Human Resource Capacity Building

Project Coordinated by: 
Kenya

The concept of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects was adopted in the Dar-es-Salaam Declaration on 20th November, 2004, at the 1st Summit of Heads of State and Government in the 1st Phase of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (IC/GLR). In the declaration, the Heads of State and Government of Burundi, DR Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda committed themselves to “promote regional cooperation in trade, monetary policies, energy, transport, tourism, culture, environment, Information and Communication Technologies, as well as in telecommunications, with an emphasis on railways, oil pipelines, submarine cables and optic fibre network connections”.  The primary strategic objectives of the infrastructure components being transformation of the Northern Corridor into an Economic Development Corridor (EDC) and improved transport and communications infrastructure and services relating to road, rail, pipeline, inland waterways, terminal and telecommunications services

Northern Corridor defined:
The Northern Corridor is the transport corridor linking the Great Lakes countries of Burundi, D. R. Congo, Rwanda and Uganda to the Kenyan sea port of Mombasa on the Indian Ocean coast. The corridor also serves Northern Tanzania, Southern Sudan and Ethiopia. It is the busiest corridor in East and Central Africa handling about 12 million tons (2006 data) of import/export cargo of the said countries. The corridor also handles a substantial volume of intra-regional trade. Studies however show that the economic potential of the region is yet to be fully unlocked.

It is envisaged that infrastructural inter-connectivity in the corridor would lead to reduced cost of production and increased business and trading opportunities that could become an ingredient for creation of wealth and the reduction of poverty in the region.

Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda initiative:
In order to fast track implementation of the commitments made in the Dar-es-Salaam Declaration, the Heads of State of Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda instituted the Northern Corridor Integration Projects as an Infrastructure Initiative focused on their respective countries. They have held a series of Summit meetings on the same since 2013. At the end of each Summit, decisions/directives are issued for implementation and status reports on the same being expected at the following Summit.

The Integration Projects have been put into a number of clusters. The Human Resource Capacity Building cluster was incorporated during the 3rd Summit held in Kigali on 20thOctober 2013and was aimed at building capacity for the Railways, Energy, Petroleum and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sectors. The Summit further directed that Kenya through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MOEST) chair the Cluster.
Consequently, the Cabinet Secretary, MoEST, has been convening inter-ministerial meetings of the various sub-sectors to develop status reports for Kenya and the region on Human Resource Capacity Building for the Northern Corridor Integration Projects for presentation during the Summits. The first such report was made during the 4th Summit on 20th February, 2014 at Munyonyo Resort, Kampala, Uganda.

The 4th through to the 10th Summit issued communiqués for the NCIPs and the various clusters will report the status of implementation of the directives during the next Summit. The implementation of the Summit Directives is a continuous process under the coordination of the chairs of various clusters.

Human Resource Capacity Building Cluster has so far been focusing on three main areas namely Skills Audit, Centers of Excellence and Removal of Non Tuition Barriers.

SKILLS AUDIT FOR NCIP PROJECTS.
A Skills Audit for all the NCIP projects is to be carried out to determine skill gaps and develop strategies to address them by Partner States. The skills Audit was split into two parts namely; Skills audit for the SGR and Skills audit for other projects

General Achievements for the Skills Audit

  • Technical Committees for the Regional Skills Audit constituted with membership from partner states to provide oversight and quality assurance in terms of the process and deliverables
  • Kenya (MoEST) has opened a Regional Skills Audit Account at the Central Bank of Kenya as directed by the Summit
  • By May 2015, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda had each remitted USD 683, 333 being their shares for the Regional Skills Audit. South Sudan is to remit its share before the 11th Summit

Progress on the Skills audit for the SGR

  • The Summit authorized Kenya Railways (KR) to procure the consultancy for the SGR Skills Audit on behalf of the HRCB Cluster
  • KR Tender committee identified MS CERT of Australia to undertake the Regional Skills Audit for SGR on 17th July 2015
  • MS CERT accepted the offer and a letter of award issued to them
  • Contract negotiations held on 12th August 2015 at Kenya Railways Corporation HQs in Nairobi and contract sent to Australia for legal inputs
  • The Contract was returned to Kenya from Australia and forwarded to Kenya’s Attorney General’s office for further advice.
  • Contract is expected to be signed as soon as the AGs office advise is incorporated.

