Senior Quantity Surveyor

Kigali, Rwanda

MASS Design Group 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 Senior Quantity Surveyor to assist with the development of the MASS construction arm and to support construction teams in achieving successful outcomes for our clients by delivering projects within agreed timeline and budget as well as capturing and sharing knowledge across projects.


  • Leading new projects in terms of quantity surveying, cost management and project management
  • Participate in feasibility studies and assist in establishing a client's requirements of the proposed construction and refurbishment projects using experience, historical data and parametric ratios
  • Prepare tender and contract documents, including bills of quantities with the architect/engineers
  • Review the Bills of Quantities [BoQs] and Schedules of Quantities elaborated by external consultants
  • Undertake cost analysis and perform risk, value management and cost control
  • Elaborate the BoQs and Schedule of Quantities of public projects where a consultant is not required
  • Participate in elaboration of contracts and advise on a procurement strategy of the proposed construction and refurbishment projects
  • Supporting RFP responses and forecasting resources needed for proposals
  • Participating in industry benchmarking of project metrics
  • Supporting and providing cost forecasting and cost control, managing contingencies and reporting to stakeholders
  • Developing new tools for use in tracking project costs and impacts
  • Supporting change order and claims review, including review and recommendation of entitlements in accordance with the contractual terms and conditions
  • Providing accurate cost advice and reporting to our clients
  • Maintaining effective communication to ensure all information is available for the successful completion of projects; liaising with other managers to ensure efficient financial control
  • Delivering all work outputs in an accurate and timely manner
  • Representing the company in a professional and diligent manner; meeting, negotiating; and corresponding with clients to form strong working relationships
  • Mentor and supervise less experienced Quantity Surveyors
  • Understand the implications of health and safety regulations
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with contractors and subcontractors


  • Have a detailed knowledge of the technical aspects of construction, including first hand experience with a variety building systems (RC frame, masonry, timber frame and earthen methods are particularly relevant)
  • A proven in-depth understanding of construction, materials, pricing, and industry in both local and regional context
  • Competence in reading and interpreting technical documentation and drawings required to execute a project
  • Trained in commonly used industry software (AutoCAD, Revit,  MS Excel, MS Project), and an aptitude for learning new software
  • Sound working knowledge of construction and contract law and various forms of conditions of contract.
  • A strong understanding of quality standards and assurance, plus experience with construction health and safety compliance, and related costs;
  • Strong leadership skills and confidence directing and supervising small teams of people (experience working with community groups will be considered a bonus);
  • A strong aptitude for problem-solving and clear decision-making within a challenging and pressured environment.
  • Understand and be able to independently handle multiple construction projects of varying complexity and with diverse requirements;
  • Good technical writing, client-facing and communication skills
  • A team player, well-organised, diligent, proactive, assertive, well-disciplined and commercially astute
  • Value MASS mission and demonstrate commitment to ensuring social impact goals are met on each project
  • Experience working with alternative building materials is a plus


  • Minimum education level: Bachelors in Quantity Surveying (or equivalent);
  • Registered with a relevant professional board or body E.g: RICS, CIOB, RIA QS Chapter, ICE
  • Minimum ten (10) years of relevant experience in the field of design, engineering, and/or construction
  • Minimum seven (7) years professional experience delivering large, complex projects as Senior Quantity Surveyor within a General Contracting firm
  • Minimum three (3) years experience working in Rwanda and/or East Africa
  • Willing and able to be located full time in Rwanda
  • Fluency in English
  • Working knowledge of Kinyarwanda is a plus

Application deadline: March 22, 2019

Anticipated start date: April-May  2019