ECODIT is seeking a Lead Mini-Grid Engineer for the anticipated USAID Kenya Mini-Grid Feasibility Study opportunity, a project that will likely take place over a period not to exceed 2 years, and will focus on technical feasibility studies for renewable energy mini-grids in rural Kenya. Specifically, the candidate will assume the following key roles and responsibilities:
The Lead Engineer will bear responsibility for project performance and the effective, efficient, and timely implementation of technical engineering aspects of the project. The Lead Engineer will manage, supervise and coordinate the personnel to carry out Task Order objectives with strong in the required timelines An ideal candidate will have experience solar or hybrid mini-grid site selection, demand analysis, system design, economic assessment, off-grid energy regulatory regulations, and EIA requirements. Experience working with international donors, government programs, and refugee camps is an asset. S/he also will work closely with the Lead Engagement Coordinator and other ECODIT Home Office support staff,. The Lead Engineer will:
- Provide overall technical and engineering leadership for the project, ensuring that all tasks are implemented effectively and that all deliverables are submitted on time, within budget, and in compliance with applicable United States Government (USG) regulations and ECODIT policies;
- Support work planning and coordinate implementation of engineering tasks;
- Submit all technical deliverables, all work plans, and progress reports to the Lead Engagement Coordinator. These documents may include weekly/monthly/quarterly progress reports, annual and final reports, annual work plans, and technical reports.
- Supervise a team of consultants providing short term technical assistance (STTA);
- Coordinate, maintain regular communication, and develop positive and productive relationships with partners for the project, including local and national governments, agencies, partner organizations, other USAID project implementers, and other donors.
- Graduate degree in engineering, energy, environmental studies, or other related field;
- A minimum of ten (10) years of engineering experience leading, designing, and/or implementing projects on mini-grid development, off-grid energy, and renewable energy technical feasibility studies;
- Experience working in forested areas in Kenya and/or East Africa;
- Experience working with energy utilities, energy ministries, local governments, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders in Kenya;
- Fluency in written and spoken English;
- Strong problem-solving skills; and
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.