WORK FOR AN AWARD-WINNING NON-PROFIT SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
POSITION OPENING: Lead Structural Engineer
Location: Manila, Philippines
Start Date: January/February 2019
Term: At-will employment, but a minimum two-year commitment is expected
Salary: Competitive, with health, emergency evacuation insurance, housing and food allowance
in 2004, Build Change is a non‐profit social enterprise whose goal is to save
lives in earthquakes and windstorms. Build Change designs disaster-resistant
houses and schools, 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.
Change began working in the Philippines in 2013, providing technical assistance
and training for post-disaster housing and school construction programs. Our
core operations now focus on pre-disaster programming to mitigate the risk of
typhoons and earthquakes. Current programs include a retrofit program for
non-engineered residential houses in partnership with the local government and
private sector financiers, a technical mentorship program to support the
construction of safer schools, and technical consultancy to help organizations
improve the disaster-resistance of socialized housing.
As an organization,
Build Change is looking to impact 10 million people over the next 10 years. To
achieve this audacious goal, we will scale simple technical solutions that
allow low-income families to improve their houses with the financing they have
available. We are looking for engineers that are passionate about Build
Change’s mission and will own and lead the technical strategy to achieve it.
position of Lead Engineer, Build Change is seeking an exceptionally competent
structural engineer with experience designing and providing structural
observation to earthquake- and typhoon-resistant buildings in locations with
developed and enforced building codes and standards. The successful candidate
will have a flexible mindset in applying engineering principles to
Engineer must have proven project management experience; she/he will contribute
to the conception and execution of projects, manage a team of technical staff,
and represent Build Change with partners and clients. The Lead Engineer
collaborates with engineering staff in other country programs as well as
colleagues from the technology innovations and education (training)
departments. This position reports to the Philippines Country Director and
receives technical direction from the global Director of Engineering.
strategic direction of Build Change’s technical solutions to support the
safe construction or disaster-resistant upgrading of homes and schools in
for the technical quality of Build Change’s projects in the Philippines,
including designs and implementation.
on developing and implementing QA/QC systems in projects implemented
directly by Build Change and those implemented through partners to meet
the desired technical outcomes.
on updating existing resources or developing new technical resources for
Build Change’s programs. Examples include but are not limited to design
and construction supervision procedures, revision or development of new
structural and architectural drawings, bills of quantity, construction
checklists, and training materials.
on updating or developing new training resources for local builders and
community members to support their understanding and adoption of safer
technologies and solutions are consistent with Build Change’s philosophy
of disaster- resistance, sustainability, and cultural appropriateness.
willing and confident to apply engineering judgment in the absence of
problems and generate solutions in the field for special cases, especially
retrofits and additions to existing buildings.
- Develop a
thorough, comprehensive understanding of the structural engineering design
resources developed by Build Change for use in the Philippines for
retrofitting and new construction of various masonry and timber
construction systems, including confined masonry, reinforced masonry,
multi-story reinforced concrete frame, and timber frame.
Project Management Responsibilities:
- Work with the
technical, community engagement and financing teams to implement project
work plans. Own technical milestones and delegate tasks as appropriate.
gather insights and feedback during project implementation in order to
iterate project activities and eventually scale access to safer homes and
train and oversee Philippines-based engineering staff and other technical
the recruitment, selection and performance review of technical staff in
the Philippines office.
- Serve as Build
Change Philippines’ interface with the technology innovations team to
support the adoption of simplified technology to support implementation at
monthly reports and contribute to internal and external project reporting.
Advocacy and Program Development Responsibilities:
- Represent Build
Change in interactions and communications with government agencies,
project partners and prospective donors; contribute to Build Change’s
advocacy efforts with these organizations.
a network of respected local technical consultants to support Build
Change’s advocacy efforts, oversee and review their work.
the development of new proposals in defining Levels of Efforts and project
Build Change in meetings and conferences as needed.