Africa50’s mandate includes the development, structuring of, and financing PPP projects in collaboration with its shareholder governments, delivering commercially viable bankable transactions at international standards. Africa50 is seeking a “Senior Advisor/Transmission PPP Specialist” who has a strong technical expertise and knowledge of global best practices in the transmission sector to assist in the development and design of a PPP Project in Kenya.
The Specialist’s responsibilities will include:
- Reviewing ToR’s of Technical sponsor, assisting in evaluation and onboarding of technical consultants
- Reviewing project assumptions and assessing whether they are technically and commercially viable;
- Assessing the studies currently available: identifying additional data needed and recommending changes that will provide value for money;
- Assessing chosen approach to PPP and whether any aspect of that approach will conflict with available or required procurement, contracting and financing structures;
- Identifying other contractual and commercial relationships in the sector or related to the sector and how those relationships will interface with the PPP project;
- Participating in drafting and finalization of the various agreements e.g., Concession Agreement, Transmission Service Agreement, Shareholders Agreement, O&M agreement etc. to enable financing;
- Providing advice and input to the preparation of related advisory TORs;
- Overseeing, the conduct of detailed surveys and environmental and social assessments (ESA) by independent consultants;
- Overseeing, together with Africa50, the conduct of independent preliminary survey, for various options of the transmission line routing and substation locations; recommend the routing and location with least environmental and social challenges, with emphasis on minimizing land and right of way acquisition;
- Supporting in preparing for discussions and negotiations with stakeholders (including GOK / KETRACO / KPLC etc.) and other investors as needed;
- Assisting in obtaining the approvals of Lenders’ Engineer (on techno-economic aspects) and Lenders’ Environmental Advisor (on ESA aspects) to facilitate debt financing;
- Providing any advice needed by the Sponsor regarding the structure of the Project and design issues in connection with the Project.
- Minimum 15 years of industry experience, in the PPP and ITP – power transmission sector within:
- A transmission company or broader utility / concessions company that develops, owns, or operates transmission projects
- Specialty transmission infrastructure contracting company
- Public utility or transmission sector regulator
- The transmissions infrastructure department in a Development Finance Institution or external advisory firm
- Transmission sector consultancy
- Hold a degree in Engineering
- Strong understanding of PPP project structuring and project finance
- Demonstrated track record of designing and executing at least three Independent Power Transmission transactions (IPT experience in Latin America and/or South- SE Asia a plus)
- Fluent in English
- Strong client skills with proven exposure to government agencies and senior leadership
- Good time management, project management, analytical skills
- Strong inter-personal skills, ability to interact effectively with sponsors, partners and colleagues from various cultural backgrounds; living experience in emerging countries is a plus
- Self-starter, independent
- Strong interest in Africa - demonstrated long-term interest/ commitment and existing relationships in Africa are a plus
- Consultant / part time basis
- 5~6 days a month throughout the project duration
About the Organization
Africa50 is an infrastructure investment platform that contributes to Africa's growth by developing and investing in bankable projects, catalyzing public sector capital, and mobilizing private sector funding.
Africa50 has raised over US$850 million so far from 27 African governments, the African Development Bank, and institutional investors, and intends to reach a target capitalization of US$3 billion. It operates as a commercial financial institution, seeking to deliver an attractive return to its investors.
The Project Development department invests in early to late stage project development, typically acting as co-investor and strategic partner alongside lead sponsors and actively contributing to project development to bring them to financial close. The primary target sectors are energy and transport, with ICT and water infrastructure sectors also eligible for investment consideration.