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Habitat for Humanity - International Shelter Initiatives

Organization Description

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.

Design and Implementation - Global Programs

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.

Essential Job Functions

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.

Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Research Institutional Partner/ Donor for strategy development,-analyze development trends and priorities, bilateral/ multilateral policies, and explore range of funding mechanisms for specific sectors namely WASH, sustainable building (energy efficiency and renewable energy), community development and urban programs. 
  • Monitor and assist in the reporting on grants and commitments to major institutional donors
  • Support the advancement of our water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) initiatives
  • Assist in the promotion of HFHI's Urban and Gender Approaches
  • Serve as prospect support manager to the external relationships Susana generates with NGOs, bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies, academic institutions, and technical experts in WASH, gender, energy efficiency and land tenure.

Qualifications of a Successful Candidate

  • Experience in international development, public policy; experience in housing, urban planning helpful but not required
  • Exceptional command of the English language;strong writing, editing, and communication skills 
  • Strong knowledge and relevant experience using Microsoft Office Suite products (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Ability to think critically and work with little supervision
  • Detail oriented and highly organized
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as the situation requires
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people
  • Positive attitude and energy, willingness to learn, and ability to adapt quickly
  • Experience with fundraising and grant development helpful but not required