Consultants (Quality Assurance) at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) represented by the ECOWAS Commission within the framework of the execution of its 2018 budget intends to apply a portion of the budgeted funds to strengthen the Multilateral Surveillance Directorate by the engagement of a Public Account Specialist in charge of the Harmonization, Adoption and Implementation of Public Accounting Framework.Applications are invited for:Job Title: Consultant - Quality Assurance Support to the ECOWAS Commission Construction of its New HeadquartersLocation: AbujaDetailsThe Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) represented by the ECOWAS Commission intends to recruit a consultant firm to assist in the construction of a new ultramodern Headquarters for the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, Nigeria. The Headquarters Building is being constructed by a Contractor recruited by the Government of China, financiers of the Project. The ECOWAS Commission and China have executed an Agreement to cover the Project.The main objective of the assignment is to assist in the review of architectural and engineering designs for the New Headquarters Building for the Commission and undertake quality assurance/supervisory work of the construction works process to ensure value for money.Duties and responsibilities of the Consultant firmBefore construction:Participate in all stages of validation of designs/studies carried out by the Chinese design ConsultantParticipate in the validation of the site’s environmental impact assessmentParticipate in the validation of any additional studies to be carried out by ECOWAS, in particular the installation of the electrical transformer station, connection to water mains and access road construction.Participate in pre-award processes as may be deemed necessaryReview the number and quality of personnel handling the running of the information system with a view to determining the adequacy vis-a-vis the quantum of responsibility entrusted;During Construction:The Consultant firm shall monitor the execution of the works according to the Technical Specification, Design drawings and Conditions of Contract. The consultant shall also carryout the following activities:Represent the project owner on site.Coordinate the clearing of the site in coordination with the Chinese project management firm as agreed in the implementation AgreementCoordinate and monitor all work for which ECOWAS is responsible for (e.g. connecting road, water and fiber to main networks, electrical transformer substation installation, etc.)Monitor daily, on a task by task basis, all activities planned by the Chinese Contractor, in conjunction with the Chinese project management firm, to ascertain delays and inconsistencies that may be observed on the schedule.In-depth monthly review of the planning to enable the necessary adjustments to be made to the general planning to forestall cost and time overrunsVerification of the adequacy of the methodologies presented at the agreed technical specificationsVerification of the consistency of the financial planning with the financial scheduleOrganize all documents associated with works supervision in accordance with professional standards;Monitor compliance with quantities specified in the Bills of Quantities;Ensure the quality of the materials used for the works to assure value for money. In this regard, liaise with the appropriate laboratories to prepare samples for testing. The Consultant will actively participate in the preparation of test reports.Where quality problems are identified, inform ECOWAS and propose appropriate solutions;Submit opinions on all samples for the finishing of the works (carpentry, glazing, painting, tiling, false ceilings, etc.) to help ECOWAS make a choiceMonitor and ensure adherence to and the implementation of the site’s environmental management planFacilitate and participate weekly site meetings and monthly coordination meetingsPrepare monthly, quarterly and annual progress reports, any specific reports required and a project completion reportOrganize the various site visits of the authoritiesIn consultation with the ECOWAS Head of Security, ensure the adequacy of security at the site;In conjunction with the Chinese project management firm, ensure that the Chinese construction contractor and all its subcontractors recruit local workers and assist in resolving labour issues that may arise in accordance with National LaysEnsure compliance with the safety measures to be observed by staff (mandatory wearing of PPE)Monitor aD the components of the site activities to identify any problems that may hinder the smooth running of the work;Monitor and ensure training for future maintenance of ECOWAS field staffParticipate in provisional acceptance of workPS: The Consultant shall only be mobilized for the assignments in "During Construction Section" above, upon the successful recruitment and deployment of the works contract by the Chinese GovernmentThe overall duration of the assignment is 30 months, including 6 months for the first phase (Study) and 24months for the second phase (during the works). 

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