Job Title: HOUSING SUPPORT SERVICES SPECIALIST
Habitat for Humanity Uganda is an Ecumenical Christian NGO running Programs and Projects that seek to eliminate Poverty Housing in several areas in Uganda. We are inviting applications to fill the positions of Housing Microfinance Project Manager and Housing Support Service Specialist
HOUSING SUPPORT SERVICES SPECIALIST
This position is responsible for the strategic planning, design, monitoring, supporting implementation, and evaluation around Housing Support Services (HSS). S/he will be responsible for supporting the growth and development of HSS initiatives with Financial Service Providers (FSPs); monitoring and success of the HSS initiatives being implemented by the FSPs; and building the capacity of National Office (NO) and the FSPs with regards to all matters relating to construction and the technical aspects of housing.
Reporting: This position reports to the Housing Microfinance Project Manager – Uganda
Specific Roles and Responsibilities:
Oversee the HSS component of the project and provide guidance and advice to the NO and FSPs on Housing Support Services strategies and issues
Contribute to the development of overall HSS (housing support services), and construction design and technologies strategy with the FSPs.
Gather relevant information on housing, construction processes, Conduct suitability and feasibility of construction and shelter improvements, in target areas where projects with FSPs will be implemented.
Lead in the design of new HSS initiatives, and tools for FSPs including assessing the suitability and feasibility of construction interventions; advice to appropriateness of materials and construction processes used; and compliance with regulations, etc.)
Work with HFM Project Manager to generate a cost recovery strategy for HSS developed with FSPs.
Leads analysis and review of HSS initiatives with FSPs documenting best practices and emerging lessons. Shares the learnings and practices in appropriate forums
Raising problems around the implementation of HSS to the Housing Microfinance Project Manager and National Director/s
Research and develop innovative construction related products with the partners.
Be a resource to the NO, Area office and partners in general in the field of construction technologies and methodologies.
Train and build the capacity of FSP, consultants and NO staff on HSS methodologies, tools, and interventions as may be appropriate
Network with organizations and associations working in fields related to low-cost housing;
Participate in research, policy development and design around low-income construction and housing.
Responsible for collecting HSS related monitoring reports
Coordinates the reporting and in communicating on HSS initiatives to partners, other stakeholders and /or donors external to the NO.
As agreed with his/her supervisor, participates in HSS regional COPs (communities of practice), and other related task-teams.
Minimum Bachelor's or similar Degree in housing or construction related field (such as Architecture, Building Science, Engineering, Urban Planning, and Construction Project Management). A minimum of 5 years' experience in the construction/housing industry.
Good interpersonal skills, oral and written communication.
Strong computer skills.
Ability to train others.
Effective coordinator and team leader.
Ability to multi-task.
Ability to work with other cultures and nationalities.
Ability to work independently; and interdependently within a team, and with partners.
How to apply:
Qualifying candidates should apply by submitting a cover letter, a detailed CV including telephone contacts and at least three professional referees. These should be submitted to: The National Director, Habitat for Humanity Uganda, P.O. Box 9873, Kampala. Or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Telephone: 041 50145710392 760802, at no later than Tuesday, 17th July 2012. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. For more details, please visit our website: www.habitat.ug