Structure of the Organization.
NBRB is an organization that exercises its functions through a Board, which is in turn assisted by a Secretariat.
The Secretariat is headed by the Executive Secretary (ES) who serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Organization, and the Secretariat consists of 4 Directorates, as follows:
- Directorate of Standards and Advisory Services,
- Directorate of Finance and Administration
- Directorate of Compliance, and
- Directorate of Investigation.
The Minister of Works and Transport appoints the Board which is the governance organ of the Organization. The Minister may give directions of a policy nature in writing to the Board and the Board shall comply with the Minister’s directions. In accordance with the Act, the Minister may, in writing, delegate to the Chairperson of the Board any power conferred upon the Minister by or under the Act other than the powers in the specified sections of the Act that are excepted and upon such conditions as the Minister may specify.
The Board shall comprise 16 members who are drawn from Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs) and local government; professional bodies (or associations) in the built environment; trade unions; and the private sector. The Board is the overall and final body of responsibility for all decision-making within the Organization. It is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Organization, approving policies, approving finances and budgets, work plans and hiring the ES.
The Executive Secretary (ES)
The ES is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Organization, through a Secretariat, implementation of the Strategic Plan, implementation of the policies and programs of the Board, implementation of work plans, managing human resources, managing finances, managing organizational properties and other responsibilities delegated to the ES by the Board.
The Secretariat consists of 4 Directorates, namely: Directorate of Standards and Advisory Services, Directorate of Finance and Administration, Directorate of Compliance and Directorate of Investigation.
The Directorate is composed of two Divisions namely Standards and Advisory and its roles include the following:
- Acts as an additional learning and development resource and vehicle, contributing to the internal capacity of the Board’s Secretariat, by working with the Human Resource (HR) department specifically focusing on and supporting the implementation of learning and development strategies.
- Implements and takes the lead in the development of new construction technologies to incorporate in construction development plans.
- Enhances and builds the value of the research element of the Board’s Secretariat to ensure that relevant research is being conducted on all aspects of the Building Code as regards to the Board’s strategic plan.
- Ensures that the research focuses on new and emerging construction innovations, technologies, and methods identified and communicated by the stakeholders, recognizing the changes in the construction industry at national, regional and/or international level and ensuring that this research findings/reports/papers are shared with both internal and external stakeholders.
The Directorate is composed of two Divisions namely Finance and Administration and its roles include the following:
- Ensures sufficient strengthening of the Board Secretariat’s internal capacity and systems, which support the other directorates and units to enable them deliver and enhance performance standards and safety within the building industry.
- Identifies and develops strategic partnerships with key players in the industry in order for potential relationships to materialize through the effective/quality performance of the Board and its Secretariat.
- Ensures that there is a systematic process and structure responsible for organizing and maintaining the financial business of the Board.
- Plans, operates and supports the general IT infrastructure, to enable the users to carry out their roles efficiently, productively and securely. The unit shall meet multiple business and technical requirements, and provide secure IT infrastructure at minimized costs.
- Provides public relations and communications designed to help build trust and credibility with stakeholder within the Construction Industry. It also helps raise awareness about NBRB as well as give it a chance to define, control and distribute its message to a national, regional and international level.
The Directorate is composed of two Divisions namely Legal Services and Monitoring and its roles include the following:
- Monitors and reports on the performance of the implementation of the Act, Building Regulations and the National Building Code by the stakeholders in the construction industry, and advises on desirable changes, if any.
- Conducts periodic inspections of records, proceedings of Building Committees (see Annex) to ensure they comply with Act.
- Monitors compliance of Building Committees.
- Takes the lead to ensure that the Secretariat’s performance and efficiency in delivering on its mandate is continuous, and that there is evidence based performance and that there is a system in place that ensures continuous improvement for quality delivery.
- Coordinates Complaints Reviews and carry out investigations as mandated by the Act.
- Provides to the Board any guidance and interpretations regarding any matters arising from implementation of the Act.
- Supports the Board in implementation of statutory requirements such as board meetings and other related committee meetings.
Monitor building developments to ensure compliance with the terms of the enforcement notices issued and withdraw an enforcement notice if the party to which it was issued demonstrates full compliance.
The Directorate is composed of two Divisions namely Enforcement and Investigation and its roles include the following:
- Investigate suspected breaches of building control regulations and proactively work with complainants and the parties involved in the contravention of building control regulations to ensure compliance to the same.
- Receive and respond to information, enquiries and complaints regarding suspected breaches or contraventions of building control regulations.
- Issue reports on the enquiries and complaints recommending where necessary the course of action to take to address the contraventions.
- Identify and investigate unauthorized activities with regard to building or development which have the potential to cause harm or which pose a significant risk of irreversible harm to public amenity, health, safety and the environment.
- Initiate enforcement action or issue enforcement notices where breaches of building regulations or where the risk of potential harm to the public or environment has been identified and evidence to support the same is considered admissible in court.
- Undertake assessments in respect of the appropriate procedure to be followed for all dangerous structures or unauthorized or unacceptable building activities to ensure safety and avert disaster.
- Work proactively with the parties involved in the contravention of the building control regulations such as operators, landowners etc. to encourage or bring about compliance to the building control regulations.