Senior Architect
KTK-BELT Project
KTK-BELT (www.belt-project.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the United States in 2014 to catalyze new models of biodiversity conservation and environmental learning in eastern Nepal. Its mission is to work with teachers, farmers, youth, and women to create a ‘Vertical University’ that will span from Koshi Tappu Wildlife Sanctuary (67 m.) to Kanchenjunga (8,586 m.), the third tallest peak in the world. The core objective is to give a framework to local farmers to become ‘professors’ of the Vertical University in order to teach their vast indigenous knowledge to the new generation while conserving threatened species and landscapes. KTK-BELT works with non-profit cooperatives based in rural municipalities called ‘Learning Grounds.’ Each Learning Grounds, governed by a diverse local Board, owns its own biodiversity-rich conservation land base, which it holds in perpetuity in order to prevente cosystem fragmentation and deforestation. Local BELT Youth Fellows, trained by KTK-BELT staff, run and administer the Learning Grounds.

Senior Architect

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PROJECT BACKGROUND:

Nepal occupies only 0.09% of world’s landmass, but harbours enormous diversity of flora and fauna due to the extreme changes in topography from the lowland Terai region to the Himalayas. Despite being one of the smallest countries in the world, it is ranked 21st on the global biodiversity index and 11th in Asia. Today, this biodiversity is facing direct threats from rampant urbanisation of the countryside resulting in complex socio-ecological changes: increased de-agrarianisation, growing human density, declining rural livelihoods and growing youth out-migration. Between 1990-2005, Nepal lost around 25% of its total forest cover, approximately 91,700 hectares per year totaling 1.2 million hectares of forest.

As forests dwindle, the youth population continues to swell. Nepal is also experiencing a demographic youth bulge with 40% of the population being within the ages of 16 and 40. Nearly 40% of this youth population--more than 5 million young people--are unemployed. Many are migrating overseas to take low-pay, low-skill jobs often in dangerous working conditions in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The lack of sustainable livelihoods for youth in rural regions is further exacerbating deforestation, land fragmentation and illegal poaching as youth search for ways to survive economically.

KTK-BELT project was formed in direct response to this social and ecological crisis in 2014. Led by Kumar Bishwakarma, a research was carried out in Yangshila VDC, located in the Siwalik or ‘Churia’ foothills of eastern Nepal in northern Morang district, to map the intricate relationship between local communities and their environments. In just a 20 km2 area, 412 unique plant species spanning 96 plant families were identified and their uses were described. It became evident that this habitat and species diversity was rooted in the sharp-rising topography from 180 masl to 1950 masl, and the numerous wetlands, cloud forests, and other unique habitats found along the dramatic topography. Inspired by the possibility of activating this hidden layer of indigenous knowledge, the KTK-BELT project was formed as a platform for farmers, teachers, designers and environmentalists to build community-based biodiversity conservation strategies throughout the eastern region of Nepal.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

We are an interdisciplinary group with an interest in employing participatory and sustainable approaches to design and planning in order to catalyze environmental conservation. We are looking for a senior-level registered architect starting September 1st. S/he will be working on construction drawing, detailing and drafting of architectural projects.

POST RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Performs various of Architectural design, Design Management, Construction Documents, Field Observation, Consultant Management, and application of other standard principles and fundamental of practice of Architecture.
  • Collaborates with lead Architect, Project Managers and Designers to prepare Design and Construction Drawings, Specifications, reports and other deliverables that are suitable.
  • Prepares or assists in Site Visits and Condition Assessment, reporting and programming, code analysis and interpretation, and provides Technical Solutions and Detailing.
  • Can lead a project from inception to completion and produce required Design and Design Development and Construction Documents.
  • Performs other responsibilities associated with this position as may be appropriate, under the direction of the lead Architect/Project Manager and project leadership.

COMPETENCIES:

  • Position requires a minimum of ten years of experience in the design and documentation of projects, with a minimum of five years as a Project Manager.
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD, Sketchup or equivalent software and Microsoft Office required. Architecture license preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of architectural detailing and construction standards.
  • Familiarity with building systems and the ability to coordinate with consultants from multiple disciplines.
  • The post will be primarily located in Kathmandu with occassional travel to the field sites. Compensation will be based on the experience. Initial two month trial prior to extending the offer.
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