Oil Jobs – Process Safety Engineer – Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU)

Job Title:    Process Safety Engineer

Organisation: Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU)

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda


About US:

The Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) is a statutory body established under Section 9 of the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Act 2013, and in line with the National Oil and Gas Policy for Uganda which was approved in 2008. The mandate of the Petroleum Authority of Uganda is to monitor and regulate the exploration, development, and production, together with the refining, gas conversion, transportation, and storage of petroleum in Uganda. This includes ensuring that petroleum operations in Uganda are carried out in accordance with the relevant laws, regulations, guidelines, statutes and in line with international best practices for the petroleum industry.


Job Summary:  The Process Safety Engineer will report to the Senior Safety Engineer and will be responsible for facilitating, coordinating, and/or performing the Process Safety Management (PSM) mandate of the Authority. The Process Safety Engineer will also be responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of Independent Protection Layers (IPLs), in reducing the likelihood or severity of an undesirable event, to meet regulatory needs for acceptable levels of risk.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Ensure compliance of licensees to process safety requirements in the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Act, 2013, the Petroleum (Refining, Conversion, Transmission and Midstream Storage) Act, 2013, Occupational Safety and Health Act, 2006 and other applicable laws, regulations, standards and international best practice;
  • Participate and coordinate the review of Process Hazard Analysis programs in order to identify, evaluate and control potential hazards within processes including hazard identification, risk assessments, mitigation planning, and project implementation;
  • Ensure process safety is integrated during planning, design, and execution of oil and gas activities;
  • Participate in the review of technical reports submitted by the licenses such as field development plans, front end engineering designs, detailed engineering designs, risk assessment studies, safety reports, safety concepts, design philosophies, specifications, drawings and data sheets, fire and explosion protection studies among others;
  • Respond to emergency situations and incidents either during or after regular working hours, to provide technical assistance and advice.
  • Conduct safety audits and inspections on operations/equipment and procedures, present recommendations for improvement; and follow-up their implementation;
  • Develop/review policies, laws, regulations, standards, strategies, guidelines, and plans for regulating operational safety in the oil and gas sector;
  • Advise on emergency preparedness and response in oil and gas operations;
  • Review incident reports submitted by licensees and participate in incident Investigation, including near misses, to an appropriate level; analyze immediate and root causes; and determine appropriate measures to prevent reoccurrences.
  • Develop, monitor, and analyse trends in Process Safety Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in the oil and gas sector.
  • Ensure that process safety related documentation for all identified hazards are developed and maintained. This includes reviewing and organizing P&IDs and PFDs as necessary.
  • Initiate the review of relevant process safety procedures, manuals, and guidelines and ensure that they meet legislative and best practice requirements;
  • Ensure that licensees sensitize all personnel involved in oil and gas operations about the inherent workplace risks and how to improve working conditions and practices.
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant for the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) Process Safety Engineer job placement must hold a Bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Chemical or Electrical or Mechanical engineering or any other process safety engineering related discipline from an internationally recognized institution.
  • A minimum of three years of relevant working experience in process safety management in the oil and gas sector.
  • Innovative and with a proven high level of integrity.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Proven track record of outstanding performance.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication skills.
  • Possess good administrative and negotiation skills.
  • Track record of training and mentoring others.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills.
  • Good written, verbal, and presentation skills, particularly the ability to communicate in a multidisciplinary project context.
  • Proficiency in the relevant computer packages like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Access, among others, Excellent listening skills.



  • A post graduate qualification in safety engineering, instrumentation, and control engineering or any other relevant post graduate qualification from an internationally recognized institution;
  • Relevant certification in process safety engineering specializing in the oil and gas sector;
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the national health, safety legislation, guidelines, and standards.
  • Membership to nationally and internationally recognized professional bodies;
  • Good understanding of all process safety management elements and process design in the upstream and midstream operations.
  • Knowledge of the application of Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA) and Inherent Safe Design (ISD) principles;
  • Solid understanding of process design concepts, process control systems, safety instrumented systems, active and passive fire protection, and emergency preparedness and response.
  • Ability to interpret piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID’s), process flow diagrams (PFDs), Electrical Drawings, Cause and effects, Safe Operating Limits, Technical Drawings, Facility Siting, and layout diagrams as well as material safety data sheets.


How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to apply online by clicking on the link below.


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  • ONLY online applications will be considered.
  • Applicants are required to scan and attach CERTIFIED copies of the required academic documents only e.g. Degree, Transcript, Diploma, A-level and O-level certificates and PLE results slip.
  • Academic documents for the successful candidates will be vetted and background checks conducted before they are considered for appointment into the Authority.
  • Only short listed and successful candidates will be contacted.
  • All appointments shall be subject to a probationary period of not more than six months and subsequent confirmation in service will be based on satisfactory performance of the individual.


Deadline: 14th June 2021 by 11:59 pm.


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