The vision of Habitat for Humanity (HFH) is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. This simple, basic concept resonates throughout every program, country, and family touched by Habitat's efforts. HFH is known as an international NGO that provides housing solutions, whether it be building homes in areas affected by disasters in Thailand, working with local communities to develop microsaving programs for home improvement in the Philippines, or piloting solar cookers in Central America. Their main program areas are: incremental housing support services, access to basic services (water, sanitation and energy), disaster response and risk reduction, neighborhood upgrading, inclusionary financing (microloans, savings, subsidies) and community development. HFHI works through a broad network of national Habitat organizations, and partners with governments and the private sector as well as other NGOs. Since 1976, Habitat has served close to one million families in more than 80 countries.
The design and implementation team at Global Programs provides program technical and advisory support to the international area offices and national offices regarding sustainable housing, water and sanitation and energy, community development and human settlement and urban programs around the world. The design and implementation team also provides technical support to the field operations on project design, monitoring and evaluations as well as guidance and strategies for engagement, coordination and partnership opportunities with main institutional donors—bilateral and multilateral organizations.
As the International Shelter Initiatives Fellow, you will support the team with institutional engagement and relationship building, particularly around the development of partnership and fundraising strategies with main institutional partners and donors, large international organizations such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations, Cities Alliance, and USAID as well as support relationship building process with other bilateral/ multilateral organizations in the region through the corresponding teams. In this role, you will report to the director of International Shelter Initiatives at Design and Implementation while working from the HQ satellite office located in downtown Washington D.C. You will be a part of a team and be treated as one. There will also be opportunities for international travel.
At the end of the fellowship, you will have helped make a difference in the world by furthering Habitat's mission while learning new skills and improving existing ones. You would have gained new skills on partnership development and strategy particularly around large international development organizations, international affairs, as well as fundraising and grant development.
You are invited to join HFH in this journey to contribute to addressing the urgent need for adequate, affordable shelter.