Vacancy: Consultant - Capacity Building for Habitat Improvement in the Hindu Kush – Tajikistan/ Gorno Badakshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO), Pakistan /Northern Areas (NA) and Chitral District (NWFP) Pakistan (DCI-NSAPVD/2009/200-804)

1.         Background:

The European Commission (EC), the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and HOPE’87 (an Austrian NGO) are funding the project Capacity Building for Habitat Improvement in the Hindu Kush (CBHI) for three years, with project start date from 12-12-2009 to be implemented simultaneously in Tajikistan/ Gorno Badakshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) and Pakistan /Northern Areas (NA) and Chitral District (NWFP) Pakistan. The overall objective of the action is to contribute to the alleviation of poverty and to achieve an improved quality of life for communities in both countries, with specific objective to contribute to an improved and safer habitat in disaster prone areas of GBAO and Northern Pakistan by Habitat Improvement (HI) activities.

The actions addresses the regions of Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO,

Tajikistan,TJK) and those of District Chitral in the North West Frontier Province and the Northern Areas of Pakistan (addressed in this proposal as ”Northern Pakistan”) GBAO of Tajikistan, located in the Pamir Mountains, and Northern Pakistan, located in the Hindu Kush, are geographically/climactically, linguistically and historically linked, but divided by the narrow Afghan Wakhan Corridor, defined in the 1895 treaty that separated the empires of Russia and Britain.

Both rural areas have similar environmental conditions with difficult-to-reach, disaster prone human settlements situated at an altitudes ranging from 1.500m to 4.500m with cold winter (as low as minus 45 degrees); both locations have a high degree of environmental degradation and are subject to high seismic risks. In addition, the locations have a number of similar socio-economic conditions including high unemployment, lack of trained manpower, a low per capita income – 0,86 € (Pak, 2006) and 0,24 ! (Taj, 2005), limited facilities for vocational training, gender imbalance and underdeveloped education and health services including similar infrastructural conditions such as poor sanitation and lack of village water supplies.

This proposal addresses 27.000 people in 30 villages in the Districts Gilgit, Ghizer, Astore, Skardu of Northern Pakistan and 57.600 people in 120 villages in the Districts Darvaz, Vanj, Rushan, Shugnan, Ishkashim, Roshtkala and Murghab of GBAO.

In both project areas HOPE’87 and its partners, AKPBS-P (PK) and MSDSP (TJK) have been active for more then 10 years implementing village-based projects, reflected in such activities as implementing 190 Water & Sanitation Organizations in the Northern Pakistan and of 240 Village Organisations in GBAO.

The project provides for cross-border information sharing, awareness raising, planning and capacity building in and between the NSAs and LAs, leading to strengthened organizational and implementing capacities and the development of market-based mechanisms for sustaining service delivery.

This coordination and exchange of good practice will enable the stakeholders in South Asia (Pakistan) and Central Asia (Tajikistan), along with HOPE’87 and its network of Branch Offices in other Asian countries (e.g. Bangladesh) as well as in Africa to replicate successful approaches with other interested NSAs and LAs.

The following results are expected to yield sustainable impact on Habitat Improvement.

Result 1: The amount of women labour needed and household expenditures consumed to meet domestic high energy and water requirements in high mountain areas will have been reduced.

Result 2: Cold, smoke and water related diseases affecting men, women and children will have been reduced due to improved heating and cooking facilities and better quality of potable water.

Result 3: Understanding of the importance of hygiene together with improved sanitation (toilets) will have been addressed and innovative sanitation methods will have been tested and introduced, to avoid water borne/infectious diseases.

Result 4: Awareness for seismic resistant construction techniques and hazard identification will have been enhanced and training in low cost earthquake engineering design for existing buildings ("retrofitting") and construction of simple seismic resistant houses will be available

Result 5: Demand driven building skills and habitat improvement (HI) training programmes as well as managerial and entrepreneurial skills training for unskilled or semi-skilled young people will be available for creating employment and income generation opportunities, with specific support for young women.

Result 6: The capacity of local community structures, partner NSA and LA to assess the importance of and to play an active role in habitat improvement in order to fight poverty as well as of inclusion of women in the decision making process will have been strengthenen.

The project will come to end in December 2012.

2.         Purpose and Rationale:

As stated in the approved project document: the Consultant will be involved at three levels of the implementation, both by remote (email) advise and document production/revision, and  by on-site technical advise on product manufacturing. The overall objective will be capitalizing on his/her experience of built environment and familiarity with both Pakistan and Tajikistan’s strengths, limitations and culture.

