Construction Engineer, Ingénieur en bâtiment, Bamenda, Plan International

Construction Engineer, Ingénieur en bâtiment, Bamenda, Plan International

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

Construction Engineer

Date: 28-Sep-2021

Location: Bamenda, Cameroon

Company: Plan International

The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.


Title: Construction Engineer

Functional Area: NW/SW Emergency Response

Reports to : Emergency Response Manager

Location: Bamenda

Travel required:  Yes

Dimensions of the Role

The Engineering Engineer is responsible for managing construction activities and provide day-to-day overall management and supervision of construction work across projects in the NW/SW Emergency Response Area, as well as ensuring achievement of targets within specified quality and project timelines.

Typical Responsibilities – Key End Results of Position:

Under the direct supervision of the plan engineer, the incumbent will have the following main tasks:

Design, develop the cost estimate for infrastructure (buildings, shelters, latrines …) and prepare the tender document for the recruitment of a company or a service provider for the execution of the works,

In the case of direct implementation, design and supervise construction activities undertaken by Plan International

Help provide technical advice and ensure the monitoring and technical control of construction / rehabilitation activities according to the rules of the art. This includes the formulation of recommendations on the following points: the acquisition of construction materials, equipment and tools necessary to ensure proper implementation of the work,

Help provide technical advice and supervision in accordance with relevant technical standards and in accordance with Plan International child protection policies and procedures,

Design all infrastructure and shelters taking into account gender aspects (for example separate latrine blocks …) and access for people with disabilities (provide access ramps for people with disabilities),

Produce monthly and submit to the Planning Engineer technical reports relating to the monitoring and technical control of construction / rehabilitation works of infrastructure,

Participate in project coordination meetings where construction / rehabilitation activities for infrastructure and shelters are implemented,

Proceed to the technical acceptance of the work carried out and prepare the service provider’s payment file,

Identify all the difficulties encountered during the implementation of the work in a site notebook and share it with the Plan Engineer with proposed solutions,

Contribute to the development of concept notes for resource mobilization,

Contribute to the mobilization of resources for infrastructure construction activities in the fields of education, protection and Water-Hygiene-Sanitation through the collection of data for the development of concept notes,

Perform other related duties as required.

Be responsible for the management of small infrastructure projects;

Control budget lines as per the approved contracts with contractors;

Ensure timely implementation of programme activities, overseeing and managing contractors;

Coordinate with the Procurement Team to ensure timely procurement of materials of specified and agreed quality with the donors.

Ensure highest quality standards are maintained as specified by best construction practice, Plan International and donor guidelines;

Ensure compliance of all requirements as per contracts with contractors;

Ensure quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) of all construction, engaging QA/QC experts or third-party consultants as required and within budget.

Ensure that Project standards and restrictions are followed, met and adhered;

Oversees all technical aspects of construction activities across projects.  including but not limited to work methods, value engineering, bill of quantities (BOQ) control and compliance to design and technical specifications including QA/QC requirements;

Monitor all processes on site including contractor’s materials planning and delivery, work force allocation and deployment to ensure work completion on time and quality and within budget;

Submit Statement of Work Accomplished (SWA) every week and report directly to the ERM on daily basis the progress of work and related issues and concerns, if any.

Monitor and witness material testing on site by the contractor and ensure competent sampling, handling, recording and testing methods for credible results;

Ensures project completion on time, on budget and according to the required quality standard and approved specifications;

Monitors project progress and contractor’s performance;

Prepares status report of the construction;Adherence to organizational policies on Child Protection, IT, Gender, Anti-Fraud and Corruption, Code of Conduct, Whistle Blowing, Human Resources policies and procedures.

Manage issues:

Application of the knowledge required for the position, the complexity of the problems being managed and the degree of investigation, analysis and creative thinking required to solve them.

The major difficulty will be to ensure ownership of child protection policies and humanitarian principles in terms of Protection, community mobilization, the fight against GBV, education and health. To do this, the Engineer in charge of the works in his role will demonstrate:

A great ability to listen in discussions with beneficiaries, taking into account their vulnerability;

proactivity resulting in a great capacity for analysis and proposal of solutions;

A high sense of discernment;

Ability to work under pressure;

Ability to respect the deadlines of the established timetable;

Team spirit.

Knowledge, Skills, Behaviours, and Experience Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:

Education:   Advanced degree in Civil Engineering/ Architecture/Urban Planning


Minimum 3-5 years’ experience required in supervising infrastructure projects.

Have 2 years of experience in emergency response,

Extensive knowledge and experience in emergency shelter delivery a must;

An educational qualification in project management desirable;

Knowledge of SPHERE Minimum standards on Shelter is preferred;

Experience in drawing or revising building plans required (knowledge of AutoCad);

Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) experience, materials testing, etc., required;

Strong ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and written, in English, French and Pidgin.

Computer literate and able to produce high quality reports and communications;


Proven capacity to provide supportive supervision;

Proven effective management skills leading teams and overseeing contractors;

Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions;

Knowledge of Disaster Risk Reduction do no harm and building back better principles desirable;

Knowledge of education and DRR principle an advantage;

Excellent written and spoken English with Tagalog an advantage;

Excellent project design, participatory monitoring and evaluation skills;

Ability to work in emergency settings.

Have a team spirit,

Common sense in the organization,

Ability to accomplish objectives/goals within tight deadlines environment.

Having knowledge of the texts relating to Plan International’s policy on child protection, gender, the fight against GBV, education and health would be an additional asset.

Strong planning and organizational skills;

Influence and persuasion;

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;

Have a great ability to work in a team;

Have the ability to work independently and under pressure;

Female candidates are strongly encouraged.

Plan International advocates gender equality and is committed to the protection of children. Thus, the successful candidate will have to comply with Plan’s policy on the protection of children.


Promote the spirit of high performance;

Be open to criticism;

Lead by example and respect colleagues;

Be focused on achieving good quality results with regard to the rehabilitation / construction of project infrastructure;

Have a good approach to time and priority management;

Be of good character;

Be discreet and maintain professional secrecy;

Be dedicated in your work.

Environment and physical requirements:

It may be a “typical administrative environment”; note whether the position includes carrying heavy loads, climbing, traveling a lot, etc.

Be mature and have a personal balance to face situations of distress, be patient and optimistic,

Be able to manage reactions of dissatisfaction in the field during the implementation of the works;

Be available and physically able to fully exercise their function,

Ability to work in a multicultural environment,

Ability to work under pressure,

Work both in the office and in the field through frequent visits: The Engineer in charge of the monitoring and technical control of the works will spend at least 80% of his time in the field as part of the daily monitoring of the execution of the works. works,

Ability to work in multiple locations and on the move.

Plan International’s Values in Practice

We are open and accountable

Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.

Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.

Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.

Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.

Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people

We strive for lasting impact

Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.

Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.

Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.

Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together

Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.

Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.

Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.

Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering

Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.

Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.

Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.

Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

Physical Environment

  • Normal office work conditions;
  • Field visits to communities of work across the NW and SW Regions

Level of contact with children

Mid contact- the job responsibilities of this position does will require the post holder to occasionally have any one-to-one contact with children.

Application procedures:

Closing Date: 05/10/2021

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.

We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

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