International Engineers Advances Training Course

ILO and the Kenya Institute of Highways and Buildings train 11 engineers on management of public works

Graduate receiving his certificate for participating in the ‘International Engineers Advanced Course.’

11 senior engineers from Somalia participated in a tailored training course developed by the Kenya Institute of Highways and Buildings and the ILO on 12th – 23rd November 2012. The course was designed to build the skills and competencies of engineers in public works.

The course forms part of the activities of the Joint Programme on Local Governance and Decentralised Service Delivery (JPLG). The programme provides policy, institutional, technical and capacity building support to develop the requisite capacities in the production and provision of public works in Somalia for decentralised service delivery.

Technical advisors to the Ministry of Public Works and representatives from the Ministry of Roads Agencies were trained on:

  • Policy development and institutional reforms in public works administration management and financing: This involved an introduction to public works policy and institutional frameworks in the context of decentralisation reforms. An in-depth case study of the Kenya Road Reforms was undertaken as well as visits and presentations by the Kenya Roads Boards and other road agencies KENHA, KERA, KURA; and local administration units. Participants are expected to be able to identify and list key policy, institutional, administrative, management and financial issues within their administrations.

  • Road investment planning and prioritisation: This involved the approaches, tools, methodologies and feasibility studies for districts. Participants are then able to outline and submit a simple road investment planning and prioritisation process.
  • Building and roads maintenance management systems for districts: Participants gained an understanding of the key features of building and road maintenance management systems (i.e. RMMS). After this module, participants are able to accurately assess the required roads and buildings rehabilitation and maintenance works; gather and use data to compile work plans using the RMMS.

At the end of the course, participants graduated with a diploma in the ‘International Engineers Advanced Course.’