Job Title Production Manager
Type Internal/External
Type Of Contract Individual Contractor

Vacancy Notice Internal/ External Vacancy notice 002/IC/2021
Position Number IC/002/01/21
Number Of Vacancies 1
Location Yumbe
Position Grade Local Individual Contractor
Closing Date 2021-03-29
Organizational Context

Uganda’s refugee laws are among the most progressive globally. Refugees are entitled to work, have freedom of movement and can access social services such as health and education. Despite challenges with funding and the growing number of refugees, the open-door policy and receptive nature of laws provides an opportunity for enhancing livelihoods for refugees, especially for those living in protracted circumstances.  The rights now available to refugees in Uganda have created an open environment for livelihoods creation, which has enabled UNHCR and other organizations to focus on fostering self-reliance in a more substantive way than previous legal restrictions. Strategic responses are therefore, are needed and must be informed by comprehensive assessments of the current socio-economic and political environments, as well as the supply and demand dynamics of local markets for both employment (self and wage employment), services and commodities consumption.

In this context, UNHCR Yumbe Sub Office wishes to establish a production facility for certified Grade 1 soap under the management of refugees in response to the soap demands of the Bidibidi settlement and the neighbouring market. Preparations for this initiative are currently ongoing and UNHCR is seeking the services of a production engineer who will be the project manager to provide the oversight and technical support required for the overall management and daily running of the factory.
Functional Statement
  • Provide the oversight and technical support required for the overall management and daily running of the factory.
  • Provide technical supervision of the service provision entity which will undertake the day to day operation, maintenance and Management services for the soap manufacturing factory while also training the refugees in the Management and Operations of the Soap facility.
  • Supervise the operation of machinery and mechanical equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements on engines, pneumatic tools, conveyor systems and production machines, following diagrams, sketches, operational manuals and troubleshooting malfunctions.
  • Ensure optimal performance and running of factory machines, by carrying out daily checks to reduce on downtime and instructing on good manufacturing practices
  • Supervise the implementation of the automation and quality control measures to ensure the production of quality Grade 1 soap.
  • Carry out regular monitoring the key performance indicators of all machines and planning weekly preventive maintenance.
  • Prepare reports of unplanned shutdowns and slowdowns of facilities including root cause analysis.
  • Provide guidance on modifications and innovations in line to save the cost of production.
  • In consultation with the soap facility management and operation service provider to:
    • Monitor the production process and make sure that quality-control programs are implanted.
    • Determine and implement efficient production methods.
    • Monitor inventory and prepare requisitions for raw materials and spare parts.
    • Ensure that the products are produced on time and of good quality.
    • Ensuring proper and timely training provided to all workers for reaching optimal performance metrics.
    • Provide technical guidance and support to subordinates in the plant.
    • Prepare and/or review daily production reports
    • Oversee the daily preventive maintenance in the plant.
    • Monitor performance of workers during the production process.
    • Oversee the implementation of the health and safety guidelines in the plant.
Required Competencies

Core Competencies

  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning
  • Client and Result Orientation

 Cross-Functional Competencies

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Technological Awareness
Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with specialization in Production, Manufacturing, Mechanical or chemical Engineering is required.
  • At least 8 years’ experience working in a manufacturing facility, with a minimum of 5 years as a supervisor or manager of a production line or factory is required.
  • Solid knowledge of plant operations and maintenance activities and have hands-on experience managing end-to-end operations in your previous roles is required.
  • Solid knowledge of development and production operations is required.
  • Awareness of Health & Safety measures and operational procedures according to standards.
  • Ability to create and maintain detailed reports on daily operations for purposes of tracking outputs is required.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to work independently, but also work effectively within a multi- disciplinary team environment in a similar role is required.
  • Effective communication skills and integrity are required.
  • Good analytical and critical thinking skills are required.
  • Knowledge of English is required.
Desirable qualifications & competencies
  • Command of local languages is desirable
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