Construction Project Manager job in Zambia

Build It International is a charitable organisation operating in Zambia. Our core activity is to train young men and women in construction skills so that they can go on to earn a living. We deliver the training through our programme of community building projects including primary schools, secondary schools and health clinics. By the end of 2015 we will have completed 34 projects and trained over 400 men and women with a 97% training pass rate.
We are now embarking on the construction of a new facility on a two hectare site on the northern outskirts of Lusaka. Known as the ‘Centre for Excellence’ it will provide Build It with operational and training facilities. Phase 1 includes 10 buildings to be completed by the end of 2017. The site plan has been finalised and architectural drawings are being completed at the moment. This work is being led by a team of architects and structural engineers from the UK (Gensler/BuroHappold) and Zambia (A+ Architects). The new buildings will showcase a range of sustainable materials and designs.
This is an exceptional opportunity to be involved in an innovative and inspiring project. We are seeking a talented and experienced professional project manager to oversee the planning and delivery of Phase 1 of the new Centre. Over the two building years around 50 men and women will be trained in basic construction skills.
To be responsible for managing the construction of Build It International’s Centre for Excellence facility overseeing all aspects of the planning and build process. Working with a wide range of stakeholders in the UK and Zambia, the Project Manager will ensure that the project is delivered on time, to budget and of high quality
Specific Responsibilities:
• Planning and coordination
• Develop and implement the overall project delivery plan
• Coordinate project Steering Group and liaise with internal and external stakeholders for the effective and efficient delivery of the project.
• Gain planning permission, organise connection of utilities and ensure all other legal and administrative duties are carried out for the construction of the facility.
• Work with the design team to ensure that all drawings and details (including BOQ) are consistent with the project design brief and sufficient to meet our needs.
• Support the Country Director to establish partnerships with companies and other organisations to secure contributions to the building of the facility
Project Management
• Develop and maintain the project delivery programme using MS Projects.
• Produce a project budget (all phases).
• Monitor and manage expenditure to ensure the project is delivered within budget.
• Adhere to BII processes and systems for project management.
• Work effectively with Finance and Procurement to ensure timely delivery of materials
• Oversee the selection of contractors and then manage them to ensure standards of workmanship are adhered to.
• Produce weekly progress reports
• Ensure all statutory and BII inspections are scheduled and carried out in a timely manner so as not to delay, incur costs, or cause risk to BII.
• Work with the BII Trainer to co-ordinate the training schedule for the 50 trainees
Project health and safety of all personnel on site:
• Follow health and safety protocols both BII and Statutory
• On-going health and safety risk assessment when BII is managing work on site. This includes consideration of BII personnel, Contractor’s personnel, Client’s personnel, and any other visitors to the site at any time.
Line Management and Key Relationships
The role reports to the Construction Operations Manager and works closely with:
• Centre for Excellence Steering Group
• Country Director
• Financial Manager and the Finance and Administration Officer
• Logistics and Procurement Officers
• A+ Architects and their structural engineers and other advisors
• Line manage site agents when required
Skills and Experience:
• Minimum: Advanced Certificate in Building Project Management, higher degree qualifications in a related field an advantage.
• Minimum of 5 years experience in construction project management
• Experience of managing all aspects of project delivery (as described above) in particular:
• Project planning and problem solving skills
• Budget management experience on projects of a similar scale
• Co-ordinating a wide range of team of people
• High level of communication and team working skills
• Demonstrable experience of the ability to present ideas and negotiate
• Experience and interest in sustainable buildings an advantage
• Proficient in MS Office (Excel and Word) and Microsoft Project
• Understanding and empathy with Build It’s mission and values Benefits
• Competitive salary based on experience (min. starting salary ZMW 12,000/month gross)
• Health insurance and paid holidays
• Supportive environment
• Professional development – we will invest in your project management skills
Centre for Excellence – Project Manager JD
January 2016
To Apply:
Please send your CV (max 2 pages) with references and a one page covering letter explaining your motivations for applying and how you meet the qualifications and experience required. E-mail applications to: or hand deliver to 21381 Mushakashela Road, Woodlands, Lusaka.
Application deadline: 26th January 2016
Interviews: 27th January to 3rd February
Preferred start date: 1st March 2016
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