Health, Safety and Environment Officer

Kigali, Rwanda

MASS is looking to expand our impact in the built environment.  After more than 10 years of professional practice in design, supervision, and construction management, MASS is launching a construction arm. MASS seeks to leverage the investment of our partners to fully realize the impact of construction and infrastructure development for the benefit of the client, rather than the contractor’s profit.

MASS is seeking a Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Officer to assist with the development of the MASS construction arm and to support construction teams in achieving successful outcomes for our clients by ensuring that the highest health, safety and environmental standards are achieved on our construction sites, and by sharing knowledge across projects. The successful candidate will take the lead in developing, implementing and monitoring systems to improve the health and safety of our workforce, as well as driving continuous improvements in environmental management on our sites.

MASS sees the provision of a safe working environment as integral to our mission of increased dignity for all. The successful candidate will play a key role in helping us to effect real change.


  • Lead the development of HSE  policies and programs, and drive their implementation on site
  • Ensure that all activities, policies and procedures are in accordance with relevant Rwandan legislation and with international best practice; and provide leadership in working towards exceeding these standards in all areas
  • Advise and instruct on various construction safety-related topics (Work at height, hazardous chemicals, noise levels, use of machinery etc.)
  • Conduct risk assessments and develop safe working procedures for all construction operations
  • Initiate and organize HSE training of MASS employees and CA teams
  • Carry out site inspections to identify issues of non-conformity (e.g. not using protective equipment, poor housekeeping,..) and opportunities for improvement
  • Oversee site operations as required to ensure safe working procedures are followed and adequate
  • Develop and deliver site inductions, tool box talks and other workforce training sessions
  • Develop a system for recording accidents, incidents, near misses and unsafe conditions on our construction sites, and ensure that all cases are recorded and communicated to management
  • Lead the investigation into any accident or incident to determine root causes; identify and implement measures to prevent a recurrence
  • Handle workers’ compensation claims
  • Prepare reports on occurrences and provide qualitative and quantitative information to management
  • Lead a culture of continuous improvement in health, safety and environmental protection, through ongoing review and analysis of site practices


  • Experience in a leadership role on construction projects, preferably in a low-technology context (e.g. Construction Manager, Site Engineer, HSE Officer or similar role)
  • Ability to read and analyze construction documents (drawings, specifications and contract documents)
  • Ability to risk assess construction tasks and to produce safe working procedures and method statements.
  • Ability to produce environmental management procedures and lead their implementation on site
  • Experience in managing a diverse workforce including fore(wo)men, site laborers, mason helpers and other site attendants
  • In depth knowledge of relevant Rwandan legislation and procedures (e.g. Labor Law, RSB, Rwanda Building Code, RPPA)
  • In depth understanding of significant HSE risks encountered on construction sites; ability to critique the standard solution and adopt innovative measures to improve standards
  • Experience in training others in matters related to HSE
  • Experience in writing reports and policies for HSE
  • Familiarity with conducting data analysis and reporting statistics
  • Proficient in MS Office; Working knowledge of safety management information systems is a plus
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Diligent with great attention to detail
  • Excellent communication and coordination skills with the ability to present and explain HSE topics to a range of audiences
  • Current qualification in health and safety, preferably in a construction field
  • Genuine passion for improving site safety and environmental management
  • Value MASS’s mission and demonstrate commitment to ensuring social impact goals are met on each project, with a focus on training women in construction


  • Minimum education level: Bachelor's degree in a construction or HSE related discipline
  • Proven experience as safety officer; minimum two (2) years of experience in construction and/or site safety management
  • Membership of a relevant professional institution, e.g. Institution of Engineers Rwanda, Institution of Civil Engineers or a relevant HSE body
  • Fluent in English
  • Working knowledge of Kinyarwanda and/or French language skills are a plus
  • Passionate about increased safety management in construction
  • Ability to prepare digital presentation for training and reporting is a plus
  • Experience using AutoCAD/Revit in industry

Application deadline: April 1, 2019

Anticipated start date: May-June, 2019