USAID Afghanistan Engineering Support Program
Tetra Tech developed critical infrastructure and built local capacity to foster sustainability and support economic growth in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan’s infrastructure has not fully recovered from the devastation caused by the ravages of war, and suffers from lack of regular maintenance and scant investment. Under the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Afghanistan Engineering Support Program (AESP), Tetra Tech provided architect-engineer (A-E) services.
[Tetra Tech] provided great work in a timely manner . . . exactly what was needed.Mr. William Innes, Technical POC, USAID Office of Infrastructure
Tetra Tech worked as an extension of USAID, providing subject matter experts in transportation, buildings, energy, water, and sanitation to quickly respond to agency requests. We coordinated efforts with local authorities and supported USAID in developing A-E solutions in both remote and urban locations. Tetra Tech also teamed with Afghan engineering firms to provide qualified local engineers throughout the country and partnered with Afghan universities to offer student internships, especially for women, and opportunities for faculty involvement. Through these efforts, Tetra Tech met USAID’s rigorous schedule and quality requirement with demonstrated success in all infrastructure sectors.
Tetra Tech deployed more than 100 staff to Kabul with more than 500 USAID-approved staff providing reach back support over the life of the program. Our expatriate and Afghan team in Kabul provided planning, programming, design, procurement assistance, construction inspection, commissioning, testing, claims, and post-construction services. Specific activities included:
- Performing field surveys and geotechnical investigations for buildings, roads, dams, and power infrastructure
- Recommending local means, methods, and materials for construction, as available in the country's challenging development contexts
- Prequalifying contractors and performing bid reviews
Tetra Tech successfully delivered more than 200 projects to restore infrastructure throughout Afghanistan. To promote project sustainability, we instituted a successful mentoring and capacity building program, where we trained hundreds of Afghan personnel in engineering and construction monitoring, and provided in-office support to the electric utility provider, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat. Our team also established a successful Afghan Women’s Internship Program to provide opportunities for on-the-job training to female engineering and architecture students.
Tetra Tech provided critical support to USAID in its efforts rebuild Afghanistan’s infrastructure, build the capacity of Afghan personnel, and improve quality of life for Afghan communities. Tetra Tech’s A-E services helped increase Afghans’ access to electricity; potable water; safe, well-maintained roads; and schools, clinics, and hospitals.