Electrical Engineer for CASA- CSP

External - Vacancy Announcement

 

Introduction

The Citizens Charter is a National Priority Program (NPP) of the National Unity Government (NUG) that was officially launched on September 25, 2016.

The Citizens Charter is an inter-ministerial, multi-Sectorial NPP, where Ministries have collaborated to provide basic services to rural communities. The key service delivery ministries involved are: Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), Ministry of Education (MoE), Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), with oversight by Ministry of Finance (MoF). MRRD has a key role and will be responsible for infrastructural development and strengthening CDCs and Cluster CDCs. The Community Development Councils (CDCs) will be linked to sub-national government to improve communication and coordination from the community to the district, provincial and national levels - increasing Government visibility and accountability. The Citizens’ Charter is an important foundation for the Government’s reform agenda, contributing to a number of priority areas including: Ensuring Citizens’ Development Rights; Building Better Governance; Reforming Development Planning & Management and Developing Partnerships.

The Citizens Charter intends to improve service delivery by ensuring minimum service standards, provide greater responsiveness by the Government to the people and increase the level of public satisfaction with services. The Charter commits to deliver the following core services across the country over a 10 year period:

  • Basic health services
  • Basic education access
  • Safe drinking water and sanitation
  • Improved farming technologies and the delivery of extension services
  • Rural connectivity with tertiary roads
  • Rural renewable energy

CASA- CSP:  Brief Introduction

  • Background: The Central Asia-South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (CASA-1000) aim to facilitate electricity trade between hydropower surplus countries in Central Asia and electricity deficient countries in South Asia. The four countries participating in the project are Afghanistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan and Tajikistan. The Afghanistan portion of CASA-1000 is a 560 km DC transmission line that will extend from the Tajikistan border to the border with Pakistan near Peshawar. As part of the CASA-1000 project, the participating countries will implement individual Community Support Programs (CSPs) in each country. The aim of these programs would be to increase the shared prosperity associated with the project for communities along the CASA-1000 corridor.
  • CASA-CSP: For Afghanistan, CASA- CSP has been designed with the objective to strengthen community support for CASA-1000 transmission line by providing access to electricity or other social and economic infrastructure services to communities that live along a 2 kilometre ‘Corridor of Influence’ on each side of the CASA-1000 transmission line. It is expected that there will be approximately 580 communities spread over 32 districts in 8 provinces, with a total of over 152,000 families along the corridor of influence (COI). Given the terrain along the COI, as well as the unique nature of community mobilization in High risk areas, there will be some flexibility to work with communities outside of the COI – funding for this will come from the unallocated funds category.
  • Implementing Partner: CASA-CSP will be implemented by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) through Citizen Charter National Priority Program (CCNPP); by utilizing the existing implementation arrangements and institutional mechanism in place.

 

Title:                                        Electrical Engineer for CASA- CSP

Vacancy Announcement No:   229/HRMD/CCNPP/MRRD

No. of Post:                              1

Duty Station:                           Kabul HQ

Duration:                                   1 year (extendable)

Salary:                                     As per NTA Salary Scale

Announcing Date:                    9 December 2018

Closing Date:                          25 December 2018

 

An Electrical Engineer for CASA-CSP is requiredto support the Community Development Councils (CDCs) to implement electrification sub-projects in the Community Development Plans so that the sub-projects are of high quality, comply with environmental and social safeguards,and are resilient towards existing and future disaster risk.The Engineer must ensure that sub-projects are implemented to high technical standards, within the timelines and sequencing as defined in the projects implementation plans and according to appropriate national laws, rules and regulations. The Engineer is also required to build capacity of local experts for construction and sustainably operating the power systems.

Key Responsibilities:

 

Electrification Sub-Projects Development

 

  • Sample Review community electrification sub-projects submitted by filed engineers which includes power line extension, Micro Hydro Power (MHP) mini-grid, solar mini-grid, to assess their appropriateness and suitability including from an environmental and social safeguards perspective. The review may require site visits and consultations with the communities. Based on the review recommend sub-projects to be supported by CASA CSP.

 

  • For sub-projects submitted by field Engineers that are substantially complete from an engineering perspective including detailed design, specification, bill of quantities and scopes of work, undertake a review and as necessary recommend design or specific changes needed prior to implementation. As needed, seek support to confirm environmental and social safeguards compliance.

 

  • For sub-projects that are at the conceptual level, guide the field engineers on the work needed to specify requirements including environmental and social safeguards, and define the scope of work for development.  For sub-project types, where the Lead Engineer or field engineers does not have the necessary depth of expertise, work with expert consultants contracted by CASA CSP to  undertake the detailed project specification, design and development work.

 

  • Guide or supervise the field engineers and consultants on the conducting of surveys and other technical investigations; and the preparation of feasibility studies, detailed engineering design, project costing, bill of quantities for MHP and solar mini-grids, power line extension where requested by PMUs

 

  • During construction, acceptance testing and commissioning, assist the CDCs and field engineers in overseeing the contractor performance and compliance with requirements. |Field Engineers should be present as witness during acceptance testing and commissioning and be responsible for sign-off on behalf of CASA CSP.

 

  • Ensure that records are maintained and technical reports and correspondence related to the work with scope of problem and recommendations are prepared and filed.

