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Kirsteen MerrileesKirsteen Merrilees - Infrastructure and Management Consultant - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kirsteen has 20 years’ experience in roads and rural infrastructure with degrees in engineering and social development and skills and experience gained in the UK, Asia and Africa. Her work has focused on improving infrastructure asset management through the full project cycle and to mainstream safeguards. She has experience in disaster resilience and wants to support the planning, construction and sustainable asset management of resilient infrastructure; to build community resilience to natural disasters and to support the post 2015 earthquake recovery programme. She is also involved in promoting professional development in Nepal’s Engineering community. 

Professional Skills: Civil Engineering, Project Management, Quality Management, Engineering Design, Construction Supervision, Environmental Management, Social Safeguards, Disaster Resilience, Capacity Building, Institutional Development, Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Internal (technical and quality) Audit, Participatory Approaches.

Language Skills: English (Native speaker), Nepali (Basic / Intermediate)

Previous Clients and projects: Kirsteen has worked with many government bodies and international donor agencies (DFID, WB, ADB, EU). She is the Nepal Representative of the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers supporting graduate and professional development in Nepal. Recent work includes: Deputy Team Leader / Institutional Advisor supporting the National Vigilance Centre improve quality monitoring of road projects. Deputy Programme Manager, Rural Access Programme Phase 3, improving systems for whole life asset management of the local road network. Team Leader, Earthquake Recovery and Disaster Risk Reduction project, repairing, retrofitting and constructing resilient schools and risk reduction training. Monitoring and Evaluation / Quality Management Specialist, Rural Transport Infrastructure Maintenance Pilot, developing asset management and continual improvement systems for managing the local road network.