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.
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.
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/
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.
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?
Presenters: Monica Ramos (GWC) / Pavlos Tamvakis (ICRC) / Emmett Kearney (UN HCR)/ François Baillon (IHIP)
This presentation will walk you through the current work being done by the WASH CONTRACT COMMITTEE of the International Humanitarian Infrastructure Platform (IHIP) around construction contracts and how it can de-risk your project. In coordination with the Water and Habitat department of the ICRC and the WASH Unit of the UN-HCR, we will show how this initiative also fits in the WASH sector roadmap to engage better with the private sector (Initiative 3.2).
About IHIP : The IHIP initiative is mainly driven by operational challenges to improve how humanitarian actors engage with the private sector to deliver infrastructure projects. Its specific function is to build on existing private sector tools and adapt them to the humanitarian context and therefore allowing successful design and delivery of infrastructure. IHIP addresses this issue building on a common reference, the FIDIC construction contract, which is already widely known and accepted by both the private sector and the development and humanitarian actors.
The objective are:
1. To introduce Initiative 3.2 of the Wash sector 2. To introduce the IHIP initiative 3. To promote the use of the harmonized particular conditions of contract for construction for the WASH sector. 4. To engage with Global WASH Cluster members through pilot project(s) using the harmonized particular conditions of contract for construction developed by IHIP for the WASH sector
• Welcoming remarks , Monica Ramos (5 mn) • Short introduction about initiative 3.2, Emmett Kearney (5 minutes) • Concrete examples of challenges, Pavlos Tamvakis (5-10 minutes) • Presentation of the IHIP initiative, François Baillon (10mn) • Presentation of the 18 improvement points addressed in the harmonized particular conditions of contract for construction for the WASH sector, François Baillon (10mn) • Discussion on elements that would help the sector to engage with the IHIP harmonized contract (20 minutes) • Propose online registration form for interested organizations
The IHIP board approved to commit to the humanitarian principles and principles of partnership .
What are Humanitarian Principles?
Humanitarian principles provide the fundamental foundations for humanitarian action. Humanitarian principles are central to establishing and maintaining access to affected populations whether in the context of a natural disaster, an armed conflict or a complex emergency. Promoting compliance with humanitarian principles in humanitarian responseis an essential element of effective humanitarian coordination.
On 10th March 2021 during the meeting of the steering committee of the Wash Sector, IHIP officialy became co-leader with UN HCR of initiative 3.2: Specialized expertise for the WASH Sector.
The objective of the initiative is to consolidate the understanding of and develop a strategy for the use of various pools of competent and skilled WASH professionals with specific technical expertise that can be predictably and rapidly mobilized to respond in emergencies (i.e., surge, talent pool, rosters etc.). This both at global and more local levels (whenever local options are feasible, they should be favored), and identify mechanisms to engage with effectively and leverage the capacity of other non-traditional actors in the humanitarian space including the private sector and academia – in terms of in-kind support technical and material support (e.g. use of tools, equipment, etc.). This includes how to better engage with the private sector where we operate, e.g. consultants, contractors, utilities/service providers.
The ultimate objective is to ensure that the right expertise is made available when it does not exist within the humanitarian organizations implementing a program/project.
IHIP, has a major role to play, bridging gaps between the humanitarian actors and the private sector.