 

 

Training and Capacity Development

 

  • Organize to or supervise the development of MHP and solar mini-grid operators training material and training. Some of the work may be done by outside consultants, and the Lead Engineer would be responsible for overseeing the work and ensuring compliance with the consultant Terms of Reference.

 

  • Assess the requirements and ensure that engineering manuals, guidelines, procedures and specifications are in place. Contributes to the improvement or modification of the technical and engineering documentation.

 

  • Update the CASA CSP Operations Manual, Technical Manuals for MHP Mini-grids, Solar Mini-grids and Solar Home Systems.

 

Technical Assistance and Support

 

  • Provide technical assistance to regional and provincial engineers when required during the project implementation, project monitoring and evaluation, engineering and managerial training.

 

  • Receive and investigate emergency calls for engineering technical assistance from field offices. Advise and assist the field offices in obtaining the expert services required to fix the problems.

 

Supervision, Record Keeping and Reporting

 

  • Be principally responsible for setting up systems for monitoring of sub-project implementation progress by working with District-level counterparts, and ensuring the completeness, quality and timeliness of reporting.

 

  • Be responsible for organizing and maintaining the collection of statistical data on the sub-projects; interpret results and compile formal reports for submission on a monthly/quarterly basis to CASA CSP Sr. management.  These include implementation progress during construction, acceptance and commissioning test results, problems and actions taken to resolve problems, and expenditure status. The expenditure documents are regularly checked by provincial and district engineers and be randomly checked by the Lead Engineer.

 

  • Organize, and if needed, accompany missions for supervisions, third party monitoring and audit for the grant/project.

 

  • Ensure the timelines and quality of the outputs as well as timely preparation of reports on achievements and challenges faced within the CASA- CSP projects.

 

Other Requirements

 

  • Assist the CASA CSP PMU in identification of the external consultant expertise required for undertaking feasibility studies, detailed design, specifications and tender document preparation for MHP and solar mini-grids and projects.  Prepare Requests for Expression of Interest, Terms of Reference and Evaluation Criteria for screening and selecting consultants that would be included in a roster to be called upon, as needed, for the design and development of sub-projects. 

 

  • The Engineer is expected to spend about 40% of his/her time in the field travelling to different provinces. 

 

  • Perform other duties assigned by subprogram division head.

 

 

Required Work Experience & Qualification:

 

  • A minimum of Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineer with 5 years of experience or at least graduated from an engineering faculty. A Master’s Degree in the related field is preferable.  Experience in engineering design and development of at least one of the following electrification options:

MHP mini-grid, solar mini-grids, power line extension or solar home system. The engineer is not expected to have the breadth of expertise in all these technologies but could contract required additional expertise with consultants as necessary with CASA-CSP support.

  • Fluency in verbal and written communications in English, Dari and Pashto.

 

Core Objectives & Competencies:

 

Core Objectives: (Minimum 3 and Maximum 5)

  1.  1. Technical Coordination with DABS, WB and other renewable energy stakeholders. Capacity building of field engineers and local operators in any one of these technology options.
  2. Provides technical guidance and instructions to PMU and FP engineers. Tracking and following up the CSP work progress and reports back to Sr. management.

 

Core Competencies:

  1. Job knowledge and skills
  2. Good Communication
  3. Work Ability


Required Knowledge & Skills:

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and skills are related to duties listed under the “Job Responsibilities” section of this ToR.

 

Knowledge of:

  • Having knowledge of electricity and electrification theories and basic principles.
  • Having knowledge of preparation of power line, MHP and/or solar sub-projects proposals
  • Having knowledge of sub-projects technical monitoring.
  • Having knowledge of providing or organizing technical training of MHP, solar mini grid and/or power line.

 

Skills:

  • Having high skill of survey and design of sub-projects proposals
  • Good reporting skill.
  • Diagnosing and solving skills of subprojects technical problems.
  • Team working skill.
  • Must be willing to work in HQ and travel to the provinces when required.
  • Have good communication skills in English, Dari and Pashto.

 

Place in Organization:

 

Subprograms and Bilateral funds Management Division

 

How to Apply:

Please send your up-to-date CV with covering letter telling us why you are applying and how you met the required competencies before closing date, Interested Afghan Nationals should submit their applications in writing (clearly indicating on the subject line the title of the position and Vacancy Announcement Number E.g. Electrical Engineer for CASA- CSP -229/HRMD/CCNPP/MRRD to:vacancies@ccnpp.org

 

Important Note: any/all application without the mentioned subject line will not be consider,

The MRRD/CCNPP strongly encourages woman candidates to apply. It applies a pro-active and positive discrimination policy towards woman candidates as follows:

  • Women candidates with slightly lower than the stated required educational qualifications will also be considered.
  • If offered this position, the woman position holder will be allowed an adult male or female relative as a Mahram for official travel, if/when required.
  • The MRRD and its CCNPP will promote a women-friendly environment with clear anti-harassment policies enforced.

Note: Any/all education documents without attestation of the ministry of higher education will not be consider.

 

The Human Resources Management and Development Division

Tashkilat Street, District 6th, Darul Aman

Citizens Charter National Priority Program

Ministry of Rural and Rehabilitation and Development

Kabul, Afghanistan