Vacancy Announcement

Site Architect (Conservation and Construction)



Esna, Luxor

Contract Type

Project Contract

Post Type

Full Time


Takween Integrated Community Development (Takween-ICD) is an urban development firm established in 2009 in Egypt by a young dynamic team with extensive experience, in response to a foreseen growing demand for innovative urban solutions in a world where it is predicted that by 2030, 60% of the worldís inhabitants will be living in urban centers. Takween-ICD specializes in the development of integrated packages in urban development services and solutions to support and complement efforts of tackling urban challenges. Takween-ICD provides project planning, design and implementation services to a range of local and international clients. Takween-ICD fields of interventions include integrated urban development and upgrading; heritage management and conservation; community development and mobilization; and direct involvement in participatory design and construction activities.

The Position

The Site Architect (Conservation and Construction) will be responsible for the daily conservation and construction activities being implemented on site. He/she should have significant experience working in heritage and conservation projects. The Site Architect (Conservation and Construction) will supervise the site activities from the beginning to end, ensuring that the project is completed within time and budgetary constraints, and with the highest quality levels. The understanding of the conservation and construction trades and the ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment are important.

The Site Architect (Conservation and Construction) will be reponsibile for supervising a construction and conservation team and crew of workers towards the conservation of the 18th Century Wakalet el-Geddawy (listed monument), the renovation of the facades of architecturally significant buildings, and public open space upgrading within al-Quisariyya traditional market Ė all located in the historic center of Esna City (Luxor Governorate.) The Site Architect will report directly to- and work under the supervision of the Project Manager (Conservation and Construction.)

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Management / Technical Responsibilities

-          Assist the Project Manager in planning and formulating the teamís multi-year programs and general budgets; and prepare / plan the teamís annual program of activities and budgets to assist in achieving the Projectís overall goals and to achieve the teamís annual objectives;

-          Monitor, organize and direct implementation of the construction and conservation daily activities; coordinate and assign tasks to the site staff including Foremen, Conservators and Labour to ensure the quality of the results, compliance with the budget, and the timely completion of construction and conservation activities;

-          Assist the Project Manager in estimating, forecasting, acquiring and allocating different resources required for the implementation of the team activities including financial, physical and human resources to ensure that resources are appropriately utilized and workload is well balanced to achieve the teamís objectives in compliance with project targets, deadlines and budgets;

-          Assist the Project Manager in reviewing measured drawings, condition surveys, design proposals, construction drawings, BOQ, cost estimates and written technical specifications for the selected interventions, including the definition and choice of appropriate and cost-effective alternatives, intervention methods and conservation / construction techniques to ensure the quality of result, the proper communication and the accurate implementation of approved intervention packages;

-          Ensure - under the supervision of the Project Manager - the proper implementation of conservation, rehabilitation, and construction activities and techniques, manage and assure quality, approve technical specifications / choice of materials, and assure the enforcement and proper application of safety measures and by-laws in all work sites to ensure the quality of the results, compliance with the budget, the timely completion of construction and conservation activities, and the safety of work sites;

-          Assist the Project Manager in obtaining approval of drawings, technical documentation and certification by the consultant engineer(s) assigned to the project as well as other governmental agencies in coordination with the Field Officer(s) to obtain the necessary permits and licenses and ensure compliance with conservation, building and safety codes and other applicable regulations;

-          Assist the Project Manager in evaluating, pre-selecting, preparing TOR, revising bids submitted, contracting, monitoring and enforcing contracts of different consultants, contractors and sub-contractors and approve their payments to ensure the quality of the results, compliance with the budget and adherence to project regulations and guidelines;

Administrative and Financial Management

-          Monitor and approve - under the supervision of the Project Manager and in cooperation with the project accounting team - all administrative and financial processes and procedures related to the team activities including salaries, monthly payments requests, procurement procedures, and final payments - in compliance with the project policies and proedures - to monitor and control expenditure and ensure the timely implementation of the team activities;

Communication and Reporting

-          Track and report to the Project Manager in coordination with the project accounting team technical and financial progress of the team activities through production and tracking of time schedules and financial tracking tools to ensure the preparation and timely submission of progress and final reports needed to: i) monitor technical progress and financial expenditure vs. approved time schedules and budget, ii) analyze the results based on the facts achieved, iii) forecast future technical and financial achievements, and iv) carry out necessary adjustments and rescheduling to meet the team's scheduled objectives and deadlines;

Assistance to Higher Management Levels

-          Assist the Project Mnager in preparation of M&E reports, site visits, project presentations, and any related communication materials required for the good communication of the project objectives, policies, activities and achievements to higher management and different stakeholders;

-          Assist the Project Manager in achieving the project objectives through: i) technical capacity building of local craftsmen, professionals and trainees; ii) setup of database and technical manuals forappropriate rehabilitation / construction techniques, design guidelines and building regulations; and iii) setup of long-term Maintenance Plans to assist in achieving long-term sustainability of the project activities;

-          Assess and control risk, forecast potential opportunities and threats facing the implementation of the team activities, and provide the Project Manager with necessary advice to ensure that proper actions and preventive measures are timely taken;

The Requirements


-          Advanced university degree in Civil, Architecture, Conservation, or Consutction engineering and management;

Work Experience :

-          8-12years of experience in construction, urban conservation, rehabilitation, and restoration of historic sites with at least 5 years of experience in management position;

Knowledge :

-       Familiarity with with direct management of work crews, project management tools, conservation measures, and work in community development context;


-       Arabic and English proficiency is a must;

-       Excellent working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), AutoCAD, and project management software such as Microsoft Project;

-       Strong interpersonal communications skills;

-       Proven track record of critical thinking, problem solving and working independently, requiring only general guidance on complex issues;


-       Ability to work under high pressure and carrying out simultaneous multi-tasks;

-       Self-motivated with high leadership, organizational and communication skills;

-       Creativity and ability to seek and explore innovative solutions;

-       Teamwork abilities and work collaboratively with other stakeholders and staff members;

-       Strong planning and organizational skills to cope with expected workload;

-       Accountability and high commitment to the companyís quality standards and code of ethics;


-       The Site Architect will work in Esna City Ė Luxor; accommodation and transportation will be covered;

-       The Site Architect will be working in a harsh environment and structurally dilapidated buildings;

-       The Site Architect will deal with conflict resolution aspects and difficult negotiations with residents, owners as well as different external parties

Salary & Benefits


How to Apply

Interested applicants should send their CVs and portfolios to:

Email Subject: "RECHA Vacancy: Site Architect (Conservation and Construction)"

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview