Philippines Country Director

Build Change, Denver, United States

Job Description


  • Job Title: Philippines Country Director
  • Industry: Non-profit/International Development
  • Job Location: Makati, Philippines
  • Start Date: Immediate
  • Term: At-will employment
  • Salary: Competitive, based on experience


Founded in 2004, Build Change is an innovative non‐profit social enterprise whose mission is to save lives in earthquakes and hurricanes. We do that by designing disaster-resistant houses and schools; training homeowners, builders, engineers and government officials to build them; working with governments to develop and implement building standards; partnering with the private sector to improve building materials quality and create jobs; and facilitating access to incentive-based capital for reconstruction and retrofitting by partnering with financing institutions and government subsidy programs.

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


As Country Director, you will lead Build Change’s operations in the Philippines. You will deliver on scope, schedule and budget for Build Change’s pre- and post-disaster programs in the Philippines, including Build Change’s innovative pre-disaster retrofitting (structural strengthening) program for vulnerable houses. You will have the opportunity to guide this program as it scales up through public and private sector partners providing financing for home retrofitting, towards Build Change’s strategic organizational objective of impacting 250,000 safer houses in the next five years.

You will lead Build Change’s fund and partnership development for the Philippines, developing and managing partnerships with philanthropic funders, multilateral institutions, government agencies and the disaster risk financing and insurance sector. You will supervise the in-country management team, and serve as Build Change’s fiscal and legal representative in the Philippines.

As a member of Build Change’s global senior management team, you will contribute to strategic planning and budgeting and foster collaboration across other country programs focused on disaster prevention, as well as with global technical, technology and marketing support departments.


Your experience includes:

  • A minimum of 8 years operational experience in program development and implementation
  • An advanced University degree in program management, disaster risk management or business management
  • Working cohesively on multidisciplinary teams
  • Microfinance, insurance and/or disaster risk financing
  • Fundraising; marketing and/or public relations are a plus
  • A project management skillset that includes ownership over milestones, work plans and reporting tools

You are able to:

  • Demonstrate excellent written, interpersonal communication and networking skills, with the ability to communicate complex financial or technical content to both expert and non-technical audiences, and demonstrate project impact
  • Make the business case to investors and partners for Build Change’s planned investment fund for resilient housing
  • Work effectively in a team environment, and lead a dynamic program
  • Manage a team of local staff with a demonstrated ability to create cohesion, motivation and accountability
  • Provide strategic direction and develop new, innovative ideas based on feedback and insights gathered
  • Work under pressure, handle multiple priorities and meet deadlines
  • Work independently, including some evenings and weekends, and travel as needed
  • Represent Build Change as a globally trusted expert in front of external audiences, including conferences, networks, advisors, donors, and strategic partners

You would describe yourself as:

  • Committed to the mission of providing financing for resilient housing to vulnerable communities
  • Drama-free, optimistic, flexible, humble, patient, and having a good sense of humor
  • Willing to roll up your sleeves and build a robust global investment program
  • Pro-active, self-motivated, and able to work independently while also contributing fully as a team member
  • Fluent in English

And maybe you also:

  • Have worked in the Philippines
  • Understand basic engineering and construction principles
  • Familiarity with human-centered design approaches
  • Speak Tagalog?


Then please visit and select the link for this position. Applications will be accepted until filled. Qualified women and citizens of Build Change’s program countries are strongly encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No calls please.

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