Interface Consulting Ltd is a company that focuses on employee improvement and growth. We encourage individual excellence and support this through providing a comfortable learning and interactive environment.
Some of our set values are fostering team spirit and encouraging pro-active behaviour rather than reactive decision-making. That is why those that have served with us, have been able to advance in their careers and proved excellent at their stations.
It is with great pride and pleasure, thus, that we present to you the Interface Alumni.
Patrick B. Kandole
Patrick is a Certified Public Accountant with a string of qualifications and experience to his name. He served at Interface from April 2007 to December 2008.
During this time he played the role of Financial Management Specialist where he carried out a study “To Assess the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Public Sector Organizations in Uganda.”
His responsibilities included: Conducting interviews and gathering financial data, diagnostic review of 136 PSOs, SWOT analysis of public sector organizations in Uganda and formulating recommendations for improvement in effectiveness and efficiency, financial analysis and trends analysis of financial data between 2002 to 2007 as well as participation in report writing and presentation of the report to the clients.
Patrick has over the years achieved the following qualifications:
- FCCA, ACCA International, Glasgow, Scotland.
- Msoc Sc; Development Finance, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.
- B.Com.(Hons), Makerere University, Uganda.
- Diploma: Accounting in Business and Management, Cambridge Tutorial College UK. Coverage included Final Accounts Budgeting, Costing Stock Centers, Credit Management and Principles of Management.
- Diploma: Personnel Management and Industrial Relations at Cambridge Tutorial College, Jersey, UK. Course covered included Training Strategy, Recruitment Negotiations.
- Diploma: Modern Management/Administration at Cambridge Tutorial College, Jersey, UK. Covered among other things Business Organization, Planning and Forecasting, Industrial Relations, Scientific Management.
- Certificate: Public Sector Accounting and Audit, Glasgow College of Technology, Glasgow.
More to that, he founded his own organisation known as Kandole and Associates. Patrick continues to work with us and provide professional financial advise to Interface when called upon. He has proven to be a valuable partner.
Lazarus Owakubariho is an Organisational and Development Specialist who was contracted by Interface Consulting in 2007 on the project Diagnostic Review of the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Public Sector Organizations (PSOs) in Uganda, by the Privatization Unit of the Ministry of Finance . The work stemmed from concern about the high expenditure on public administration and the need to rationalize this.
His responsibilities on the study included: financial analysis and cost implications of these PSOs, diagnostic review of 18 PSOs, conducting interview sessions and co-coordinating meetings to gain feedback from these sectors, report write-ups of findings made with recommendations on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of these sectors.
Later he worked with SNV Uganda as a Management Advisor in 2008 before joining International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Uganda as a Senior Technical Advisor, where he is still situated currently.
Some of his qualifications include:
- MA in Organisational Psychology from Makerere University (2005)
- Certificate in Procurement and Service Training by Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority(2003)
- Certificate in Consulting by Civil Service College of London(2002)
- Certificate in Job Evaluation at Uganda Management Institute (1997)
“It is from Interface that I gained experience on strengthening Government systems as well as the organizational and financial perspective of PSO analysis.”
Grace is one Ugandan lady passionate about business development with a goal that entails helping others achieve theirs. She has a dream to build a world class research and development institute that will span across Africa.
Currently she is working as a Business Advisor in the Membership Department of Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) where she is designing a leadership and management development program for the foundation.
In February 2010, she and Babirye Mercy, her sister spearheaded the research project “Frustrations of Key Stakeholders of Consulting Firms in Uganda” whose major objective was to discover the challenges that key stakeholders of consulting firms in Uganda experience, and how they deal with them. The project activities involved designing data collection tools, conducting both desk and field research and presenting a report on the findings to the management of Interface Consulting, who later adapted these into the brand design.
Her remarks on the time spent at Interface: “Working with Interface Consulting provided an invaluable learning experience that I will always be grateful for. It was the first step I was taking towards achieving my very ambitious vision and the management team was very helpful in helping me understand what it would take to get there.”
Godwin served with Interface Consulting from 2007 to 2008. He was directly involved in the Local Government Development Program, Cluster 16, with Lydia Asiimwe on the formulation of physical development plans for six(6) towns located in South Western Uganda (Ntungamo, Rukungiri, Kabale, Kanungu, Kihiihi and Kisoro).
On this project Godwin conducted socio-economic surveys, performed sector situation analysis, developed alternative planning proposals and designed detailed schemes for the Central Business District (CBD).
He holds a Masters of Arts Development Studies and a Bachelor of Urban Planning. Godwin holds the prestigious best presentation Award from the Global Development Partnership Centre of the Korea Institute of Human Settlement and is currently a member of the board/Ag. Executive with a U.S based not for profit organization – Circle of Friends in Action: COFIA, whose main mission is to improve access to early childhood development services specifically focused on child nutrition, child reading, teacher training and improving governance and management of schools in Eastern Uganda.
