Location: Bolivia or Eswatini | Start Date: Jan 2021 (flexible)
Build bridges. Build leaders.
The Engineers in Action Bridge Program is hiring a Fellow (i.e. field intern) to help us empower today’s students to become tomorrow’s global leaders by building pedestrian bridges with underserved communities in Bolivia and Eswatini. The bridges we build over impassable rivers connect rural communities to essential resources and opportunities. The university students who help build those bridges become the leaders our world needs to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
We’ve worked with more than 700 students from over 30 universities to build 88 bridges serving approximately 150,000 people in 11 countries, and we’re just getting started. Join us, and become part of the best student-powered bridge building network in the world.
Applicants will participate in a 6-12 month placement as a Fellow. The ideal candidate is a professional with international travel experience and a passion for international development.
- Assist in project site preparation prior to construction
- Maintain tool and material inventory, purchase new items if needed
- Maintain project site list and map up-to-date
- Support the local staff in social and technical surveys of bridge sites
- Perform technical tasks such as calculations and design
- Answer student project-related questions and review project reports for accuracy
- Maintain regular communication with EIA staff and students
- Spread awareness of the Bridge Program within Bolivia or Eswatini
- Coordinate with community members and other stakeholders regarding project preparation and logistics during construction
- Take part in the quality control process during bridge construction
- Ensure that EIA safety rules are respected
- Carry out financial tracking and reporting
- Review and create documents for the development of the Bridge Program
- Contribute to our Social Media
- Other general tasks as requested
- Passion for the EIA Bridge Program’s mission and international non-profit work
- Experience and/or knowledge of surveying basics (Auto Level and Total Station)
- Experience in international or community development
- Exceptional, professional, and detail-oriented organizational skills with excellent time management and communication skills.
- A positive, optimistic, and can-do attitude with the ability to work with or without direction and or direct supervision.
- Creative, energetic, and self-motivated, with a proven track record of taking initiative and problem solving
- Comfortable with our perpetual drive for improvement (we are the best in the world at what we do because we love learning from failure)
- Fluent written and spoken Spanish or siSwati (conversational or better English preferred)
- Proficiency driving a manual transmission vehicle preferred
- Candidates with a bachelors in Civil Engineering or International Development preferred
- Ability to represent the organization in a professional manner to external partners
- Passion for integrating experiential learning pedagogy into traditional engineering curricula.
- Professional experience in volunteer management, student empowerment, engineering design, construction management and/or program management, with strong preference for international development experience.
- This position requires a minimum six-month commitment in Bolivia or Eswatini. If the first six month assignment is excellent, an additional six month assignment may be offered.
- Bridge Program Fellows receive a monthly stipend set to cover the cost of living in-country. There may be flexibility to increase compensation for this position depending on the candidate’s experience and qualifications.