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Delegate, Shelter Construction

American Red Cross
Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Position: Delegate, Shelter Construction
Position: NHQ8618

This is a full time position for a minimum of one year. This is an accompanied post--Spouse only.

Purpose: In response to the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, the American Red Cross will be implementing a considerable, permanent housing and neighborhood rehabilitation program (which may include the development of whole new subdivisions). This program is referred to as the Shelter to Housing Integrated Recovery and Rebuilding Stimulus (SHIRRS) Program. We are seeking a skilled, construction delegate with practical experience in building construction, land and settlement development, and construction management. This is a full time position and the incumbent is expected to use a high degree of initiative.

The incumbent will be responsible for all aspects of the SHIRRS program construction, including: the scheduling, implementation, management, operations and oversight of all SHIRRS construction activities and supervision of SHIRRS construction personnel.

The incumbent will be one of four key SHIRRS program officers that will form the initial staff of the SHIRRS program and as the program staffing scales up the incumbent and the other three key officers are expected to form the senior program staff.

In general the incumbent is expected to:
• Supervise the construction of shelters or other similar structures in the assigned working area by locally-hired Site Supervisors and construction teams.
• Supervise the preparation of sites for shelter construction, including grading, rubble clearing/ removal and minor demolition, as required. Ensure that proper procedures and practices are followed on all ARC construction sites.
• Ensure health and safety of the workers according to the ARC-Haiti Construction Safety Policy.
• Conduct or manage Safety Training of new hires and site personnel as required according to the Policy. Ensure that the Site Supervisors are administering the Safety Policy as a priority of site activities.
• Manage the Daily Site Construction Reports and feed relevant data to SHIRRS Shelter Delegate on daily basis for project monitoring.
• Review and sign off on Certificates of Substantial Completion and other documents required in management of construction crews, as presented by Site Supervisors.
• Carefully monitor crew work time and Daily Construction Reports. Ensure that all payment-related documents are properly logged in the finance and Data Base system.
• Maintain the ongoing scheduling of work and maintain the supply lines for materials, tools and labor needs as required in order to facilitate project schedules.
• Ensure ongoing management and training of Site Supervisors in all aspects of quality control and ensure that every shelter and other structure built by the ARC meet specifications. Assist in recruiting, training and mentoring local construction teams as required.
• Ensure that established ARC processes for hiring and paying local construction teams are carefully followed.
• Receive and report to the SHIRRS Senior Shelter Delegate on all community grievances related to shelter construction activities.
• Ensure that site preparation/rubble clearing has been carried out to the satisfaction of the beneficiary and to the extent that drainage needs of the plots have been taken into consideration before work commences.
• Coordinate closely with the logistics team to ensure timely transportation of shelter materials, tools and equipment to work sites. Assess the quality and condition of shelter materials arriving on site. Ensure that they meet specifications and coordinate with Logistics as required. Report on damages and quality issues to SHIRRS Senior Shelter Delegate. Ensure security of materials on site prior to construction crew start-work and between finish of work and beneficiary handover.

Post location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Specific duties and accountabilities
• Construction management and oversight
• Building project Management
• Site preparation and management
• Operations controls
• Worker Supervision
• Scheduling
• Subcontract Acquisition and Management
• Infrastructure Services
• Certificates of Occupancy
• Building Permits
• Material and equipment
• Specifications
• Project cost estimating
• Logistics and Distribution
• Other duties as assigned

Additional duties
• Understand and practice the Principles of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement.
Duties applicable to all staff
• Work towards the achievement of overall goals of the operations in the country, through effective managerial and lateral relations and teamwork;
• Ensure understanding of roles, responsibilities, lateral relationships and accountabilities;
• Perform other work related duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the supervisor;
• Establish effective working relationships with local staff and delegates;
• Ensure effective working relationships with National Society.

Skills & Knowledge:
Bachelor’s degree in engineering or relevant field with minimum of seven years experience in construction, the building trades, or equivalent required.
Working experience with excel, CAD, critical path planning (or alike), and project management, project scheduling, and cost estimating software in a professional capacity required.
Experience of working for the Red Cross/Red Crescent preferred.
Minimum of 1 year supervisory experience required.
At least two years of experience working in a developing country preferred.
Languages: Creole and/or French preferred.

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The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


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