Challenges

  • South Sudan has not yet remitted her  contribution towards the Skills Audit
  • Slow response and action from South Sudan
  • The process of awarding the SGR Skills contract was lengthy

Progress on Skills audit for OTHER projects

  • TORs for other Projects have been developed
  • An EOI was advertised in the East African Newspaper and NCIP website in April 2015 but the two firms that responded were found to be non-responsive
  • The 10th Summit of the NCIP held on 6th June 2015 in Uganda directed that the Regional Skills Audit for other Projects be undertaken by a consortium of universities from the region.
  • Consequently, the Regional Ministerial Meeting on the HRCB held in Kampala on 1st August 2015 constituted the consortium comprising of JKUAT from Kenya, University of Juba, Makerere University and the University of Rwanda.
  • The Four Universities were informed and provided with the TORs and timelines
  • The Consortium had its first meeting on 9th September 2015 at JKUAT, Nairobi and was inaugurated on 10th September 2015 by the Cabinet Secretary, MOEST.
  • The Consortium members have developed and signed an MOUs (except University of Juba) and have forwarded to MOEST draft Technical and Financial Proposals for inputs.
  • Contract is expected to be finalized after inputs form MOEST Technical team

Challenges

  • University of Juba has not been active in the Consortium and did not attend the meetings in held in Nairobi

IDENTIFICATION, DESIGNATION AND OPERATIONALIZATION OF THE CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE (CoEs)
The institutions have been identified and designated as Centres of Excellence (COEs) in specific skills training. The COEs have developed budgets for the FY 2015-2016 and a committee set up to oversee their operationalization. They have also shared their prospectus among themselves and Partner States

The first regional meeting for the COEs was successfully held on 23rd July 2015 at Railway training Institute (RTI) in Kenya

Challenges
Kenya and Uganda yet to create budget lines for COEs and are not yet linked to the NCIP Website
South Sudan has not yet formulated a strategy for University of Juba as a COE

REMOVAL OF NON-TUITION FEE BARRIERS FOR STUDENTS FROM PARTNER STATES IN PUBLIC TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS AND UNIVERSITIES
Public Institutions of Higher learning have been informed on the need to adhere to the directive. Rwanda and South Sudan have fully implemented the directive

An M&E tool for establishing compliance has been developed and approved by Summit A committee on harmonization of fees is to be constituted to conduct a Regional evaluation of the directive and propose a strategy for full implementation. The Inter-University Council of East Africa-ICUEA to finalize policy recommendations on fees Harmonization Strategy

Challenges
Non-tuition charges vary across states and institutions hence the need to harmonize.
ICUEA has not yet finalized policy recommendations on fees harmonization.

 CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE FOR NORTHERN CORRIDOR INTERGRATION PROJECTS
Human Resource Capacity Building Cluster

NO.

NAME

INSTITUITION

COUNTRY

COE-WEBSITE

MOBILE NO.

1.

Bob Ndubi

Railway Training Institute

Kenya

www.rti.ac.ke

+254712508659

2.

Dr. Serah Waitiki

East African School of Aviation

Kenya

www.easa.ac.ke

+254723173680

3.

Jeremiah Kiplagat

Institute of Energy Studies & Research – Kenya Power & Lighting Company

Kenya

www.iesr.ac.ke

+254707780325

4.

Henry Lenairoshi

Morendat Training Centre – Kenya Pipeline Company

Kenya

www.kpc.co.ke

+254727526767

5.

Isaac Kanda

African Geothermal Centre of Excellence – Geothermal Development Company

Kenya

www.gdc.co.ke

+254720936544

6.

Ronald Lodiong

East African Civil Aviation Academy

Uganda

www.flysoroti.ac.ug

+256772451537

7.

Prof. J.T. Mugisha

Makerere University

Uganda

www.mak.ac.ug

+256772415999

8.

Ezekiel Langat

Bandari College

Kenya

www.bandaricollege.ac.ke

+254722847943

9.

Dr. Gaspard Rwanyiziri

University of Rwanda

Kenya

www.ur.ac.rw

+250788681438

10.

Prof. Khan Zain

Carnegie Mellon University

Rwanda

www.cmu.edu/rwanda

+250784855415

11.

John Bosco Ogwang

Institute of Survey & Land Management

Uganda

www.islm.ac.ug

+256774192498

12.

 

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Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

 

Kenya

www.jkuat.ac.ke/

 

+254 67 52028

13.

Rtd. Col. Luke Arikosi

Tororo Road and Railway  Training Polytechnic

Uganda

 

+256 772525337

14.

Dr. Moses Twesigye

Uganda Technical College Kichwamba

Uganda

 

+256 712286827

15.

 

University of Juba

South Sudan