World Food Programme (WFP)

Site Maintenance Assistant (Civil Technician)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance. ABOUT WFP Assisting 91.4 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve Nutrition and build resilience. On any given day, WFP has 5,000 trucks, 20 ships and 92 planes on the move, delivering food and other assistance to those in most need. Every year, we distribute more than 15 billion rations at an estimated average cost per ration of US$ 0.31. These numbers lie at the roots of WFP’s unparalleled reputation as an Emergency responder, one that gets the job done quickly at scale in the most difficult environments. WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations. WFP Ethiopia is working with the government and other humanitarian partners to strengthen the resilience of Ethiopia’s most vulnerable population and to chart a more prosperous and sustainable future for the next generation. The Country Office also supports programmes that use food assistance to empower women, transform areas affected by Climate Change and keep children in school. It aims to contribute to Ethiopia’s five-year development agenda, the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), through which the Government combats Food Insecurity. ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT These jobs are found in WFP Ethiopia Country office based in Addis Ababa. The incumbents under the direct supervision Project Manager-Facilities. JOB PURPOSE To carry out repair, maintenance and new construction works at WFP facilities including offices. This position will be based in Addis Ababa but require travel to locations throughout    the country. KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive) The incumbents will be responsible for the following duties in all WFP offices in ETHIOPI
  1. To carry out repair, maintenance and new construction works at WFP facilities as instructed by WFP Engineers

  2. Ensure that works including masonry, wood, and metal construction are carried out in accordance with drawings or best practices and meet WFP engineering requirements

  3. Ensure that finish works including plastering, painting, tiling, ceiling installation, flooring installation meet WFP engineering requirements

  4. To prepare bills of quantities (BOQs) for works and coordinate with Project Manager – Facilities to purchase materials through appropriate procurement method

  5. When required, to be responsible for operational cash advances and to keep all receipts including for labour payment. To close advances in a timely fashion.

  6. To support in the purchase of materials and ensure all materials used in works are per WFP standards. To inform Project Manager – Facilities when locally available materials are insufficient to coordinate sending of appropriate materials

  7. To maintain records of materials and tools stored at WFP offices and warehouses, to support in loading and transporting materials

  8. To check plans and drawings where applicable for accuracy of quantities and calculations

  9. To make recommendations for the construction methods to be used to best utilize local materials, ensure quality and minimize timeline

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive) 10. To update Project Manager – Facilities on progress of all activities, to provide written summaries of progress and send photographs of progress each week. To update on any changes to programme due to added works, unforeseen conditions or other issues. 11.To hire local labour and equipment as required to complete works. To supervise local labour and ensure quality of works. 12. Liaising with local WFP staff to inform them of any impacts or disruptions from the projects. Supporting with other projects when possible with work schedule. 13. Notifying Project Manager – Facilities of any issues that arise and suggesting ways to address the problems. 14. To ensure that all construction works being carried out by day labourers on behalf of WFP are executed in accordance with health and safety best practice, and in accordance with Ethiopian Law" id="link" class="link">Labour Law, and in accordance with the ethics of the United Nations. 15.Any other duties as instructed by Project Manager – Facilities and Head of Engineering Unit. 16. This section is optional to describe additional responsibilities & knowledge required for the specific job. STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Education: Completion of secondary school education, plus demonstrated qualification in Civil Technician. Completion of technical/vocational school certification is desirable. Experience: At least Four or more years of progressively responsible and proven effective, as a civil technician working on maintenance and construction projects. Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English. Knowledge of the local language is added advantage. KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
  • A strong working knowledge of Ethiopian standard construction practice

  • Ability to carry out wood, masonry and metal construction and finish works including plastering, tiling, painting, ceiling installation, flooring installation and roofing

  • A willingness to learn new construction methods and adhere to international standards as instructed by WFP Engineers

  • Good supervision skills, ability to manage teams of workers and ensure quality

  • The ability to read drawings, and follow a schedule

  • A natural ability to identify and solve problems and ensure progress on site.

  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook (Email)

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES Purpose
  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Helps teammates articulate WFP’s Strategic Objectives.

  •  Be a force for positive change: Suggests potential improvements to team’s work processes to supervisor.

  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Explains the impact of WFP activities in beneficiary communities to teammates.

  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Articulates how own unit’s responsibilities will serve WFP’s mission.

People
  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Trains junior teammates on new skills and capabilities.

  •  Create an inclusive culture: Seeks opportunities to work with people from different backgrounds.

  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Serves as a peer coach for colleagues in same area of work.

  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Tracks progress toward goals and shares this information on a regular basis with supervisor.

Performance
  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Explores ways to consistently be more efficient and accurate in own areas of work and shares new methods of work with colleagues.

  •  Focus on getting results: Focuses on getting results and tracks trends in completion rates for own tasks to identify opportunities for efficiency.

  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes responsibility for own tasks and notifies supervisor as soon as possible of potential delays in meeting deadlines or commitments.

  •  Be Decisive: Independently decides what action to take when faced with critical choices in the workplace or in dangerous situations in the field.

Partnership
  • Connect and share across WFP units: Suggests opportunities for partnering with other units to supervisor.

  •  Build strong external partnerships: Identifies opportunities to work with colleagues and partners in the field towards common goals.

  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Develops an understanding of the value of WFP’s teams and external partners in fulfilling team’s goals and objectives.

  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Aligns own activities with supervisor’s priorities to fulfill internal and external partner needs.

POSITION DURATION One Year with Possibility of Extension HOW TO APPLY WFP is an equal opportunity employer. Female candidates meeting the above qualifications are encouraged to apply on-line through WFP recruitment website. This VA is open ONLY to Ethiopian Nationals. Public access (for UN): http://www1.wfp.org/careers/job-openings WFP staff access: http://newgo.wfp.org/services/e-recruitment Please note that WFP does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. N/A DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS 07 January 2020 Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.
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