Project Manager – Government Data Integration Platform Implementation

 

1.Background

 

The Government of Uganda has secured funding from the International Development Association (IDA) to finance various activities under the Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (RCIP).

 

The main goal of RCIP Uganda is to transform public services using ICT to improve efficiency by (i) enabling greater access to broadband Internet through lowering prices for international capacity and extending the geographic reach of broadband networks, and (ii) improving Government productivity through greater use of e-services.

 

The RCIP Uganda project complements existing country ICT and e-government Infrastructure initiatives by helping boost the already existing e-government infrastructure and bridge the financing and technical gaps. The project is being implemented by the National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U).  

 

A major goal of the RCIP Uganda project is to set up a Shared Public Service Delivery Platform which will make it easier to host government services form across government on a single platform.

Government expects that the shared public service delivery platform will greatly reduce the cost and time taken to develop and maintain new electronic public services while at the same time enhancing efficiency in Government operations and enabling greater access and use of public eservices by citizens.  

 

The Shared Public Service Delivery Platform will comprise a set of components including

(i) setting up a cloud-based infrastructure in the existing national datacentre operated by NITA-U,

(ii) establishing a shared platform to improve Government’s ability to deploy e-Services,

(iii) supporting the implementation of a National Information Security Framework (NISF),

(iv) supporting the establishment and management of a whole-of-Government data integration and sharing program to leverage the wealth of public sector data across MDAs through database and system integration; 

(v) developing shared services designed to increase the Government’s efficiency, including a unified messaging and communications system. In order to ease management, each of the components above will be delivered as a project but at the same time, all will be implemented in coordinated manner to ensure the objectives of a single platform are achieved. 

 

Data integration (whole of government data integration) is a major sub-component of the Government’s planned Shared Public Service Delivery Platform. Data integration will leverage the wealth of public sector data across MDAs through database and system integration and deliver a seamless and convenient user experience with e-Services.

 

Thus, once implemented, it will reduce the barriers and cost currently experienced in the exchange of data across government. It will also improve the interaction between the systems and citizens and businesses in the process of providing public services.

 

Implementation will include establishing appropriate standards and frameworks, data models and procedural schemes to enable seamless interoperability across Government ICT systems, establishing and implementing a Government Enterprise Architecture (GEA), establishing and managing a whole-of-Government data integration and sharing across MDAs through database & system integration.

 

NITA-U is procuring a supplier to set up the data integration platform. NITA-U now wishes to recruit a consultant as Project Manager, to lead the implementation of the data integration platform project and to supervise suppliers and consultants associated with this project.

 

Selection of the consultant will be conducted in accordance with the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers, dated January 2011 (revised July 2014).

 

2.Objective of the Assignment

 

The objective of this assignment is to coordinate the implementation of the Whole-of-Government Data Integration and Sharing Program and ensure its operationalisation.  

 

3.Reporting

 

The Project Manager will have a dual reporting role; administratively to the Programme Coordinator, RCIP and functionally to the Component Manager for eServices under RCIP.  

 

4.Responsibilities of the Consultant

 

The duties and functions of the Project Manager will include, but not limited to:

a.Working with data integration project team, project teams for other sub-components under the Public Service Delivery platform, develop a detailed project plan consistent the RCIP master plan and with appropriate linkages with other component project plans as necessary. The project plan should clearly allocate resource (budget / human, or otherwise) needed for its delivery 

b.Assess and document stakeholders and design and implement an engagement plan necessary to ensure support necessary to the project is received from them. 

c.Lead and ensure timely execution of the project plan developed above within scope and approved resources (budget)  

d.Asses, profile risks associated with the project, and develop and ensure the implementation of a risk management plan on all aspects and for the duration of the project   

e.Manage vendor contracts ensuring (i) the contractors meet their obligations to deliver timely agreed outputs of the data integration project, (ii) such outputs meet the specifications and standards as agreed within the contract, (iii) the contractors do not contravene any legal, social or environmental safeguards expected of the project, and (iv) records relating to the contracts are kept securely in the execution of such contracts

f.Coordinate with project managers or teams implementing other sub-components to assure compatibilities across components and ensure harmony and synergy in the delivery of the Shared Public Service Delivery Platform

g.Ensure completeness of all project and system documentation - specifications test plans, executed test protocols and all related documentation that is necessary to demonstrate implementation. Activities of the project will be documented using applicable standards, methods and tools; 

h.Ensure that all project documents are securely kept and available.

i.Ensure proper plan and arrangement are put in place for operationalisation and sustainability of the data integration platform. This includes identifying and working with NITA-U to ensure appropriate staff and funding is put in place to manage and sustain the data integration platform. 

j.Coordinate actively with the Programme Coordinator / RCIP the implementation of the Government Data Integration Platform.

