Saturday, June 22, 2013

Project Engineer

A respons Ability Social Investments AG is one of the world’s leading asset managers specializing in the development related sectors of emerging economies such as finance, agriculture, health, education and energy.

Founded in 2003, responsAbility currently has assets under management of USD 1.4 billion, which are invested in over 400 companies in around 80 countries.

responsAbility is launching a renewable energy fund that will invest in, develop, own, and operate renewable energy projects in East Africa.

Technologies to be considered for investment include small hydro, solar, wind, biomass and geothermal.

We are seeking a Projects Engineer to join the team and lead the technical and engineering aspects of our power projects at all stages of development both in the field and from our Nairobi office.

Job Description:

In early stage development projects, the Projects Engineer will work in coordination with an international engineering company to evaluate project proposals.

Specifically, the Project Engineer will be responsible for evaluating technical viability of prefeasibility studies and feasibility studies.

He will also work closely with the international engineering firm and assist in gathering data on potential power projects in order to carry out in-house assessments.

For advanced stage projects, the Projects Engineer will be involved in equipment sourcing and selection, contractor selection, supervision of design exercises, licensing and approvals, and other related activities.

During the execution phase of projects that we decide to invest in, the Projects Engineer will work closely with the international engineer to coordinate supervision of the construction of power plants and contractor work.

The Projects Engineer will be responsible for ensuring that the projects progress on schedule and in budget and will coordinate with all key stakeholders to achieve this.

Skills and Experience:
    •    Extensive experience in renewable energy project development, ideally with a focus on hydro power
    •    Proven track record managing teams and contractors in all phases of power project development from the prefeasibility stage through to construction and commissioning
    •    Knowledge and experience in power plant operations, maintenance, and staffing
    •    Familiarity with grid connection issues
    •    Experience in civil works development for hydroelectric power projects
    •    Experience in conducting preliminary site analyses and evaluating prefeasibility and feasibility studies
    •    Ability to conduct site surveys and compile and analyze hydrological data
    •    Proven track record in carrying out independent evaluation on technical drawings and specifications for projects
    •    Experience working on construction or civil engineering sites preferably in a planning and supervisory role
    •    A self-starter who can work independently as well as in a team environment
While you will be based in Nairobi, a substantial amount of time is expected to be spent travelling in East Africa.

To fulfil these requirements, you possess:
    •    A Master’s degree or higher in Mechanical and/or Electrical Engineering
    •    Relevant engineering professional certification required
    •    Proficiency in AutoCAD and Microsoft Project
    •    Strong organizational and project management skills
    •    Strong communication and intercultural skills
    •    Excellent oral and written English, additional African language skills would be of advantage
To apply for this position, please send your full application online (CV, cover letter stating possible starting date and salary expectation, ideally together with references and certificates) to
Joseph Nganga Email: