Ethiopian Construction Project Management Institute

የኢትዮጵያ ኮንስትራክሽን ፕሮጀክት ማኔጅመንት ኢንስቲትዩት

Cultivating effective Construction Management Cultures
ውጤታማ የኮንስትራክሽን ማኔጅመንት ባህል ለማስፈን እንተጋለን!

About ECPM Manuals Series


Despite its relative increase in the outputs in the past few years, the construction industry in Ethiopia has drawbacks and faces a number of challenges. The competitiveness of the construction industry as a whole when measured on its ability of consistently delivering projects successfully, sustainably shaping the built environment, persistently coping with various challenges it faces,  continually building the capacities of its key participants, exceedingly satisfying the customer’s and the general community interest can be argued to be poor.

Moreover, the industry by itself harbors deficiencies that affect its performance like deficiencies attributed to poor and inconsistent project management practices that border to the reactive crisis management than a systematized proactive project management practice.

Therefore, in line with its effort to develop a modern and unified construction project management system, and build the construction project management national capacity, development of recognized and best practice construction project management working manuals applicable to the CI required.

Due to the above critical issues, the Ethiopian Construction Project Management Institution, as a leading initiator of policy, regulations and work practices as per the mandate given during its establishment, attempted to develop a recognized and best practice-based construction project management working manuals with the participation of the industry key players in different participatory mechanisms.

CPMM package preparation process

The Ethiopian Construction Project Management Institute (ECPMI) has initiated and led the overall development of the CPMM Package. The manuals' preparation process has involved a two-staged procedure whereby Construction Solutions PLC (Consol), and Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC) who contractually worked with ECPMI in the preparation of the original version of CPMM Package, while the latter has validated and assured the quality of the original ones and produced the released version the CPMM Package.

The manuals are developed mainly through benchmarking of contemporary globally recognized best practices in general project management and construction project management concepts, principles, and practices and adaptation of these concepts, principles, and practices to the peculiarities of the Ethiopian condition. Furthermore, with regard to management practices in Ethiopia, the available few previous attempts in formulating the management of construction processes (though none of them have been ratified as formal project management procedures of construction projects) are also reviewed.

Utmost efforts are exerted to make sure that Construction Project Management Manuals (CPMMs) are Critically Adapted, Practice-Oriented, User Friendly and Responsive to Continuous Improvement that:

  1. describe Specific, Supplemental and Standardized Knowledge and Practices that are generally accepted as "good industry practices" on most construction projects most of the time,
  2. define the Conceptual, Applicable and Technological contents, processes and their What and How elements sufficiently,
  3. reflect the peculiar features of the Construction Industry in Ethiopia and can be implemented by the resources in practice currently,
  4. lay down the policies, principles, processes, and procedures in order to effectively discharge duties and responsibilities, and
  5. can be applied to any project nationwide with minor and moderate modifications.

Elements of CPMM Package

The CPMM package was developed with a clear view of the integration of both the Project Management processes and knowledge areas so as to manage the project as a holistic single entity. It is thus believed that the package will be instrumental in creating a modern and unified construction project management system in Ethiopian Construction Industry.

The CPMM Package enlists Nineteen Manuals of which Sixteen of them are Construction Project Management Manuals, two of them are general guides (CPMM Organization and Setup and User Guide), and one of them is operational (Construction Project Design Services) Manual.

Intended users of the manuals

The working manuals are adapted both by the knowledge area and phase of the project. One advantage of this is that with no prejudice to the importance of managing project in its entirety, the manuals can be used selectively by knowledge area experts (such as project schedules, contract managers, etc) involved in the project as well as by project phases i.e., only conception, design, implementation or closure. However, while users can refer to the specific manual for the knowledge area based issues, the sets of manuals should be read and implemented in tandem to have a systematized and holistic construction project management.

Statutory status of CPMM package

The proclamation to define the powers and duties of the executive organs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Proclamation No 1097/2018 empowers the Ministry of Urban Development and Construction (MUDC) to prepare and issue Standards for design and construction works, and follow up and supervise their implementation. Hence, the Ministry of Urban Development and Construction as a mandated body has acknowledged the CPMM Package as a national resource tool and can serve as acceptable working manuals.

Operational period and updating of CPMM package

As the CPMM Package constitutes working manuals that are technical documents which, by their nature, require periodic updating; revised editions will be issued by the Ministry from time to time as appropriate. MUDC will establish Manuals Preparation and Revision Standing Committee which collects feedbacks during the manual's three years operation period and makes the required amendments and revisions accordingly. To this respect, a CPM Manuals Preparation and Revision Standing Committee (MaPRSC) comprising representatives drawn from key public clients, Academia, professional associations, and MUDC is established for upcoming amendments and revisions of the CPMM Package.

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