Regional Construction Advisor, Asia (Can be based anywhere in Asia)

*ROLE CAN BE BASED ANYWHERE IN ASIA


The Opportunity


Save the Children is seeking a dynamic and experienced Built Environment Professional (Architect, Engineer, or approved other) with experience in managing construction projects in development, emergency and private sectors, to drive continuous improvement and deliver safe and quality programming to our programs in the region. You will be part of a Global Team, tasked with rolling out Construction Improvement Plan, while supporting ongoing programs in the region and providing emergency response support. The post is home-based in the region, with up to 50% travel. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, passionate about the rights of children, and driven to ensure international standards for Safety and DRR are embedded into all our programs.


The Regional Construction Advisor will be expected to:

  1. Implement the Construction Change Process, as per the workplan under the HPO Supply Chain Transformation, leading with change in one CO pilot country, providing input and feedback into the change process through workstream lead.
  2. Provide technical support to programmes involving Construction through review of proposals, advising on quality assurance processes ad safe programming for construction.
  3. Provide change support to other regions, under a deployment agreement

This role will also be expected to play a leadership role, through 360 degree support to colleagues and work to ensure that broader sector coordination mechanisms are functioning effectively. In most circumstances, the post holder will be expected to mentor and/or build capacity both international and national staff colleagues, this includes working with procurement to ensure construction plans/procurement plans are completed collaboratively so that high quality materials, assets, organisations can be sourced and vetted in a timely manner and follow the principles of procurement.


In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder may be expected to support the deployment of HST, or support short-term emergency response deployment within limitations of workload.


Key Responsibilities


Programme Design

  • Undertake Change rollout activities and support country offices in achieving change goals.
  • Record progress, lessons learned and capture in a recommended methodology for delivering construction improvements.
  • Provide overall technical management and support to country programmes in planning and undertaking construction projects and activities
  • Provide expertise to CO and ARO supply chain and programme teams on the procurement of construction and quality control services.
  • Develop technical guidance, quality standards and assessment tools; support COs in defining sourcing strategies that maximise the use of resources and ensures consistent adherence to those standards.
  • Provide guidance to other sectoral program managers on the planning, scheduling and supervisory requirements of various infrastructure and construction projects such as site assessments, preparation of Bills of Quantities, hiring of contractors, monitoring construction and final inspection of infrastructure work.
  • Provide technical support to the DRR teams, advising on the infrastructure component and supporting through capacity building.
  • Ensure with the cooperation of the in country sector leads that infrastructure scheduling is coordinated and integrated with Education, DRR, Child Protection and Health programme planning as appropriate in countries where deployed
  • Support the reive of CO RMPS, attendance on the Risk committee, and maintain network of Construction Focal Point in the regions
  • Support Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) specialists of the various Country Programmes to develop tailor made MEAL plans and tools for tracking the progress, outputs and outcomes of construction projects.
  • Produce technical documents and reports meant to inform Save the Children staff and senior management internally to improve the quality and impact of the construction interventions and link with SCI regional office teams as appropriate to problem-solve around operational challenges (especially logistics & finance).
  • Carry out short Advisory visits to country programmes as per the Construction Change Project work plan in order to support the development of proposals or review/monitor/evaluate ongoing grants.
  • Potential support to other regions, up to 40% as required through a deployment agreement, in coordination with the Global Construction Lead to support the objectives of the Construction Change Work plan.
  • Develop regionally appropriate tools and designs as a resource appropriate to countries in the region.
  • Act as Subject Matter Expert to one of the Humanitarian Surge Team, on agreement.

Humanitarian adaptation – CAT 1 and CAT 2

  • In coordination with the wider RO team, provide backtopping role in assisting an ongoing humanitarian response to fast track response activities through the provision of technical advise, identifying access to various resources and other relevant necessary technical guidance.

Capacity Building:

  • Develop learning needs assessment and capacity building plans for both SC and partner staff, linking capacity building initiatives to wider opportunities identified via coordination and networks.
  • Coach and mentor Technical Coordinators and national level counterparts and link in to wider organisational talent development mechanisms.
  • Deliver training at regional and country office level against the construction benchmarks.
  • Develop a regional technical network
  • Support recruitment and induction of all senior construction staff in the region

Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

  • Help shape broader sector strategies through influence of and leadership within inter-agency coordination forums, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed. This may involve taking on a co-chairing role where needs demand.
  • Take the initiative in documenting lessons learnt, best practice and case studies to shape in-country strategies and programme approaches, and contribute to broader sector learning.
  • Pro-actively identify advocacy opportunities, case studies and research opportunities which link with wider organisational strategic objectives, and turn these into action.
  • Lead on organisational level programme policy, innovation, learning or representation initiatives.
  • Contribute to the activities of the construction technical working group.

The Organisation


We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.


We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.


Application Information


Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at www.savethechildren.net/careers


Closing Date for Application: 28 February 2020


We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.


All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Job description:

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Date advertised: 14 Feb 2020

Closing date: 28 Feb 2020 - 15:59 GMT

Location: Singapore, Singapore

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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