International Rescue Committee

International Rescue Committee, IRC (1988-1999) 

irc_mainEngineer. Nazir Ahmad Shah Wardak migrated to Pakistan in the late 80s as a result of Afghan war with soviet unions. In December 1988 he joined the International Rescue Committee (IRC) as a Coordinator of Water Resource Survey WSS, and latter on promoted to the posts of Chief Engineer and Engineering Division Manager for the Rehabilitation Program for Afghanistan (IRC/RPA).

Engineer. Nazir Ahmad Shah Wardak was found in IRC as a diligent and methodical worker who prioritized careful planning and organization. He was very hardworking, honest and responsible manager. During his work with IRC he was accountable, take a great deal of personal pride in the accomplishment of his program and had extremely high commitment towards his work. His substantial technical knowledge as well as his management capacity was recognized by his colleagues in IRC as well as in the donor community.

Engineer. Nazir Ahmad Shah Wardak has often been called upon to head ad hoc delegation in their meeting with Afghan groups. He is very diplomatic and this virtue has made him extremely successful at working with leaders from many different parties, regional authorities and tribes.

The International Rescue Committee IRC is a non-profit organization which has been providing the humanitarian assistance to refugee population around the world. IRC’s program for Afghan refugees was opened in 1980 in Pakistan Peshawar and provided assistance including all levels of education, income generation and cross-border rehabilitation programs designated to support the repatriation of Afghan to their homeland from in Pakistan.


Duties and Responsibilities:

Direct Implementation:

  • Managed 40 field foremen/site engineers and 20 project core staff.
  • Designed the annual project plans, budget and proposal
  • Cross checked the technical documents (technical survey, design and implementation plan)
  • Supervised projects implementation based on the designed technical documents.
  • Designed systems for the implementation and record keeping of the project.
  • Managed the annual budget and prepared the summary and final expenditures reports.
  • Assessed program needs, organize transport of materials and supplies to project sites.
  • Liaised with community, tribal council/elders of the project areas.
  • Evaluated field record keeping data for the project monitoring and evaluation.
  • Assessed training needs for the capacity building of the project staff.
  • Evaluated project activities, reviews the RPA engineering training curricula

Umbrella grant 

  • Supervised the work of 10 NGOs and implementation partners in various project stages.
  • Analyzed the primary and secondary survey data of NGOs and implementation partners.
  • Reviewed the NGOs and implementation partner’s proposals and developed a working guideline.
  • Built the technical capacity of NGOs and implementation partners.
  • Monitored the projects implementation progress.
  • Managed the financial trenches in line with project implementation status.
  • Evaluated the technical capacity of the NGOs and implementation partners.
  • Liaised with project beneficiaries in order to make sure the effect and impact of the project in both short and long runs.
  • Participated in the technical and non –technical meeting of the Non-governmental organizations.

During the time of his employment with IRC he successfully accomplished the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the following projects that resulted the repatriation of more than 30,000 refugee families back to their homeland in the provinces of Paktia, Paktika, Logar and Nangarhar.

  • Rehabilitation of 52 irrigation canals and construction of two large skill water supply project in Khost province of Afghanistan.
  • Technical Survey of 72 Km of Nangarhar Main Irrigation Canal with the total irrigation capacity of 50 m3/Sec to 50,000 hectares of agricultural land in private and governmental sectors of Nangarhar province.
  • Rehabilitation and construction of 500 irrigation main canals, 820 Km of underground tunnels (Karez) and 250 gravity spring (water supply structures) in southern provinces of Afghanistan.
  • Construction of 25 diversion dames in south-east provinces of Afghanistan.
  • Construction of 20 main storage facilities in south-east provinces of Afghanistan and as well as in Pakistan refugee camps.

Information Links

Towda Main Irrigation Canal is one of the most important irrigation structure provides irrigation water to 3,000 hectors of Agricultural land in Lakan District of Khost Province. This Canal was totally damaged during the war and is rehabilitated by the Engineering Division of IRC’s Rehabilitation Program for Afghanistan (RPA) headed by Engr. Nazir Ahmad Shah Wardak.

The rehabilitation work included construction of a main diversion intake across the shamal river, 30 different sizes of crossings and culverts, 4 Syphons and 100 meter of bank protection work in which facilitated the repatriation of more than 6,000 refugee families back to their homeland. IRC’s program for Afghan refugees was opened in 1980 in Pakistan Peshawar and provided assistance including all levels of education, income generation and cross-border rehabilitation programs designated to support the repatriation of Afghan to their homeland from in Pakistan.

This video documented the opening ceremony of the mentioned canal by the Khost Provincial Authority on 25th day of January 1995. As it is the earlier original non-edited documents so please accept our apologies for some recording cutoff interruptions and sounding problems. It has to be mentioned that this is not the only output of IRC/RPA engineering division. We will try our best to launch and publicize such documentaries for the rest of the projects on timely basis.

For more information please refer to the above-mentioned working achievement detail.