Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
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 position
The Somalia Strengthening Institutions for Public Works Project (SSIPWP) is the centrepiece initiative for building the capacity of the Federal Ministry of Public Works, Reconstruction and Housing (MPWRH), the more recently established State-level Ministries and Banadir Regional Administration (BRA). By developing more effective, efficient, accountable and inclusive institutions, these Ministries will be better positioned to deliver much needed infrastructure and services to all Somalis.
The SSIPWP was jointly developed by the Ministry of Finance, MPWRH and the African Development Bank (AfDB). The rational, strategic objectives, project description, feasibility assessment and implementation framework (including Monitoring and Evaluation) were formulated and agreed in 2016 and captured in the Project Appraisal Report.
The SSIPWP was initiated after the FGS, AfDB and the United Nations Office for Project Services (our client) signed a tripartite agreement for the project in January 2017. While AfDB provide most of the financing for the project, our client has been chosen as the implementing agency and MPWRH as the executing agency.
The implementation of SSIPWP comprises a number of subcomponents, assessing and revising legislation, developing effective coordination mechanisms with public works institutions and stakeholders, undertaking building assessments of government buildings, developing the capacity of the MPWRH and State level Public Works Ministries (including BRA) and facilitating youth employment and entrepreneurship in public works activities.
In terms of the Project (ie. SSIPWP), Component 3 of the Project Appraisal Report includes the requirement to develop a Project M&E System and to engage a M&E Specialist to deliver it. Component 3 relates to the Project Management part of the Project.
From the perspective of the MPWRH, a M&E System is a critical activity for tracking the capacity of MPWRH in delivering its functions and for the Ministry in meeting its M&E requirements for the implementation of the National Development Plan 2017-2019 (NDP).
The SSIPWP includes the creation of a Project Management Team (PMT) to execute the project within the Ministry. This PMT includes a number of key corporate functions including a M&E Officer, re-emphasising the importance of M&E for both the Project, the MPWRH and State Public Works Ministries (including BRA).
Role objectives The Specialist is to provide short term inputs of up to 100 days over a 2 year period.
A key output for the Specialist will be a Performance Monitoring Plan for both the Project and for the MPWRH that includes:
Other activities to be undertaken by the M&E Specialist role include:
The M&E Specialist will be under the general supervision of the our client Project Manager for SSIPWP and work in close collaboration with the Head of M&E Unit for the MPWRH.
To undertake the role effectively, the M&E Specialist needs to:
Impact of Results: The position has a role that will directly impact on achievement of project results by assisting the Head of M&E for MPWRH and project teams to implement effective M&E methods and strategies.