He remarks about his time with Interface: “The nature of the multi-disciplinary team executing the project was so enriching in terms of sharing expertise. This stimulated the potential in me and helped refocus my professional goals. I have since been striving to go higher.“
Babirye Mercy served at Interface Consulting in February, 2010 on the research project, ‘Frustrations of Key Stakeholders of Consulting Firms in Uganda’ after she had graduated from Makerere University Business School (MUBS) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management.
Mercy’s personal mission is to create and inspire positive socio-economic transformation in Uganda and in Africa by stimulating visionary leadership and entrepreneurship through innovation and by promoting wealth generation and economic empowerment platforms and initiatives. Interface Consulting, she says, was instrumental in building in her the character, courage and skills to take on new challenges.
“The Leadership of Interface was very inspiring and exceptional! They are a visionary group that is highly focused on excellence and results. For a young person starting out in my career, Interface is exactly what I needed to build the right mentality and attitude towards work and life in general.”
Mercy is currently working at Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association Limited (UWEAL) as Program Officer where she is responsible for promoting women entrepreneurship development. Her tasks include program planning & development, delivery, quality control, and knowledge management of UWEAL’s program portfolio activities.
Frank is an accomplished savvy Energy Professional. His expertise stretches from generation of energy from hydro, solar and thermal power plants to transmission lines and substations. This background in business consulting gives him a unique niche in executing complex multi disciplinary projects including from research, problem solving and project management. He is currently the Team Leader for Kaizen Africa.
He holds a Masters in Business Administration from McCallum Graduate School of Business –Bentley University-Waltham, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Makerere University, and is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Project Manager. He is also a member of the Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers (UIPE).
Frank has been a partner with Interface since October 2010 to present, providing logistical support on projects, especially in the electricity sector. He continues to partner with us on key projects that require his expertise.
He appreciates the professional approach showcased at Interface. He also attributes his understanding on how to localize services to Interface where he gained ample experience on what it takes to get established and how to get your company in order.
A Professional Engineer who served at Interface from May to September 2007 as a Transport/Traffic Engineer on the Preparation of Structure and detailed plans for Kabale, Ntungamo, Kisoro, Kanungu, Kihihi and Rukungiri towns. This work involved carrying out traffic counts for Kabale municipality to review the capacity of the existing roads, assess the existing transport systems in all the six towns, and recommend interventions aimed at improving traffic flow for the period 2008-2017.
“By working with physical planners, I got an insight of what is involved in physical planning of towns.”
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (civil)from Makerere University and is currently undertaking an executive Masters of Business Administration course with Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI). He is currently working at Professional Engineering Consultants (PEC) LTD where he is a shareholder.
Mubarak was the team leader on main streaming of Gender issues into the AFFORD Programme that run in October 2006. The three day workshop aimed at equiping participants with effective gender-mainstreaming skills for the realization of equitable participation of women and men in shaping AFFORD’s development direction.
In a few narratives, he is able to note some critical insights that took shape during the workshop – namely;
-Supportive team leadership and existence of internal policies on gender are critical for sustained gender mainstreaming in organisations and projects.
– Gender mainstreaming tools and guides need to be tailored to specific technical contexts and simplified for ease of application.
– There is need for a specific gender mainstreaming strategy for projects and/or organisations, with clear interventions and resources as well as key results and accountability framework for enhanced effectiveness.
Mubarak holds an M.A. Human Rights from Makerere University Kampala and Bachelor of Public Administration (Public Sector Management Specialization- Second Class Honours, Upper Division). He currently works at GIZ as the Advisor Governance & Human Rights.
Engineer John Kayima worked on the KIIDP Resettlement Action Plan that run from 2009 to 2013. He was the Civil Enginer-Design Engineer, responsible for the Engineering Review in which engineering design concepts, standards, criteria and details used in the development of the designs of the Kampala City Council proposed infrastructure (including drainage channels, roads, traffic management and improvement schemes, markets and sanitary landfills), were examined critically and in detail in order to verify their efficacy and applicability within the existing situations and circumstances, particularly to minimize land acquisition requirements and costs for the proposed infrastructure. In a number of cases alternative options of engineering design and development were recommended for that purpose.
On key take homes this is what the Engineer had to say; “Principally the skill of professional discernment enabling me to strike that fine balance where on one hand permissible engineering design concepts, standards, criteria and details for infrastructure are left uncompromised whilst land acquisition requirements and costs are minimized”
Atop being a Project Director for a number of various on-going engineering projects in Engiplan Consultants, and a lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering, Kyambogo University, John holds membership with a number of strategic organisations including being a Corporate Member the American Society of Civil Engineers (USA) (MASCE) and American Waterworks Association (USA) (MAWWA) as well as a Member of the British Institute of Management (MBIM). He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, Washington International University (USA).
