Construction Manager

Rwanda- Multiple Locations

With more than 10 years of experience working on various projects in Rwanda, MASS identified a critical gap in the infrastructure development market. After working with nearly every major construction firm in the country, MASS identified a gap in the capacity of local teams to deliver complex projects on time, on budget, and at a high level of quality. For these reasons, MASS launched MASS.Build, a construction arm. MASS offers knowledge, expertise, and realistic expectations up front while maintaining transparency throughout the construction process on the project budget and schedule. With the mission of the project and client as our driver, MASS.Build brings a focus on impact and quality rather than on bottom line profits. Through MASS.Build, MASS offers our partners Construction Management and General Contracting services of the highest quality.

MASS uses the construction process to offer uplifting and equal employment opportunities, while emphasizing safe construction practices and skill improvement for local laborers. MASS.Build aims to become an industry leader in project delivery in the region, inspiring higher expectations and a demand in the market for increased quality and impact through construction.

MASS wishes to attract the best talent to ensure we are delivering on our mission. We believe that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success and encourage all interested candidates to apply. To meet this goal, we must have a workplace where differences are appreciated and respected. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, physical and mental disability, national origin, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law. 

Position Summary

MASS is seeking a Construction Manager 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.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Manage construction projects and teams from inception to occupancy 
  • Manage project schedules and budgets for on time and on budget project delivery 
  • Participate in development of construction cost and schedule proposals based on client requirements, past experience, historical data and parametric ratios
  • Develop internal plans for budgeting, staffing, scheduling, and managing projects and construction teams
  • Negotiate, manage, and administer contracts with subcontractors
  • Coordinate and manage procurement of materials, labor, and equipment 
  • Coordinate with MASS’s design team during the construction process to fully realize the integrity of the design 
  • Seek, hire, and manage key personnel to effectively execute construction projects
  • Develop highly detailed construction schedules, labor plans, procurement plans, submittal schedules, and strategic activity plans 
  • Supervise day to day site activities to support superintendents and subcontractors
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant code and regulation for construction works 
  • Manage reporting, correspondences, documentation, and clerical work during the construction process 
  • Manage and track submittals, RFIs, material approvals, change orders, non-conformances, and other construction administration documentation 
  • Communicate effectively with clients, partners, funders, and stakeholders 
  • Represent MASS in a professional and diligent manner; meeting, negotiating and corresponding with clients to form strong working relationships
  • Support the Finance Manager with billing, invoicing, payroll, and cash flow
  • Mentor and supervise less experienced construction team members 
  • Implement all relevant health,safety and environmental regulations; work with the HSE Officer to exceed national requirements and innovate towards the highest standards
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with contractors and subcontractors
  • Manage punchlisting, testing, commissioning, and the project hand-over process 

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • 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 strong understanding of quality standards and assurance, plus experience with construction health and safety compliance
  • 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 (MS Office, BIM 360), and an aptitude for learning new software
  • Trained in other industry software (Revit, Rhino, AutoCAD, etc.) is a plus
  • Sound working knowledge of construction and contract law and various forms of conditions of contract
  • Strong leadership skills and confidence directing and supervising large 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
  • Good technical writing, client-facing and communication skills
  • A team player, Well-organised, diligent, proactive, assertive, well-disciplined and commercially astute
  • Key managerial skills, including having had control over construction budgets and schedules
  • Work with the client and internal teams to create project plans that will guide implementation
  • Manage the execution of a project from beginning to end, within budget and according to agreed upon timelines
  • Mentor and supervise less experienced Project Managers and Foremen to build their capacity, confidence and knowledge
  • Manage on-site resources including construction materials and teams (experience working with low-skill-level teams is a bonus)
  • Oversee a portfolio of construction projects on site, providing direct support and guidance to the day-to-day project teams ensuring a high quality and successful outcome
  • Support local community relationships and ensure the essential buy-in of community leaders, organizers, and members
  • Ensure quality of workmanship and project management is upheld across all projects
  • Entrepreneurial, independent and proactive worker, able to multi-task under pressure
  • Strong expertise coordinating construction projects and ensuring high quality outcomes
  • Experience working with alternative building materials is a plus
  • Experience with design or working with design professionals (design-build) is a plus
  • 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
  • Experience training or working with community teams, especially in construction, is a bonus


  • Minimum education level: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction Project Management, or similar
  • Minimum eight (8) years of relevant experience in the field of design, engineering, and/or construction
  • Minimum five (5) years professional experience in construction management, delivering large, complex projects 
  • Minimum five (5) years experience working in Rwanda and/or East Africa
  • Registered with a relevant professional board or body E.g: CEng, PE, IAR, CIOB, RIA, ICE, or others is a plus
  • Willing and able to be located full time in Rwanda
  • Fluency in English
  • Working knowledge of Kinyarwanda is a plus