Program Officer , Power Projects at Nelsap

1. Background

The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI)/ Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program-Coordination Unit (NELSAP-CU) is an inter-governmental organization initiated and led by the Nile riparian countries to promote joint development, protection and management of the common Nile Basin water resources.

NELSAP Coordination Unit (CU) within its mandate facilitates jointly agreed transformative in-country projects with regional impact/significance and trans-boundary cooperative investment projects related to the common use of the Nile Basin water resources. It also builds regional capacity for countries and provides a platform for implementation coordination of trans-boundary investment projects. NELSAP-CU renders support to national initiatives and focuses on two investment areas of: (i) power development and trade; and (ii) natural resources management and development.

The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI)/ Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP-CU) now seeks to recruit a competent and qualified person to fill the position of Program Officer -Power Projects that exist at the Nile Equatorial Lakes Coordination Unit (NELSAP-CU) in Kigali, Rwanda.

The role of the Program Officer, in charge of Power Projects, is to facilitate, support and strengthen the identification, preparation and implementation of NELSAP power projects for the benefit of all riparian countries. The duty of the Program Officer is to assist the NELSAP Regional Coordinator in areas of planning, management and monitoring of the NELSAP sub program of power projects.

The job functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    •  Provide support to the NELSAP Regional Coordinator in the coordination of projects for the development of power sub-program in the Nile Equatorial Subsidiary Action, as well as the strategic expansion and management of the sub-program;
    • Identify and prepare investment projects for the development of power sub-program;
    • Provide support to the Regional Project Steering Committees(RPSCs) in their efforts to guide and oversee NELSAP projects preparation and implementation;
    • Supervise consultants under the NELSAP Coordination Unit;
    • Participate in RPSCs projects conceptualization;
    • Facilitate better interconnection and increase power trade;
    • Provide support to the RPSC in the scaling-up of the NELSAP Power Projects
    • Participate in the procurement of consultants for the program activities;
    • Assist the RPSCs in the preparation of terms of reference for the procurement of consultants to support the preparation of NELSAP projects;
    • Participate in the procurement of consultants and works under the power projects
    • Undertake appropriate communication activities as instructed by the NELSAP Regional Coordinator;
    • Assist in the coordination of the capacity building activities, including the implementation of short-term training courses for Nile Equatorial Lakes country experts;
    • Assist in resource mobilization ensuring that resources are secured for project preparation and implementation of identified Power investment projects
    • Any other duties assigned by the NELSAP Regional Coordinator.

Education & experience

    • A minimum of Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical, hydropower or electromechanical engineering field.
    • Master’s degree in Electrical and/or hydropower engineering is required
    • A minimum of ten(10) years’  work experience in project planning, management, implementation and coordination in power transmission lines, hydroelectric and electromechanicalprojects is required
    • Experience in project planning & management will be an added advantage
    • Must be practicing Engineer registered with accredited engineering institutions in his/her country or international Engineering institution.
    • Should be familiar with project management issues and capacity building and should be conversant with internationally accepted procurement procedures.
    • He/she shall have strong interpersonal skills, and experience working in and facilitating complex regional and sub-regional project preparation  processes in the energy sector;
    •  Should have knowledge of regional power planning and pooling as well as power trade aspects and agreements is requirement
    • Strong computer skills & experience with modern office software will be  a must;
    • Excellent written, presentation, and reporting skills are required.
    • He/she should be fluent in English.  Working knowledge of French is an added advantage;
    • Knowledge of Donors (Sida, AfDB and World Bank) project management requirements, instruments and procedures is an asset.
  • Experience working in Africa, particularly the Nile Basin countries, is an advantage.

Interested and qualified candidates from  Nile Equatorial Lakes countries  are invited to apply for the post by submitting a cover letter, curriculum vitae and academic documents including date of birth and nationality by Wednesday  28 th  August   2019  before 17:00 hours Rwanda time, addressed to the  NELSAP Regional Coordinator , through the email:   with copy to The e-mail application subject title should clearly indicate “ Program officer-Power Project and Candidate name”.

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