Senior Connections Officer ECP Project Jobs – Rural Electrification Agency (REA)



Job
Title:        
 Senior
Connections Officer
Organization: Rural
Electrification Agency (REA)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to:
Manager, Connections Department
About US:
Rural
Electrification Agency (REA) is the secretariat of the Rural Electrification
Board (REB) established by statutory instrument 2001 No. 75. REA is mandated to
implement Government’s rural electrification programs. The Government of Uganda
through REA is implementing a number of electricity connection projects with
financial support from development partners to meet national electricity access
targets.
About ECP Project:
The Rural
Electrification Agency (REA) is implementing the Electricity Connections Policy
(ECP) whose goal is to increase electricity access from the current 20% to 60%
by 2027. The ECP was designed to address the major challenges that have kept
electricity connections low and hence enable acceleration of connectivity
throughout Uganda. The ECP targets to achieve a minimum of 300,000 connections
per year in order to achieve this goal
Job Summary:  The Senior Connections Officer will provide
project management support towards implementation of the ECP Programme in the
electricity Service Territories. The Officer will be responsible for planning,
executing, monitoring and supervision of operations under the ECP Programme to
ensure that policy goals and objectives are achieved in a timely manner.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  The
Senior Connections Officer will be required to carry out the following:
  • Provide project management support towards implementation of the ECP
    Programme including, but not limited to, planning, executing, monitoring
    and supervision of operations under the policy.
  • Prepare work plans and budgets for connections initiatives under the
    ECP Program me.
  • Set appropriate connection targets and other related performance
    targets for the SPs. r
  • Establish a robust monitoring framework and regularly monitor the
    performance of SPs with respect to implementation of the ECP Programme.
  • Monitor the performance of consultants contracted as Independent
    Verification Agents to verify the connections made by SPs, and ensure
    compliance with contractual obligations.
  • Support the SPs to put in place appropriate systems and mechanisms
    that are necessary for effective implementation of the ECP Programme and
    achievement of policy goals and objectives.
  • Review, analyse and validate quarterly progress reports submitted by
    SPs and Independent Verification Agents (IVAs) with a view of authenticating
    the integrity of the submitted information and data, as well as avoid
    duplication of customers.
  • Prepare consolidated project progress reports on a quarterly and
    annual basis, as well as other special reports that may be required, in a
    format that is acceptable to key stakeholders. The consolidated progress
    reports shall be based on the outcome of the analytical and validation
    exercise highlighted in g) above.
  • Regularly interact with SPs, IVAs and other stakeholders (e.g.,
    through tield visits, meetings, emails, telephone calls) to ensure that
    ECP Programme implementation is on track.
  • Identify issues and challenges affecting implementation of the ECP
    Programme and, in consultation with the Manager Connections Department and
    other stakeholders, actively and creatively identify appropriate solutions
    and ensure timely implementation of the same.
  • Explicitly ensure compliance with relevant safeguard, fiduciary and
    other project requirements by SPs, IVA and other stakeholders.
  • Provide monitoring and support supervision of ECP Programme
    activities within the Service Territories.
  • Participate in and support marketing and mobilisation of connections
    so that target connections are achieved through SPs.
  • Work closely with the Database Specialist to ensure that the
    connections database is accurate and up-to-date.
  • Carly out any other relevant activities to support implementation of
    the ECP Programme as maybe assigned by the Manager Connections Department.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical
    Engineering or equivalent from a recognized University.
  • Post graduate diploma in Project Management, Monitoring and
    Evaluation or Certification from a recognized institution such as PRINCE2,
    CSPM, PMP.
  • Master’s Degree in Engineering, Management, or Business
    Administration (MBA) will be an added advantage.
  • Professional registration with and membership to an Engineering
    Professional body will be an added advantage.
  • At least five (5) years of relevant professional experience in
    project management or utility operations and management preferably in
    Uganda’s electricity sector.
  • Demonstrated working experience with donor-funded projects will be
    an added advantage. ‘
  • Highly motivated, innovative, pro-active and committed team player.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and fluency in
    English.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • High level of interpersonal and management skills and ability to
    work with teams within and outside the organisation at all levels.
  • Must be able to work under pressure and deliver amidst tight
    deadlines.
  • Computer knowledge and skills in MS Word, MS excel and internet
    email is a mandatory requirement.
  • Proven integrity and confidentiality in handling public resources.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their applications including
detailed Curriculum Vitae and copies of relevant academic documents together
with names of three professional referees (and their email / day time telephone
contacts) to:
The Executive
Director, Rural Electrification Agency, Plot 10 Windsor Loop, Kololo 2nd Floor,
House of Hope P.O. Box 7317 Kampala – Uganda.
Deadline: 14th September 2018
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