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Francis Okello Resume

  1. 1. FRANCIS OKELLO CURRICULUM VITAEContact Details: Mercy Corps, Somalia P.O. Box 11868-00100 Nairobi, Kenya Tel:+25224224270 Email: Bio data1. Name: Francis Okello2. Profession: Water/Sanitation Engineer3. Date of birth: 18/3/19764. Place of birth: Arua, Uganda5. Nationality: Ugandan6. Civil Status: MarriedB) EducationInstitution / Dates (from – to) Degree(s) or Diploma(s) obtained: Diploma in appropriate sanitation for developingAugust 2006; countries , Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway;Sept. 1999 - July 2003; BSc Civil Engineering, Makerere University Kampala Ordinary Diploma in Water Engineering , UgandaSept 1996 - July 1998 Polytechnic KyambogoC) Language skills: Indicate competence on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 - excellent; 5 - basic). Language Speaking Reading WritingEnglish 1 1 1Luo(Acholi, Alur, Langi) 1 1 1Kiswahili 2 2 2Luganda 3 3 3Somali 4 4 4E) Other skills • Computer skills; proficient in the use of computer software: AutoCAD, GIS, EPANET, MS Excel, MS Word, MS, PowerPoint, MS Projects and SPSS; • Leadership skills; Represented Churchill Hall to the Student Guild, Uganda Polytechnic Kyambogo and was appointed Deputy Minister for Domestic affairs in 1997; • Public Speaking skills; Lectured on Resource Oriented Sanitation Concept for Peri Urban areas in Africa at a three day workshop held at the Regency Hotel, Kampala in 2007; March 2011
  2. 2. FRANCIS OKELLOF) Work Experience1. Job Title Infrastructure Program Manager, Somalia; From 28th February 2011todate; Employer, Mercy Corps PO Box 2669, Dept W Portland OR 97208-2669 USA, Generalinquiries: (800) 292-3355. Supervisor: Francis Butichi Tel +254 720 463732 Infrastructure Program Manager is a senior position for Mercy Corps Somalia and providestechnical and supervisory support to all country programs. Closely works with other programmanagers and Chief of parties, partners (Government & Civil Society) in the planning,implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the activities that pertain to infrastructurerehabilitation and construction in development and emergency settings.Responsible for • Providing technical guidance to Mercy Corps programs; line Ministries relevant to the implementation of programs with WASH and related components, and partner NGOs, in the design, preparation, implementation and supervision of program infrastructure activities; • Contributing to the development and/or introduction of new approaches, methods and practices in design and project management; • Providing technical and project management support to the design and implementation of WASH interventions like borehole drilling and rehabilitation, school latrines, hand washing facilities, PHAST & CHAST training and Community Management trainings; • Undertaking field visits in close consultation with Mercy Corps Program/Project Officers, to directly supervise activities and give technical guidelines during activity implementation; • Participating in the strategic development of Mercy Corps Somalia proposal development and specifically in the design of key infrastructure plans for programs; • Assisting in identifying institutional gaps, training needs, defining clear objectives for the purpose of institution strengthening and capacity building at the national, regional and community levels to enhance, sustainability of community infrastructure; • Participating in sectoral and inter-sectoral coordination meetings, promote collaboration and alliance building among sector development partners including NGOs and facilitate implementation of agreed actions; • Contributing towards the preparation of the Situation Analysis for the program component by compiling data, analyzing and evaluating information, identifying key issues/problems, appropriate remedial actions, their implementation strategies and reporting on these issues in relevant programs or specific projects planning documents; • Coordinating with the Operations/Logistics staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities for infrastructure development ensuring proper and timely accountability; • Participating in the development of program work plan, ensuring its accuracy and timely input into specific plans (weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually). Ensuring the achievement of specific assigned objectives; • Contributing to timely preparation of programs/projects status reports required for management, donors, budget review, programs analysis, annual reports, etc; • Ensuring that decisions are made on project design and implementation management within framework of defined objectives/outputs, to ensure their achievement; • Ensuring that recommendations of technical nature are made to refine program/project design and implementation strategies to improve efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery and ensure accelerated and expanded coverage. March 2011
