Sunlight Water Center Construction Supervisor


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Reports to:  Water Centre Community and Site Coordinator

Location:  Abuja (with frequent travel to communities around Abuja)


Duration: 3-5 months starting in March 2017


TechnoServe Background

TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. We are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty. Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities. TechnoServe operates in more than 30 developing countries with over 1,500 employees. 


II. Program Description

TechnoServe is working with Unilever, the leading multinational consumer goods company, to develop an innovative solution for sustainable water provision in Africa. The concept is to develop a social franchise network of water centers, owned and operated by women franchisees from their local communities, to sell safe water and other consumer products under a commercial business model. Providing safe water at affordable rates reduces the time and money women spend on collecting and treating water, enabling them to instead pursue other income-generating activities and save and invest resources in their families and communities.


To be sustainable, each site will generate profits which are sufficient to cover ongoing costs and repay the initial capital investment, which can then be reinvested in growing the network. We currently support a pilot network of water centers run by 8 independent women entrepreneurs around Abuja, and have funding to build 8 more. Our long term vision is to create a franchise network of 1,000 centers across Nigeria and other parts of Africa, reaching hundreds of thousands of water consumers.


III. Responsibilities

The Construction Site Supervisor will monitor the construction activities that take place for the Construction and Solar Power Works for the Sunlight Water Kiosk Project, using TechnoServe’s Monitoring, Inspection and Approval Process, across communities within 300km radius of Abuja and will be involved in the organisation of Contractors, Subcontractors and Community Partners. He/she will report to the Community and Site Coordinator. The Construction Site Supervisor will liaise with the Contractors to plan, implement and oversee construction efforts at specific work sites.


The Supervisor will be selected with equal emphasis on construction skills, the ability to transfer skills to others and create a team atmosphere of working together.



  • Assist the Community and Site Coordinator in creating schedule for the construction project
  • Implement the Monitoring, Inspection and Approval Process to monitor construction projects to make sure they meet technical specifications
  • Ensure that construction projects are completed within planned cost and time
  • Monitor the progress of the construction work and performance of contractors and subcontractors at the site
  • Convey messages from the management or major stakeholders to contractors and subcontractors
  • Convey information about the progress of the project and performance of the contractors to the Community and Site Coordinator
  • Ensure that the construction site is safe and free from any hazardous chemical or objects
  • Ensure the smooth day to day operation of work activities at the construction site
  • Ensure that any authorized change in project plan is executed by contractors
  • Ensure that the project is executed in compliance with local or state regulations
  • Identify any potential problem at the site and work to prevent it.


IV. Required Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of HND or Bachelor’s degree (Geology, Water and Civil Engineering, membership of professional organisation desirable)
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in water and civil engineering construction with excellent hands-on construction skills.
  • Experience in supervising construction projects.
  • The willingness to accept other job responsibilities as needed.
  • Excellent understanding of solar and electrical, plumbing, roofing, foundations, carpentry and masonry works
  • Ability to read and understand blueprints, schematics, and construction documents
  • Proficient in Microsoft Windows, Excel, and other construction software
  • The ability to multitask
  • The ability to supervise numerous crews handling a variety of tasks
  • Excellent communications ability
  • Established credibility and integrity.
  • Person with own transport (to be reimbursed) will be a plus.


V. Application Instructions

Qualified and interested applicants should submit a Word-formatted single document consisting of:


Cover letter


Salary history


Please identify the position for which you are applying in the subject line. Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications will be considered or contacted. No phone calls please. Closing date for applications is January 23, 2017.


Technoserve encourages diversity in all levels and across all facets of our organization. With this commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, hiv/aids status, protected veteran status, disability and all other protected classes.




Job Level

Manager (Staff Supervisor/Head of Department)





Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

3 - 5 years