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  • Posted: Oct 31, 2022
    Deadline: Nov 15, 2022
  • Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, icipe was established in 1970, to address this very paradox of insects and accompanying challenges. The Centre’s mission is to use insect science for sustainable development, to ensure food security and improve the overall health of communities in Africa by addressing the interlinked problems of poverty, poor health, lo...
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    Support Officer II (Re-Advertisement)

    Overall Purpose of the Job

    The Works Supervisor ensures that their team's goals are met through monitoring the daily performance of employees, organizing workflow for increased efficiency, and coaching employees as needed. They guide both in-house and outsourced team of technicians on variety of maintenance and repair tasks and responsibilities within a wider spectrum of building maintenance that includes but not limited plumbing, carpentry, masonry, metal works, painting and specialized cleaning. They will also on occasion liaise closely with various user groups to develop new infrastructure projects through compiling the scope of works, managing and supervising the works to ensure delivery meets the user requirements within the best practices of quality and engineering

    Specific Duties

    Repair and Maintenance:

    • Identifies repair needs of buildings, equipment and roofing structures through constant inspections, technical staff, user groups and help desk e-mail platform.
    • Plans, prioritizes, and implements individually and through subordinates, the construction, installation, renovation, maintenance, roof cleaning and repair of infrastructure by analyzing of the possible courses and outlines remedial measures that will address the repair needs for both short and long term by reading, understanding, and complying with plans, parts lists and manufacturers information relevant to his/her discipline.
    • Organizes tasks given to him/her and supervises skilled staff plumber, carpenter, metal artisans, cleaners, painters, masons and unskilled maintenance and support staff in addressing
    • the identified repair tasks, recommends personnel actions, provides technical direction and assistance, interprets and explain standards and makes corrections.
    • Schedules staff, assigns and prioritizes work, takes or recommends actions to ensure the work is implemented with professionalism that meets expected quality standards and within budget.
    • Reviews completed repair works by close monitoring of the implemented actions and plans for subsequent maintenance actions.

    Infrastructure Works Development and Implementation

    • Provides input on new projects and improvement plans and assists in preparation of work specifications.
    • Plans, coordinates and oversees in-house projects as assigned, meets with contractors, provides direction, coordination, and assistance to various outside agencies.
    • Records and reports progress on costs, schedule, deviations and information necessary to keep a comprehensive project record through all stages of project implementation as well as take minutes during formal contractual meetings.
    • Make vital contribution to the successful working of the project implementation team, including the consultants, contractor(s) and icipe staff. Others
    • Give toolbox talks to the other staff to ensure all stay current and competent in the use of hand and power tools.
    • Conduct basic risk assessment for each task, identifying the hazards and planning safety procedures informing those working for him/her.
    • For the purposes of compliance to safety rules and procedures (SRPs), s/he remains qualified and up to date as a key person responsible for the wider responsibility of safety over a wide range of activities and persons.
    • Participate in the performance evaluation of staff supervised.
    • On occasion, serve in various committees/taskforces as assigned within the Centre.
    • Perform other related duties as required or assigned by the Supervisor.


    • Diploma in Architecture/Civil Engineering or related field. Alternative: those with trade certificate and previous significant works experience supported by recommendation letters in related fields will either masonry, carpentry or plumbing fields.
    • Minimum 10 years’ experience in building maintenance, construction, and supervision roles on multi-disciplinary team of technical staff.
    • Practical implementation skills gained over time in either masonry, carpentry or plumbing fields. These skills are to be manifested in maintenance works scoping, implementation and supervision of both in-house and outsourced service providers.
    • Attentive to detail skills and be an all-round individual in matters of assets maintenance and construction.
    • The employee will also be expected to be fully competent in all aspects of works and give general guidance to the technicians as well as contractors to ensure completion of work assignments to the required quality standards and within the allowable timeframes and budget.
    • The Works Supervisor is expected to carry out his/her duties with reasonable care, due

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