Snowden Nkhoma is the Construction Manager based in our central office in Ndola, Zambia. He describes a typical day in his role, why he enjoys working for PEAS and his future goals below.
What is your role at PEAS?
A broad description of my role is to plan for construction projects and oversee their progress along the way in a timely and cost-effective manner. I am also responsible for maintaining infrastructure, health & safety, and land research for new sites.
What does a typical day involve?
A typical day at the office begins with checking my emails and responding to any urgent issues. Then, I check my weekly work plan. Depending on the task, I may be required to work at schools and visit job sites to supervise work. Alternatively, I’ll do desk work, such as writing reports, preparing Bills of Quantities, or sorting out drawings.
What is the best thing about working for PEAS?
PEAS’ work has a positive impact on the communities in which they operate. This aligns well with my values, and I am proud to be a part of a team that is making a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children.
What do you hope to achieve in your role over the next year?
To play a key role in the growth of the PEAS schools’ network. Constructing new schools and additional buildings according to the organisational strategy.
What does education mean to you?
To me, education is the gateway to success. When children are educated, they gain the knowledge, skills, and attitude required to achieve whatever they aspire for in their lives.
What is the greatest influence on your career?
I had no idea what career I wanted to pursue when I was in high school. I excelled in science and mathematics, indicating that my path would be technical, though I was not specific about the specific area of study.
My cousin, who was studying Electrical Engineering at university, suggested that construction might be one of the better careers for me to consider because of the jobs available. I eventually decided to pursue a technical career path and qualified as a Construction Manager/Quantity Surveyor.
Another reason I chose construction is that it gives me a sense of accomplishment when I look at a completed project that I managed. I am proud to provide a real solution to a real human need.