PROJECTS AT A GLANCE
In 2014, Interface got contracted on a number of projects in sectors ranging from the Water and Environment sector to the Energy sector. Highlighted below are some of the ongoing and completed projects; however we encourage you to visit our Project Page on the website to view our portfolio.
Water supply development: Interface together with M&E Associates was contracted by Ministry of Water and Environment to give expertise services on the development of water supply systems in Wakiso, Luwero, Nakaseke and Nakasongola districts under the Water and Sanitation Development Facility–Central programme. The purpose of the project is to increase access to safe water through improving the capacity of water supply and sanitation systems.
Market analysis and youth employability: Interface Consulting has been contracted by SNV Uganda to conduct a market survey in order to identify current and emerging economic opportunities for the Youth in West Nile. The research will help to identify business cases for youth employment, youth skilling and enterprise development related to key value chains in the region. The market survey will run in three phases from a detailed literature review and policy analysis, to data collection and letter final reporting and business case development.
Stakeholder Engagement Plan: Interface Consulting provided consultancy services to TOTAL E&P under the project “Preparation of Stakeholder Engagement Plan 2014 – 2015”. In recognition of its enormous responsibility to: a) safeguard the climate and environment; b) preserve human health and to guarantee product and facility safety and c) support local social and economic development in areas of its operations TOTAL sought to communicate and interact with relevant stakeholders and to take their views into consideration in making decisions that could have an impact on them as a result of TOTAL’s operations.
In August 2013 and 2014 ICL was sub-contracted by ARTELIA-France to complete a Social Screening exercise for Buliisa Project Facilities for Total Exploration and Production aimed at reviewing 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 and Nwoya area.
In addition, we successfully closed the Civil Society Organisation component on the Community Empowerment Programme under SNV Uganda. Interface provided training and technical support to five local organizations spread over the country by strengthening their capacity to gather evidence, and articulate advocacy messages around pertinent issues in the water and sanitation sector, and mid-day meals in primary schools.
The Mbale Central market under the Market’s and Agricultural Trade Improvement Programme (MATIP-1) project was successfully handed to the client – Ministry of Local Government and commissioned by H.E. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on 29th April, 2014.
NEW STAFF AND INTERNS
2014 saw Interface welcome fresh faces into the company and bidding farewell to others. Louise Kiddu and Emmanuel Mambo joined us as the Office Operations and Human Resources Assistantand the Financial Accountant respectively.
Interface ran her third summer internship providing training to Habibah Musiige, a Makerere University Business School student in the field of business administration.
Two of our former staff left to pursue further studies in their Master’s field of specialisation; Emmanuel Sserwanja who served us since 2011 as the Resident Engineer on the MATIP-1 and Faith Atuhumuze who was the Financial Accountant in 2013. Interface wishes them the very best in their academic endeavours and professional pursuit.
PROJECTS AT A GLANCE
Starting in 2012 Interface Consulting Ltd worked with a team of consultants led by Delta Partnership, for the SNV Eastern and Southern Africa Region and SNV Global Corporate Strategy Advisors to establish and advise on the institutionalisation of M&E systems in nine countries in East and Southern Africa on the SNV Managing for Results project. This work carried through to 2013 after a request from SNV Uganda for additional one-to-one coaching support for project leaders on planning, monitoring and reporting.
In addition, March 2013 marked the start of a new contract with SNV Uganda in which we were asked to support advocacy capacity development on the Community Empowerment Programme. Interface is providing training and technical support to six local organizations spread over the country to gather evidence, and articulate advocacy messages around pertinent issues in the water and sanitation sector, and mid-day meals in primary schools.
We continued the supervision construction of Mbale Central market under the Market’s and Agricultural Trade Improvement Programme (MATIP-1) project which is set for completion early in 2014.
In August 2013 ICL was sub-contracted by Artelia to complete a social screening exercise for Total Exploration and Production aimed at reviewing 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.
Interface concluded support to the Global Sanitation Fund in Uganda for the United Nations Office for Project Services with Deloitte Uganda. The project aimed at monitoring the Executing Agency (Ministry of Health) programme implementation, verifying contractual compliance, overseeing due diligence on the use of funds and advisory work to help institutional strengthening.
The Kampala Institutional and Infrastructure Development Programme (KIIDP) project aimed at implementing a Resettlement Action Plan for businesses, households and individuals affected by planned city-wide improvements in roads, drainage and solid waste management infrastructure completed successfully.
NEW STAFF AND INTERNS
2013 saw Interface welcome fresh faces into the company and bidding farewell to others. Faith Atuhumuze joined us as the new Financial Accountant.
