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KTK-BELT project (www.belt-project.org) was formally launched in 2015 as a collaborative platform for farmers, teachers, and youth in eastern Nepal to carry out community-based biodiversity conservation. KTK-BELT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in New York and in Nepal. It operates from an assumption that local farmers possess deeply embedded place-based knowledge of their environments and, therefore, are in the best position to steward local biodiversity and habitats. To implement, we work through Nepali partners called ‘Learning Grounds,’ which are non-profit cooperative associations, led by women and minority groups.

To achieve its goals, KTK-BELT collaborates with the Government of Nepal’s concerned line ministries including the Ministry of Forestry and Soil Conservation (MoFSC), Ministry of Education (MoE), Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE), Nepal Agriculture Research Council (NARC), National Planning Commission (NPC), and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation. Internationally, KTK-BELT’s projects are funded by the Phul Maya Foundation, Karuna Foundation, the Prince Bernhard Trust for the Conservation of Nature, the UIAA, and other small foundations and grassroots individuals conserved about the conservation issues confronting the eastern region of Nepal.

In 2013, KTK-BELT helped establish the Yangshila Permaculture Learning Grounds (YPLG), in Morang.  YPLG is in the midst of creating a 100-acre prototype of the ‘Vertical University,’ where farmers will teach youth about the rich biodiversity of the eastern region. YPLG, a non-profit cooperative, has initiated its activities in the region and now maintains regular staff and youth fellows. Similarly, new Learning Grounds in Morang, Sunsari, Dhankuta, Sankhuwasabha, and Taplejung districts are slated to be established in 2017-2018. These organizations will work in close partnership with KTK-BELT to achieve the vision of the ‘Vertical University’ and build their own internal technical capacity.

Structural Engineer/ Construction Engineer (Two positions: Senior and Junior levels)

No. of Vacancies: 2

Job Description:

PROJECT RATIONALE:

KTK-BELT responds to current threats and opportunities in the eastern region of Nepal. It operates in three intersecting spheres: environmental education, sustainable livelihoods, and biodiversity conservation.  We focus on youth, women and minorities, and on empowering subsistence farmers and local labor through training and systems design to meet the threats of climate change, extreme poverty and the degradation of biological diversity and wild habitats.

Between 1990 and 2005, Nepal lost more than 1.2 million hectares of forest or one-quarter of its total forest coverage in just 15 years (FAO State of the World’s Forest Report 2007). The high rate of deforestation continues at 1.7% per annum. Nepal is also experiencing a demographic youth bulge, with 40% of the population between the ages of 16 and 40 (Youth Survey of Nepal, 2011). It has been estimated that 38% of this youth population, or more than 5 million young people, are unemployed.  Many of these youth are migrating abroad to take low-pay, low-skill jobs often in dangerous working conditions. They are also leaving agriculture, threatening local food production systems.

KTK-BELT is training and educating youth to bridge conservation and livelihood needs through its fellows program. The aim is to create self-sustaining local organizations that are youth-led which can help create improvements in education, conservation, and livelihood. To ensure financial sustainability, a ‘Vertical Fund’ will be launched in 2017, to support local products and services that can generate revenue and attain fiscal self-sufficiency.

KEY QUALIFICATIONS/ SPECIAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
Technical Drawing Production:

  • Collaborates with the lead architects and intern architects to prepare design and construction drawings, specifications, reports and other deliverables necessary for the final stage of construction documentation
  • Reviews plans and specifications for constructability, completeness, clarity, and coordination of disciplines
  • Advises the design team on required changes as per the construction requirements
  • Prepares a master schedule showing duration, responsibility and priority for all major activities
  • Updates the master budget to reflect any changes in the construction process in collaboration with the Cost Consultant

Construction Planning:

  • Reviews plans and specifications for constructability, completeness, clarity, and coordination of disciplines. Advise the design team on required changes as per the construction requirements
  • Prepares a master schedule showing duration, responsibility and priority for all major activities in collaboration with the Project Manager
  • Updates the master budget to reflect any changes in the construction process in collaboration with the Cost Consultant
  • Manages project budgets, cash flow and obligations to ensure that deliverables are met and payments to contractors and personnel are received on time

Recruitment and capacity building:

  • Develops a detailed recruitment strategy for skilled, unskilled and community volunteer labour. Recommend the division of labour into separate contracts to permit phasing. Consider such factors as construction durations, construction document preparation and labour availability
  • Organisation of community workshops and trainings on health & safety, materials fabrication and construction detail. On-the-job training to community construction volunteers over the course of the project.
  • Oversight of work product, feedback to community construction team, and resolution of disputes

Materials Procurement:

  • Develops a detailed market survey for building materials in conjunction with architect, procurement officer, and local contractors
  • Develops a detailed materials procurement procedure. At least three competitive bids for needed materials. Selection of suppliers for materials, agreements with said suppliers

Construction coordination:

  • Day-to-day site supervision and guidance, including overseeing delivery of materials to site, planning and assignment of labour teams
  • On going development of construction strategy, scheduling and construction quality control
  • Regular communication with architect and support for materials testing procedures and reviews with the structural engineer
  • Sign-off on construction work product

KEY QUALIFICATIONS/SPECIAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelors and Masters in Civil Engineering 
  • Position requires a minimum of five years of experience in civil engineering field
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD, Sketchup or equivalent software and Microsoft Office required.
  • Engineering license needed.
  • Extensive knowledge of architectural detailing and construction standards.
  • Familiarity with building systems and the ability to coordinate with consultants from multiple disciplines.
  • The post will be primarily located in Eastern Nepal with occasional travel to the other sites. Compensation will be based on the experience. Initial one month trial prior to extending the offer.