The consultant will keep a very close liaison with the project implementation partner i.e HOPE87 and with the local implementing partners AKPBS,P in Pakistan and MSDSP in Tajikistan.

3.         Objectives to achieve:

The consultant will work on three levels;

Micro-level:  

A.    Production of leaflets (English only):  This may include the development of the product catalogue of products as proposed in the project document. This leaflet, will help dealers/traders to get big orders (as will be distributed widely and will be used as a marketing tool), as in general big production orders have lower cost (economies of scale), therefore it will also help in lowering the costs of product and ultimately transferring the benefit to clients. These leaflets and product catalogues will be simple and effective information and marketing tools, and will allow the organization of production orders, as complementing the off-the-shelf purchase.

B.    Quality control of technical products: One of the main tasks of the consultant shall be to develop quality control (QC) checklists per product which will assist the manufacturers. Quality Control (QC) checklists will also be a part of training and at meso-level. These lists will identify various checks at various stages of product manufacturing and about it’s functionality (like type of material, maybe its specifications like the minimum gauge to be used, GI sheet quality, its thickness, etc.)  These lists will help in identifying the process involved in production and necessary steps to be taken to make sure that the product is a quality product and is durable. The detailing of products often has many areas for improvements and although products should be tailored to customer needs, but as a guiding principal their construction should be durable and according to good finishing standards.

C.     Retrofitting of existing buildings. As observed in Pakistan the retrofitting requires specific knowledge and often is hardly economic relevant. The consultant will help in developing simple assessment tools/reporting formats on the basis of pictures and sketches/drawings, which will help in identifying the basis on which the best retrofitting or reconstruction technique should be defined.  The consultant  will ensure a smooth know-how exchange between AKPBS-P and MSDSP and foster smooth relations between all project partners.

Meso-level:

A.    The production and upgrading of manufacturing and installation manuals. This will also assist in the capacity building of the entrepreneurs who manufacture the products, or the schools in which the training is developed.  Installation manuals are necessary for on-site installations as they will guide e.g. how to put/install HI products (like thermal insulation in walls or roof hatch windows (e.g. direction of sun to be kept in mind etc.) to name a few.

B.    The writing of training material. On the basis of photo reports, step-by-step training material can be easily developed. With the new digital imaging this aspects should be exploited. With a few examples schools can develop their own material.

C.     Revision of English text documents. By remote or rather detached study of the text provided, improvement suggestions will be made by the consultant.  The consultant’s suggestions and recommendation will then be translated into local languages.

Macro-level:

A.    Fine-tuning / review of publications for the international audience including the Internet. When numbers of energy saving HI are increasing, it will have an impact on reduction on carbon emissions, hence the consultant will also assist in the development of a CDM project to earn carbon credits.  

4.         Methodology:

HOPE’87, AKPBS,P and MSDSP teams of relevant personnel, will assist the consultant in the achieving the objectives. The methodology will be as follows:

-       Analysis of project secondary information i.e. project document, progress reports, training reports, EC guidelines etc.
-       Development of detailed checklist for each key task
-       Meeting with staff/field visit to Pakistan and Tajikistan. The consultant will meet with stakeholders and visit the project valleys.
-       Development of draft reports against the consultancy objectives.
-       Finalization of report after receiving feedback and comments.

5.         Deliverables:

The consultant will submit a precise report in English in a printed and electronic version on milestone achievements, but at least every three months. The report will include an executive summary and will address all the key objectives as identified. The report will include the objectives, methodology, framework, collection of information and analysis, reporting and work schedule. The report will be structured to provide key findings/conclusions for each consultancy objective. The report will be submitted to HOPE’87.

6.         Working Relationship:

The consultant will report to HOPE’87-Pakistan.  AKPBS,P and MSDSP will assist in coordinating the field visits and meetings with stakeholder in their respective countries. A workplan will be drafted by the Consultant within one month after concluding the contract and will be shared with all parties.

7.         Timing:

The consultancy will be for a period of 12 months within the project duration and defined by HOPE’87. The consultant will work on 12 man/month basis, i.e. either consecutive months or at intervals when HOPE'87 and the project partners may feel is useful to call upon the consultant for work either at his/her home or in-situ.

The consultant shall milestone reporting, but at least  every three months.

8.         Terms of Engagement:               

The consultant is expected to be:

-       Well experienced in built environment and habitat improvement products.
-       Is well familiar with both Pakistan and Tajikistan and is familiar with EC procedures
-       The consultant will be paid 4,000 EUR/month. During assignment and visits the stay and travel to be his/her responsibility.
 
Deadline of application: 04.06.2010. Please send your application to following mail: office@hope87.at.