  3. 3. FRANCIS OKELLO2. Job Title Senior Engineer, Dur Dur Irrigation Project, Somaliland;From 1st October 2009 to 7th October 2010; Employer, Danish Refugee Council, Horn ofAfrica, Nairobi Regional Office. Supervisor: Heather Amstutz Tel +252 2 4000618 Email:program.director.somaliland@drc.dkResponsible for; Overall planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Irrigation infrastructure, that included, 17km of labour based road, 2 concrete bridges, 50 shallow wells, 8 Canals, 3 Agro shelters, 15 Charcoal Coolers. Developing work plans for each Partnership Agreement entered into with the Food and Agricultural Organisation; Capacity building for local engineers, community facilitators and local authorities; Collaborating with all project partners such as the Food and Agricultural Organisation, COOPI, the government and the community; Community participation and involvement in the project throughout the project cycle from Inception to the sustainability of the systems. Reviewing and monitoring community sub projects both at proposal and implementation stages to ensure engineering quality and control including adequate safe guards against environmental impact; Reviewing the physical progress reports to ensure accuracy and consistency with donor reporting requirements; Supervising three Field Engineers and community development workers within the Dur Dur project area;Key Achievements Fast tracking the project that was delayed for close to a year through accelerated programme planning, key staff recruitment, establishing effective monitoring and evaluation system, coordination and team building; Capacity strengthening of water pump mechanics and Irrigation Management Committees in 15 communities; Establishment of sparepart network for the communities to improve on maintenance of the water pumps; Participated in the negotiations with the donor leading to a seven months no cost extension of the project; Capacity building of engineering staff on the use of software programmes like AutoCAD; Developed criteria for pipe and pump distribution using participatory approaches, involving mainly the Village Development Committees and local authorities that subsequently led to a smooth distribution exercise; Perfomed needs assessment to identify gaps inorder to increase the project coverage areas for the second phase; March 2011
  4. 4. FRANCIS OKELLO3. Job Title Water and Sanitation Project Manager, Northern UpperNile State Community Based Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Programme-Renk:Tearfund North Sudan programme; From January 2009 to 31st July; Employer Tearfund, 100Church Road, Teddington TW11 8QE UK: Supervisor: Tim Holmes-Country Tel: 0845 355 8355: Liaise with consortium member organisation implementing the Northern Upper Nile State Community based Recovery and Reconstruction Programme. Consortium members include Tearfund, Mercy Corps, Stromme foundation and Fellowship for African Relief (FAR), local government authorities as well as UN agencies in Renk, Melut and Maaban Counties; Monitor the humanitarian situation in the project area, making detailed reports with recommendations to management team regarding community needs, vulnerabilities / capacities and appropriate responses; Supervise and undertake participatory needs / vulnerability & capacities assessments of affected communities; In collaboration with community representative, undertake detailed analysis and design appropriate project interventions to meet identified needs and strengthen local capacities; Prepare detailed project proposal submissions (including budgets) for multi / bilateral institutional and private funding; Manage and implement project interventions to achieve project outputs and objectives, including monitoring and mid-term reviews in accordance with Tearfund and donor requirements; Participate in project evaluations and assist in the analysis of results to assess project impact and effective use of resources; Ensure timely compilation of situation updates, project and monthly narrative reports for field and Head Office management, in accordance with required reporting formats; Manage borehole drilling contract and issuing certificate of payments according to agreed terms and conditions; Key Achievements Ensured the timely completion of the project outputs: construction of 500 community pit latrines, 30 Institutional (School) Latrines, 2000 bio sand filters and 15 new boreholes; Took the lead in using the Community Led Total Sanitation approach to get the communities into accepting the construction and use of latrines. In parralel to that I also championed the School Led Total Sanitation Approach were school children are taught in school through plays and drama and then transfer lessons learned to villages; Used the PHAST approach that resulted into a remarkable reduction in the prevalence of water borne diseases. The infant mortality rate significantly declined; Compiled the final project report for submission to the donors; Trained communities on water source and systems maintenance; Trained communities on cost recovery for borehole maintenance; Established Water Management Committees; March 2011
