Position: Construction Supervisor

Peace Winds Japan

Location of activity: Dadaab Kenya

Duration: 6 months with possibility of extension

Direct supervisor: Shelter Engineer


Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) is a Japanese Non-Governmental Organization established in 1996. PWJ has been providing humanitarian and development assistance for people affected by forced displacement and natural disasters in more than 20 countries in the world. PWJ launched its mission in Kenya in 2012 and has been implementing projects funded by UN agencies and the government of Japan in shelter, WASH and youth development to improve living environments of refuge and host populations while promoting peaceful coexistence and self- reliance in the communities in Dadaab, Kakuma and Kalobeyei. PWJ is UNHCR partner responsible for WASH, Shelter, Warehouse, Motor vehicle Service Unit and centralized fleet management for Dadaab Refugee Operations.

Job Summary

The Construction Supervisor will be assisting Engineer in managing shelter construction, monitoring the quality of shelters and supervising the work of foremen and contractors. He will also ensure sufficient construction materials at the construction sites, report to Engineer on progress and issues/constraints in all aspects of shelter construction, as well as ensuring close coordination and communication with other stakeholders and maintaining good relationships with them

Duties and Responsibilities Construction Supervisor

  • Sensitizing and motivating beneficiaries for project participation
  • Monitoring the progress of shelter construction to achieve the project goals in time
  • Monitoring the quality shelters and providing with technical support to foremen and contractors whenever necessary
  • Assisting Engineer in monitoring stock levels, consumption of material, and the use of equipment with servicing and repairs
  • Working closely with field staff to ensure good coordination and timely completion of tasks/targets
  • Ensuring good relations between PWJ field staff and the beneficiaries
  • Ensure the security and safety of PWJ shelter personnel and equipment in field
  • Perpetuating relationships established with other partners in Shelter sector – UNHCR, IOs, NGOs, Government- ensuring coordination and avoiding duplication.

Educational/Technical/Professional and Experience Requirements

  • Degree in Civil engineering/ Building construction with a minimum of 3 years relevant experience or Higher/ ordinary diploma in Civil engineering/ Building construction with at least 7 years relevant experience.
  • Excellent spoken and written English Strong analytical, inter personal and team building skills
  • Proficiency in CAD
  • Experience in T-Shelter construction
  • Good management skills and experience in Shelter project monitoring
  • Sufficient experience and knowledge in humanitarian work (more than 3 years); previous experience managing shelter projects in an emergency / refugee set up is an added advantage
  • Ability to organize tasks simultaneously and prioritize work
  • Honest, responsible and in good physical condition to meet the job’s demands
  • Willingness to adhere to and carry out Peace Winds Japan rules
  • Ability to coordinate and manage staff and project activities with strong organizational and supervisory skills
  • Proven ability to work creatively and independently both in the field and in the office; Excellent writing, communication, and personnel management skills
  • Previous work experience with INGO in Dadaab will be an added advantage


  • English: professional fluency
  • Kiswahili: native/advanced

General Employees’ Obligations and Responsibilities

  • The Employer stipulates the right to assign the Employee any other kind of work derived from his/her specialization. In case of urgent work and such like the Employee may be requested to work overtime as well as during public and other holidays.
  • Deliver project objectives within time, resource and budget constraints.
  • Correctness and completeness of given tasks.
  • The Employee takes over the responsibility for all entrusted material or cash. The Employee is obligated to cover all damages or losses caused by his carelessness.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all information gained from employment within, not publicly.
  • Representing and upholding the values, policies and procedures of PWJ at all times.
  • Your schedule is subject to change at any time according to the organization needs.
  • Behave in a professional manner at all the times with the understanding that the public associates your behavior with PWJ.

Working Conditions:

The position is based at Dadaab refugee camp. Hot weather is prevalent throughout the year. The holder of this position is recruited in line with the UNHCR terms and conditions of service. The incumbent shall reside in UNHCR refugee camp while executing official duties.

How to apply

Additional information of the posting

We are looking to recruit Kenyan national candidates only. Interested and qualified candidates are cordially invited to send a cover letter (1 page) indicating salary expectation and resume (3 pages) as one pdf document no later than 20th February 2024 to [email protected]. When applying indicate the title this position on the Subject line.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. For more information about Peace Winds Japan, please visit https://peace-winds.org/en

Deadline: 20 Feb 2024

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