Construction Manager

Construction Monrovia, Liberia


Who We Are

Bridge believes every child has the right to high quality education and works in partnership with governments, communities, parents and teachers to deliver education to over 100,000 children in underserved communities across Africa and Asia. 

Bridge leverages in-depth teacher training and support, advanced lesson plans and wireless technology to provide pupils with a meaningful and life-changing education.

Globally, there is an education crisis. Around 263 million children and young people are not in school and the number of primary school aged children not in school is increasing. Bridge is committed to helping tackle this through a data driven, evidence based approach that delivers strong schools and a great education for all.

The Bridge Approach

Education is in crisis in many countries around the world. It is estimated that 264 million children and young people are out of school, and 330 million children are in school but not learning. In addition, an extra 69 million teachers are needed to achieve the 2030 UN education goals.

Many education systems are plagued with inadequate materials and poor management systems, all leading to chronic teacher absenteeism and a lack of learning. Education reform is challenging but it is urgently required if we are to prevent another generation of children missing out. So, we work in partnership with governments, NGOs and non-state actors to address the huge education imbalance between what is available and what is needed right now - we work to bridge the gap.

We believe parents have the right to choose a school for their children and we enable families to enjoy seeing their children learn, improve and flourish at Bridge schools. We locate our schools in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the world. Families in our communities can be earning just $1.90 per person a day; a level the World Bank notes is at extreme poverty. By putting learning at the centre of all we do, Bridge has become an extremely popular choice for underserved families and low-income communities.

With plans to enroll ten million students ten years from now, Bridge offers a tremendous opportunity to grow with one of the world’s most exciting and ambitious social enterprises, with leadership roles available across a number of competencies and geographies.

About the Role

We have and are continuing to develop one of the most cost-effective approaches to constructing school buildings in the world.  We currently construct school classrooms for less than US$ 1,500 per classroom fully loaded (including all labour and site management, furniture, transport, and the amortized cost of the latrines, School Manager’s office, and fence). These results are achieved by using experienced site managers, who are supported by a central management team and a highly specified process and specifications.

Because of the speed of our scaling, we construct many schools simultaneously.  For example, the company will build or remodel 5 - 10 new schools.  That means we have to manage multiple simultaneous construction sites. Within a couple of years the number of simultaneous construction sites will increase to well over 50.

We are looking for a full time Construction Manager who to provide critical leadership to manage these simultaneous construction projects being led by construction foremen and day labourers.  

We are looking for someone who is good with the details and not afraid of spending long hours in the field (in the slums) to make sure the job is accomplished.

What You Will Do:

  • Install and configure new IT equipment - Servers, PCs, Laptops, Smart phones, Tablets, Projectors, Nooks, etc.
  • Improve upon and develop new manuals, specifications, tracking tools, & training program to allow local construction managers to successfully replicate school design
  • Refine and implement a sophisticated budgeting and payment tracking system to ensure that schools are being built under budget and on time.
  • Refine and put in place audit systems to ensure that construction is being done correctly and financial controls are in place to ensure transparency
  • Identifying, training and managing site foremen who are the actual implementers at each site
  • Managing central construction team to help implement the design, process, and auditing.
  • Constantly working to reduce cost and improve quality of school construction

What You Should Have:

  • 8+ years’ experience in senior project management or construction management role, especially one where you were managing many sites/projects simultaneously.
  • Experience with very process-oriented project management
  • Experience in construction management, ideally in situations where budgets are incredibly constrained 
  • Comfortable and willing to work in slums
  • Experience with managing distributed teams of people
  • Experience managing inventory at multiple sites and ensuring there are systems to prevent loss
  • Experienced in developing budgeting/accounting system to ensure easy auditing of the financial transactions
  • Experienced user of MS Project, ArchiCAD/AutoCAD and MS Excel
  • A background or experience in detailed ultra-low cost engineering design a plus
  • Comfortable with using and analyzing data, budgets, and information to make better decisions
  • "Love to get my hands dirty" is your middle name.  While you have been a manager, you have also demonstrated your willingness to jump into the very nitty-gritty details and get done what is needed to get done.
  • You function well in a fast-paced, informal environment where constant change is the norm and the bar for quality is set high

You’re also

  • A detailed doer - You have a track record of getting things done, with at least 5 years of post-graduate school experience. 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 networking mastermind - You excel at meeting new people and turning them into advocates.  You communicate in a clear, conscientious, and effective way in both written and oral speech.  You can influence strangers in the course of a single conversation.  Allies and colleagues will go to bat for your ideas.  You have an existing network in Liberia from prior experience in the country, preferably in the regulatory, education, or business sectors.
  • A creative problem-solver - Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges.  On top of that, Bridge works in volatile, low-resource communities and runs on fees averaging just $6 a month per pupil.  You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand.  Every dollar you spend is a dollar our customers, who live on less than $2 a day, will have to pay for.
  • A customer advocate - Our customers - these families living on less than $2 a day per person - 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 customer benefit, experience, and value.
  • A life-long 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.