  5. 5. FRANCIS OKELLO3. Job Title Water and Sanitation Sector Advisor, Monrovia-Tearfund Liberiaprogramme. From December 2007 to December 2008; Employer Tearfund, 100 Church Road,Teddington, TW11 8QE UK. Supervisor Jonas Njelango Tel+254736747307 Responsibilities Provide expert technical advice and capacity building to local WatSan project managers for the design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation of water and sanitation projects across the Liberia programme area; Develop integrated water and Sanitation and hygiene (WASH) promotion approaches in consultation with hygiene promotion staff. Manage external advocacy activities relating to WASH within the Liberia WASH cluster, UN/NGO community like the WASH consortium and government institutions. Supervise implementation of water and sanitation projects in three counties namely Gbarpolu, Nimba and Sinoe, with each county managed by a project manager under my technical supervision. Build capacity of implementing partners; Association Evangelical Liberia and EQUIP Liberia on WASH related issues. Monitor and Evaluate local implementing partner projects and ensure quality control and also implementation progress against time schedule Key Achievements Provided technical leadership in collaboration with the WES Specialist for UNICEF Liberia for the Monitoring and Evaluation of the Central Emergency Relief Fund projects through UNICEF in Montserrado, Rivercess and Sinoe counties implemented by UNICEF local partners; GOA, EQUIP Liberia and. Managed 3 field based M&E officers. Managed the budget and logistics required. Participated in the development of the WASH Liberia consortium strategy and developed specific action plans and strategy for Tearfund. Participated in the Development of the Monitoring and Evaluation Matrix for the WASH consortium Participated in the peer review of WASH Liberia consortium member organisations; concern, Oxfam, Solidarities, Action Contre La faim (ACF) and lessons learned ploughed back to inform strategy formulation Piloted ecological sanitation in Sinoe, Nimba and Gbarpolu counties in Liberia. Also piloted ferro cement tank for rain water harvesting installed with the first-flush system. Also introduced Tippy taps for hand washing. Developed Water Safety Plan for shallow wells in Liberia, A case Study of shallow wells in Sinoe County. Presented the research paper at the WASH forum in Nairobi. Participated in the Development of the Draft Water and Sanitation Technical Guidelines for Liberia. Presented a paper on Bio Sand filter technology to government and other NGOs in a workshop held in Monrovia, Liberia. Participated in the development of the white paper on WASH policy for Liberia Coordinated the celebration of the Global Hand Washing Day in Sinoe County and was responsible for publicity and organising the event that was celebrated on the 15th of October 2008. I gave a key note address to the audience on that occcassion. March 2011
  6. 6. FRANCIS OKELLO Managed the DFID WASH budget in collaboration with the Finance Manager Managed all logistical requirements for the operations of the DFID WASH project As the acting area coordinator in Sinoe project area, directly managed 5 sector managers for Food security, Water and sanitation, Public health, Community Development and Logistics. In total managed over 50 field based staff for a period of 1 month. Trained WatSan technicians on the use of hand auger kits for hand dug well siting, previously well siting was based purely on experience and as such hitting bedrock was very common. Developed government Capability, Accountability and Responsiveness matrix, and the led an assessment, analysis and design for WASH advocacy strategy.4. Job Title Water and Sanitation Engineer, Arua Uganda. From: January 2006 toNovember 2007; Employer: Centre for Technical and Ecological Solutions Limited, (CTES)P.O.Box 1215, Arua, Uganda. Supervisor: Jennifer Okusia. Prepare designs and technical specifications as well as developing cost estimations for water supply and sanitation projects Work hand in hand with the project manager on budget planning and monitoring Supervise and coordinate trainings on water and sanitation topics for member institutions Participate in field visits to collect information and data needed for the design, monitoring and evaluation of projects Work in close coordination with district and local authorities, and other NGOs as well as donors maintaining good relationships Achievements Designed and installed the first ecosan toilet inside an office block and started a demonstration garden that used the manure/urine from the toilet as soil fertiliser. Organised exchange visits to the demonstration facilities to increase awareness and scaling up of the new technology. Designed and constructed 15 stance ecosan latrine for Ediofe Girls Secondary School. The school had run out of space for the construction of new pit latrines and this was an innovative solution to the problem Designed and installed a solar powered water pump for Ocodri Health Centre Participated in the technical assessment of the sanitation system for Nyapea Hospital and designed a Constructed Wetland System for sewage treatment and disposal Organised and participated in the training of staff from member institutions on WASH and solar energy areas March 2011
