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GSBN:Strawbale Project Evaluation in Mongolia

>From the Strawbale list

>Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2000 01:08:09 -0700 (PDT)
>From: Gordon Johnson johnsongordon@...
>Subject: Strawbale Project Evaluation in Mongolia

>Hello from Mongolia!
>Many of you know that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is
>supporting a project in Mongolia to improve energy-efficiency in
>buildings. The
>heart of the project is straw-bale building technologies since: waste straw is
>a readily available material, since other materials are not so abundant, since
>Mongolia is extremely cold, since Mongolia doesn't use its energy resources
>very efficiently, since straw-bale buildings are relatively cheap, etc. This
>project follows pioneering work done in Mongolia on straw-bale building
>construction by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). You may
>have read about it The Last Straw.
>The project is set to run from 1997 through 2002. Here, at the half-way point
>it is time to evaluate our progress. UNDP and the Government of Mongolia would
>like to get an independent assessment on the project's relevance for
>its performance thus far, and lessons that can be drawn that are of relevance
>to the project during its final two years of operation.
>We are therefore seeking a qualified international candidate to be the team
>leader for this evaluation. The team leader would work with a pair of national
>consultants (a construction engineer and a heating engineer) and would
>bear the
>main responsiblity for writing the evaluation report.
>We are not necessarily looking for a straw-bale construction expert, but
>someone who has experience with international development projects and who has
>a good eye for what works and what doesn't work, especially in donor-assisted
>projects in the developing world. Experience with construction projects or
>straw-bale building efforts would help, as would experience working in
>so-called "economies in transition."
>If you're interested in this work and feel you are qualified, please drop me a
>line and I can send you the full scope of work for the evaluation. A copy of
>your resume would also be helpful to us.
>Need I add that Mongolia is a great country to visit?
>Gordon Johnson
>UNDP Mongolia (MON/97/301)
>P.O. Box 49/207
>Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
>Phone:     976-1-325221 (work), 976-1-318256 (home)
>Phone/Fax: 976-1-318419 (work)


Bill Christensen

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