Kenya: Construction Foreman – REF: CF/12/2017

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Organization: CARE
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 20 Dec 2017

CARE has a commitment to gender, equity and diversity in our workplace and operations. CARE respects and values diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, sexuality, ethnicity, age, disability, religion or politics. This is reflected in our recruitment decisions which are made entirely through a transparent, merit-based selection process. All CARE staff are required to comply with the Code of Conduct and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) policies. CARE is committed to protecting the rights of the communities whom we serve, and therefore reserves the right to conduct background checks and other screening procedures to ensure a safe, dignified work environment.


Reporting to the Construction Supervisor, the Construction Foreman will coordinate operations and oversee workers at construction sites. He/she will be the point of reference of both workers and supervisors and will be a key person for the completion of construction project. The post holder is expected make quick decisions related to shelter activities in the field. He/She must be well organized and value safety above everything else. The incumbent will be based in the field in most of the assignments.


R1: Coordination of construction activities

1.1 Coordinate construction tasks according to priorities and plans.

1.2 Produce schedules and monitor attendance of construction staff.

1.3 Allocate general and daily responsibilities

1.4 Ensure manpower and resources are adequate

R2: Distribution of Shelter Kits

2.1 Working with the refugee community leaders, plan for the distribution of shelter kits.

2.2 Ensure each beneficiary receives the shelter repair kit as per the distribution modality.

R3: Supervision of staff

3.1 Overall responsibility of staff working in the construction site.

3.2 Directly supervise casual laborer.

3.3 Participate in the recruitment of construction staff.

R4: Reporting

4.1 Prepares daily, weekly and monthly construction report.

4.2 Develops yearly construction report.

4.3 Participate in the evaluation of shelter activities.


Spending Authority: N/A

Supervision: None

Decision Making: Makes normal decisions relating to effective performance of responsibilities


External: WFP, UNHCR, implementing partners, vendors, drivers delivering and loading materials.

Internal: All CARE staff.


The position is based in Dadaab Main Office (DMO) with work allocations to any of the camps; Dagahaley, Ifo and Hagadera camp as well as any other extension camps and program sites. This is a none-family working station. Hot weather is prevalent throughout the year with limited basic amenities. Road movement between duty station and Garissa as well as inter-camp movement must be under police escort (scheduled convoys) with strict adherence to safety and security regulations at all times. It is a six days work station with a compensatory time off according to CTO policy.

The incumbent shall reside in the CARE compound while executing official duties and shall obey and adhere to residential compound regulations.


Education: Diploma in Building Construction or related field. Certificate in Building Construction with strong work experience will be considered.

Experience: At least 3 years working experience in the field of building and construction preferably with an international NGO.

Certificate: Windows-CAD programme and MS Office


· Prior exposure and experience in supervising construction works and inventory management

· Hands-on experience in working with community based structures

· Experience managing construction budgets

· Ability to work effectively independently or in a team environment or with colleagues from different backgrounds

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills

· Ability to work effectively in a multicultural team environment

· Flexibility and willing to adapt to changing environment

· Good communication and writing skills.

· Good Organizational and Planning skills *

How to apply:

Visit our careers page on the our website at

CARE is an equal opportunity employer and promotes gender equity. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

CARE International in Kenya does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. Qualified Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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