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Global Brigades Honduras
Position: Architecture Program Lead
ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND: Global Brigades (www.globalbrigades.org) is a secular, 501c3 nonprofit organization that empowers and mobilizes passionate university students and professionals to collaborate with communities in developing countries in creating sustainable solutions that improve quality of life while respecting local culture and improving the environment.
Global Brigades is the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. Since 2004, Global Brigades has mobilized thousands of university students and professionals through nine skill-based service programs to improve quality of life in under-resourced communities.
Architecture Brigades, collaborates with rural communities in Honduras to alleviate needs in health and education infrastructure through design and hands-on construction projects. Current projects are schools and health centers.
POSITION LOCATION: Office based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. All project implementation occurs in rural villages typically between 1-3 hours outside of the city.
We are currently in search of a passionate program lead to oversee all aspects of the Architecture Program in rural Honduras. These include but are not limited to:
• Identifying potential communities in which to work
• Interacting and developing close relationships with community members •Organizing large community ‘town hall’ meetings
• Identifying potential and feasible projects within the community
• Communicating with local Honduran government in setting up partnerships for projects
• Development of professional design competition packets
• Preparing pre-brigade packets and webinars for students
• Developing educational lessons, materials, and activities
• Organizing and motivating community work groups
• Managing funds and purchases for tools, labor, materials, etc.
• Maintaining strong relationships with local material vendors
• Assembling detailed construction documents and construction schedule
• On-site supervision of masons, carpenters, etc.
• Collaboration on the design and creation of marketing materials
• On-site translation to improve communication between community members and volunteers
• Planning and management of logistics for volunteer trips
• Leading group reflections, inspiring and guiding student thinking
• Leading groups of volunteers on weeklong brigades in rural Honduras, overseeing student safety and overall experience
• Leading and coordinating a team of staff (translators, drivers, technicians, etc.) during weeklong brigades
• Creation of pre and post-project documentation and brigade reports
• Assist in monitoring and evaluation initiatives
• Assist in training of new Architecture Program staff members when necessary
EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS:
• Fluent English speaker
• Advanced Spanish Speaker
• Extensive group leadership experience
• Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Architecture
• Experience in international/ rural community development preferred
• Strong organizational and planning skills
• On-site construction experience
• Program development experience
• Project management experience
• Ability to manage relationships with varying stakeholders, including rural communities, government entities, and outside NGOs
• Ability to be collaborative, positive, assertive and work on a multicultural team
• Willingness to commit to at least one year
• Excellent computer skills, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
• Availability to work long hours; during brigade seasons being away for weeks at a time
• Flexible and able to handle changing priorities
• Ability to live and work in developing country settings
• Ability to participate in moderately strenuous physical activity, walking/hiking, lifting up to 25 lbs., and perform physical labor in strenuous environments/conditions.
• Commitment to the mission of Global Brigades
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Program Manager and Executive Director
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Architecture team, Program Manager, Executive Director and Chief Program Officer, Research & Evaluation team, fellow program teams
LIVING CONDITIONS/COMPENSATION: This is an opportunity to gain significant experience in international health and development, through a crucial project that will significantly benefit the people of rural Honduras. In addition, other benefits include ability to live in Honduras, experience local culture, dress informally, work from home, and have flexible working hours.
Compensation includes room and board, a small personal monthly stipend, emergency health insurance, and visa renewal costs.
For more information on Global Brigades’ Architecture Program, please consult: http://globalbrigades.wikidot.com/gab:about
HOW TO APPLY:
Interested candidates should send a resume and thoughtful cover letter describing your specific qualifications and interest in the position to Program Lead, Hazel Mealy at email@example.com and copy Program Manager, Katie Susman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to send the documents as attachments and include the job title in your subject line. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted.
Global Brigades team members represent the organization both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit to a field posting. Staff are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and GB’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.