- About us
Mr. Argenal is a shelter and infrastructure specialist with over nine years of experience in emergency relief and reconstruction, including significant experience in the delivery of community-based shelter solutions. Mr. Argenal’s areas of technical expertise include civil engineering, rural water and sanitation, and emergency shelter. Since 2006, Mr. Argenal has been a key player and manager of CHF International’s Construction Practices Unit, consolidating, organizing, and disseminating institutional shelter materials, resources, and technical tools. In addition, Mr. Argenal plays a key role in program development and program design for CHF’s Office of Humanitarian Assistance. Mr. Argenal has led and conducted rapid damage and needs assessments, and has designed and managed shelter projects in countries such as Honduras, Peru, Kenya and Georgia. Mr. Argenal is a participating member of Global Emergency Shelter Cluster where he provides input on strategic issues and technical guidelines. Mr. Argenal designed an earthquake-resistant shelter prototype using traditional materials and techniques to be constructed by CHF in Afghanistan under the ASSIST project. Currently, Mr Argenal is working on an emergency shelter delivery strategy for Honduras based on two consensus-building planning scenarios and in information gathered during a country-wide shelter assessment conducted last August. Mr. Argenal has also experience in building the shelter capacity of local government. Mr. Argenal developed a participatory infrastructure project design manual that was adopted by the Honduran government in the implementation of the MARENA program. In addition, Mr. Argenal trained more than 40 officials of the Honduran government in the participatory design and final year-end evaluation of their progress as part of the capacity-building process.