Project Management Advisor World Bank ERT III Jobs – Rural Electrification Agency (REA)

Job
Title:          
 Project Management Advisor
Organization: Rural Electrification Agency (REA)
Project Name: Uganda Energy for Rural Transformation Phase
III
Funding Source: World Bank
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
About US:
The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) is the Secretariat of the Rural
Electrification Board (REB) as established by Statutory Instrument 2001 No. 75.
The REB’s main function is to oversee the management of the Rural
Electrification Fund (REF) and facilitate the development and implementation of
the Government’s Rural Electrification Programme.
About World Bank ERT III Project:
The Government of Uganda (GoU) has received financing from the
International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank in the amount of
US$135 million equivalent towards the cost of Uganda Energy for Rural
Transformation Phase III (ERT III) and it intends to apply part of the proceeds
to payments for consulting services to be procured under the project. The
Project Development Objective of ERT III Project is to increase access to
electricity in rural areas of Uganda. Under the ERT III project, REA will be
responsible for implementation of component 1 and subcomponent 2.4. Component 1
(On-grid Energy Access) shall support on-grid investments namely; (i) Grid
Extension and Associated Connections; (ii) Grid Intensification and Associated
Connections; (iii) Household Connections from Existing Lines and (iv)
Implementation Support for On-grid Energy Access. Subcomponent 2.4 (Quality
Assurance for Solar Market Development) will be implemented in collaboration
with the UNBS and it aims to promote quality assurance and awareness of solar
products so as to enable the market for affordable, high-quality PV products in
rural areas.
Job Summary: The primary
purpose of the Project Management Advisor will be to oversee the implementation
of electricity distribution network extension and grid intensification works
for the different World Bank-funded activities under the ERT-3 project country
wide. He/she will support the Project Coordinator, ERT-3, across all project
management functions (e.g., coordination and oversight, planning and budgeting,
procurement management, monitoring and evaluation, etc.). The Project
Management Advisor will not only advise and guide, but will be responsible for
the overall implementation of the ERT-3 project, with the aim of achieving the
project objectives within set timelines in accordance with the project framework.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  
  • Provide relevant assistance to the Project
    Coordinator, ERT-3 in all aspects of project management to ensure the
    effective implementation of the project, supporting engagement with both
    internal (e.g., REA’s Management, technical, procurement, safeguards, and
    contracts committee) and external stakeholders (e.g.. World Bank,
    contractors, consultants).
  • Advise and assist in the preparation of
    quality monthly project implementation progress reports to REA’s
    Management, World Bank and other stakeholders as required, highlighting
    key challenges and remedial plans, assessing implementation performance
    vis-a-vis agreed milestones, targeted last-mile connections and
    disbursement targets
  • Keenly review and assess the past performance
    of the ERT-3 project implementation and make recommendations for
    turnaround strategies based on “best practices”.
  • Assist with the preparation and regular
    update of the risk management plan, identifying, assessing, responding to,
    monitoring, and reporting risks affecting project implementation.
  • Flag “notice of early warning”
    and follow up on mitigating actions with relevant stakeholders.
  • Ensure the regular inspection of the
    records of the contractor’s site activities, and adequately document the
    progress and performance of the work, making recommendations of corrective
    actions and changes to the records as required.
  • Assist with the preparation and monitoring
    implementation of the annual work plan.
  • Facilitate engagement of key stakeholders
    during design and implementation stages of the project, supporting
    cross-sectoral strategic linkages.
  • Design and guide/conduct training,
    coaching and/or mentoring of project staff to respond to immediate needs
    for knowledge and skills and/or to remove impediments to the
    implementation of the project.



Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
  • The applicant for the World Bank Project
    Management Advisor job placement must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in
    Electrical Engineering or equivalent from a recognized University.
  • Master’s Degree in Engineering or
    Management or Business Administration (MBA).
  • Project Management Certification from a
    recognized institution: PRINCE2,CSPM, PMP will be an added advantage
  • Professional registration and membership
    with an Engineering Professional body will be an added advantage.
  • At least ten (10) years of relevant
    professional experience in planning, managing, and supervising works
    related to the design and construction of electricity distribution or
    transmission infrastructure projects, including substations.
  • Previous exposure and experience with
    World Bank-funded projects (or from similar international financial
    institutions) will be an added advantage.
  • Demonstrated experience and/or knowledge
    in monitoring social and environmental safeguard requirements for
    infrastructure projects.
  • Excellent reporting and communication
    skills.
How to Apply:
All interested and qualified Ugandans should send their applications
including; a cover letter, detailed CV, names and addresses of three referees
and copies of relevant certificates and testimonials addressed and delivered
to: The Executive Director, Rural Electrification Agency, Plot 10 Windsor Loop,
Kololo 2nd Floor, House of Hope, P.O. Box 7317, Kampala – Uganda.
NB: Only short listed applicants will be contacted.
Deadline: 29th March 2018
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