Title: Engineer

Location:  IREX/Comunitatea Mea Chisinau Office

Reports To: Small-Scale Construction Project Manager (SSCPM)

About IREX:      

IREX is an independent, international, nonprofit organization that works with local partners to solve development challenges and create positive lasting change around the world. To build a more just, prosperous and inclusive world, IREX and its partners empower youth, cultivate leaders, strengthen institutions, and extend access to quality education and information.

 Summary of the project:

Comunitatea Mea (CM) is a program administered by IREX and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The program’s purpose over the course of the 5 years is to improve the capacity of local authorities, including their ability to work inclusively with citizens and civil society, to increase revenues, improve financial management practices, build stronger checks and balances between the central and local governments, and facilitating public-private partnerships and inter-municipal cooperation.

 Roles and responsibilities:

The Engineer will work closely with local construction firms in all aspects of project planning, design, and oversight to produce results consistent with USAID, Moldova, and IREX standards.  The Engineer will be Chisinau-based and will regularly travel to assigned municipalities throughout Moldova.

Responsibilities:

  • Support the planning, design and execution of construction, alteration, or repair (including dredging and excavation) of roads, power plants, buildings, bridges, water treatment facilities, and vertical structures;
  • Provide engineering support to the Comunitatea Mea team, including project staff, subcontractors, construction contractors, and short term technical assistance (STTA) resources;                              
  • Support the Tactical Teams, the SSCPM, the Municipal Services Specialist and Track 1 LPAs in the identification and selection of specific infrastructure interventions, preparation of work plans and technical packages, field surveys and feasibility assessments, regular status updates and progress reports, and all other major deliverables for the infrastructure activities;
  • Support training and capacity building aspects of the program to ensure knowledge transfer to local officials and institutions, both public and private;
  • Analyze sub-contracts and specifications, work with the SSCPM to prepare or approve scopes of work and timetables for the design and implementation of infrastructure activities in conjunction with work plans, USAID environmental and construction relevant regulations, and Tetra Tech and IREX policy and contractual obligations;
  • Monitor and evaluate project performance and progress and assist the SSCPM with Quality Assurance/Quality Control for all infrastructure projects. Assist with program budget and cost projections;
  • Assist the SSCPM with subprojects close-outs and with the issuance of Final Acceptance certificates and subsequent handover of projects to LPA beneficiaries;
  • Assist the SSCPM on environmental compliance for all projects, including reporting and maintenance of files.

 Quality Assurance and Reporting

  • Ensure that relevant elements of the infrastructure plans are being successfully implemented;
  • Provide inputs for the drafting of the project monthly and quarterly reports for USAID, as well as drafting other project updates and work plans as requested by COP or DCOP;
  • Support the team as needed to ensure that USAID and IREX rules and regulations are followed and that contract deliverable requirements are met; 
  • Provide support to Monitoring and Evaluation team.

Other

  • Contribute to team effort by undertaking additional tasks and responsibilities

 

Qualifications (minimum requirements):

Education: Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline such as civil, mechanical, electrical, construction engineering/planning, architecture, or a comparable discipline; Professional Engineer certification highly desirable.

Work experience: At least 5 years’ experience in community construction and project management.  Substantial experience in engineering quality control including review of plans, bidding documents, and scopes of work.

Skills: Broad range of experience in different Civil Engineering disciplines pertinent to public service delivery – i.e. roads and streets, drainage, building and facility rehabilitation, parks rehabilitation, urban forestry, solid waste management, human waste management; Familiar with citing and writing standards and specifications for a wide range of civil works encompassing those disciplines noted above; Able to develop and manage training and capacity building for government staff and local contractors; Understanding of Moldovan building codes, regulations, and best practices; Outstanding cross-cultural relations and interpersonal communication skills; Requires an ability to work independently and as part of a team, accept responsibility, and be extremely discrete with sensitive information. 

Languages:  Fluency in written and verbal Romanian and Russian, basic proficiency in English.

Application Instructions:

Submit a Cover Letter and CV to: hr-md@irex.org 

Deadline: March 4th, 2019 at 17:00 (05:00 pm).

Applicants will be selected for an interview on a rolling basis.

*IREX will only respond to those applicants selected for an interview.

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