 

5.Deliverables

 

The main deliverable of the Project Manager will be a fully implemented whole of government data integration platform. In addition, the Project Manager shall deliver the following:

a)A detailed project plan consistent with the RCIP master plan.

b)Stakeholders engagement plan

c)Project Risk management plan 

d)Monthly report on the implementation of the project plan covering

•The status of data integration project implementation.

•Resource requirements, budgets, targets and milestones accomplishments and deviation status.

•List of prioritized issues to be resolved showing who is responsible for addressing those issues. 

e)Regular (monthly) reports for each of the contracts under their  supervision  

f)Depository of all records related to the Project

g)Sustainability plan for the data integration project 

h)Assignment Completion report on completion of the contract.

 

6.Qualifications and Experience

 

Educational Qualifications:

 

i)Master’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Business Administration or other related field. 

ii)Post Graduate qualifications in project management or professional certifications in project management such as Prince2, PMP will be an added advantage.

iii)Professional/ Industry IT Certification such as ITIL, CCNA, CCNP, MCSA, MCSE, OCA, or OCP will be an advantage.

 

Relevant Experience:

 

i)A demonstrated track record of at least five (5) years of IT experience, 3 of which should have been in busy environments or large IT integration projects with experience in the design, development, and testing and roll out of complex data integration projects.

ii)Must have experience in the implementation of large high value public sector IT data management projects. Specific experience in data integration platform design and set up will be an added advantage. 

iii)Proven track record and strong IT Project Management experience and skills; and Good understanding of standard IT Change Management process. 

 

7.Other Required Skills and Competences 

 

i)Communications: Very good communication skills (spoken and written), including the ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences on environmental related matters, good negotiation skills and to prepare a variety of written documents, contracts, reports, etc. in a clear, concise style. 

ii)Teamwork: Very good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

iii)Integrity: Must be a person of proven honesty and does not tolerate corruption and unethical behaviours in all its forms and manifestations.

iv)Innovation: Must be a person with ability to seek new ways of doing things efficiently to deliver value to our customers. 

v)Customer Centricity: Must be a person who strives to satisfy customers and clients. Should be able to understand what the customer wants and delivering it flawlessly.

vi)Quality: Must be a person who thinks of quality and continuous improvement in his/her work. 

 

8.Duration of Assignment

 

The assignment shall be for a period of 24 months, renewable subject to business needs and satisfactory performance.

 

 

9.Application procedure:

 

Interested applicants who meet the job requirements and qualifications and with the right personal attributes are invited to complete and submit their application form (Click to download  NITA-U Application Form) with a cover letter, supported by curriculum vitae, copies of certificates and testimonials, and must specify day time telephone contact, postal and email addresses of both the applicant and three referees to the address below.

 

The Executive Director,

National Information Technology Authority – UGANDA (NITA-U),

Palm Courts, Plot 7A, Rotary Avenue (former Lugogo bypass)

P.O. Box 33151, Kampala-Uganda

Tel: 0417 801 038

Or via email: rcip@nita.go.ug (application shouldn’t be more than 10MB)

 

Applicants must also submit with their application verifiable evidence supporting previous relevant appointments such as reference letters or appointment letters. The deadline for applications is 16th June 2017 (not later than 17.00 hrs. local time). No application will be accepted without a duly completed and signed standard application form (referred to above) and copies of academic documents. All hand delivered applications MUST be stapled.

 

10.Feedback

 

Only successful candidates will be contacted. 

Any form of solicitation, influence peddling and or any other “backdoor” attempt, of whatsoever nature, to influence the selection process in one’s favour, will automatically lead to disqualification of a candidate without any recourse. 

 

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR