Construction Site Assistants Job – Mercy Corps

Job Title: Construction Site Assistants (4 Diploma Job Opportunities)

Organisation: Mercy Corps

Duty Station:  Moroto, Kotido, Kaabong and Amudat, Uganda

Reports to: Field Engineer

About US:

Mercy Corps is an international non-profit organization which implements high-quality, analytical development programmes in very difficult places. Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda since 2006. It has and continues to implement programs in Acholi and Karamoja sub regions. Mercy Corps is taking a community-led, market driven approach to address poverty and food insecurity needs through interventions that get to the root causes and contributing factors of economic vulnerability.

Program / Department Summary

Apolou Activity and RCF are USAID funded initiatives operating in the Karamoja sub-region of Uganda. As part of its upcoming implementation, Apolou and RCF will be undertaking multiple construction projects. These include valley tank rehabilitation, livestock market rehabilitation, and milk collection center rehabilitation. These works are likely to run concurrently across the Districts of Moroto, Kaabong, Amudat and Kotido. Mercy Corps will hire qualified contractors to complete the works.

Job Summary: The Construction Site Assistant is responsible for the monitoring and reporting on engineering project activities and administrative tasks in the assigned district.  S/he will work with the construction companies’ engineering staff and Mercy Corps’ Field Engineer to effectively implement planned projects in the assigned district.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Management

  • Survey estimation, design, and implementation support of infrastructure projects and other engineering sub-projects prioritized by program leadership with communities.
  • Develop and maintain good relationships and lines of communication with relevant local authorities and communities, explaining MC’s role as an NGO and liaising with them during all phases of the constriction project implementation.
  • Work with the Engineer to produce projects designs, calculations, estimations, and technical specifications, etc.
  • Monitor and evaluate technical quality of engineering projects at all phases; identification, design, implementation and make recommendations for improvements.
  • Report all technical matters to the Engineer unit on weekly, biweekly, and Monthly basis as recommended and required.
  • Ensure that all steps of project implementation, progress, problems, constraint, and monitoring is documented and reported and all documents in hard copies and soft copies are properly maintained.
  • Report any variations or problems with implementation of projects (personnel, financial, schedules, technical) to the Engineer.
  • Coordinate with local authorities to obtain required permissions.
  • Ensure that the communities have full understanding of the infrastructure projects.
  • Ensure full adherence to the MC security plans and protocols.
  • Conduct daily site visits to determine any deviation and challenges and suggest appropriate solutions.
  • Assist the Field Engineer to prepare technical specification for infrastructure projects.
  • Responsible for a high degree of awareness regarding the security situation in the project area. Based upon this knowledge, take adequate measures to ensure the safety of all MC staff and equipment in the district.
  • Follow all MC protocols and regulations according to guidance provided by the direct supervisor.
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
  • Ensure compliance with USAID environmental compliance requirements and construction guidelines.


  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.

Organizational Learning

  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient, and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically
  • to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
  • Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values always and in all in-country venues.

Also Read: Logistics Assistant Job – International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant must hold a Diploma in Civil Engineering from a recognized University / Institution
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from a recognized University/Institution is an added advantage.
  • At least two to three years of experience in assisting the supervision of construction works.
  • Excellent communication skills; listening, comprehension, and feedback.
  • Understanding of basic drafting and design concepts
  • Ability to work in a multi-task environment
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of the construction process and techniques
  • Detail-oriented
  • Knowledge of Ngakarimojong or Pokot/Swahili language is an added advantage
  • Strong computer skills on MS Office programs and database programs
  • Ability to ride a motorbike with a valid riding permit is an added advantage
  • The successful candidate will have the ability to work comfortably and effectively in the Karamoja Sub-Region.
  • S/he must be willing to undertake travel frequently on rough terrain within the program area and spend most of their time at the construction sites.

How to Apply:

All interested applicants should apply online at the link below.

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Deadline: 28th January 2023

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