Somalia: Infrastructure Technical Advisor

OVERVIEW OF CTG GLOBAL

CTG support and manage humanitarian projects in fragile and conflict-affected countries around the world. With past performance in 15 countries – from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and Central and South America – we offer a holistic fabric of project management, implementation and support. Skilled in emergency response to crises such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we have the ability to act quickly (crisis response teams can be on the ground in 24 hours) and to establish structured operations in high-risk environments. CTG recruit and manage qualified, skilled teams with extensive experience operating in challenging conditions.

OVERVIEW OF THE POSITION

The client supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations. With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, the client offers its partners the logistical technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it. A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

About KEOH

The Kenya Operations Hub is located in Nairobi and oversees the organizations operations in Somalia, South Sudan and Burundi. The Hub covers a large geographic spread, including Eritrea, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Mauritius, Seychelles and Comoros, in addition to those mentioned above.

Somalia

The Federal Government of Somalia was formally instituted on 10 September, 2012. Since that time and despite progress, the political and security context, particularly at the sub-national levels across South-central Somalia, has remained volatile. Federalism, clan dynamics, historical rivalries, new contests over power and resources, as well as ongoing military operations against extremist group Al Shabaab continue to undermine local and regional stability.

The international community’s contributions to political, development and security assistance in Somalia were brought together under the New Deal framework, endorsed at the Brussels conference on September 7, 2013. The framework sets out 5 Peace and State building goals (thematic areas) against which all international efforts are to be aligned, coordinated by the FGS, UN and donor steering groups.

Following the November 2013 United Nations Security Council Resolution 2124, AMISOM launched Operation Eagle to defeat the last remnants of Al Shabaab inside Somalia. Following this, the Ministry of Interior & Federalism launched its National Stabilization Plan to quickly provide administrations in 25 areas to bring Government authority to communities living in those areas. In addition to this, the previously prolonged conflict has also left communities with displacement, generated grievances over occupied lands, small arms proliferation and warlords. It has created a breakdown of social norms and authority, and erosion of the social contract between the state and citizen, thus a restoration of public order and rule of law is desperately needed. State building however, essentially needs to start at the grass roots level through restoration of peace and enjoyment of peace dividends by the population through government led basic social service.

Infrastructure projects can contribute in the process of peace and state-building, by assisting in erasing the visible scars and signs of conflict, providing citizens with a healthier environment, as well as promoting reconciliation and generating income. To this aim, MoPW in Somalia is a key institution. The development and rehabilitation of key infrastructure in Somalia can be the catalyst for capacity development among the general population as well as within the government, employment generation, effective service delivery, institutional strengthening, good governance and overall economic improvement. After more than two decades of conflict the infrastructure needs in Somalia are considerable. An effective MoPW through a structured approach to infrastructure development can contribute greatly to building long-term resilience, sustainable peace and stability, and significantly improve the livelihoods of people. The Ministry needs to work closely with other key Government institutions, primarily the Ministries of Finance and Planning to target infrastructure investments in a balanced and conflict sensitive manner

GENERAL FUNCTIONS

Role objective:

§ Strengthening the capacities of the MoPW, through establishing the operating modalities and operational capacity within the Ministry. (this would be a phased approach that involves building a national/diaspora and international team to support the Ministry both from within and through targeted strategic and operational advice)

§ Develop and deliver a first set of highly visible projects, with a particular focus on medium-size infrastructure related to creating an environment where signs of conflict are erased.

§ Provide input into relevant institutional policy, regulatory and strategic frameworks and technical input and support for the development of infrastructure technical standards, specifications and quality assurance mechanisms.

§ Ensure a conflict sensitive approach to infrastructure development. This will entail both a socio economically evidence based prioritization process and a balanced operations plan.

§ Promote labour-based approaches as appropriate and feasible, and help develop regulation that ensures adequate local participation in the infrastructure reconstruction process

§ Support development of construction related skills development and apprenticeship programmes to maximise sustainable engagement of the young segment of the population.

§ Coordinating between The Federal Government of Somalia and each regional governments for consultation and coordination for drafting National Development Plan and ongoing projects under Somali Compact.

