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Facilities Manager

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About the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund: The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is dedicated to the conservation and protection of gorillas and their habitats in Africa, through research, conservation action, education, and partnerships.  Founded by Dian Fossey as the Digit F

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is seeking a talented professional to join our team as a Facilities Manager. The position is based out of the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, a facility that is currently being built by MASS Build, a general contractor, in Kinigi Sector, Musanze District. Construction works are expected to be completed in September 2021. The successful applicant will join a team of over 130 staff working at the Fossey Fund’s field sites in Rwanda.

Position description

The facilities manager will primarily be responsible for making sure that buildings, properties, and their services meet the needs of the people that work in them. S/he will lead the development and implementation of facility management policies and procedures, oversee the daily work of a multi-disciplinary team involved in the maintenance, cleaning, landscaping, and security at the campus. The facilities manager will generally be responsible for preserving the good condition of infrastructure and ensure that facilities are safe and well functioning.

It is expected that the facilities manager will join the Fossey Fund team during the last months of a campus building to work alongside the MASS Build construction team in order to become knowledgeable about systems, develop a management plan and hire appropriate staff.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop facilities management procedures and policies relevant to the
  • Oversee and agree on contracts and providers for services including security, cleaning, maintenance and
  • Prepare job descriptions for facilities management team members and lead the recruitment process for this
  • Supervise multi-disciplinary teams of staff including technicians, cleaners, custodians, landscaping and
  • Prepare a list of different preventive and curative maintenance contracts with their drafted terms of reference.
  • Assist in the preparation of the commissioning plan and participate in the and commissioning process of the campus along with representatives of MASS Build and Turner & Townsend, the Owner’s Representative during construction.
  • Participate with MASS Build and others in the creation of the punch list and take the lead representing the Fossey Fund in overseeing the completion of all punch list items by MASS
  • Develop a list of maintenance team equipment and tools.
  • Conduct an external service provider pre-qualification and establish a contact Database.
  • Develop a supplier database and price list for some commonly purchased maintenance
  • Establish a database of guarantees and warranties from the MASS Build suppliers and subcontractors.
  • Oversee the Campus renovations or refurbishments
  • Develop a Campus facilities maintenance log and prepare an inventory of assets and required spare parts for
  • Ensure that the campus meets the Government of Rwanda regulations and environmental, health, and security
  • Conduct a risk assessment and early warning of any potential future maintenance issues based on observations on-site or review of
  • Participate in the annual operating budget process as to costs within the areas of responsibility.


We are looking for a motivated and dynamic individual to join our team and make the new campus’ facilities management system fully functional.

The ideal candidate must have:

  • At least a bachelor’s degree in engineering, building services engineering, construction, or related field;
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in building management facilities management and construction activities;
  • Hands-on experience in fixing building issues (plumbing, electricity, etc);
  • Strong organizational skills and efficient management of multiple tasks and priorities;
  • Strong IT skills;
  • Fluent in English and Kinyarwanda. Knowledge of French would be an asset;
  • Ability to handle highly confidential information in a professional

How to apply:

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references by completing very carefully the following Application FormClosing date for all applications: August 5th,2021;

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview


About the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund: The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is dedicated to the conservation and protection of gorillas and their habitats in Africa, through research, conservation action, education, and partnerships. Founded by Dian Fossey as the Digit Fund and renamed after her death, the Fossey Fund operates the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda and maintains a staff of over 130 who work in and around the Volcanoes National Park. DFGFI also employs a staff of 30 individuals operating at two field sites in eastern DR Congo and participates in critical conservation, health, and community development projects in both Rwanda and DRC. For more information about DFGFI, visit