Deputy Project Manager

Build Change
Location: Based in Nuwakot, Rasuwa and Makwanpur with frequent travel to other earthquake affected areas
Salary: Negotiable
Posted Date: 2016-11-24 Deadline: 2016-12-09
Job 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 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. Build Change started its work in Aceh, Indonesia after the 2004 earthquake and tsunami and has since expanded to include programs in China, Haiti, Colombia, Guatemala, Nepal, and the Philippines. Build Change has trained more than 25,300 people on earthquake-resistant design and construction techniques, guided 31 organizations in using homeowner-driven design, created almost 12,000 jobs and provided technical assistance for more than 48,700 safer buildings, impacting an estimated 245,026 people.


The Deputy Project Manager shall work with the Project Manager to ensure that the deliverables are met, the performance, as well as procurement, reporting, and other management related requirements.  Furthermore, the Deputy Project Manager will assist the Project Manager by providing leadership, management, and supervision of the entire team.  S/he, with the assistance of the Project Manager, will be responsible for administering the contract in full compliance with all applicable Build Change regulations and for ensuring the timely submission of all required deliverables.  The Deputy Project Manager is also jointly responsible with the Project Manager for ensuring the application of and conformance to sound financial management procedures by the team leaders.  The Deputy Project Manager will support the Project Manager in serving as the team’s primary point of contact for program partners, serving as principal liaison with partners and Build Change staff, counterpart institutions, implementing partners, and other stakeholders.  
Project Management Responsibilities 

  • Support the Project Manager in coordinating and directing projects, making detailed plans for timely completion of projects and accomplishing goals.
  • Maintain ownership of project milestones and schedule, and communicate and report regularly to the management about the project progress and any issues that arise which may affect progress.
  • Support the Project Manager in preparing monthly reports and contributing to internal and external project reporting.
  • Participating in defining the vision and overall leadership to the project team, ensuring effective and efficient performance for all aspects of the contract, and overseeing all quality control and reporting.
  • Identifying, leading and responding to task order requests issued and providing central management and oversight.
  • Coordinating assignments with consortium members, key counterparts as well as with the key stakeholders;
  • Interacting professionally with senior officials;
  • Ability to travel to project sites on an as-needed basis;
  • Extend relationship and networking with different actors at national and international levels in the interest of Build Change.


  • Demonstrated experience in high-level strategic visioning and leadership and experience in working effectively with local civil society organizations, host country government counterparts and/or other international development partners
  • Proven leadership in the design, project management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of similar-sized and technical focus international donor-supported programs, with skills in strategic planning, management, supervision and budgeting, and experience in managing donor funded/supported development programs
  • Good organizational, communication, leadership, financial management capabilities, problem-solving and time-management skills.
  • Familiarity with different areas of construction as well as workplace safety and building codes a plus.
  • Knowledgeable regarding principles and good practice in strategic planning and organizational development and in program design of inputs, activities and strategies to achieve program objectives, including solid knowledge of gender, capacity/community development and monitoring & evaluation (M&E) related to Build Change policies in these key areas. 
  • Skills in human resources management and leadership development and ability to work in cross-cultural situations with political and cultural nuances.
  • Experience managing local A/E and/or construction management sub-contractors a plus.
  • Experience working with various country policies and procedures and developing and managing multiple small and large project schedules and budgets.


  • A Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Architecture, or related field.
  • Minimum 2 years professional experience managing  INGO projects
  • Work experience in community led building projects will be an advantage.
  • Experience working overseas, including experience working in crisis/unstable, post-disaster and conflict/insecure environments, as well as in developing countries would be a strong asset. 
  • No ego, drama, or pessimism; the successful candidate will be flexible, humble, patient, and have a good sense of humor.
  • Fluent English (written and spoken) and Nepali.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed daily and suitable candidates may be invited for test and interview prior to the closing date. Only short-listed candidates will be invited for written test and/or interview


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Organization Summary

Build Change saves lives in earthquakes and typhoons. Our mission is to greatly reduce deaths, injuries and economic losses caused by housing and school collapses due to earthquakes and typhoons in emerging nations.

Industry Type NGO / INGO / Social Work
Location Nepal
Organization Size 1-10
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