Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Closing date: 10 Dec 2016
PROGRAM/ DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:
Mercy Corps has been operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since August 2007, with a staff of around 200 people working in North Kivu, South Kivu, Province Orientale, and Kinshasa. IMAGINE seeks to simultaneously improve availability of, access to, management of, and proper utilization of WaSH resources in selected urban centers in Eastern Congo to ensure sustained health impacts. In support of this Mercy Corps has recently completed a number of assessments as part of the IMAGINE Inception Phase to define key needs around WASH infrastructure, water governance, market development and hygiene practice and better understand the environmental, socio-economic and gender issues that affect WASH needs and delivery.
IMAGINE identifies critical and inter-related outputs to address these causal factors preventing sustained improvements:
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
The Infrastructure Contracts Manager will manage the overall external contracts administration for procurement contracts for Infrastructure design and works contracts (administered in part through the supervising consultant) in collaboration with the construction Supervisors with a key focus on ensuring that the contracts are administered and managed effectively including all necessary reporting.
ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve – we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to Beneficiaries:
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: Direct supervision of: External consultants contract performance and works contracts supported by the construction Supervisors (technical and construction oversight).
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Deputy Program Director of Infrastructure
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Deputy program Director Infrastructure and other Delivery Managers, Gender Manager, monitoring and evaluation, DRC team members, DRC external finance and procurement team and members of the Mercy Corps Technical Support Units
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The Infrastructure Contracts Manager will combine strong FIDIC-contract management delivery skills with an ability to work successfully with different consultants and contractors. S/he will demonstrate a strong ability to collaboratively problem solve in a rapidly changing situation, and will be able to actively anticipate schedule and program risk. The Manager will combine strong collaborative working skills with an ability to implement programs successfully, and will demonstrate adaptability, flexibility in approach and a strong sense of equity. In DRC, patience, diplomacy, tenacity, compassion, determination and a sense of humor are all success factors.
LIVING CONDITIONS/ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:
This position is an un-accompanied post based in Goma (DRC) . The position is entitled to housing.
Goma is a provincial capital of over 700,000 inhabitants, with travel to Bunia, Bukavu, and Kinshasa. Living in Goma is comfortable, although water and electricity can be unstable. Outside Goma, travel can be dangerous and unpredictable due to armed forces and rebel activity.
While conditions in the country are improving, and security is quite stable in Goma, there are still pockets of violence and insecurity. Mercy Corps’ sub-offices experience variable levels of insecurity, with the situation closely monitored by UN peacekeepers. Air travel is necessary to get from one end of the country to the other. Mobile phones and cellular service are widely available. Internet is available in all Mercy Corps offices. Travel to field sites will be required where living conditions are clean and secure, but basic. There are a number of health services available with evacuation options for serious illnesses. There’s reasonable access to most consumer goods, although they can be expensive.
Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
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