§ Support finalization of National Development Plan of Somalia by providing administrative support for Infrastructure Sub-working group of PSG4

§ Coordinate between the various stakeholders involved in infrastructure development and planning including the UN Agencies, development partners, Ministries, districts and local communities ensuring collaboration and consensus.

§ Provide technical advices at project development phase for newly planned and approved project at PSG4.

§ Provide technical recommendations and advice to the relevant stakeholders involved in the implementation of infrastructure projects, as to how technical and management issues hindering the flow of work can be eliminated

§ Advice partners on all aspects of construction management including labour management, occupational safety and health, labour based methods, inventory management and safe keeping and maintenance equipment.

§ Conduct advocacy and knowledge building and play and active role in promoting employment intensive approaches and rights to work.

§ Collate best practices and experiences of the programmes and other relevant works, sharing information with development partners and government counterparts.

§ Promote information sharing and provide feedback into the wider infrastructure planning and delivery.

Expected output:

The role of the Infrastructure Technical Adviser, to be placed within MoPW in Mogadishu, is to initiate capacity development of such Ministry in developing conflict-sensitive infrastructure projects and, at the same time, spearhead the development of 2-3 immediate projects.

Project reporting:

The post will be working within the Ministry of Public Works (MoPW), reporting to the Minister of Public Works. The Ministry will be responsible for the performance management and the supervision.

Team management:

This position does not have team management responsibility

ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE

Education:

§ Bachelor's degree in Public management.

Work experience:

§ Minimum of 2 years of demonstrable relevant Procurement & Supply Chain experience and/or minimum of 2 years of demonstrable relevant Project Management experience.

Geographical experience:

§ Minimum of 2 years of experience in Africa and/or Africa with local experience in Mogadishu is an advantage.

Languages:

§ Fluency in English and Somali are essential.

Key competencies:

Core Values/Competencies

§ Integrity

§ Professionalism

§ Respect for diversity

§ Creativity and innovation

§ Commitment to continuous learning

Accountability

§ Planning and organization skills

§ Results orientation

§ Strong oral and written communication skills

§ Teamwork skills

§ Client orientation

§ Technological awareness

Functional Competencies

§ Knowledge Management, Learning and Communication

§ Shares knowledge and experience

§ Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills

§ Communicate effectively to varied audiences, including during formal public speaking.

Development and Operational Effectiveness

§ Ability to administer and execute administrative processes and transactions

§ Ability to extract, interpret, analyse data, identify and resolve operational problems

§ Ability to perform work of confidential nature and handle a large volume of work

§ Good knowledge of administrative rules and regulations

Strong IT skills

§ Ability to provide input to business processes re-engineering, implementation of new systems

§ Ability to supervise and train support staff

Leadership and Self-Management

§ Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback

§ Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude

§ Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure

§ Sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.

Planning and organization skills

§ Results orientation

§ Strong oral and written communication skills

§ Teamwork skills

§ Client orientation

§ Technological awareness

Functional Competencies

§ Knowledge Management, Learning and Communication

§ Shares knowledge and experience

§ Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills

§ Communicate effectively to varied audiences, including during formal public speaking.

Development and Operational Effectiveness

§ Ability to administer and execute administrative processes and transactions

§ Ability to extract, interpret, analyse data, identify and resolve operational problems

§ Ability to perform work of confidential nature and handle a large volume of work

§ Good knowledge of administrative rules and regulations

Strong IT skills

§ Ability to provide input to business processes re-engineering, implementation of new systems

§ Ability to supervise and train support staff

Leadership and Self-Management

§ Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback

§ Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude

§ Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure

§ Sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.

Other relevant information:

§ At least 2 years of experience in the relevant field.

§ Work experience in fragile or post conflict states is an advantage

§ A proven leadership and managerial capability in the context of collaboration with administrative

§ Structures of developing countries

§ Willingness to travel to volatile locations.

§ Should have worked with multiple stakeholders (public/private/UN) in conflict and post conflict settings

§ Should have experience in strategic planning and large complex operations management

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