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Himalayan Trust Nepal 


Job Title: Field Supervisor (FS)

  • Location Based fulltime on school construction sites in the Solukhumbu
  • District
  • Contract Type Fixed term up to 1 year (with extension by agreement)
  • DateFebruary 2016
  • Reports toSenior Field Supervisor (SFS)
  • Accountable to Engineer Project Manager (EPM) 

About Himalayan Trust Nepal 

Himalayan  Trust  Nepal  (HTN)  is  a  non-governmental,  non-profit  and  non-political  organization established to support the Government of Nepal and the people of Solukhumbu in education, health, culture, environment and livelihood programmes through an inclusive, innovative and locally-driven governance approach. Established as part of the work of Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa friends in the Everest Region, HTN is dedicated to achieving community-led, sustainable, mountain development in Solukhumbu District and wider Nepal.  HTN is supported by the Himalayan Trust New Zealand and the Himalayan Trust UK, as well as other donors from Canada, USA, Germany and elsewhere. 


The  2015  earthquakes  damaged  227  schools  in  Solukhumbu  district.    Some  schools  were  totally destroyed  and  some  sustained  partial  damage.  The  emergency  response  phase  has  now  been successfully completed by the HTN team for HTN-supported schools.  The emergency response phase included initial site visits, damage assessment, school needs assessments, basic building repairs, construction of Temporary Learning Centres (TLCs), and initial design work and planning for the next phase – school rebuilding.  This next phase is called the HTN Rebuild Earthquake-Damaged Solukhumbu Schools (REDSS) Project.   The REDSS project has a total construction budget of approximately US$1.1 million across 15 schools over a 2 year programme, to construct new buildings and retrofit or make safer selected existing buildings. 

Job Purpose 

Working under the direction of the SFS, the FS is required to manage the construction of one or more schools at a time.   The primary objective of the REDSS Project is to build back a safer learning environment for children and teachers and a safe refuge in times of natural disaster for the whole community.   The FS will need to work closely with school stakeholders to ensure the completion of school buildings to meet quality, time and cost requirements. 


Under the direction of the SFS, effectively manage school construction sites for the REDSS Project, to achieve time, cost, quality, safety and other HTN and Donor objectives, including: 

  • Ensure that schools are constructed in compliance with drawings, specifications, regulatory requirements, and in accordance with timeline programmes, implementation plan, operational procedures, and cash control and cash recording requirements
  • Directly supervise construction activities on individual school sites as allocated by the SFS
  • Work   collaboratively   with   School   Reconstruction   Committees   (SRCs),School   Management
  • Committees (SMCs) and school and community stakeholders to build the ownership of the project
  • Work closely with SRC, SMC, DEO and local community to mobilize the local resources and required contribution from the school and community
  • Provide technical assistance to SRCs for timely implementation of construction projects
  • Assist the SFS with procurement of labour and materials at local and district levels, in accordance with HTN Procurement Committee requirements
  • Check quality and quantity of materials delivered to site
  • With support from the SFS, provide on the job training and construction quality control monitoring
  • Make payments for all local construction expenses such as local materials, portering and labour
  • Maintain accurate records of all payments and receipts
  • Assist the SRC with community contribution oversight and records
  • Liaise with the SFS as necessary to resolve construction issues
  • Timely reporting to SFS about the project activities
  • Brief any visitors to site and ensure that all workers and visitors comply with the Safe Systems at
  • Work as part of the project’s Health and Safety Plan.
  • Any other REDSS Project related activities as required by the SFS or EPM 



  • Civil Engineering Overseer qualification with at least 3 years construction industry experience, OR
  • Civil Engineering Sub-Overseer qualification with at least 5 years construction industry experience
  • Experience supervising building works in remote areas lacking motorable road access
  • Experience in working consultatively and collaboratively with local stakeholders, such as community- based organisations, local government authorities, district authorities
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • A good level of fitness at altitude, where the primary mode of travel will be trekking on foot over mountainous terrain
  • Able to spend extended periods in the field (100% based on specific construction sites) 


  • Understanding of social inclusion concepts and practices
  • Experience in delivering vocational training for construction skills would be an advantage but is not essential
  • Speaks the local language and understanding of local culture will be an added benefit
Job Overview
Engineering - Civil
Full Time / Contract
3+ years
B.E. in Civil
05 Jan, 17
04 Feb, 17

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