Manager – Housing and Human Settlement

Habitat for Humanity
Location: Kathmandu
Salary: Negotiable
Posted Date: 2019-01-09 Deadline: 2019-01-20
  • Nos. of Opening : 1
  • Location : Kathmandu
  • Working Position : Entry Level
  • Qualification Degree : Master's Degree in related field such as Civil Engineering or human settlements related field
  • Salary : Negotiable
  • Category : NGO / INGO / Social work
  • Nature : Full Time
Job Description

Duration: 1 Year (Extendable if funding and need permits)
Reports to: Program Director
Field Visits: Frequent travel to project areas

Core Function: This position is responsible for providing technical leadership and quality assurance oversight to Habitat's work through its partners, including innovations in materials, designs tools and best practices that increase access to affordable housing while ensuring compliance with standards set by Habitat for Humanity International and local authorities. S/he will support the Program Director to implement engineering (technical) aspect of the program and transfer skills to staff and partners.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Technical Support

  • Provide technical input in the design and implementation of initiatives such as: Disaster Risk Reduction and Response; GIS Mapping; Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene; Urban issues; Land tenure; and other housing and human settlement issues; as well as appropriate family selection and feedback mechanisms
  • Responsible for the technical quality of Habitat Nepal’s projects. Lead on developing and implementing QA/QC systems in projects implemented by implemented through partners to meet the desired technical outcomes
  • Lead on updating existing resources or developing new technical resources for Habitat Nepal programs. Examples include but are not limited to design and construction supervision procedures, revision or development of new structural and architectural drawings, bills of quantities, construction checklists, and training materials
  • Lead on updating or developing new training resources for partner’s technical staff and community members/masons to support their understanding and adoption of safer construction practices
  • Ensure technologies and solutions are consistent with national, international and Habitat’s Standards and Policies philosophy of safe/decent shelter, disaster- resistance, sustainability, and cultural appropriateness
  • Recommending emerging technology or approaches from national or international practices that result in improved access to low-cost housing, and advancement of sustainable communities
  • Ensure technically competent in applying engineering judgment in the absence of codebased guidance backed by experience, evidences and research
  • Develop a thorough, comprehensive understanding of the structural engineering design resources developed by Habitat for use in the Nepal for new construction of various masonry and bamboo construction systems, including confined masonry, reinforced masonry and alternative technologies
  • Serve as technical input in the design of evaluation project activities (baseline/end line surveys, midterm reviews, project evaluations, program evaluations, etc.)

Program Management

  • Provide strategic direction of Habitat Nepal’s technical solutions to support the safe construction and disaster-resistant homes
  • Ensure adequate technical input in the development and review of project proposals and reports
  • Work with the technical, community engagement and financing teams to implement project work plans. Own technical milestones and delegate tasks as appropriate
  • Continually gather insights and feedback during project implementation in order to iterate project activities and eventually scale access to safer homes. Ensure that lessons learned from monitoring and evaluative activities are integrated into the knowledge base of Habitat for Humanity programs
  • Oversee the recruitment, selection and performance review of technical staff in the Nepal office through. Participation in the hiring, training, onboarding of local Technical Staff
  • Support the adoption of simplified technology to support implementation at scale
  • Prepare monthly reports and contribute to internal and external project reporting and Facilitate the gathering of information needed to fulfill regular reporting requirements and provide oversight on internal and external reporting products
  • Manage, plan and coordinate the work of the technical staff including supervision and evaluation, capacity building and knowledge transfer through training and on-job skill transfer. Mentor, and train partner-based engineering staff and other Habitat Nepal technical staff
  • In the event of a disaster; assist in planning, management and supervision on the disaster response in collaboration with the Program Director, DR Focal person and AP DR teams

Advocacy and Program Development Responsibilities

  • Represent Habitat for Humanity in interactions and communications with government agencies, project partners, MFI and prospective donors; contribute to Habitat for Humanity advocacy efforts with these organizations
  • Provide technical input in the development of new proposals in defining levels of efforts and project activities
  • Other related duties as assigned by supervisor

Education Qualification and Professional Experience:

  • Master's Degree in related field such as Civil Engineering or human settlements related field
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in construction-related project management with proven record of success, and a minimum of 5 years in a leadership position
  • Professional Engineering license (or equivalent) in civil (structural) engineering, Architecture.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with various appropriate construction technologies ensuring cost efficient, green and sustainable construction. Understanding of earthquake- and flood-
  • resistant design and construction of confined masonry, reinforced masonry, CSEB and
  • bamboo buildings for new buildings.
  • Demonstrated experience working successfully in a team environment, as well as managing a team of technical staff, and delivering outcomes on time.
  • Skilled networker with proven success in delivering results in collaboration with third parties, such as local NGOs, government entities and/or private sector actors.
  • Proficiency with Autodesk products and structural design software.
  • Familiarity with cutting edge technologies that can help Habitat Nepal implement simple, affordable and scalable technical solutions is preferred.
  • Project management skillset that includes ownership over milestones, work plans, reporting.
  • Practice servant style leadership; the successful candidate will be flexible, humble, patient.
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage, supervise, encouraging and strengthen the capacity of staff engineers, architects, site supervisors and social mobilizers, as well as local implementing partner organizations.
  • Experience implementing development programs with focus on shelter ensuring adherence to local building code, other regulation and government bodies at local & national level.
  • Additional experience in designing and supervising construction of earthquake- and flood resistance buildings and WASH infrastructures.
  • Willingness to work in a post-disaster scenario.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.


  • International development work experience and exposure with construction practices outside Nepal.
  • Hands-on construction experience in masonry, CSEB and/or bamboo.

Beneficial but not required

  • Experience in supporting market-based development initiatives, such as establishing social enterprises, or value chain strengthening.

Apply Instructions

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply with an application letter and updated resume by January 20, 2019 addressed to:

National Director, Habitat for Humanity International, Nepal.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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Organization Summary

Habitat for Humanity started working in Nepal since 1997. In the eight years till 2005, Habitat for Humanity Nepal has helped 830 families to build decent homes in the districts of Kailali, Surkhet, Kaski, Chitwan and Jhapa. To increase its impact, HFH Nepal began to leverage on partnerships with non-governmental organizations, microfinance institutions, and village lending and saving groups. Driven by the overall vision of the organization, the Meaningful Life through Housing Campaign was launched in July 2011. Through the campaign, HFH Nepal aims to develop a people-driven and community-owned methodology to address the need for decent housing in a sustainable and viable way. Programs are largely focused on rural housing in eastern and western Nepal.

In June 2011, HFH Nepal celebrated its 10,000th family served and by the fiscal year ended 30 June 2014 more than 54,000 families were helped. The momentum continued until Nepal was hit by two major earthquakes on 25 April and 12 May, 2015.

The earthquakes, in April and May of 2015, destroyed and damaged more than 880,000 houses killing over 8,000 people. HFH Nepal’s disaster response included rubble removal with the help of local volunteers, distribution of temporary shelter kits and water backpacks for the affected families to enable survivors’ to fetch and store water. Through generous funding, HFH Nepal is helping affected families by providing technical assistance in conducting safety assessment of the damaged houses and distribution of winterization kits to the affected families to protect against the cold weather.

Through the Build Nepal strategy, Habitat Nepal is committed to building homes and hope in both disaster-affected and non-affected areas across the country.

Industry Type NGO / INGO / Social Work
Location Dhumbarahi Marg, Kathmandu
Organization Size 1-10
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