Inappropriate systems of SWM, ineffective institutional arrangement, poor financial health of Municipal Corporation Peshawar and apathy of citizens are primarily responsible for very poor SWM services in Peshawar has been a matter of great concern and area of improvement. According to Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules, all Municipal Corporation Members i.e. Operating, sanitary, supervisory, technical and finance/accounts officials need to implement improved systems of solid waste management as spelt out in the rules. Keeping in view current situation of solid waste management in Peshawar, the Solid Waste Management Learning, SWM Machinery/Equipment’s operation/maintenance with efficient supervision & Finance, a comprehensive Capacity Building Program for Municipal Corporation Peshawar is initiated by the Municipal Services Program in all its catchment area of town 1 (25 UCs) to address the immediate need of raising in-house capacity of municipal officials and solid waste operators/specialists to effectively address the problems of solid waste management and implement an integrated and sustainable SWM systems in their respective Union Councils.
Various aspects of Solid Waste Machinery operation/maintenance, solid waste management are proposed to be covered in training program which include storage of waste at source, primary collection of waste including source segregation, transfer techniques, secondary storage, fleet management, transportation of waste, treatment and disposal technologies, institutional strengthening and financial management.
To validate the needs in proposed subjects, training need assessment has been conducted. Primary focus of this training need assessment/analysis has been to determine the gaps in capabilities of municipal officials, various institutions, operators’ and officials in solid waste management in the city to improve solid waste management systems of water.
Training needs assessment was conducted through consultation with municipal officials at various levels, the Administrator MCP, Chief Municipal Officer, Technical/Finance officials, Chief Sanitation officer, Operating & Sanitary Staff. As a part of this exercise, municipal officials were consulted in groups through FGDs (Focus Group Discussion). Stock of existing levels of SWM services & compliance to rules was taken and officials were asked to narrate their training needs in various subjects, duration of training that they consider appropriate. Simultaneously, they were consulted on the constraints, bottlenecks in improving the SWM services and their future plan of action for improving compliance to examine the areas of training needs of municipal officials at various levels.
Looking at the educational levels, technical competencies, years of experience, responsibilities, abilities gaps, and areas of training needs and preferred duration of training have been worked out and summarized for each category.