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British High Commission Technical Works Team Plumber – Fixed Term

British High Commission Technical Works Team Plumber – Fixed Term,

British High Commission Technical Works Team Plumber – Fixed Term

View Vacancy – Technical Works Team Plumber (38/28 NR)

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.  We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Operations and Corporate Services)


Main purpose of job:

To safely perform, Plumbing & Water Systems: Planned preventative maintenance (PPM), reactive maintenance, fault finding, design, construction and inspection & test to; plant, equipment & installations across the British High Commission estate in and around Nairobi and on occasion overseas in accordance with Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) guidance and standards

Roles and responsibilities

  • Carry out planned maintenance activities, projects, refurbishments and react to Plumbing & Water Systems breakdowns or faults in a timely, professional & customer focused manner.
  • Execute repairs and works safely and in accordance with the quality standards of the FCO, industry best practice, British standards and Kenyan regulations & requirements where applicable to domestic / housing Plumbing & Water Systems and light industrial / commercial plant and equipment.
  • Take ownership of Plumbing & Water Systems projects, repairs and renewals, producing technical reports, accurate time frames for completion of works, outlining all resources required, start date, end date, project milestones and dependencies.
  • Lead and mentor colleagues in Plumbing & Water Systems maintenance methods including design, installation, inspection & test.
  • Liaise with technical & non-technical colleagues to provide updates on works progress in a suitable language that is understood by all parties.
  • Actively contribute to safe working practices and ensure all work is undertaken safely by self and others
  • Identify materials required and create work package(s) for refurbishment, improvement, and renewal to ensure the Plumbing & Water Systems installation meets the compliance standards of the FCO, Kenyan regulations & requirements where applicable and any other relevant standard(s).
  • Produce comprehensive bills of materials and estimates of costs for high quality Plumbing & Water Systems components, labour and materials.
  • Demonstrate continuous improvement in all areas of work to achieve best value for money, safety compliance and standards of build.
  • Typically duties may include: Routine maintenance, design for small projects, construction, test & inspection, undertaking full building Plumbing & Water Systems renewals (including Potable, Grey & Foul / Sewerage), fault finding, repairs to installations, fitting accessories, modification, repairs and replacement of Plumbing & Water System components in commercial buildings and special locations (swimming pools etc.) Working at height and outside work may be required on occasion including on high risk plant (e.g. Sewerage Plant).

  • Certificate in plumbing from a recognised government institution (Preferably Government trade test III, II & I).
  • 5 years of experience in plumbing & water systems work
  • Working knowledge of water filtration systems ie, reverse osmosis, UV
  • Legionella, control methods and legislation.
  • System checks for leaks using air and water pressure gauges
  • Pressurised systems
  • PPR welding and copper brazing experience.
  • The applicant should be computer literate as reporting methods are via digital media.
  • Must be able to interpret blue prints and sketches, produce materials lists for job requests and projects
  • Fuel lines and pumps

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of gas fittings and gas safety
  • Be familiar with the required Health & Safety standards governing the plumbing role
  • Hold a current full driving licence and be a safe competent driver (accident free for three years)
  • Experience in bore hole pumps
  • Solar water heating
  • Must have knowledge of hand and power tools

Seeing the Big Picture, Changing and Improving, Delivering at Pace, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together, Developing Self and Others

10 August 2023


Fixed Term


6 months




British High Commission


KES 98,037.18

1 October 2023

31 May 2024

Working patterns:

Any other information (or specific local Post requirements):

Members of staff are entitled to paid annual leave, which is earned, from the day they commence employment. Entitlements are as follows:

Grades S1 – 25 days

In addition to annual leave, the BHC normally observes no fewer than 9 and no more than 14 Kenyan and British public and religious holidays in a year. These vary from year to year and are at the discretion of the High Commissioner. A list of holidays is published each

  • Please complete the application form in full as the information provided is used during screening.
  • Please check your application carefully before you submit, as no changes can be made once submitted.
  • The British High Commission will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position.
  • Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Nairobi are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Kenya.
  • It is essential that the applicants already have the right to live and work in Kenya without the need to apply for a work permit.
  • Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary may have their salaries reduced by the equivalent local income tax amount.
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British High Commission Technical Works Team Plumber – Fixed Term