Habitat for Humanity International established the Terwilliger Centre for Innovation in Shelter (Terwilliger Centre) to build and expand inclusive housing markets by supporting local firms to expand innovative and client-responsive services and products. This is to ensure that households can improve their shelter more effectively and efficiently. The Terwilliger Centre for Innovation in Shelter understands that the role of local markets is critical in closing adequate housing gaps among the low-income market segment. Indeed, most low-income people already use available market options to put a roof — no matter how frail or insecure— over their heads and often through an incremental housing process. These transactions in the local market far outstrip any philanthropic effort to improve shelter. Therefore, Habitat for Humanity International strives to make markets work more effectively for low income people in need of decent, affordable housing. Ultimately, Habitat for Humanity International intends to generate exponentially more impact by improving systems that make better housing possible for millions more families.
In Kenya, in as far as housing in general and affordable housing in particular, recent efforts from government have served as a welcome push for new programs and projects. However, public sector initiatives alone are not sufficient to drive systemic sectoral changes required to meet the growing housing deficit. A McKinsey Global Institute forecast, estimates the global affordable housing gap to swell to 1.6 billion people by 2025. A World Bank report states that out of an annual demand of 250,000 housing units in Kenya, developers can only put up 50,000 units, with 49,000 of these targeting the upper-middle and high-end market segments. This leaves the low-income group undersupplied, with only 1,000 units to share. Furthermore, it is also not clear that the incremental housing process used by many families in Kenya and indeed globally to acquire homes is accounted for in these statistics.
For the past two years, Habitat for Humanity International in Kenya has been engaging stakeholders in the affordable housing market system, to facilitate efforts to drive housing quality up and housing costs down, taking into account the social and community aspects of housing in Kenya. The aim is to stimulate inclusive housing markets while generating expanded benefits to low income households in a sustainable manner. A market systems development approach that focuses on systemic change with the key objective of stimulating the low-cost housing market system to innovate and replicate promising practices on a sustainable basis is the main thrust of interventions. This approach ensures partnering with key actors to identify impediments and opportunities in the subsystems of the low-cost housing market; and facilitating initiatives that strengthen competitiveness of private and public sector actors through market-based initiatives. By adopting the market systems development approach focus is maintained on low cost housing services and products with the potential to be developed in an equitable and inclusive manner through the market leverage. The approach further ensures that efforts are driven with and through the private sector and other market-based actors where anchor/lead firms/catalytic companies are evident and strengthened to lead systems change even beyond the programme intervention.
The Construction Practices Specialist
Construction practices are key to the attainment of affordable housing for low income households. Key to this context are practices that foster effectiveness, efficiency, durability, quality and ultimately cost saving for low income households. Towards this end, the TCIS programme seeks to contract a construction Practices specialist on consultancy services for 12 months effective 2nd December 2019.
The specialist will support efforts, understanding, practices and learning on construction practices. This will include but not limited to value engineering: optimizing value by increasing efficiency while reducing cost of production ( the latter day "lean manufacturing"), building capacity of developers and owner driven contractors, document understanding of existing and emerging construction practices that contribute to affordable housing in real economic terms for low income households, inter alia. The specialist will among other working methods engage with professionals in the construction industry for early shaping and uptake of building practices using industry standards. This will also include fostering of an understanding of social norms, practices and attitudes that underpin construction practices in Kenya.
Scope of work
Interested and suitable candidates should send their cv and motivation letter to email@example.com to reach her by 15th Nov 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.