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HQ Global Country Director – Philippines and Indonesia
Title:HQ Global Country Director – Philippines and Indonesia



Job Title: Country Director – Philippines and Indonesia
Industry: Non-profit/International Development
Job Location: Makati, Philippines
Start Date: Immediate
Term: At-will employment
Salary: $55,000 - $70,000, based on experience


Founded in 2004, Build Change is an innovative non‐profit social enterprise whose mission is to save lives in earthquakes and hurricanes. We do that by designing disaster-resistant houses and schools; training homeowners, builders, engineers and government officials to build them; working with governments to develop and implement building standards; partnering with the private sector to improve building materials quality and create jobs; and facilitating access to incentive-based capital for reconstruction and retrofitting by partnering with financing institutions and government subsidy programs.

To learn more about us and our programs in Haiti, Indonesia, Colombia, Guatemala, Philippines, Nepal and the Caribbean, visit www.buildchange.org.



Build Change is seeking a Country Director for our Philippines and Indonesia operations to join its senior management team. The Country Director will represent Build Change and Build Change interests in the Philippines and Indonesia. The Country Director will be the highest in-country negotiator with Build Change’s existing and potential partners.


  • Program Management
    • Deliver on scope, schedule and budget, Build Change’s money-technology-people-policy focused, resilient-housing technical-assistance programs to homeowners, builders, government, financial service providers, NGOs and private sector partners across the Philippines and Indonesia.
    • Support implementation of projects for safer schools and other public buildings with partners, where appropriate.
    • Supervise and mentor in-country Project Managers and Technical teams to ensure Quality Assurance and Quality Control across all programs, activities and deliverables.
  • Partnerships
    • Identify work areas, build and manage partnerships with other humanitarian, multi-lateral and non-profit agencies, and the private sector for Build Change’s design services, housing finance and advocacy activities, technical resources and training programs.
    • Represent Build Change in networks and meetings with such organizations, such as Cluster meetings
  • Finance & Budget
    • Maintain bank accounts and represent Build Change in solicitation of services and resolution of problems with financial institutions
    • Supervise the local accounting team and support the Director of Finance and Administration to prepare program and annual operating budgets
    • Manage effectively within the budget given and report accurately and on-time on progress made and challenges encountered
    • Ensure costs are allocated to correct cost centers and documented in compliance with audit-compliance procurement and finance procedures
    • Ensure internal control procedures are followed for all cash disbursements, receipts and transfers
    • Provide training to all staff to ensure proper procedures are followed
  • Bank Signatory
    • Ensure ethical and transparent financial transactions by acting as bank signatory
  • Operations
    • Oversee the operations of Build Change offices in the Philippines and Indonesia
    • Maintain and negotiate leases for offices and staff housing, including utilities
    • Manage the budgeting, purchasing, printing or manufacturing of Build Change technical resources for safe reconstruction
    • Maintain functioning, up-to-date IT systems including hardware and software, ensuring data is backed up, virus free and secure
    • Maintain phone and internet systems and systems for remote communication
    • Implement Build Change’s procurement system, obtaining requests for quotations, keeping track of items ordered, and inventory control system
    • Maintain and update asset registers
  • Fund and Business Development
    • Lead in marketing Build Change’s programs, engineering services and training programs to other agencies and potential
    • Supervise fund development staff to write and win grants and/or contracts to expand Build Change’s Philippines and Indonesia programs.
  • Recruiting and Team Building
    • Directly mentor and line manage key management staff across programs, operations and engineering functions.
    • Lead recruiting process for expat and national staff as required. Oversee generation and maintenance of national staff personnel files.
  • Processes and Systems
    • Fully document and improve Build Change’s program implementation and IMR systems for use in future programs and create a results-driven culture with clearly documented impacts.
    • Extend impact monitoring and reporting scope to systematically track indirect impacts in addition to direct impacts.
    • With the Finance & Accounting Officer and the Director of Finance and Administration, improve budget design and tracking systems to track expenditures against budgets on a per-activity basis in addition to existing time-based tracking
  • Build Change Model
    • Expand, extend and refine the Build Change model for implementing retrofitting, home-strengthening and reconstruction technical assistance programs in collaboration with private sector housing finance partnerships in the Philippines.
    • Implement a transition from a post-disaster program to a disaster risk reduction (DRR) program in Indonesia whilst maintaining post-disaster capacity.
  • Training
    • Work closely with the Director of Engineering to schedule, oversee, and report on training programs for staff of partner agencies, builders, technical students, engineers and government officials.
  • Strategic Communications
    • Oversee Build Change’s strategic communications program for safe construction as it pertains to the homeowner technical assistance programs and other in-country programs.
  • Advocacy
    • Represent Build Change in-country and globally to support our approach to reconstruction and establish credibility and respect in our areas of expertise.
    • Work with Build Change’s social media staff to tell our story well and compellingly
  • Strategic Planning
    • Work with the senior management team and the Board of Directors to plan and implement strategy for Build Change’s Philippines and Indonesia operations and overall operations.
  • Ethics
    • Ensure that all programs operate consistently and ethically within the mission and values of Build Change
  • Safety and Security
    • Implement Build Change’s Safety and Security SOP’s


Your experience includes:

  • A minimum of 8 years operational experience in program development and implementation
  • An advanced University degree in program management, engineering, architecture, disaster risk management, finance and economics or business management
  • Working cohesively on multidisciplinary teams
  • Marketing, public relations, and/or fundraising
  • Experience in housing finance, international development or humanitarian contexts

You are able to:

  • Demonstrate excellent written, interpersonal communication and networking skills, with the ability to communicate complex research findings or technical content to both expert and non-technical audiences, and demonstrate project impact
  • Work effectively in a team environment, and lead a developing program
  • Work under pressure, handle multiple priorities and meet deadlines
  • Work independently, including some evenings and weekends, and travel as needed
  • Represent Build Change as a globally trusted expert in front of external audiences, including conferences, networks, wealth advisors, donors, and funders

You would describe yourself as:

  • Committed to the mission of providing money-technology-people-policy focused, technical-assistance programs for resilient housing construction, strengthening and retrofitting to vulnerable communities
  • Drama-free, optimistic, flexible, humble, patient, and having a good sense of humor
  • Willing to roll up your sleeves and build a robust global investment program.
  • Pro-active, self-motivated, and able to work independently while also contributing fully as a team member
  • Fluent in English

And maybe you also:

  • Have worked in the Philippines and or/Indonesia
  • Understand basic engineering and construction principles
  • Speak Tagalog/Bahasa or French

Are you interested?
Then please visit www.buildchange.org/about/careers and select the link for this position. Applications will be accepted until filled and will be reviewed as received. Build Change is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified women and citizens of Build Change's program countries are strongly encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No calls please. 


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