IOM-Operations Officer (Site Maintenance Engineering Project)-P2-Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Location: Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Bangladesh
Date Posted: 06-03-2018
Organizational Context and Scope

The Site Maintenance Engineering Project (SMEP) is an operational unit funded by IOM, UNHCR and WFP whose aim is to provide clear tasking of resources to aid access for all  agencies in all sectors of the Rohingya Refugee Response by pre-positioning maintenance teams and machinery to:
  1. Maintain vehicular access via maintenance, emergency repair and rehabilitation.  
  2. Clear and strengthen primary drainage channels
The SMEP will have its own logistics base and be self administered with a yard to fabricate culverts, modular bridge and walkway sections.
Under the overall supervision of the Technical Working Group and direct supervision of the Project Manager, the incumbent will manage all SMEP response operations, including but not limited to responding to flooding, damaged roads and landslides with technical engineer solutions using a triage system to ensure the rapid, fair and logical deployment of engineering assets plus construction support for new site development works and existing site enhancement works.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities 
  1. Manages the daily operations of the operational field engineer teams acting as a focal point to solve logistics issues, identify priorities of work in relation to other projects and to account for team movements, ensuring all staff are accounted for daily and specifically following events such as floods, landslides or civil unrest.
  2. Manages the emergency operations of the operational field engineer teams acting as a focal point between the Information Manager, and the Plant Foremen, collating requests for assistance across the entire area of operations and prioritising the response
  3. Manage the duties of a team of operations staff to facilitate information gathering and dissemination, liaison with other agencies including government and military.
  4. Implement small-medium scale interventions to mitigate hazards and promote safe living including but not exclusive to:
  • Stabilizing roads and access ways
  • Widening existing pathways
  • Reinforcing steps
  • Constructing handrails
  • Constructing bamboo bridge crossings
  • Constructing bamboo walkways
  • Earth stabilisation works (sandbags and bamboo)
  • Crib walls, slope protection and retention
  • Rehabilitating primary and secondary drainage
  • Recovery interventions following flooding and/or landslides
5. Manage the duties of a team of operations staff to supervise and mobilise light equipment (mini excavators; small roller compactors, etc) to do public works for care and maintenance of roads / bridges, earth stabilisation works and rehabilitate primary and secondary drainage.
6. Able to back-brief upwards to the chain of command and donors, providing information on project progress for use in programme reporting and for making financial payments in accordance with contracting.
7. Contribute to operational planning for emergency preparedness and response and hazard mitigation / disaster risk reduction initiatives.
8. Make regular field visits to all projects under SMEP supervision;
9. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Competencies and Experience

  • Delivers on set objectives in hardship situations; 
  • Effectively manages emergency response engineering solutions using a triage system based on information received through call handlers and the Information Manager
  • Enables the capacity to react to current operations and also plan and prepare for future operations
  • Effectively manages supply chain, contractors and logistics planning;
  • Effectively coordinates actions with other implementing partners; 
  • Works effectively with local authorities, stakeholders, beneficiaries and the broader community to advance country office or regional objectives.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required
  • Ability to supervise, direct, coach and mentor staff is essential
Education and Experience
  • Master’s degree in Project Management/Emergency and Disaster Management or a related field from an accredited academic institution with three years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above field with five years of relevant professional experience.
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