Interface ran her second summer internship providing training to Timothy Atwiine, a Mass Communication student and Shuuba Dardai an A ‘level candidate who gained experience in the Communications, Marketing and Finance department.
Juliet Stella Mutesi who served with us since 2011 as a Financial Accountant left to further her career as an auditor working with the Office of the Auditor General. She is wished the very best from everyone at Interface.
Launch of the Website and Corporate Blog On 31st May 2012, Interface Consulting together with Synotac (now PixelSpoke) launched the company’s website (http://www.interface.co.ug) and the corporate blog (http://www.interface.co.ug/blog). The website is a platform for Interface to share with her potential clients and target audience that includes; Government Agencies, External Consulting Firms and Internal Agencies.
Recruitment of new staff and Internship placements
David Ssennyonga and Maria Auma joined the team. David joined the team as Clerk of Works on the Mbale Matip project while Maria came on board to manage the corporate web content and is growing her experience into Communications and Marketing for the company.
In line with this, Interface provided industrial training placement and mentoring support to Winnie Ggala, a Makerere University Bachelor of Architecture second year student at the Mbale Central Market site in Mbale from June to September. Winnie enjoyed the hands on experience she gained during her time in Mbale. Marian Sanyu Kaddu who had served with Interface as Financial Accountant for 3years left to work with Bank of Uganda early in 2012. We at Interface were glad to have her around and wish her all the best in all her endeavours.
New and Ongoing Projects
In 2012, a significant amount of work was done on some long term multi-year projects. The Kampala Institutional and Infrastructure Development Project (KIIDP) was completed in December 2012 while the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Programme (MATIP-1) for Mbale Central market is projected to be completed in late 2013.
Short term projects successfully completed include the Performance Improvement through Learning and Sanitation (PILS) project in Gulu, Kitgum and Pader districts aof Uganda in February; the background scoping study on urban poor payment systems for the Development Innovations Group (DIG), on behalf of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation completed in March.
In June, we also successfully completed the Inspection of underwater civil engineering structure on the Nalubaale Dam for Eskom Uganda, executed jointly with BridgeZone Ltd. Starting November 2012, and aiming for a completion of April 2013, Interface is providing monitoring and evaluation and water and sanitation sector inputs on the SNV Managing for Results (MfR) Quality Assurance Project led by Delta Partnership. Outputs on this project include workshops and hands on coaching for project leaders in nine countries of the SNV Eastern and Southern Africa region.
Interface is also steadily finding her way into the Oil and Gas sector by participating in engineering projects to support the operations of Schlumberger, an internationally recognized oil firm that has a branch in Uganda with its major headquarters in Houston, Paris and The Hague.
Eng. Victor Male got registered with Engineers Registration Board (ERB) on top of his corporate membership with the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE).
Turnover Growth: Financially, Interface’s year on year turnover doubled in 2012 from that in 2011.
Annual sales from 2010 have grown 80 fold compared to 2003! Permanent, professional staff has grown from two to nine, with about 45 national and international associates. In 2010, Interface established a coordination office in Mbale, eastern Uganda to effectively manage the design and supervision of construction of Mbale and Tororo Central Markets for the Ministry of Local Government with funding from the African Development Bank. Current projects include the provision of Country Programme Monitor services for the Global Sanitation Fund jointly with Deloitte Uganda and the provision of advice to Oxfam GB on the most appropriate approach to the establishment of a public radio service in northern Karamoja, one of the poorest regions of Uganda.
In the five year period since incorporation Interface increasingly became recognized within Uganda as a competent consulting practice. This was reflected in the award of important contracts from notable clients including DFID Uganda, WaterAid Uganda, WEDC—Loughborough University, PROTOS Belgium and the Uganda Management Institute. By 2008, Interface was also implementing its biggest contract since incorporation. The Diagnostic Review of the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Public Sector Organizations in Uganda (for the Privatization Unit of the Ministry of Finance), project was awarded in February 2007. Significantly complex in scale and importance, this work was executed from multiple locations including the UK, Kenya and Uganda. Interface coordinated specialist inputs from 14 staff and associates from Delta Partnership Solutions and Katende, Ssempebwa and Company Advocates. Main proposals from this work were presented to the Uganda Cabinet.
Interface Consulting was incorporated in Uganda on the 16th January, with two employees: Victor Male and Simon Agaba. Our first clients included the Water Engineering and Development Centre of Loughborough University and the Gulu District Local Government. Our first assignment was the design and construction supervision of piped water supply and sanitation systems under the Poverty Action Fund.