Job Title: Staff Architect – Caribbean

Industry: Non-profit/International Development

Function: Technical – Architecture

Job Location: Caribbean

Start Date: June 1, 2019

Term: 4-month consultancy, with possibility of extension

Salary: Competitive, consultant agreement

Organization Description

Build Change is an international non-profit social enterprise founded in 2004 with the mission of greatly reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses caused by housing and school collapse in earthquakes and hurricanes in challenging post-disaster and vulnerable environments. Our team of dedicated staff designs disaster-resistant buildings, trains people to build them, facilitates access to capital for safe reconstruction and retrofitting and works with governments to enforce building standards and develop systems that promote development and progressively reduce disaster risk.

Build Change works in both post-disaster and mitigation contexts and currently has programs in Indonesia, Haiti, Philippines, Colombia, Guatemala and Nepal. In addition, Build Change regularly conducts reconnaissance, consultation or construction industry analysis including in Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Dominica, St Lucia and Micronesia after recent devastating windstorms. To date, Build Change has trained over 43,000 people in disaster-resistant design and construction who in turn have built over 57,000 safer buildings. In the process, Build Change has created more than 18,000 jobs.

To learn more about us and our programs in Indonesia, Colombia, Guatemala, Philippines, Nepal, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands, visit

Position Description

The Staff Architect – Caribbean shall work with the relevant in-country Project Lead and Director of Programs and Partnerships – Caribbean overall to deliver technical aspects of assigned projects for Build Change in the region; participate in producing technical deliverables, quality assurance, timely reporting and other related requirements. This position reports to the relevant in-country Project Lead with general direction from the Director of Programs and Partnerships – Caribbean, with technical direction from the relevant Project Architect.

Technical Responsibilities:

  • Develop thorough, comprehensive understanding of the design resources developed by Build Change new construction and retrofitting solutions.

  • Participate in activities related to Architectural design, construction document production, Revit, Autocad, and other BIM and AEC software implementation, for Build Change’s housing reconstruction projects in the Caribbean with support from the project leader.

  • Assist in controlling the quality of design information & implementation for projects in the Caribbean.

  • Assist in the revision or development of new technical resources, including but not limited to structural and architectural design criteria, assessment procedures, drawings, bills of quantity, construction quality checklists, and training materials for partners and clients.

  • Perform site visits, take measurements and complete tablet/mobile assessment questionnaires as required.

  • Liaise with the appropriate Build Change in-country Project Lead to provide design solutions and bill of quantities for damaged houses or houses requiring corrective measures.

  • Implement technologies and solutions that are consistent with Build Change’s philosophy of earthquake- and hurricane-resistance, sustainability, and cultural appropriateness.

  • Assist in the development and implementation of training for engineers, architects, drafters, and other technical staff or partner staff.

  • Solve problems and generate solutions in the field for special cases, especially retrofits and additions to existing buildings.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • University degree in Architecture with a minimum 1-years professional experience in related areas. Work experience in community led building projects will be an advantage.

  • Computer literacy a must. Experience using BIM and Office tools will be an advantage.

  • Extensive knowledge of Autodesk Software especially Revit.

  • No ego, drama, or pessimism; the successful candidate will be flexible, humble, patient, and have a good sense of humor.

  • Working proficiency in written and spoken English required. Proficiency in other regional languages such as Spanish, French or Dutch would be a plus.

Source: Build Change. The content of this article does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of Global Diaspora News (

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