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Construction Contract/Project Management Expert

Scope and Objectives

The Kaizen Company is seeking a Construction Contract and Project Management Expert to support the four-year USAID/Jordan Enhancing School Management and Planning (ESMP) Project. The ESMP Project objective is to develop sustainable system and process improvements related to school planning, design, construction, and maintenance, and enhance the staff capabilities within Jordan’s Ministries of Education (MOE) and Public Works and Housing (MPWH) to improve the school management and planning process, and the quality of school environments in Jordan. The scope of this project is to provide assessment expertise, technical assistance, capacity building, collaboration facilitation, and training to MOE, MPWH, targeted stakeholders, and counterparts engaged in school management and planning to improve performance and sustain these improvements.

Kaizen will hire a mid-level Construction Contract and Project Management Expert with the following key responsibilities and required qualifications for the full-time position.

This position is located in Amman, Jordan.


Position Summary

The Construction Contract and Project Management Expert will be responsible for providing technical knowledge and teaching/mentoring skills leading to improved project management and contract management for Government of Jordan (GOJ) school construction at the Ministry of Public Works and Housing (MPWH), Ministry of Education (MOE), as well as school construction managed by governorates.  The Expert must have extensive practical knowledge on use of FIDIC and other contract tools to ensure minimal project delays and the ability to transfer knowledge to government officials through development and use of instructional manuals, training, coaching, and mentoring. The Expert must also be knowledgeable on the use of IT project management systems.


This position will report to the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for Engineering Institutional and Capacity Development.


Expected responsibilities include:

·Lead an MOE/MPWH engineering staff assessment of core competencies on construction-related contract and project management tools and enforcement mechanisms at the central ministry, field directorate, and site supervision levels, with input from related USAID partners.

·In collaboration with MPWH, MOE, and other entities, lead development and implementation of a rapid training plan on construction project management and contract management, to be followed by ongoing coaching and mentoring, leading to peer-to-peer learning and archived training materials, including manuals and instructional videos.

·Provide technical leadership to develop system and process improvements, in partnership with MOE and MPWH, and in collaboration with other ESMP experts.

·Lead MPWH and MOE in utilization and analyzing  Construction Management Information System (CMIS) data to improve contract and project management, providing support as needed.  Provide technical input into development of contractor performance indicators for on-time and on-budget, quality and health and safety indicators.

·Prepare and deliver structured training materials, identify key learning goals, support knowledge transfer, and coach ministry partners to lead training.  Organize and lead peer-to-peer learning and knowledge transfer by end of project.


  • A bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business Administration, Law, or related field; a master’s degree (in a similar field) is preferred
  • Three or more years of managerial, teaching, or international donor experience related to FIDIC, contract management, and project management in private sector or public sector construction projects in Jordan or the region
  • Knowledge of land requirements for site feasibility / construction
  • Training experience, including peer-to-peer learning
  • Experience leading change management activities, including incorporating data-driven decision making into system processes and procedures
  • Proven consultant management skills
  • Technical knowledge of government systems preferred
  • Excellent writing ability including reports, presentations, and training materials
  • Fluency in English and Arabic
  • Effective cross-cultural interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve work issues with senior country counterparts, donor representatives, construction firms, and senior-level staff
  • Must be a Jordanian national or resident

For candidates applying for positions based in Kaizen's office in Washington, DC, we utilize to mitigate bias in the recruitment process. Upon submitting an application, candidates will receive an email from, prompting them to go through the anonymous screening. In order to be considered for a role, candidates must respond to and proceed with the application. We do not currently use for project positions outside of the United States.

At Kaizen, A Tetra Tech Company, we find strength in our diversity. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive working environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential. We know that we can only do development differently if we are open to and inclusive of new and unique perspectives. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations to apply. Further, we urge parents and non-parents, married and unmarried, those from different or non-traditional educational backgrounds, and persons of all other diverse identities or experiences to apply. Kaizen is an equal opportunity employer.

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