Company Description

E.ON Off Grid Solutions (EOGS) is a rural utility company which builds decentralised, container-based energy solutions. The company operates under the brand name Rafiki Power (Swahili for “Friendly Power”) in rural Tanzania and is engaged in developing and operating mini-grid projects to provide high-quality grid-equivalent electricity access in remote areas in Sub-Saharan Africa.

To date, the company has installed eight mini-grids and is providing clean and affordable energy to more than 900 household and business customers. Rafiki Power’s hybrid systems (solar PV & battery) are packed and standardised in recycled 20ft containers which also accommodate space for a local businesses and product sales. Together with partner organisations, Rafiki Power offers productive use trainings to ensure that the sold products are used efficiently in order to increase local incomes and transform rural village economics in the long-run. The company utilises its in-house developed technological software (AMMP: Advanced Mini-Grid Management Platform) for asset, grid and customer management. Being the key enabler for Rafiki Power’s operational efficiency and scalability, AMMP proves to be an essential key for long-term rural electrification.

Job description

HELIOS Off Grid Power is a new entrant into the Sierra Leonean market, aiming to provide reliable electricity to more than 20,000 customers in rural Sierra Leone by the end of 2020. We are a joint venture between E.ON Off Grid Solutions, an experienced and renowned mini-grid developer, and World Hope International, an international NGO focused on health services. Together we have formed a vibrant and dynamic start-up company. We develop, engineer, finance and operate minigrids in rural Sierra Leone.  

As a consortium, we have won a bid from the Sierra Leonean Ministry of Energy to operate and build out mini-grids in the south and east of Sierra Leone. We are planning to take over operations of the first sites towards the end of 2018 and will commence implementation of new sites mid-2019. 

We are currently looking for an individual to oversee all aspects as relates to the technical implementation of the project. The job is based in Kenema and will require significant travel in the field. You will work closely with the Country Manager as well as the Germany-based Engineering team. This job necessitates a candidate who is able to work independently and of their own initiative to deliver the company’s goals. 
 
Responsibilities 

  • Schedule, manage and implement all new projects of Helios in Sierra Leone, including verifying the quality of existing mini-grids and planning the rollout of new mini-grids  
  • Supervise subcontractors throughout installation of the projects to ensure work is delivered on time and to high quality standards  
  • Where appropriate define and implement new processes and procedures to ensure learnings are captured and future mistakes mitigated  
  • Where necessary travel to sites to oversee works  
  • Assist in ancillary processes such as tenders and procurement  Feedback lessons learnt to the rest of the team, including on technical setup of the systems  
  • Ensure health & safety compliance at all times 

Required Qualifications 

  • Good university degree in science, engineering, project management or similar and a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience  
  • 3 years project management experience in an engineering/technical setup is required  
  • Experience managing contractors and working with external parties is required  
  • Technical knowledge in energy systems, preferably involving solar PV, batteries and diesel generation is a big plus
  • Ability to work with multidisciplinary, international team in multiple locations  
  • Fluent in English, in speech and writing. Krio and/or other local languages in South and East Sierra Leone in addition is preferred.  
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite 

Bonus Skills and qualifications 

  • Entrepreneurial thinking and excellent communication skills as well as strong team orientation  
  • Experience in managing a team or direct line management a plus  
  • Valid driver’s license a plus 

Contract term: 24 months

If interested, please submit your cover letter and CV with references to info@eon-offgrid.com with the subject “Application for Project Manager”. 

Deadline:

As soon as possible