Supervisor, Construction

Development Kampala, Uganda


Description

Who We Are

Bridge partners with governments, donors, and parents to ensure that every child has access to an education that develops her full potential and creates the foundation for prosperity for the country. We are dedicated to supporting teachers, empowering school leaders, and ensuring every child has the learning support needed to master the national syllabus and have the confidence to succeed in a competitive world. Each of our project or country teams are supported through expertise and programming from additional offices around the world, combining world-leading expertise in core design areas with locally resident leadership and execution. We leverage experts, data, and technology in order to support and scale every aspect of quality education delivery. Bridge managed and supported schools are technology enabled and data driven to ensure accountability in the classroom for both teachers’ performance and children’s learning.

The Bridge model delivers significant learning outcomes at large scale by combining technology and customized learning materials. At Bridge, we believe innovation and technology can transform learning. Our model - which uses technology to deliver thoroughly researched and carefully designed daily lesson guides to teachers in our academies - is proven to increase learning outcomes for children. We are a solutions-driven, implementation-focused organization, using design principles to work in varied and often highly constrained contexts to ensure learning outcomes and positive development for children. Working in regional and national scales is important to us, as empowering entire generations of children with core knowledge, skills, and confidence is what builds the foundation for a peaceful and prosperous future for us all.

Our mission is to provide our pupils with a life-changing education and we believe that every child should have a right to world-class education regardless of her family’s income. Core to our approach is the conviction that every child can learn, as long as the school she attends is committed to her development and puts her needs to learn at the forefront of all decisions. We have seen teachers and children transform and excel in both government and private schools that we support and manage. We invite you to join this incredible endeavor that is having world-changing impact across multiple continents. You will join a team of dedicated change-makers committed to ensuring that each decision we make keeps a child’s experience of learning as its guiding principle.


Uganda

We work across Uganda to improve learning for underserved communities. We run a range of affordable schools across Uganda, working closely with the Ministry for Education and Sports to help improve education outcomes. We’re data driven and our models adapt to the needs of individual governments. We design lessons based on the Ugandan curriculum. We’re flexible wherever we can serve more marginalized communities and improve learning outcomes for children.


About the role

The Construction Supervisor is entirely responsible for the construction activities for the allocated school sites. This includes building and renovating existing academies/sites according Bridge’s specifications and plans. Ensuring that prior arrangements are made for effective project start up, smooth work progress and payments, effective decision making and finalized project close-out. You will be responsible for the liaison between the school sites and the headquarters in terms of information flows and record keeping.

What You Will Do

  • Site Appraisal: Carry out initial site visit, document the site characteristics, evaluate the implications of site conditions to construction and prepare a report.
  • Project Start-up: Carry out all tasks that are necessary for the construction to commence effectively and complete the start-up checklist for approval.
  • Contract management: Prepare or modify the standard contract for site specific issues, discuss it with the Site Foreman and manage it throughout the construction period.
  • Materials management: Prepare or modify the standard schedule of materials, prepare materials requisitions, confirm orders and deliveries, ensure proper materials acceptance procedures are duly applied, retrieve from site and forward to headquarters the delivery notes and invoices, request payments and file away the payment acknowledgement.
  • Labour management: Source qualified Site Foremen (where necessary), skilled and unskilled laborers, manage labour records, manage labour payments, retrieve from site and forward to headquarters the invoices and time sheets, request payments and file away the payment acknowledgement.
  • Project Management: Carry out day-to-day monitoring of progress of work on site, tracking to ensure project targets are met, planning and implementing remedial measures in case of project slippage, including feedback information for project improvement. Carry out early morning daily calls, prepare daily email reports and prepare weekly work projects.
  • Workmanship and Quality Control: Communicate the quality standards, implement procedures to ensure that work meets them, monitor and provide feedback information for improved quality.
  • Payments: Compute or modify budget estimates for approval, prepare payment requests for approval, confirm and record payments completed and balances and file away the payment acknowledgement.
  • Records Management: Implement the proper entering and updating of site records including the site book, invoices, time sheets and prepare summary reports as required.
  • Labour Relations: Ensure the employment of only desirable workers on the school sites, maintain smooth labour relations and provide feedback information for improved quality.

What You Should Have
  • Minimum Qualifications; Higher Diploma in Building, Construction, Civil Engineering, or its equivalent from a recognized institution.
  • Should be registered with the relevant professional body
  • At least 5 years’ experience in site supervision on busy sites preferably in labour intensive project.
  • Should have good knowledge of basic construction technology and practices.
  • Should be a good planner, well organized and able to carry out simple analysis tasks.
  • Should be able to source skilled labour locally and handle labour-related issues arising on site from time to time.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills are required.
  • Good people management skills that result in timely meeting of deadlines.
  • Ability and willingness to accept instructions, accept criticism and positive feedback, while being very adaptable and flexible.
  • Position will be [full time-short term contract] based on project scope and performance.
  • Willingness to travel-This job will be based in Uganda

You’re also

  • A detailed doer - You have a track record of getting things done. You’re organized and responsive. You take ownership of every idea you touch and execute it to a fine level of detail, setting targets, engaging others, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. You can multi-task dozens of such projects at once and never lose sight of the details. Likely, you have some experience in a start-up or other rapid-growth company.
  • A creative problem-solver - Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, Bridge works in often fragile, sometimes volatile low-resource communities and with complex government systems. You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand.
  • A relentless advocate - The children we serve and teachers we empower never leave your mind. You know them, get them, have shared a meal with them (or would be happy to in the future). You would never shrink back from shaking a parent’s hand or picking up a crying child, no matter what the person was wearing or looked like. Every decision you make considers their benefit, experience, and value.
  • A malleable learner - You believe you can always do better. You welcome constructive criticism and provide it freely to others. You know you only get better tomorrow when others point out where you’ve missed things or failed today.
  • A data-driven decision-maker - When making decisions, you don’t rely your intuition alone. You collect data, you analyze it and make decisions with clear justifications.
  • A curious investigator - You ask why a lot. You don’t just take what you see and accept it. You wonder why it is that way, and are aware that the world we see is created by human choices and actions - and it could be different. You wonder, and see the world as wonderful even when you want to change a part of it that is unjust.