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17-211: Consultant : Training of Masons
Country:Afghanistan
Department:International Operations
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

 International Medical Corps (IMC) was established in 1984 as a global, humanitarian non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training, as well as relief and development programs. International Medical Corps works to improve the quality of life of the most underserved and vulnerable groups through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in more than 32 countries and regions worldwide and it implements cost-effective and high-quality programs that focus on delivering comprehensive health services and integrated support such as emergency preparedness and response, nutrition, protection, health and hygiene education, access to clean water and sanitation facilities, and livelihoods support to ensure optimal outcomes and sustainable results. Since 1984, International Medical Corps has been serving the needs of countless Afghans through urgent medical services; primary and secondary health care programs; maternal and child healthcare services; infrastructure rebuilding and development; livelihoods and community support; assistance to conflict-affected refugees, returnees, natural disaster affected families and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

 Background

International Medical Corps (IMC), with funding from OFDA, has implemented the ‘Emergency Preparedness and Response’ program for the most vulnerable and disaster-affected families in Eastern Afghanistan” project since last five years.  Based on the lesson learnt, IMC is currently implementing ‘Community Based Disaster Preparedness for Response and Risk Reduction (CBDPRR)’ project since September 2016 in Nuristan, Kunar, Laghman and Nangarhar provinces of eastern Afghanistan. The objective of the program is to ‘improve the emergency self-response, resilience and preparedness capacities of at-risk communities and ANDMA directorates to natural disasters in eastern Afghanistan’.

Despite continuous efforts by the government and its international supporters, Afghanistan still remains fragile and often exposed to armed conflicts. Security situation in program areas are generally stable but unpredictable in nature. With the community driven programming, neutrality and low profile, IMC enjoys tremendous support and acceptance at all level. In addition, IMC strictly follows its ‘Safety and Security Plan for Afghanistan 2016’ and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in all respect of program implementation, management as well as communication and coordination to minimize potential risks to its employees and target groups. International experts and consultants are often coming and conducting their assignment for the program. An international program manager is also based at provincial level to oversee program implementation and management.

During the October 2015 earthquake, 20,000 houses were damaged or destroyed (Nangarhar: 494; Kunar: 459). IMC assessments identified shifts in indigenous construction patterns as a key cause of household destruction. IMC proposes to introduce earthquake resistant construction techniques at the local level and train local artisans in each targeted district. This approach will reduce risk and create a culture of awareness in the communities about new standards of building techniques. There are various low-cost earthquake resistant construction models from Pakistan, India, Tajikistan and Nepal. IMC, in close coordination with provincial authorities, will evaluate these models and best ones those are  appropriate to local context.  

The immediate focus of these masonry training will be on housing construction, however, these mitigation techniques will help to shape the future construction and rehabilitation of public buildings, such as schools and hospitals. Through an international consultant, IMC will train 20 local artisans on ToT to develop a pool of trainers to further impart this knowledge in each targeted district. In total, 285 masons will be trained through 19 training sessions; each session will be comprised of 15 masons in one location. Mason training will conclude in five days. These trainings will be comprised of class sessions and practical demonstrations. The trainer will use demonstration models, sketches and diagrams.

Purpose of the Consultancy

The main purpose of the Masons Training is to reduce construction related risk by raising awareness and integrating disaster resistant construction practices and techniques in repair and rebuilding existing and new building.

 Specific objectives: 

  • To enhance knowledge and skills of masons for incorporating earthquake-resistant construction practices and techniques of private, community and public buildings in their locality
  • To develop a pool of masons' master trainers to impart such trainings in other targeted locations in the Eastern Region of Afghanistan
  • To promote earthquake-resistant construction using locally-available materials.
  • To identify and promote indigenous knowledge of safer construction techniques

Compliance & Ethics:  Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.  Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. 

Qualifications:
  • An advanced degree in Civil Engineering or Civil Construction of Earthquake Resistant Housing or any relevant field from a reputed university or educational institution.
  • At least five years of proven experience of facilitating masons’ trainings or construction of earthquake resistant private, community and public buildings, and practical demonstration on the construction procedures and material used; preferably in Afghanistan or in similar conflict/post conflict humanitarian assistance situation.
  • Strong training and facilitation background in the areas of construction and building, disaster risk reduction and management aspects.
  • A ToT certification for masons training is a distinct advantage.
  • Strong command in computer software, particularly in AutoCAD, engineering drawing, sketches and diagrams, and assessment of Bill of Quantity (BoQ).
  • Strong interpersonal skills and with an understanding of cultural sensitivities in Afghanistan
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills with use of a range of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods.