Director of Construction Management & Training

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Description

Job Title: Director of Construction Management & Training

Location: Guinea-Bissau

Reports to: Country Director

About WAVS

West African Vocational Schools (www.wavschools.org) is a Christian skills development organization that trains youth in one of the least developed regions in the world. WAVS training centers equip more than 200 youth with new job skills each year, enabling them to earn a reliable income and provide for their families. By recruiting instructors primarily from the West African church community, WAVS training centers also serve as a platform for sharing the message of hope in Christ.

Summary

The Director of Construction Management & Training will have two core responsibilities:

  • Construction Management: Supervise contractors engaged in the construction of a new training center on a 28-acre campus in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau.
  • Training: Develop effective training courses in construction, welding and other trade skills. Train the local teaching staff.

 

Working closely with the Country Director, the Construction Director will help achieve the following objectives before the end of 2023:

  • Complete construction on three of the four phases planned for the Bissau training center (view the master plan here: at/fvER4)
  • Surveys show that desired outcomes are achieved, including at least 75% of graduates of trade skill courses are working within 2 years after graduation.
  • Teaching staff demonstrate the ability to teach effectively on a consistent basis, based on indicators from teacher evaluations, student surveys, test scores, and graduate outcomes.

Responsibilities

Construction Management

  • Manage and supervise contractors. The contractors are responsible for procuring materials, equipment, labor, and carrying out the construction projects. The Construction Director will provide daily on-site supervision of contractors to ensure that the contractors follow architectural designs and specifications, stay on schedule, practice quality construction standards, and use proper construction techniques. (Note: WAVS has already engaged with contractors for phase 1 of construction, which is scheduled to be completed in early 2021).
  • Work with architectural firms in the United States and Guinea-Bissau to develop schematics and construction documents for phases 2, 3 and 4. Obtain local permits and licenses. Develop budgets and RFPs to submit to contractors. Negotiate construction contracts.
  • Prepare regular internal reports on job status.

Develop Training Programs

  • Develop and manage vocational courses in construction, welding and other trade skills. The Construction Director will oversee these programs at all three training centers in Guinea-Bissau. The Construction Director will invest in the professional development of the teaching staff, model effective teaching methods through teaching demonstrations, develop curricula and teaching materials, establish competency standards that are relevant to the labor market, and help monitor the outcomes of graduates.
  • Assess the effectiveness and relevance of existing curricula and teaching materials for the welding course offered at the Canchungo training center. Then develop and implement curricula for the purpose of meeting labor market demands for the welding course (and other courses in the future). Provide continual evaluation and improvement.

Staff Development

  • Establish healthy, trusting relationships with the local teaching staff and contribute to an environment that encourages a strong work ethic and results-oriented job performance.
  • Invest in the professional development of the teaching staff. This includes setting goals and reviewing the performance of teachers on a regular basis. Ensure that the teaching staff consistently fulfill their responsibilities as outlined in their job descriptions.

Research, Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Survey students and graduates (usually via in-person interviews) to gather pre and post-training data on outcomes, including income levels and employment status.
  • Survey employers, employees, and others to assess the needs of the labor market.

Coordinate with U.S. office

  • Work with the Country Director and Executive Director to set clearly-defined objectives for WAVS programs every six months within the framework of the organization’s 5-year plan.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Previous cross-cultural work experience in a developing region, preferably in sub-Sahara Africa, working with development organizations, governments, or in the private sector.
  • Proven working experience in construction management. Knowledge of construction management processes, means and methods. Familiarity with construction management software packages.
  • Bachelor’s degree in construction management, architecture, engineering or a related field.
  • Relevant previous job experience in a cross-cultural context may include: managed a construction site, managed a program related to skills training; taught construction, welding or another trade skill; trained teachers and developed curricula; engaged in monitoring & evaluation to improve a specific program.
  • Fluent in English.
  • Familiarity or fluency of Portuguese is preferred, but not required. Must be willing to learn the Portuguese-based Creole common in Guinea-Bissau.

Personal skills:

  • A personal faith in Christ and a desire to share His message of hope with others through words and actions.
  • Embraces a mission-first mindset that prioritizes organizational objectives.
  • Values consistent and clear communication with all team members.

Living Conditions

The Construction Director will be based in Guinea-Bissau for at least 10 months out of the year. The position may require occasional travel to the WAVS U.S. office in Fresno, California.

Benefits

  • Competitive salary based on experience.
  • Health and retirement benefits.
  • Housing expense reimbursement.
  • Four weeks of rest time every July with reduced responsibilities.
  • Reimbursement of airfare for one personal trip each year.

Application process

Please email your application to chris@wavschools.org. Candidates are encouraged to include a cover letter and/or introductory message with their application.

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