3rd FEB 22 IHIP WEBINAR: 26 improvements in the new SHELTER condition of contract for construction


  • Head of the Global SHELTER Cluster Coordination Team (Introduction notes)
  • Elizabeth Palmer, Global Construction Lead at Save the Children International
  • Kitty (Villani) Cohen, International Consultant, Vice-Chair FIDIC IFI Committee, Member of DBRF, Member of AACE international
  • François Baillon, IHIP managing director

Discover the 1st edition of Conditions Of Particular Application to FIDIC SHORT FORM of Contract for the SHELTER construction works.


Last November 2021, after surveying, collecting and consolidating feedback from the SHELTER sector and Global Shelter Cluster members, IHIP published the first condition of particular application of contract for SHELTER construction works.

Join this upcoming webinar to learn all about the items included by the IHIP SHELTER Contract Committee in this new document addressing SHELTER needs in terms of contracting for construction and how its 26 improvments an de-risk your SHELTER projects:

The 26 improvements :



Below is the list of updates addressed in those conditions of Particular Application (COPA):

Release of the IHIP Harmonized Conditions Of Particular Application to FIDIC SHORT FORM of Contract for Shelter Construction Works

Discover the 1st edition of the Harmonized Conditions Of Particular Application to FIDIC SHORT FORM of Contract for Shelter Construction Works. This is the result of the work done by IHIP Shelter contract committe consolidating the results of the surveys circulated to the Global Shelter Cluster members and to the Shelter Sector in December 2020 and March 2021.

27 improvements have been identified by the committee to derisk SHELTER projects during the humanitarain response:




The International Humanitarian Infrastructure Platform (IHIP) extends special thanks to the following members of its Shelter Contract Committee:

 Ammar Al-Mahdawi , Senior Technical Shelter Officer – UNHCR
 François Baillon, Managing Director – IHIP
 Kitty Villani-Cohen, International Consultant ARCBLUE ASIA – Vice Chair FIDIC IFI Committee & Member of DRBF
 Richard Dewhurst, Doctoral Researcher – Loughborough University
 Philipp Huebner, Construction Project Manager – ICRC Water & Habitat
 Wamidh Shammas , Contracts Specialist – UNICEF
 Liz Palmer, Global Construction Lead – Save the Children International
 Alexander Van Leersum , Process manager – BuildtoImpact

IHIP would like to thanks Save the Children International for sharing their construction contract templates with IHIP Shelter Contract Committee. IHIP would like to thank the Global Shelter Cluster coordination team, its members as well as the entire contributors to the surveys which played a major role to identify issues addressed in this document. This document has been established by IHIP with the financial support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and inputs from the International Committee of the Red Cross.

OXFAM AND FHI 360 replied to IHIP/ZOA call to action

As a follow up to the call to action by IHIP and ZOA circulated mid September 2021 to the humanitarian sector, both OXFAM international and FHI 360 replied to join the community of early adopters of the IHIP WASH COPA (Conditions Of Particular Application). Thanks to both of them, we look for forward to engage with those 2 additional great organizations through pilot project at the local level.

IHIP Call to Action with ZOA & DCHI

Be an early adopter of the improved contracts for construction in the WASH sector

Be part of the community of practitioners that are testing the new harmonised conditions of contract for construction for the humanitarian WASH sector.

In November 2020 the International Humanitarian Infrastructure Platform (IHIP www.ihip.earth) released the first edition of the harmonised conditions of contract for construction for the WASH sector. Built on the best practices from the private sector and input collected from the Global Wash Cluster members, IHIP consolidated all valuable contributions in a new set of particular conditions of contract. Those are specifically designed to derisk WASH projects, with a solid and relevant contract template allowing your organization to take on larger project with mature contract management inbuilt mechanism.

If you are planning to start a new WASH construction project for more than USD 50K, you can benefit from this available expertise and be an early adopter of the IHIP harmonised conditions of contract. We are already partnering with the NGO ZOA, which will be among the first implementers, but more partners are sought.

IHIP is looking forward to support you in using the contract and collect any contributions from our partnership to improve the conditions of contract when relevant.


Are you ready to be a contributor to the improvement of contracting in the WASH sector?

Deadline 30/10/2021

IHIP and the humanitarian WASH Sector at the 2021 World Water Week

Hosted and organized by Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) , World Water Week is the leading annual global event for concretely addressing the planet’s major water issues. In 2021, World Water Week 2021 will be held entirely online, 23-27 August, with the theme Building Resilience Faster.

On 26th of August 2021, the humanitarian Water, Sanitation and Hygiene actors will present the 2020-2025 roadmap. IHIP as a co leader with UN-HCR of the inititiative exploring how best to engage with the private sector will contribute to this 60 mn presentation.

IHIP contracts templates listed in the 2021 Construction Good Practice Standards

Thanks to the Global Shelter Cluster Working Group on “Construction Good Practice Standards” for inclduing a reference to IHIP templates on section D4 Contract documentation!

What is the Goal of the Construction Good Practice Standards?

The Construction Good Practice Standards (CGPS) sets out common standards for the responsible delivery of construction projects in humanitarian settings. As such, it represents the action across all sectors to be accountable in ensuring the safety, timeliness and quality of the construction projects for which the agencies are responsible.


CHECK page 29 about Contract Documentation:


Construction contracts are complete, construction specific, legal documents that capture equitable terms and conditions between signing parties.

Guidance Notes:
Contracts should be proven standard formats (or adaptations thereof) written specifically for the purpose of construction and include clauses that describe all the key contract management processes. Whichever contract is used, contracts terms and contents need to be updated for each project. Since contractors often have low contractual awareness it is important that the main terms are explained in the pre-tender clarification meeting (see D1 commentary).
Check local laws and regulations to be sure that the chosen contract format and content will be valid and enforceable in the particular context. International bodies such as FIDIC/NEC/JCT or the World Bank provide internationally
recognised contract templates for small construction projects FIDIC Green Book (in development) IHIP Contract Template.
FIDIC Green Book: https://fidic.org/books/short-form-contract-1st-ed-1999-green-book
IHIP: http://www.ihip.earth/

IHIP at Shelter Cluster Open Space Session: What construction contracts to de-risk Settlement Construction Work and how it fits in the GSC roadmap?

If you missed the IHIP presentation on June 14th 2021 you can access the recording of the session:


IHIP becomes an official associate member of the Global Wash Cluster

The Global Wash Cluster’s Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) recently assessed IHIP’s application and we are pleased to announce that our application has been approved. As such, IHIP is now an associate member of the Global Wash Cluster.

This will allow IHIP to fully contribute to the Wash Sector 2020-2025 Roadmap as the co-leading organization with UN-HCR of initiative3.2 (see Summary Sheets here).

The IHIP shelter contract committee at the Global Shelter Cluster annual meeting

IHIP will present the current work of the IHIP shelter contract committee during an open session of the coming Global Shelter Cluster annual meeting in June 2021. Join us to learn and interact with the committee about the proposed particular conditions of contract for Settlement Construction Works ( shelter, housing, education, health, road, energy grid,…):

What construction contracts to de-risk Settlement Construction Work and how it fits in the GSC roadmap?

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