •  Take the lead in monitoring the construction work and give regular updates.
  •   Give technical support to contractors during the construction process.
  •   Ensure that the construction work is implemented in line with the construction design and drawing.
  •   Ensure that the project construction work is done in line with SCI construction standards and quality
  •  Give regular update to the education program manager on the status of the construction work and alert it if there is any delay from the contractor side.
  •  Check whether the contractor has done the work as per the agreed plan and closely work with education program manager in releasing the construction payment as per the entitled payment.
  • Fulfill other task assigned to your line manager.                                                 SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice) Accountability:
    • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values.
    •   Holds suppliers accountable to deliver on their responsibilities


    •  Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and takes responsibility for their own personal development
    •   Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
    •   Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale


    •  Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
    •   Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally.


    •   Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
    •   Cuts away bureaucracy and encourages an entrepreneurial approach



    •   Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence
    •   Displays consistent excellent judgement

Job Requirements



  • BSc Degree in civil engineering or related field and over 3 years of relevant experience in Construction work.
  • Experience in an international NGO or similar organization.
  • Good technical knowledge of policy and practice in the field of construction and contract management as well as other cross cutting issues
  • A good understanding of development issues and the policy context in the operational areas and Ethiopia generally.
  • Experience in working the construction of schools, latrines and school wash facility.
  • Computer literate in word processing and excel packages.
  • Understanding of child rights and their protection and fulfilment in the development context
  • Commitment to Save the Children values


  • Awareness of international accountability standards including HAP (Humanitarian Accountability Partnership) and a demonstrated commitment to promoting these standards in ways of working and project implementation.
  • Experience of working with an international NGO especially in refugee context.
  • Experience in managing and supervising the construction of primary schools, latrines and school Wash facilities.
  • Experience of effectively communicating findings to internal/external stakeholders.
  • Experience in child friendly accountability systems. We offer a competitive package in the context of the  role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.

Generic Competencies

  • Being the Voice of Children: Promotes evidence-based policy and public engagement that includes the voices of children and their communities
  • Advancing Equality & Inclusion: Displays a commitment to ensuring everything we do considers the most deprived and marginalized children and adolescent
  • Building & Strengthening Partnerships: Promotes working with diverse partners as critical to delivery
  • Child Rights: Promotes the rights of children in own work and in work with colleagues and peers

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI’s global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Gender Equality Policies, supported by relevant procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

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.

Safeguarding our Staff:

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SC Health and Safety policies and procedures.

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. The duty station of the position holder will be in Addis Ababa This role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.

The Organizatio n
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 realize 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.

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