RENUMERATION:

  • The base salary will be between 20,000- 50,000 NRs/month depending on experience.

WORK PROVISIONS:

  • This is a field-based position for an initial contract of 6 months after the trial period. When in Yangshila, provisions will be made for the use of office space, desktop computer with internet facilities, and office furniture. Necessary stationery, printing and copying facilities will also be provided.

HOUSING, TRAVEL, AND MEALS:    

  • When in the field sites, serviced accommodation will be provided

TO APPLY,

Please submit your cover letter, CV, 3 work samples and 3 references with a range for salary expectations to info@belt-project.org including the position title in the subject heading of your email.

 

Water Engineer

No. of Vacancy: 1

Job Description:

PROJECT BACKGROUND:

Nepal occupies only 0.09% of world’s landmass, but harbors enormous diversity of flora and fauna due to the extreme changes in topography from the lowland Terai region to the Himalayas. Despite being one of the smallest countries in the world, it is ranked 21st on the global biodiversity index and 11th in Asia. Today, this biodiversity is facing direct threats from rampant urbanization of the countryside resulting in complex socio-ecological changes: increased de-agrarianisation, growing human density, declining rural livelihoods and growing youth out-migration. Between 1990-2005, Nepal lost around 25% of its total forest cover, approximately 91,700 hectares per year totaling 1.2 million hectares of forest.
As forests dwindle, the youth population continues to swell. Nepal is also experiencing a demographic youth bulge with 40% of the population being within the ages of 16 and 40. Nearly 40% of this youth population--more than 5 million young people--are unemployed. Many are migrating overseas to take low-pay, low-skill jobs often in dangerous working conditions in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The lack of sustainable livelihoods for youth in rural regions is further exacerbating deforestation, land fragmentation and illegal poaching as youth search for ways to survive economically.
KTK-BELT project was formed in direct response to this social and ecological crisis in 2014. Led by Kumar Bishwakarma, a research was carried out in Yangshila VDC, located in the Siwalik or ‘Churia’ foothills of eastern Nepal in northern Morang district, to map the intricate relationship between local communities and their environments. In just a 20 km2 area, 412 unique plant species spanning 96 plant families were identified and their uses were described. It became evident that this habitat and species diversity was rooted in the sharp-rising topography from 180 masl to 1950 masl, and the numerous wetlands, cloud forests, and other unique habitats found along the dramatic topography. Inspired by the possibility of activating this hidden layer of indigenous knowledge, the KTK-BELT project was formed as a platform for farmers, teachers, designers and environmentalists to build community-based biodiversity conservation strategies throughout the eastern region of Nepal.

KURULE TENUPA WATER PROJECT:

Between 2010 and 2015, more than 150 natural springs partially or completely dried in Kurule-Tenupa Village Development Council (VDC) in eastern Nepal. This has resulted in wide-scale out migration, loss of more than 25 species of fish which previously provided the main livelihood source to local fisher-folk or ‘Majhi’ communities, and agricultural and health challenges.

POST DESCRIPTION:

The Water Engineer will work with the KTK-BELT design team and structural engineer to design a water project to supply water to over 34 households living in the most marginalized region of Kurule-Tenupa, Bhaisetaar village. 

KEY TASKS:

  • Discuss and understand with KTK-BELT design team the architectural concept and specifications, and propose structural solution to meet the construction objectives, keeping in consideration the peculiarities of the project
  • Conduct a site survey and develop a comprehensive design and construction strategy to bring water into the village 
  • Producing designs, both initial outlines and full plans, of water structures such as pump systems and pipe networks
  • Deliver a detailed set of construction drawings and costing to build the project 
  • Provide all the information and documentation required to enable KTK-BELT team to obtain planning approval and move into construction phase of the project
  • Liaising with various agencies and individuals, including local authorities, government agencies, clients, contractors, residents, suppliers, technical experts, and consultants
  • Proposing sustainable ways to provide the water 
  • Keeping track of the progress of projects from beginning to end - from feasibility, to design through to construction and handover (or handling just one section of a large project)
  • Preparing tender documents for construction
  • Supervising the operation and maintenance of water infrastructure
  • Controlling budgets at the project level
  • Ensuring that work is completed to a deadline
  • Managing staff, including other engineers, technicians and site workers

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Degree in engineering, social science, environmental health, water and sanitation, and appropriate post-graduate qualifications
  • Five-eight years of professional development experience in the WASH sector including experience in emergency response and contingency planning
  • Ability and flexibility in proposing unique design solutions in the attempt to meet the specific architectural requirements
  • Confidence with earthquake proof design and ability to incorporate anti-seismic structural solution in accordance to national regulations
  • Ability to understand and incorporate into structural design, inputs coming from different parts such us KTK-BELT design team and others experts/consultants involved in the project

TIMING:

  • The duration of the consultancy will be in accordance to the deadlines agreed in the scope of work and for the duration of the construction phase of inherent structural components

REMUNERATION:

  • The overall fee for the proposed work is between 30,000-50,000 NRs depending on experience

TO APPLY,

Please submit your cover letter, CV, 3 work samples and 3 references with a range for salary expectations to info@belt-project.org including the position title in the subject heading of your email.

 

The deadline to apply for the above position/s is 24:00 hrs, July 27, 2017.

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