Construction Systems Consultant

Puerto Rico
Apply by 5 August 2018
Senior-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 6 July 2018

Job Description

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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 Systems Consultant
Term: 3 to 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 survivors; 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 Systems Consultant will focus on the establishment and roll-out of the systems and procedures needed to conduct large-scale repair and reconstruction projects in the target areas of Puerto Rico. This will include focus on securing labor / contractors, establishing supply chains, quality control mechanisms and developing relevant programmatic manuals/policies/procedures to accomplish Habitat’s long-term strategy and deliverables for reconstruction in Puerto Rico.
Objectives and deliverables:

​- Lead Habitat’s efforts in developing its scale-up strategy for construction interventions, particularly evaluating the best means for delivery – i.e. provider versus enabler approach, green housing techniques, alternative designs – for its repair and reconstruction component with the focus of scale and quality
​- Set up liability waivers and related documents to sign with families
- Identify partner agencies and assets that can be utilized in the reconstruction efforts, such as Red Cross, Vivienda, FEMA’s VALOR program, USDA funding, etc.
- Establish a clear supply chain, including labor, which minimizes the program’s risk to inflation, limit of supplies, poor quality and other variables potentially present in Puerto Rico and maximizes
​- Habitat’s ability to reach families with services in an efficient and effective manner
- Coordinate the establishment of warehousing facilities for programmatic needs
- Establish homeowner contribution activities such as ‘sweat equity’, repair payment paths, and incorporate other potential sources of aid to families (i.e. FEMA, CDBG-DR grants, other NGO support).
- Development of housing damage assessments including: minimum standards and qualifications for repairs; survey methodology and repair instructions. These assessments should also be designed in a manner that support Habitat’s other programmatic activities (i.e. tenure, capacity building, risk assessment)
- Develop relevant manuals/policies/procedures for Habitat’s repair program, including external technical assistance materials
- Ensure compliance of applicable regulatory statues as well as design and building codes
- Establish quality control mechanisms for the supervision of Contractors
- Support the Interim Construction Programs Manager in the roll-out of repair projects in Region 1 and work collaboratively to document real-time lessons learned as part of a continual improvement process
- Assist in the development and implementation of strategic and operational plans as they relate to construction projects and program support activities

- 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
- Excellent attention to detail and strong organizational skills
- Strong problem-solving skills and ability to multi-task
- Ability to take initiative and work with little supervision
- Strong written and oral communication skills in Spanish and English
- 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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