  7. 7. FRANCIS OKELLO5. Job Title Design Engineer, From November 2004 to January 2006; Employer:Hydraulic and Sanitation Consult Limited, 6th Floor NIC Building, P. O. Box 25877, Kampala,Uganda. Supervisor: Julius Musimenta-Managing Director +256772434822Key responsibilities Provide specialist inputs, technical assistance, and supervision in the detailed technical assessment, design, and implementation of rehabilitation works of water supply and sanitation systems for both rural and small urban centres Conduct detailed assessments of both planned and existing water distribution networks in the target area Assess potential supply and demand from interacting water supply systems and networks in the target areas Assess potential sanitation capacity and needs in the target project area; Reviewed detailed engineering designs across the project Ensure Bill of Quantities and Scope of Works are consistent with the project designs Prepare tender documents and evaluate bids. Contract management of works Prepare As Built drawings for all completed works using AutoCAD6. Job Title Site Engineer, Biharwe Water Supply Project, Mbarara. From:September 2003 to November 2004; Employer: Keystone Construction Limited, P.O.Box 8198,Kampala, Uganda.Key responsibilities Perform technical, organisational and supervisory role on the construction of the water supply and sanitation project. The project involved pipe laying, construction of a booster station, dwarf walls for 60m3 water tanks, public water kiosks and public toilets Set out site, applying designs and plans and liaising with sub contractors Ensure quality control, site security, health and safety, and the organisation and supervision of material and human resources Ensure accurate taking off of quantities of work done to process certificates of payments Produce As built drawings for completed works and submit to clerk of works Manage causal labourers and local service contracts7. Job Title Field Officer, SNV The Netherlands Development Organisation.From: August 1998 to September 1999; Employer: Nebbi District Local Government, P.O.Box1, Nebbi, Uganda.Key responsibilities Technical planning, design and supervision of community gravity flow water schemes Establish and train water user committees on community water supply management Provide technical assistance throughout the project cycle Communication mobilization for unskilled labour and collection of local materials Identify potential water sources for gravity flow water supply development Develop operation and maintenance systems for water schemes March 2011
  8. 8. FRANCIS OKELLO Preparation of weekly, monthly reports as well as work plans for the water department Map and document of all water points in the district using the Global Positioning System (GPS)Other Experiences8. Job Title Part Time Lecturer, School of Building and Civil Engineering,From January 2005 to December 2005; Employer Kyambogo University, P.O.Box 1,Kyambogo, UgandaKey responsibilities Research and teach fourth year and second year students the subjects Estimation and Tendering and Construction Technology respectively Delivering lecturers, seminars and tutorials. Assessing students course work Setting and marking examinations Supporting students through a pastoral and advisory role Undertake continuous professional development (CPD) and participating in staff training activities9. Job Title Trainee Roads Engineer, Mbarara Kyenjojo Highway. From: July2002 to September 2002; Employer: Hoffmann Murray & Roberts Joint Venture 2001, Kampala,Uganda.Key responsibilities Laboratory testing of road materials such as laterite soil, bitumen, chippings, concrete; In situ and laboratory testing for maximum dry density to ascertain the degree of compaction of base and sub base layers Establish reference points (Bench Marks); Horizontal alignment of pegs at 20metres interval using theodolite and psylon; Vertical alignment of road using dumpy level and levelling staff Locate borrow pits with quality laterite soil within the project area; Setting out of vertical and horizontal curves, junctions Supervise construction of check dams, drains, chutes, culverts (drainage facilities) Supervise reclamation of swamp-crossings by the displacement methodG) OTHER QUALIFICATIONS Job Related Training • Tearfund WASH good practice forum; Nairobi-Kenya, July 2008 • Tearfund Disaster Management Development programme Training; Monrovia-Liberia, April 2008 • 1st international forum on WASH good practice and practitioners: NETWAS Kenya/Streams of knowledge; Mombasa-Kenya, September 2007 • Advanced Module (II) Solar and Electrical pumping systems: BBM Austria/CTES; Arua-Uganda, May 2007; March 2011
  9. 9. FRANCIS OKELLO • Water Distribution Modelling; UNESCO-IHE the Delft/Makerere University/National Water and Sewerage Corporation Uganda-October 2005; • Action Monitoring for Effectiveness; Network for Water and Sanitation Uganda, August 1999;H) REFERENCES 1. Frank Greaves WASH Programme Advisor Tearfund UK 100 Church Road, Teddington, Middlesex UK +442089437757 2. Charles B. Niwagaba Senior Lecturer Makerere University Faculty of Technology, Department of Civil Engineering P.O.Box 7062 Kampala +256772335477 3. David Gitonga Infrastructure Advisor, Food and Agricultural Organisation, Somalia, P.O.Box 30470-00100 Nairobi +254 720410239 March 2011