Employment Fund, Phase II


The earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May 2015 caused the destruction of 500,000 houses and the damage of 280,000 houses[1]. Nepal does not have sufficient construction workers with knowledge of earthquake resilient technologies. This project will train 3,000 people from the disaster affected districts in reconstruction relevant trades and in the use of earthquake resilient building techniques while 4,000 houses, the trainees own as well as other homes, are built.  

 

[1] Figures provided by the Government of Nepal: http://drrportal.gov.np

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Nepal
Vocational training
Climate change and environment
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Vocational training
Disaster risk reduction DRR
Reconstruction and rehabilitation (till 2016)
15.07.2015 - 30.06.2020
CHF 5'964'000
Background

About 5.4 million people were affected by the earthquakes in April and May 2015. Over 500,000 private houses are fully damaged and almost 280,000 are partially damaged. According to the UN Flash Appeal and the Post Disaster Needs Assessment, high numbers of qualified masons and carpenters are needed to rebuild the houses applying earthquake-resilient techniques. Even before the earthquake, Nepal suffered from labour shortage in the construction sector due to the high outmigration to the Gulf and Malaysia. Therefore, the labour force has to be strengthened with additional skills trainings that include earth quake resilient building techniques and application of the revised building code. The follow-up phase of the EF will focus only on trainings for occupations relevant for reconstruction in disaster affected districts. The Ministry of Education (MoE) has been consulted and highly welcomes the follow-up phase with this specific focus.

Objectives

The living conditions of economically and socially disadvantaged youth in Nepal are improved

Target groups

People from the affected districts who

  • want to reconstruct their house but lacking the skills
  • Want to upgrade their construction related skills from level 1 to higher levels
  • Are from Disadvantaged Groups and seek skills for better employment opportunities
Medium-term outcomes

For phase II, EF’s outcomes have been adjusted to ensure their relevance for the changed context:

Outcome 1: Skilled youth are employed to reconstruct houses with earthquake resilient technology.

This will be measured through the number of graduates who earn at least NRs 40,000 in the 6 months after completion of the training and by the number of houses reconstructed with the participation of training graduates.

Outcome 2: The skill training system has integrated earthquake resilient technology and the revised building code in construction related trades.

The indicator for this outcome is the use of revised training resources in construction related trades by 90% of CTEVT affiliated training providers.

Results

Expected results:  

Output 1.1: Youth from the disaster affected areas have access to skills training in trades relevant for reconstruction;

Output .1.2: Graduates have received satisfactory job placement including house-building support[1] by T&Es in the affected districts.

Output 2.1: Training resources are updated and incorporate information on earthquake-resilient construction technologies.

Output 2.2: CTEVT is enabled to monitor training providers’ use of earthquake resilient technologies.

 

[1] House building support includes access to finance and other construction related materials wherever possible.


Results from previous phases:  

EF has trained around 100,000 youth since 2008 in short-term trainings. Of these trainees, 50% were women and 84% came from Disadvantaged Groups (DAG). Of all the graduates, 74% were gainfully employed (90% were employed). Close to 1’000 persons obtained trainers certificates in construction related trades. EF applied an outcome-based financing approach in the payment of the contracted training providers. EF is funded by SDC, DFID and the World Bank. Due to the accumulated wealth of experience and good practices, EF supports the World Bank-funded skills project of the Government of Nepal, EVENT, with monitoring services. The EF was supposed to close in June 2015 to give way to a new skills development project, ENSSURE. However, the MoE has requested a no-cost extension for EF to continue its monitoring support to EVENT until end of 2016.


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation


Other partners

Ministry of Education/CTEVT, District Disaster Relief Committees, District Development Committees, Village Development Committees, National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET),Center for Resilient Develop-ment (CoRD)

Coordination with other projects and actors

Swiss Humanitarian Assistance is involved in the design of the training strategy and in quality assurance.

Helvetas will create synergies with Solidar Suisse, the Swiss Red Cross and the Austrian Red Cross. Other organizations will be identified as they start working in reconstruction in the focus districts.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   5'964'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   4'000'000
Project phases Phase 2 15.07.2015 - 30.06.2020   (Current phase) Phase 1 01.01.2011 - 30.06.2020   (Current phase)