MARKETS AND AGRICULTURE TRADE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME – THE TEAM
The Mbale Central market was successfully completed and commissioned in April 2014. The project was designed to promote agricultural modernisation under MATIP-1, and Mbale was one of the target districts. Interface was tasked to supervise construction along with a rich set of sub-contractors. Below are some of the consultants that worked on the project.
Jotham was part of the Architectural team from Creations Consult between 2011 and 2013. The project was funded by Africa Development Bank with the Ministry of Local Government as the client. Jotham was tasked with drafting engineering drawings that included; ground and floor plans, elevations, sections, roofs, doors and windows schedules and room details. He worked closely with the Clerk of Works and Resident Engineer. Of his time on the project he gained a wealth of skills in:
“Conducting site meetings, project management, experience in drafting engineering drawing details.”
George came on board as the Mechanical Engineer from inception to project completion date (2011-2014) working with GEM engineering. Below are some of his key responsibilities;
i) Planned and Designed the Mechanical Installation services which included Cold water supply, storage, and distribution system, Drainage system, Fire fighting systems.
ii) Prepared Bills of Quantities, Installation Drawings, Tender and Contract Documentations.
iii) Managed Contract claims and work performance, Certified and Prepared interim valuations and Final Accounts.
iv) Project Management and Supervision Services which included adherence to applicable regulations; cost, quality, time delivery and maintainability.
Key lessons learned while on the project included:
The rules of honesty, fair play and trust have been learnt during my experience on the MATIP -1 project with Interface and now will guide my conduct on various assignments.
Having handled the mechanical engineering aspects of the project right from inception through designs, tendering, and installation. I have deployed a good understanding of the requirements for managing the installation works.
Sam was the assistant Quantity Surveyor working with DEC Consulting for the span of the project. His responsibilities included: Preparation of project financial appraisals; preparation of interim payment certificates and claims management; project cost management that involved discussion of rates for variations accompanied by market research and value engineering; giving frequent briefs to Project Director and management on project performance; including regular project financial appraisals and bottlenecks in so whatever way; preparation and settlement of final accounts. He learned; “The Importance of teamwork on both project cost and duration.”
Innocent was the Civil/Structural Engineer on the MATIP-1 project. He undertook drainage, civil works and structures design for the project, supervised Civil/Structural works by contractor to ensure compliance with design,drawings and specifications as well as reviewed and monitor contractor’s quality assurance procedures. On his time during the project this is what he had to say:
“The project exposed me to operational procedures of the African Development Bank- Financed Projects and how to overcome challenges in their implementation. An outstanding feature of this project was the excellent teamwork exhibited by members of the Interface Consulting Team.”
The overall project objective was to review the extent and complexity of the potential project social impacts and risks associated with the choice of location of Central Processing Facility, well pads and pipe networks in Buliisa area. Regional social impacts and risks as well as potential safeguards and compliance issues were identified and assessed in relation to Total E& P requirements and IFC Performance Standards. Field work for the study was conducted in August 2013, and a joint report submitted to Total E&P in October, 2013. Part of the Interface team that worked with Artelia on the said project is showcased below:
Abby was the Social Development and Health Specialist on the Total-Buliisa project. She actively participate in the data collection process, discussions of preliminary findings and draft reporting of completed field work activities. She shared her key take homes from her time on the project:
“Good team work is very effective to accomplishing such a comprehensive task.”
Abby holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, an MA in International Affairs and African Development from American University, Washington DC-USA, and a BA in Political Science and Sociology, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky-USA.
Gerald was the Conflict Adviser on the project. He participated in field work to gather data, discussions of preliminary findings and drafted the contextual analysis section of the report.
He holds a Master of Arts Public Policy and Public Administration from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government (USA), a Master of Arts Humanitarian Assistance from Tufts University; The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (USA) and a Bachelor of Arts Mass Communication from 1992-1996: Makerere University Kampala (Uganda).
Paula Geraldine Babirye
Paula was the GIS specialist carrying out field data collection, input and database building during the project duration. She participated in field work to gather data, discussions of preliminary findings and produced all maps required for the study. On lessons learned she shares the following:
“Being flexible and planning for the unpredictable is key for the success of any project.”
Paula holds a Master of Science Degree in Applied Earth Sciences (Geohazards) from University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands, a Post Graduate Diploma in Seismology from International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering, Tsukuba, Japan, and an Ordinary Diploma in Science Technology (Physics) from Kyambogo University, Kampala, Uganda.