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Construction Manager - Uganda


Employer: School for Life Foundation Australia Limited
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Community Development, International Aid & Development, Project Management, Management, Trades & Services
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: International

Job posted on: 17 January, 2017.
Applications close: 24 February, 2017. (Expired)

  • Position Title: Construction Manager, Uganda
  • Position Type: Full time
  • Salary Package: $1200USD per month, visas, one return flight to Uganda.
  • Reports to: Country Director, Uganda and International Chief Executive Officer

Snapshot of School for Life:

School for Life Foundation (SFL) is an Australian not-for-profit organisation working in rural Uganda.

We empower communities to help themselves and create their own opportunities. We do this by providing a quality education and associated services, including employment and healthcare.

Our projects Katuuso Primary and Vocational School, and Mbazzi Secondary School, can be found an hour west of Uganda’s capital Kampala. We are also constructing a third in 2017. The Construction Manager will be overseeing the completion of the Secondary School, installation of a solar electricity system, water tanks, construction of teachers' accommodation and another Primary School.

To date, School for Life has raised more than A$4 million and mobilised the support of thousands of people around the world who have helped us:

  • Educate more than 500 students annually
  • Employ more than 120 adults in related roles
  • Train and employ 15 women as tailors
  • Construct an effective animal husbandry program with a fully functional piggery
  • Provide 3 nutritious meals a day for all our staff and students
  • Provide clean drinking water to our communities
  • Access to health care through 2 clinics and community outreach programs.

SFL now seeks an adaptable, proficient and highly motivated professional to join our team as Construction Manager. 

Key Objectives

Based in Kampala, Uganda, the Construction Manager oversees the construction of all School for Life (SFL) related projects, which involves the following:

  • supervising construction workers;
  • defining and maintaining construction work procedures and processes;
  • overseeing day-to-day construction progress; and
  • procurement and transportation of building supplies.

This individual is responsible for working directly with the Ugandan foreman and construction team to upskill and empower them to do their work.

Principal duties and responsibilities

  • Identify, develop and maintain construction procedures.
  • Responsible for ensuring all construction is completed within the time frame specified.
  • Developing relationships with building staff, suppliers, and contractors.
  • Preparation of proposals and budgets for CEO and Country Director’s approval.
  • Preparing interim and final narrative reports as per reporting requirements for School for Life Foundation Australia and Cotton On Foundation.
  • Maintaining consistent communication with program staff and management to determine goals and objectives.
  • Assist department personnel in writing periodic reports to comply with funding requirements.
  • Arrange meetings regularly with Country Director.
  • Supervise construction support staff; provide work direction; resolve staff questions; coordinate workflow.
  • Create and adapt construction procedures as necessary; identify, develop and implement construction workflow processes; monitor procedures and ensure quality control.
  • Monitoring expenditure to ensure projects come in under budget and develop as per cash flow requirements.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the construction sites.
  • Perform other duties as directed.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in the construction industry.
  • Demonstrated proficiency supervising staff and managing projects.
  • Satisfactory technical support skills including word processing, spreadsheet, database and data entry.
  • High standards regarding accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to use experience and good judgment to make appropriate decisions.
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills.
  • Ability to communicate well across cultural barriers, act effectively as liaison between management/program staff and construction staff, and adjust to changing priorities.
  • Aptitude for organizing tasks, managing time and prioritizing projects.
  • Outstanding judgment, initiative and drive. 

What you will gain

  • The experience of a lifetime working and living in Uganda.
  • Experience managing large-scale construction.
  • Become an integral member of an innovative, dynamic grassroots organisation.
  • Skills in strategic planning and management.
  • The opportunity to make a huge difference to the lives and futures of entire communities in Uganda.
How to apply for this job

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