Contract management practices and project performance of Jowhar Road Construction in Mogadishu, Somalia

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and social Science
This study was set to examine the relationship between contract management practices and performance of Jowhar Road Construction project in Mogadishu, Somalia, with the following specific objectives: (i) to examine the effect of monitoring intensity in enhancing performance of the Jowhar road construction project in Mogadishu, Somalia, (ii) to analyze the effect of risk management and performance of the Jowhar road construction project in Mogadishu, Somalia and (iii) to assess the effect of evaluation in enhancing performance of the Jowhar road construction project in Mogadishu, Somalia. This study was underpinned on agency theory propounded by Lician and Jesse in 2014. This study used a descriptive research design with the study population involving the total population of 260 respondents however with the use of Sloven’s formula a sample size of 158 respondents was used. This study employed both Interview guides and Questionnaires as the main data collection instrument. From the findings it was found out that monitoring intensity has been one of the most commonly known measures to enhance performance, more especially in an environment that involves a master (the government) and the agent (the contractor). The master normally has objectives and must ensure the agent’s work finally meets his expectations. However, the agent too has objectives which he can achieve by exploiting the weaknesses of the master and among the weaknesses is failure to monitor the projects which give chance to the contractors to do substandard work or fail to complete projects within the budgeted time frame, resulting into cost overruns as was the case for the successful road construction projects in Mogadishu– Somalia. However if monitoring intensity is not taken seriously in the road construction projects, this contradict with the guidelines and set standards for road construction projects resulting into poor performance. Lastly this study recommended that there is need to increase on the number of road inspectors. The government should recruit more inspectors to ensure value for money and timely completion of the road construction projects. There were few inspectors with the technical competence to effectively, monitor, manage the risk, and at the same time carry out the evaluation since the few that were already at Mogadishu, Somalia were already on full caseload. This study has contributed to knowledge by examining the contributions of contract management practices to performance of road construction projects in Mogadishu, Somalia. The study principally found that contract management practices contribute to performance of road construction projects in Mogadishu through Monitoring intensity, Risk management and Evaluation.
A research dissertation submitted to the college of humanities and social sciences in partial fulfilment for the award of a masters’ Degree in project planning and management of Kampala International University
Contract management, Project performance, Somalia