Department of Water Supply and Sewerage (DWSS) implemented Manpower Development Project in 1983 with a prime view to empowering DWSS staff for planning, programming, resource mobilization, implementation and monitoring of Water Supply and Sanitation (WATSAN) program activities. Emphasis was given to enhance the skills of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) sector stakeholders in line with a broader national objective of providing safe and clean water and basic sanitation services to every Nepali citizen and improve the quality of their life.
Followed by this initiative, the training unit was established in November 1987 within DWSS to work as the center for manpower planning; and imparting trainings to staff of DWSS, WaSH sector partners and users. UNDP, WHO, UNICEF and ADB supported this training unit technically and financially for organizing trainings and developing IEC materials. UNDP and WHO had funded the WaSH sector training activities through a four-year project ‘Human Resource Development for WaSH sector’ which ended in 1997. The Training Unit served a number of national and international agencies for Human Resource Development (HRD) in various forms and capacities. These initiatives indeed became the corner stone to institutionalize Central Human Resource Development Unit (CHRDU) as a Human Resource Development Center for WaSH sector in the country. The government then renamed CHRDU as the National Water Supply and Sanitation Training Center (NWSSTC) in 2014. NWSSTC could achieve ISO 9001: 2008 Quality Management System in 2014 and it has been upgraded to ISO 9001: 2015 Quality Management System in 2017.
Scope of HRD
NWSSTC serves in the following areas of HRD activities in WaSH sector to capacitate managers, engineers, sociologists, program officers, sub-engineers, technicians, women workers, social mobilizes, sanitation volunteers, teachers, WaSH users committee members, school child clubs, masons, etc as per need and requirements:
NWSSTC works with a vision of empowering the WaSH sector related stakeholders to promote the sector as a whole. It aims to capacitate local bodies, public enterprises, NGOs, CBOs, WaSH users’ committees, clubs, tole committees, teachers’ and school child clubs to explore and mobilize their hidden potentiality by generating an enabling environment through skilled and well motivated human resources at national, district and local levels. NWSSTC Revolving Fund Implementation Procedure- 2055, approved by the Council of Ministers, Government of Nepal (GoN), has authorized NWSSTC to generate and mobilize the financial resources through conducting training, seminars and research activities as well as consulting services by bidding or negotiating with Government, Donors and National and International NGOs. NWSSTC has adopted the tailor-made HRD interventions to be compatible with the local needs; and it is ultimately dedicated to strengthening the capacity of local level institutions in the context of federalized governance in the country.
Key Result Areas
The key result areas or the perceived benefits of HRD in WaSH sector are visualized as follows:
Strategic Interventions of NWSSTC
Currently, NWSSTC has been conducting orientation workshops by targeting all elected representatives of Local Governments (Palikas) in the district as a whole. The main aim of this initiative is to enhance the knowledge and skills of the target groups in the field of water quality, WaSH planning and Total sanitation. This intervention begun from Rolpa district from fiscal year 2076/7 and NWSSTC has planned to scale up across the country. In addition, it has emphasized on following aspects: