CET Program Infrastructure Manager 

To maintain oversight of all infrastructure development projects and represent Mercy Ships in a pre- or post-ship capacity in a designated region; and enhance programmatic impact by managing the implementation of infrastructure and development projects aligned with Medical Capacity-Building and Operational programs in the same region. 

Essential Duties And Responsibilities (Include But Not Limited To)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

Lead the Mercy Ships Infrastructure Team (off ship projects):

  • Provide oversight and management for in-country Infrastructure Project Managers; ensuring strategic alignment, adherence to Mercy Ships quality standards and procurement guidelines, and support with contracts and agreements, as needed.
  • Ensure quality plans with clear scope of work created for all infrastructure projects, and where applicable, contract external companies for engineering/architectural drawings/plans. 
  • When needed, serve as the project manager in the region – including the coordination of logistics (vehicles, lodging, venue, catering, team meals, etc.) and construction management personnel.
  • When Project Managers are available, assist with introductions, coordination of the team with the partnering agency (local hospital, for example), and other government officials and partners

Coordinate with fellow International Programs Directors and Managers for proper planning and collaboration:

  • Work with Direct Medical Services and Medical Capacity Building to determine needs in a new country
  • Where applicable, participate in Assessment Teams and assist the Country Director to build an understanding of the countries’ needs and build relationships with local partners.
  • In collaboration with the respective Country Director create project plans for each project for review by Program Design and Development/MELD teams 
  • Ensure that:
    • Proposed activities align with Mercy Ships strategy to support direct medical services (HOPE Centre, Dental Clinic) and Medical Capacity Building (such as a clubfoot clinic, depending on country strategy)
    • Activities and Outcomes are correctly captured and achievable,
    • Activities, Outcomes, and Goals address the identified need,
    • Activities align with the information represented in the budgets, and
    • Documents are well written and grammatically correct
  • Develop a process to streamline the identification, scoping, and set-up of infrastructure projects, improving the overall organizational alignment between Country Engagement and Infrastructure Development staff, global operational staff and ship-based crew across the project lifecycle.
  • Work with Finance at the ISC to create project budgets and monitor expenses.
    • When applicable, submit project proposals to the Project Review Board for review and approval.
    • Coordinate closely with the Program Design and Development Team and Country Director to identify potential partners for Projects.
    • In collaboration with the Country Director, draft final reports for each project for review by the Senior Program Design Director.
    • Coordinate with Finance and Programs Design and Development Team to reconcile project expenses for the final reports.
    • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, And Requirements)

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Supportive of Mercy Ships mission and vision, and committed to its core values.
  • Understand and apply servant leadership, work collaboratively with integrity and demonstrate accountability.
  • Must be able to make sound decisions in difficult situations and be able to work in a participatory and inclusive team context.
  • Must be fluent in English and French level B2 preferred.  
  • Must demonstrate writing, research, and planning competency and experience.
  • Must possess cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be able to work reliably, independently and remotely.
  • Must also be able to work remotely with, and supervise a temporary team some of whom may have limited experience working in an African context.
  • Must be willing and able to travel several times per year, remaining on the field for several weeks at a time.
  • Strong Christian commitment as evidenced by life and character.
  • Must ascribe to the Mercy Ships Statement of Faith and Code of Conduct.

Education And Experience

The requirements listed below are representative of the education and / or experience required.

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in a recognized built environment profession.  Master’s Degree beneficial.
  • Successful completion of Mercy Ships On Boarding Training and Field Training will be required within the first year. 
  • Experience with proposal writing and project management disciplines preferred.
  • A minimal experience of two years in the built environment related to construction and infrastructure project development and management.
  • Experience working in LMIC required.