MRC/UVRI NGO Careers – Engineering Assistant

Organisation: MRC/UVRI
Duty Station: Entebbe,
Reports to: Electrical
Maintenance Engineer
About US:
Established in 1988, the
MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS is an internationally recognized center
of excellence for research on HIV infection and related diseases, contributing
knowledge on the revolving epidemic, the evaluation of innovative health care
options, treatment and prevention, and the development of health policy and
practice in Africa and worldwide. The Unit’s head offices are located at the
Uganda Virus Research Institute- Entebbe Campus, and the main research
activities in Masaka, Kalungu, Kampala and Wakiso districts, including the
peri-urban areas of Entebbe.
Job Summary:  The MRC/UVRI Engineering Assistant will be
responsible for all the electrical and HVAC equipment & infrastructure of
the Unit and ensure its functionality at all times across all the field
stations. The incumbent will also conduct a scheduled maintenance programme and
ensure that planned maintenance outages are aligned with research activity to
minimise disruption. The job holder will also ensure all electrical and power
installations are safe, secure and adequately maintained.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Assemble,
    install, test, and maintain electrical or electronic wiring, equipment,
    appliances, apparatus, and fixtures, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Diagnose
    malfunctioning systems, apparatus, and components, using test equipment
    and hand tools, to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the
  • Inspect
    electrical systems, equipment, and components to identify hazards,
    defects, and the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance
    with codes.
  • Ensuring
    that maintenance works that are carried out are of high standard and best
  • Perform
    planned maintenance works of electrical equipment and HVAC as per
  • Ensuring
    that all activities and installations comply with best practice in
    electrical installation and relevant electrical safety standards.
  • Regularly
    inspect and keep in good order, the Unit’s electrical and HVAC
    installations to ensure their continued availability and serviceability.
  • Actively
    monitor the status of the nitrogen plant and nitrogen stocks at the MRC
    Entebbe facility.
  • Responsible
    for monitoring the service hours’ status of MRC nitrogen plant, air
    conditioners and freezers.
  • Ensure
    quick response to all emergency repairs service for all breakdowns and
    outages promptly and efficiently and ensure “on call”
    maintenance emergency support 24/7.
  • Carry
    out routine service of freezers, water stills, air conditioners and
    generators in Entebbe.
  • Ensure
    the safety of the MRC workshop facility in Entebbe.
  • Respond
    quickly to electrical installation and HVAC faults reported in Masaka, Kyamulibwa,
    Kampala and Entebbe.
  • Ensure
    that the sample temperature monitoring system is operational and produce
    test-runs weekly.
  • Regularly
    check on the operation/working order of toilets, doors, windows,
    fasteners, switches and the general condition of all Entebbe MRC
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the MRC vacancy should hold a Diploma in Electrical
    Engineering from a recognised institution
  • Practical
    experience with Electrical, Refrigeration and ventilation equipment (cold
    store) and installations & maintenance of solar power
  • A
    minimum of five years’ experience in a busy industrial setting
  • Proficiency
    in measuring instruments and hands-on experience in wiring and installing
    electrical switchgear
  • Possess
    the ability to use a computer and write reports
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send their application letters, curriculum vitae
including names, email addresses and telephone contact details of three
professional referees and copies of academic qualifications via E-mail to:
Please remember to quote the Position Title in the subject line.
Deadline: 20th February 2015

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