SO:ICT Sector Support - Phase II - P152358
Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications | Published February 3, 2016 - Deadline February 29, 2016
Consulting Services ? Individual Consultant Selection: Higher
Education Network Specialist To Support The Higher Education Sector In Somalia
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF SOMALIA
Somalia ICT Sector Support Phase IIProject
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
(Consulting Services ? Individual Consultant Selection)
Project ID: P152358
Assignment Title: Higher Education Network Specialist to support the higher education sector inSomalia
Reference No.: GFRS/ICT/2015-16/C2
BACKGROUND OF THEPROJECT
The ICT Sector Unit of the World Bank Groupis working with the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) and the Ministry of Finance of the Federal Government of Somaliato provide a program of ICT Sector Support, 2014-2018.
The second phase of the program includes asubcomponent supporting connectivity to the higher education sector, where the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) of the MPT isseeking to employ an internationally-recruited individual consultant for the post of a "Higher Education Network Specialist." Theconsultant would be an expert on establishing national research and education networks (NRENs), to support the designand build outof a communications network for higher education institutions in Somalia
The main objective ofthe consultancy is to "support connectivity inthe higher education sector using the existing Somali REN and to enable its member and non-member Institutions (Universities,Institutions of Higher Learning, Research Institutions, etc.) to increase their use of connectivity/bandwidth". Implementation ofthis program will allow other universities, such as the Somalia National University and other relevant institutions,to join aninclusive and wider Research Education Network that will focus on reaching the whole territory in order to benefit students'learning and to reduce the academic isolation of teachers and professors.
The responsibilities of the Higher Education Network Specialist willinclude but are not limited to:
1) Developing an implementation plan for the Network for Higher Educationand monitoring its implementation progress throughout the project's lifetime.
2) Supporting the ICT Technical Specialist in developing an initialNetwork system design, including topographical design, for the Higher Education Network, (including the Network Operating Centerand corresponding fibre, microwave, or satellite links, both in Mogadishu and other areas of operation) with which to frame thetechnicalrequirements for the firm tender.
3) Providing technical assistance to the MPT to prepare standard biddingdocuments and other tasks along the procurement process, in line with World Bankguidelines, for the procurement of a firm to implement, operate, and providemaintenance for the system design for the higher education network, on a turn-key basis, including internal links, local accesspoints, Basic Campus Networks, backhaul, and NOC of the SomaliREN network;
4) Providing advisory support to the SomaliREN as it restructures itsgovernment structure and business plan and builds its capacity to operate as an independent Trust
5) Advisory support to the SomaliREN in carrying out an readinessassessment across the Somali higher education institutionsto provide the project with an end-user baseline and to define theeligibility criteria for connectivity to the Network.
6) Certifying network installation completion, issue operationalacceptance certificates to vendors/ suppliers/ contractors.
The "Higher EducationNetwork Specialist" will act as part of atwo-person Technical Support Team (TST), to provide technical assistance focused on designing, advising, and monitoring theimplementation of the establishment of a Somalia Higher Education Network, and including support to the SomaliRENand the MPT asSomaliREN adjusts its governance structure to suit theroles and responsibilities of a mature National Research and EducationNetwork (NREN) organizational body.
The chosen consultantwill work in close cooperation with the co-TSTmember ICT Technical Specialist, the World Bank team, the MPT, SomaliREN, the UbuntuNet Alliance, and the other relevantstakeholders and international donors. The Individual Consultant will report directly to the MPT's Project Implementation Unit. TheWorld Bank team will work with the consultant andthe PIU through coordinated weekly calls and site visits, based on need.
Duration of theAssignment
It is estimated the task will take around 60 days until June 2016including trips to Mogadishu, Garowe and Nairobi and possibly other Federal States.
The Ministry of Finance of the FederalGovernment of Somalia now invites eligible individuals ("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing the Services.Interested Consultants should provide a cover letter and CV demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevantexperience to perform the Services.
The applicant must possess the following:
1) A higher degree,such as an MSc or PhD, in Applied Physics/Engineering/Computer Science/Telecommunications, or a related discipline from a reputeduniversity. Experience with the establishment and operation of national research and education networks or work within the R &E community
2) At least fouryears of experience in a senior management or operational position;
3) Experience inoperation and maintenance of large network, systems design and data transmission involving optical fiber;
4) Experience inoperation and maintenance of VSAT, and microwave networks is preferred in addition to fibre-based networks;
5) Knowledge of anddemonstrated experience in management of contracts and procurement of network equipment;
6) Experience ofsimilar projects in design, management, training & supervision, hand-holding and strategy on supporting the effectiveimplementation and operation of a Research and Education Network or other similar networks;
7) Experience workingin the ICT Sector, and or higher education sector, in Africa is essential;
8) Experience in postconflict environments, and especially in Somalia, is desirable;
The attention of interested Consultants isdrawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment ofConsultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011 and revised July 2014)("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest. Please visit www.worldbank.org setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest. In addition, please refer tospecific information on conflict of interest related to this assignment as per paragraph 1.9of Consultant Guidelines.
The Consultant will be selected in accordancewith the Selection Based on Consultant'sQualification (CQS) method set out in the Consultant Guidelines.
Mode of submission of Applications
Further information can be obtained bysending email requests at the email address below. Expressions of interest must be delivered (in person, by mail, or by e-mail to:email@example.com by 4.00pm, Monday the 29th February, 2016.
ICT Sector Support in Somalia ProjectImplementation Unit
Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications,
Federal Government ofSomalia,