Job offer: Building Supervisor and Advisor for the new Maisha Children’s Home

By May 28, 2014 Blog

Maisha Children’s Home

In swahili Maisha means “life”. Founded in 2007, the organization rescues children from the streets and slums in Nairobi, orphaned mainly by HIV/AIDS, political strife, and extreme poverty, and gives them a safe and loving home, food, and education in a semi-rural farm environment outside the city. It is now looking for a building supervisoir and advisor for its new children’s home.

A rural, farming community near Nairobi, Kenya

Summer 2014 onwards

Two months full time or 6 months part time, 5 hours per week (approx.) if you are already based in Nairobi.

Why we want you
We need a talented and committed individual to supervise the building of a purpose built home for 20 children, who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty and rescued from the streets and slums of Nairobi and the 5 adults who care for them. This will replace the current accommodation which is a small family home, metal shed and a half metal wall and bed sheets which form the dining area.

The tasks
• Report to stakeholders on progress and build quality on a weekly basis.
• Ensure construction of foundations, walls etc. is to a high standard.
• Advise on improvements to the current existing house which has structural defects.

What will you get out of the experience?
• Practical, hands on experience managing the construction and quality assurance of a large domestic dwelling/social housing project.
• Meeting and working with the Maisha family on a regular basis.

The skills you need
• Experience managing or close involvement with the management of at least one previous building project.
• Good communication skills with the local architect and builder plus stakeholders at the Maisha and Gracias Foundation non-profit organisations.
• Good team working skills and calm under pressure.
• Cultural sensitivity and excellent cross-cultural communication skills.

What’s included?
Accommodation and food at the existing Maisha home for up to two months.
Note: accommodations are very basic.

What’s not included?
Flights, medical insurance, vaccinations, visa costs, personal items.

For more information, contact
Please provide a current CV or resume.

Due to the close relationships you will forge with local partners and beneficiaries, some of whom are vulnerable children, we will require 2 references from individuals who are not related to you and a police clearance record before your appointment to the role is finalized.


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