IT Development Manager – Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF)
– Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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Founded on October 1 st , 1988, the Centre de Formation et d’Encadrement Technique (CFET) is a private Haitian firm specializing in Management and Human Resources Development. CFET’s mission is to contribute to improved worker performance and to facilitate access to talented professionals whose skills match the needs and professional ethical codes of clients. CFET, in partnership with Management Systems International (MSI) manages the USAID KONEKTE program in order to provide technical support to the Government of Haiti.
Launched by USAID in November 2012, KONEKTE (KONesans E Konpetans TEknik) is a program designed to assist the Government of Haiti (GOH) with increasing capacity within Haitian ministries by identifying and placing experienced advisors in key positions. KONEKTE is a partnership between a Haitian firm (Centre de Formation et d’Encadrement Technique (CFET)), USAID, and the GOH, which aims to build local capacity to create a more stable and viable Haiti. KONEKTE’s main partner within the GOH is the Office of Management and Human Resources (OMRH). KONEKTE works closely with the OMRH to identify high-level advisors through a transparent and competitive recruitment process that prioritizes the expertise of Haitians and the Haitian Diaspora. Each Advisor is placed in a department to bridge a competence gap. In addition, consistent with the objectives of the USAID Forward initiative, KONEKTE strengthens the OMRH’s ability to ensure the sustainability of the program’s achievements.
The General Management (GM) of the Ministry of Economy and Finances is responsible for carrying out the project. The GM organized an operational group comprised of 10 ministry agents and concerned several general management teams and agencies associated with the ministry. This operational group or project committee is specifically in charge of defining and implementing the Information Technology Master Plan. The General Director names the Chief of Party to lead the operational group.
The expert will run the mission under the direction of the operational group’s Chief of Party and under the General Director’s supervision. The Haitian team Assistance à la Maitrise d’Ouvrage (AMOA) supports the work of the operational group. AMOA’s mission began on April 1st, 2015 and is ensured by two experts.
The Office of Management and Human Resources (OMRH) together with the Finance Ministry and with technical support from KONEKTE, a program financed by USAID, is recruiting an IT Development Manager to strengthen the IT Unit and transform it into a fully-fledged Information Systems Department.
**To Note: USAID/Haiti has the right to annul this post at any time.***
Closing Date: October 19, 2016
Location and Duration of Position:
The position will last for 18 months. The IT Development Manager will be based at the MEF in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and will be under the General Director’s supervision.
After the earthquake eruption on January 12th, 2010, the MEF’s IT infrastructure was partially destroyed. Important reconstruction took place and service is now restored and has even surpassed what it was before the quake. The time has now come to advance and progress towards a more integrated and reliable IT system, against the back drop of the public finance reform’s strategy and action plan implementation, which the government adopted in May of 2014.
The MEF’s IT unit is responsible for the Ministry’s IT developments, including infrastructure projects connected to the Ministry’s diverse property networks. Within this context, an Information Technology Master Plan was produced, which allowed for IT development planning over a period of 5 years (2014-2019).
The implementation of this Information Technology Master Plan must be considered quickly to guarantee the rapid introduction of diverse IT solutions. This must be done while observing the Master Plan’s application planning timeline. The Information Technology Master Plan’s recommendations include reinforcing the IT unit and transforming it into a genuine Information Systems Department.
The Haitian Civil Service is characterized by a lack of professionalism, due to the absence of public policies, standards, procedures and management tools necessary to organize and develop its structures. Staffing and nominations in particular do not conform to any well-defined framework, which leads to inappropriate conditions in human resource recruitment. Recruitment processes subjected to external pressures contribute to turning public service into a political tool, marked by structural weaknesses, lack of professional motivation and subsequent inefficiency. It is clear that provided services do not meet the population’s expectations.
The OMRH was created in 2005 as a response to the need to develop public policies in recruitment streamlining and in strengthening civil service structures. OMRH is in charge of steering this vast institutional reengineering project that offers coaching to ministries and autonomous agencies, permitting them to implement their sector reform plans in human resource management.
Six years later, this action took on full significance after the Haitian government took the initiative to reactivate OMRH, making it fully functional with the necessary resources to fulfill its mission. Among others, this mission is to pilot reform programs in ministries and institutions that are part of the civil service.
This support to the MEF serves to strengthen the IT Unit and transform it into a fully-fledged Information Systems Department through the recruitment of a Database Administrator. This mission is within a limited period of time. At the end of this mission the MEF will designate an administrative personnel member who will be in charge of continuing the mission and overseeing its continuous operation.
One objective will consist of setting up a projects division within the Information Systems Department, which will be responsible for the Ministry of Economy and Finance’s applications development. The Information Technology Master Plan defined several important IT projects that must be carried out within this time frame.
Among these, the Information Systems Department must drive certain management or support projects. In particular, large projects like setting up ERP/IFMIS integrated software, decisional projects, and others must be implemented at the Ministry.
It is therefore imperative that the IT Development Manager can complete these large projects successfully.
The IT Development Manager will serve as project director. As such the main objectives of the position will include, among others, to:
- Lead projects;
- Plan projects;
- Evaluate project impact in all facets;
- Ensure quality of developments;
- Manage project-related spending;
- Manage sub-contracts and supplier relations in a general way;
- Ensure recruitment and promotion of IT teams connected to projects;
- Manage inherent project risks, whether specific developments or integration projects
- Communicate with authorities concerning work progress;
- Supervise knowledge management, data and IT tools
- Ensure skills transfer
- Manage teams;
- Guide management change brought on by new IT applications
- Manage IT security relative to developments coordinated with the Information Systems Security Manager (RSSI)
- Manage human and material resources attributed to the projects department.
- Manage project portfolio through action plans
The IT Development Manager generally assumes responsibility for all aspects of projects (strategic, commercial, financial, human, legal, organizational, technical…).
He or she manages projects in all their complexity (multiple stakeholders, often competing interests etc.).
This person is responsible for the strategic challenge of IT projects for the Ministry of Finance.
In terms of activities, the provider will have to bring his or her expertise in large IT projects management, development methodologies and management change.
- Qualifications and Technical Skills: Master (BAC + 5) in IT engineering; Overall project management skills (budget, human and material means, deadlines); Internal knowledge of large administrations or companies (IT applications used, and departments);
- Work Experience: More than 15 years of professional experience in the IT field; Expertise in implementation ERP integration projects (ideally in public finance); Expertise in large IT project management; Instructor experience a plus.
- Specific Experiences: Has already had significant experience as a project director; has participated as chief of project in integration several ERP type software programs.
- Personal Skills: Superior communication skills
- IT Skills: Technical IT knowledge (operating systems, development tools, programming languages)
- Language Skills: Excellent knowledge of French (report writing).
Note: This post is open to national and international professionals. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.