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Housing Project Manager
Title:Housing Project Manager
Department:Project Management

POSITION OPENING:   Housing Project Manager
Industry:                  Non-profit/International Development
Function:                  Project Manager
Employer:                 Build Change
Job Title:                  Housing Project Manager
Job Location:            Greater Port-au-Prince Area, Haiti
Start Date:               Immediate
Term:                      At will employment, preferred 12 month commitment with possibility of                                          extension
Salary:                     Competitive, with emergency evacuation insurance, medical insurance and                                      housing or housing stipend

Organization Description
Founded in 2004, Build Change is a non‐profit social enterprise whose mission is to save lives in earthquakes and hurricanes. Build Change designs safe buildings, trains homeowners, builders, engineers and government officials to build them, works with governments to develop and implement building standards, partners with the private sector to improve building materials quality and create jobs, and facilitates access to incentive-based capital for reconstruction and retrofitting by partnering with financing institutions and government subsidy programs. Build Change started its work in Aceh, Indonesia, after the 2004 earthquake and tsunami, and since has expanded to include programs in China, Haiti, Colombia and the Philippines. Build Change has trained more than 20,000 people on earthquake-resistant design and construction techniques, and has provided technical assistance for more than 40,000 safer homes, impacting an estimated 200,000 people.
Build Change and its Founder and CEO, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand, have received numerous awards including most recently the 2013 Structural Engineer’s Association of California Award of Excellence in the Research/Guidelines category, 2011 Schwab Foundation US Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and 2011 Lemelson MIT Award for Sustainability. Build Change has won grants from Echoing Green, Draper Richards Foundation, Mulago Foundation and Ashoka-Lemelson. and was named a 2008 Laureate in the Equality Category for Technology Benefiting Humanity by the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation Tech Awards. Build Change has been published or featured in numerous media outlets and journals including Rappler, The New York Times, Huffington Post, NPR, BBC, ABCNews, Fast Company and Innovations Journal. Upon request from USAID, Build Change has written three primers, on post-disaster housing new construction, retrofitting and site hazard mitigation.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Housing Project Manager
For the position of Housing Project Manager, Build Change is seeking an experienced engineer, architect, or construction professional with construction management experience, who is familiar with the technical concepts for new design and seismic retrofitting for confined masonry, unreinforced masonry, and reinforced concrete frame buildings. The successful candidate will possess the ability to oversee and direct the successful implementation of the design and construction of earthquake resistant solutions for new and existing buildings, including technical quality control through all phases of the project, timeline and scheduling projections and milestone achievements, mentorship of engineers, community agents and other project staff, coordination of Build Change’s project efforts with those of our partners, and completion of progress reports. The successful applicant will have a proven management track record, history of successful mentorship, and demonstrated ability to communicate technical terms and concepts to technical and non-technical persons. Reports to the Haiti Country Director and Director of Engineering.


Project Responsibilities
  • Technical and Builder Training – The technical team is led by the Project Engineer, a qualified structural engineer. Through working with and supervising the Project Engineer, the Project Manager is responsible for overseeing the timely progress and quality of work of the technical team, ensuring milestones are met and facilitating the required coordination between the technical team and the project partners. The technical team is responsible for the design and construction supervision of the houses as well as communications with the beneficiaries regarding technical concerns.                                                                                                                                                                                                               The builder training team is led by the Construction Training Team Leader. Through working with the Construction Training Team Leader, the Project Manager is responsible for ensuring that project goals for builder training are being met and resolving issues related to builder training as they arise in order to maintain project schedules and objectives. In order to perform the technical and training responsibilities, the Project Manager must develop a thorough, comprehensive understanding of the structural engineering design and training resources developed by Build Change for confined masonry, unreinforced masonry, and retrofitting solutions.​                                                                                                                                                              
  • Information Management – The information management for the project is performed by the Program Associate and monitoring and evaluation team as supervised by the Project Manager.The Project Manager must develop a full understanding of the information management systems in order to track appropriately and in real-time the project progress as well as maintain quality control of project information and data. The information management team tracks technical data as well as financial subsidy data for the project implementation.                                                                                                                                                                         
  • Communications - The communications team reports directly to the Project Manager. The communications team is responsible for liaising with the community in general, as well as directly with the beneficiaries, to resolve any non-technical issues in the house construction process – such as financial, contractual or situational concerns. The Project manager is responsible for ensuring that ongoing, clear and timely communication with the general community through identified communication strategies is performed. The Project Manager is also responsible to ensure that beneficiary contracts are in good standing, that proper documentation is executed and collected for record and that adequate support to the beneficiaries is provided. They are responsible for working with the communication team in order to resolve issues related to contracts, contract enforcement, subsidy disbursements, and other non-technical problems arising with the beneficiaries.                                                                                                              
  • Budget – The Project Manager is responsible for ensuring that the project deliverable goals are met within the given implementation budget. This includes primary responsibility for liaising with the financial institutions engaged to support the project implementation.                                                          
  • Coordination - The Project Manager is responsible for project coordination with partners, the client and local authorities. The project partners’ activities in the area of work must be coordinated with the activities of Build Change. Active participation in regular meetings with the client and project partners is required.                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • Schedule - The Project Manager is responsible for ensuring the project schedule and milestones are met and for resolving issues that impact the project schedule immediately with the various stakeholders.                                                                                                                                                
  • Reporting – The Project Manager is responsible for providing content for the project reporting,internally and externally, on a regular basis, such as weekly, monthly, quarterly and as requiredby the project agreement.
  • Engineer, Architect, or Construction Professional with at least 6years experience in the construction field, and at least 2 years’ experience at a supervisory level.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing development projects, including management of a team of technical staff, communications staff and support staff, and delivering projects on time.
  • Project management skills that include ownership over milestones, work plans, reporting, using computer tools such as Excel and Word.
  • Understanding of earthquake-resistant design, construction, and retrofitting of confined masonry, unreinforced masonry, and reinforced concrete housing in a developing country context.
  • Familiarity with the home-owner driven construction process and the financial distribution process implemented in coordination with it.
  • International development experience with experience in Haiti a strong plus.
  • Willingness and physical ability to live and work in a post-disaster setting, which often requires work in excess of 40 hours per week under difficult conditions.
  • Valid passport.
  • Fluent English is a requirement. Excellent, professional communications skills, and excellent French language skills are required. Creole skills are a plus..
  • No ego, drama, or pessimism; the successful candidate will be flexible, humble, patient, and have a good sense of humor.
To Apply:
Go to and click on the link for this position. Applications will be accepted until filled. Qualified women, and Citizens of Haiti) are strongly encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No calls please.
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