UNDP Workshop Seeks to Improve Risk Management in Construction Projects
Managers and Partners of UNDP-Executed Projects Trained on Quality Infrastructure Building
Lomé, October 5 2018: Participants of the three-day capacity-development workshop on risk management in construction projects, held in Lomé, Togo highlighted the need for mastering cost, deadline, and quality analyses in infrastructure building projects, as well as better communicating with stakeholders.
Organized by the UNDP in Togo, through the Emergency Program for Community Development (Programme d’Urgence de Développement Communautare – PUDC in French), this workshop aimed to equip participants from UNDP offices in Benin, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia and Chad, as well as National partners of UNDP Togo in carrying out risk analysis, developing procurement strategies, and better assessing markets and related obstacles.
"Most of the time, we do damage control because we do not involve the implementing partners right from the start. Then we lose time going back and forth trying to get government, procurement and partners on the same page, which affects the quality of projects" says Ms. Lady Andrewson, UNDP Procurement Officer in Liberia. “Thanks to this workshop, I better understand the importance of involving all stakeholders, at every step, the whole way to the management of contracts" she added.
Dynamic, interactive and delivered by Mr. Marco Soested, Procurement Specialist at UNDP Copenhagen, the capacity-building workshop capitalized on participants' professional experiences to teach best practices, from knowing the different steps of procurement to understanding the roles and responsibilities engaged, to mastering the many risk management tools readily available.
"The training was of great interest to everyone. First, it was a great moment of sharing with colleagues. Second, the topics discussed, on a subject as delicate as the risk management in major infrastructure projects, were fully explained by the trainer and well-illustrated by the experiences from other bureaus" stresses Mr. Teloumbaye Mbataingar, in charge of UNDP Procurement in Chad.
What participants take away from this workshop is meant to benefit them right away in their various projects of building constructions for the very least, adds Teloumbaye: "We are confident we are now able to further improve the quality of our submissions to the review committees which even more speed up all processes related to procurement and risk management."
"We have started the rehabilitation of 10 dams in northern Ghana through the adaptation fund. This training allowed us to better assess the risks associated with this gigantic rehabilitation project. It was a fantastic workshop that helps us directly in our work" added Ms. Simia Salawu, Procurement Associate at UNDP Ghana.
It is expected that this training will effectively improve the management of the entire construction supply chain in all UNDP offices in Africa; from the elaboration of design briefs to the official reception of the construction works. At PUDC, a Togolese government program led by UNDP Togo, construction and related services account for around 70% of the allocated budget and cover several areas: from civil engineering to rural engineering, from hydraulics to electricity.
"At UNDP, we aim for the highest standards of quality in delivering our programs. It is therefore unacceptable that the infrastructures we are building are damaged by the first bad weather" concludes Mr. Damien Mama, Resident Coordinator of the UN System and Resident Representative of UNDP in Togo.