Design Engineer

Build Change, Anguilla
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Job Summary

Job Description

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 Design Engineer - Caribbean shall work with the relevant in-country Project Lead to help deliver technical aspects of assigned projects for Build Change in the region and ensure that engineering deliverables are met including 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 and technical direction from the relevant Project Engineer.


  • Develop thorough, comprehensive understanding of the structural engineering design resources developed by Build Change for confined masonry, timber, reinforced concrete, reinforced masonry and retrofitting solutions.

  • Assist the Project Engineer in implementing housing reconstruction or rehabilitation projects in the Caribbean.

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

  • Assist in the revision or development of new structural engineering 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.

  • Assist the Project Engineer in designing 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 teams.

  • Assist in the development technical resources and implementation of projects in other Build Change country programs as directed by the Director of Engineering.

  • Prepare monthly reports and contribute to internal and external project reporting

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Structural Engineering with minimum 1-year professional experience in related areas. Work experience in community led building projects will be an advantage.

  • Understanding of earthquake- and hurricane-resistant building design

  • Computer literacy a must. Experience using smart-phone based applications and Microsoft Excel will be an advantage.

  • Extensive knowledge of Autodesk Software especially Revit

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment

  • Superior organizational skills, problem solving skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks

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

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