Construction Program Consultant

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 6 July 2018

Job Description

// // View Req 3825BR : Construction Program Consultant - Puerto Rico

In September 2017, hurricanes Irma and Maria barreled across Puerto Rico, causing unprecedented damage and leaving up to 780,000 homes damaged, according to Puerto Rican officials. In addition to the destruction, the storms exacerbated longstanding and persistent housing issues and challenges on the island.

Over the next five years, Habitat for Humanity will partner directly with hurricane-affected families to address their shelter needs, as well as work with the Puerto Rican government and local municipalities on policies and systems that will improve shelter, land and resilience issues across the island.

Title: Construction Program Consultant
Term: 3 – 6 month consultancy
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Important: Contractors should be prepared to provide professional references and pass a background check.
Project goals:
The goal of Habitat for Humanity’s Puerto Rico Recovery Program is to address systemic barriers to achieving household and community resilience in Puerto Rico post hurricanes Irma and Maria. The focus of the program will be capacity building for homeowners and builders; repairs, reconstruction, and new home construction for disaster-affected persons; a tenure referral system; and assessments, advocacy, green building strategies and economic development supporting each part of the program. Re/construction is a key component in supporting individuals, households, and communities in maintaining and returning to safe, affordable housing that reduces risks and increases resilience as quickly as possible.
Terms of Reference:
The Construction Program Consultant will initiate and scale up the repair and reconstruction components of Habitat’s Puerto Rico Recovery Program. This position will be directly responsible for roll-out of the repair and reconstruction projects in Region 1 of Habitat’s phased approach, the metropolitan San Juan area and greater Northeast. This position will also be in direct contact with the Interim Construction Systems Manager to share real-time lessons learned and give inputs to inform long-term operational systems.
Objectives and deliverables:
- Directly lead and execute the repairs component in Phase 1 of Habitat’s multi-phased recovery program, including pilots where necessary
​- Together with other HFH team members, participate in the selection of target communities and target families within said community
​- Lead the damage assessments of homes as part of the eligibility process for undergoing a Habitat repair
- Identify within the neighborhoods of Phase 1, those with high damage. Of those houses identify general levels of damage, and identify any other special concerns that create vulnerability that the program should address
- Scope out the rehab or repair work to be undertaken in consultation with target family
- Define final scope of work with family, dependent of budgetary and other elements of the decision-making process, such as Habitat’s methodology.
​- Lead Contractor selection process for HFHI-PR in coordination with HFH PR
​- Recruit, select, and train contractors in Habitat methodology (use of Gift-in-Kind material donations and / or volunteer labor when appropriate), ensuring program needs are met while ensuring high-quality technical expertise at the same time
​- Sign off on Contractor Bill of Quantities and associated budget
​- In coordination with the Construction Systems Manager, work closely with procurement to establish a supply chain to ensure materials meet requirements and quality control standards
​- Ensure compliance with liability waivers and related documents to be signed by families
​- Ensure compliance of applicable design, building codes and regulations related to all construction interventions
​- Maintain solid understanding of all field activities and manage deployment of needed staff and resources to project sites
​- Foster and maintain relationships with key community and governmental stakeholders in areas of operation
​- Identify and cultivate institutional and organizational resources in the municipality of operation, and where these organizations may already be engaging in repair, reconstruction and other programs related to providing more secure homes (i.e. FEMA’S VALOR, USDA funds, etc.)

- Minimum 10 years of professional experience developing and executing high-quality residential housing construction programs, including experience managing multiple sites
​- At least 5 years project management experience
​- Bachelor’s degree in either Engineering or Architecture
​- At least 6-10 years overall related experience in the set-up of construction systems and procedures
​- Demonstrated leadership experience and ability to develop a team to accomplish a mission
​- Excellent attention to detail and strong organizational skills
​- Skills at building relationships and forming formal partnerships
​- Strong problem-solving skills, ability to multi-task
​- Ability to take initiative and work with little supervision
​- Strong written and oral communication skills in Spanish and English
- Strong working knowledge on housing construction, supply chains, land tenure, urban, preferable
​- Experience with knowledge transfer strongly preferred.
​- At least 2 years’ experience working in a disaster response setting in programmatic systems’ set up
​- Experience in large scale construction management (>$20M USD)
​- Experience in low-cost residential housing construction
​- Experience in non-profit program management

About the Organization

Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. The purpose and goal of Habitat for Humanity International is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses in partnership with families in need. Habitat for Humanity has an Administrative Headquarters based in Atlanta, an Operational Headquarters based in Americus, Georgia, and Area Office bases of operations in Manila, Philippines for our Asia and Pacific work, San Jose, Costa Rica for our Latin American and Caribbean work and Bratislava, Slovakia for our Europe, the Middle East and Africa work.

HFHI is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified personnel for all our positions in a manner that does not unlawfully discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran/reserve national guard status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

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