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- Infrastructure Manager, Sierra Leone

Infrastructure Manager

Partners in Health

Closing date: 15 Dec 2017


Location: Koidu, Sierra Leone

Position Overview
Partners in Health Sierra Leone (PIH-SL) operates a free clinic in the Kono district of Sierra Leone, and provides significant technical, material, and infrastructuresupport ( to a secondary level public hospital serving 500,000 people in the Kono district. Additionally, PIH-SL operates an office and three guesthouses in Kono district, and one office and two guesthouses in Freetown.
The Infrastructure Manager is responsible for overseeing all maintenance and construction across PIH-SL sites. In addition, the Infrastructure Manager is responsible for power generation, access to water, and sanitation services at these sites. The Infrastructure Manager also oversees maintenance and troubleshooting of biomedical equipment. The Infrastructure Manager is frequently asked to provide support, guidance, and mentorship for technical projects throughout the organization.
This position is frequently called upon to assist with problems not included in the scope of a standard engineering role, like troubleshooting biomedical equipment and air conditioners as well as advising on maintenance and repairs on fleet of diesel generators. For that reason, proven experience in being able to recognize problems and determine solutions are critical for the ideal candidate. Candidates with a technical background and a proven track record of being able to add value and implement operational improvements in unfamiliar environments are strongly encouraged to apply, even if they do not have all the specific skills and experience listed in this description.
Responsibilities
Provide project cost estimates for infrastructure related projects, including:
New construction and renovation of structures
Facilities maintenance costs
Power generation capital and recurring costs
Costs to install and maintain appropriate water and sanitation facilities.
Supervise and improve systems used to maintain existing PIH infrastructure, including managing the maintenance team, determining appropriate staffing, and refining and enforcing procurement and reporting procedures
Provide technical and systems building support to the PIH generator team
Serve as main contact point for outside technical personnel, such as repair persons for x-rays, oxygen plants, or generators
Troubleshoot and coordinate repairs for issues outside the technical expertise of other PIH staff, particularly as related to biomedical equipment.
Work with PIH infrastructure and generator personnel to continue to develop skills
Work to identify efficiencies in infrastructure areas that cost the organization money and staff time
Qualifications
Bachelor in Civil Engineering or similar, or equivalent experience. Candidates with engineering or architecture degrees in other disciplines who have relevant experience are encouraged to apply.
Three years’ experience working as an architect, construction manager, or engineer. Work in estimation and field construction a plus.
Thorough knowledge of sound construction procedures and standards, especially as related to one and two story CMU buildings, low voltage electricity, and small-scale water and sanitation.
Attention to design details and ability to identify design improvements that enhance both project aesthetic and workflow for clinical staff and patients.
Proven experience in being able to solve problems with little oversight.
Experience in designing and implementing systems to address organizational weaknesses.
Ability to learn and apply new technical concepts with little outside support.
Strong communications skills, especially:
Ability to communicate with technical experts to troubleshoot and solve problems
Ability to communicate with non-technical personnel regarding costs and impacts of technical problems and infrastructure projects.
Must be able to live in West Africa full time.
An ideal candidate would have:
Experience working in a resource poor setting
Experience in designing, estimating, and tendering projects between $20,000 - $50,000 in value. Solid concrete estimation skills are an added bonus.
Experience with the design, installation, and maintenance of low voltage electrical systems, including knowledge of either the North American or British electrical codes.
Experience repairing and maintaining diesel engines. Experience with diesel generators a plus.
Experience doing simple troubleshooting and repairs of electrical and electronic appliances.
An eye to for high quality design
Sense of humor
Commitment to social justice and health equity
Partners In Health is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

How to apply:
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Job posted on 10 November 2017.

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