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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

The Rural Electrification Authority is a statutory body established pursuant to the Rural Electrification Act No. 20 of the Laws of Zambia of 2003. The Act mandates REA, among other things, to administer and manage REF, develop plans for on grid and off-grid rural electrification using different technologies. GRZ requested World Bank support in implementing its renewed effort in accelerating access to electricity services, particularly in rural areas. The World Bank Group intends to provide its support in scaling up the rural electrification program through Electricity Service Access Project.

SPECIFIC DETAILS OF THE ESAP:

Under the ESAP, the IDA will provide a credit facility to GRZ, through the Ministry of Finance, which will, through a subsidiary grant agreement, on-grant the funds to REA. REA, as the Project Implementation Agency (PIA), will manage the Project on behalf of GRZ and, in this regard, and will be responsible for Project fiduciary responsibilities.

The project requires REA to establish a PIU, headed by REA Technical Director and supported by a Project Manager, and comprising Rural Electrification Engineer, Electrification PPP Specialist, Safeguards Specialist, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Accountant, and Procurement Specialist. REA’s PIU will be responsible for overseeing the overall Project implementation, including the on-grid, off-grid, and technical assistance components.

To execute the REA component of the project, the Authority wishes to recruit suitably qualified, self-motivated and experienced persons for the following positions who will be required to coordinate specific aspects of the project:


PROJECT ACCOUNTANT (01)

Department: Project Implementation Unit
Reports To: Project Manager
Jobs Reporting: 7
Location: Lusaka
Application Submission Deadline:28th January 2018

SCOPE OF WORK

The Project Accountant will be expected to provide support for the financial aspects of the World Bank Electricity Service Access Project-ESAP.

TERMS OF REFERENCE

The specific tasks for the Project Accountant will include the following:

  1. Maintain accounting records of the World Bank -ESAP and other assigned projects in the Pastel SAGE Accounting System for timely submission to Management and to the relevant cooperating partners in accordance with the applicable International Financial Reporting Standards and World Bank reporting requirements;
  2. Prepare replenishment withdraw applications (with the relevant monitoring of previous payments, contractual requirements etc.) for the signature of the relevant Authorizing Officers;
  3. Account for all funds on the Project
  4. Assist in the preparation of project documents, work programmes and the corresponding budgets in the Annual Work Programme and Budgeting;
  5. Monitor disbursement of funds with regard to meetings, workshops, goods and services; and ensuring that each payment is released on time;
  6. Participate in the successful implementation of programme activities e.g. seminars, meetings, etc.
  7. Assist in the preparation of accurate monthly and annual financial reports for World Bank -ESAP and other assigned projects;
  8. Monitor cash flows on the World Bank -ESAP programme account and other assigned projects
  9. Maintaining the Fixed Asset inventory and depreciation schedules that are maintained on Pastel SAGE Accounting Software in line with the applicable International Public-Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS);
  10. Maintaining the creditors and debtor’s ledgers as per the International Public Sector Accounting Standards and ensuring that payments are affected or received on time.
  11. Provide all necessary information required by External Auditors so as to facilitate smooth Auditing of the Project
  12. Maintenance and control of Project Imprest funds
  13. Ensure that all records on all financial transactions are securely and properly kept
  14. Perform any other related duties that may be assigned by the Supervisor from time to time.

QUALIFICATIONS, COMPETENCIES AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  1. Should be a holder of a professional accounting qualification: such as ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), (ZICA) Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants or an equivalent.
  2. Should be a registered member of a recognized professional accounting body;
  3. Should have at least five (5) years post qualification professional experience in financial accounting and financial management;
  4. At least 2 years of experience working on projects financed by the World Bank or other International Financial Organizations is preferable

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Department: Project Implementation Unit
Reports To: Project Manager
Jobs Reporting: 7
Location: Lusaka
Application Submission Deadline: 28th January 2018

SCOPE OF WORK

The Procurement Specialist shall facilitate smooth procurement planning and execution of the REA Component of the Electricity Service Access Project (P162760) through support to the Project Implementation Unit and the REA Procurement Unit, in the development of annual procurement plans in consultation with the relevant project stakeholders, coordinating procurement activities, provide inputs in drawing Terms of Reference for Consultancies/Trainers together with Divisions/Units responsible for specific activities, preparing progress reports for the project and attending to day-to-day activities relating to the procurements.

TERMS OF REFERENCE

The Procurement Specialist will be responsible for support in the following specific Areas/activities, which will include but not limited to;

  1. Procurement of works, goods, non-consultant services and consultancy services in line with the World Bank Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers (Borrowers Regulations), July 2016, and the provisions stipulated in the Financing Agreement and the provisions of the Zambia Public Procurement Act (PPA) No 2008 as amended in 2011 and its Regulations,
  2. Developing and updating the procurement plan on a regular;
  3. Ensuring that all procurements are approved and executed in accordance with applicable World Bank Regulations and as applicable the PPA Act and its regulations in a timely and efficient manner;
  4. Reviewing specifications and terms of reference (ToRs) to ensure completeness, accuracy and compliance with quality standards and provide assistance during contract negotiations;
  5. Preparing Requests for Bids and Requests for Quotations, and other relevant documents such as Requests for Expressions of Interest, Invitation for Bids, Tender Evaluation Reports, contracts and contract addendums
  6. Guiding Evaluation Committees on evaluation practices and principles, participating in the evaluations of quotations, proposals and bids and guiding the Procurement Committee (PC) in evaluation reports and contract award reviews and acting as Secretary to the PC;
  7. Drafting, participating in negotiations and finalizing all types of contractual correspondence and documents;
  8. Preparing status reports on procurement activities on a monthly or other time frames as necessary;
  9. Take the lead in reviewing and interpreting the Project procurement strategy for development and updating it as necessary. This will include carrying out regular market assessments to maintain accurate knowledge of market prices for most common goods and services and their impact on procurement on the project;
  10. Developing tools for capturing procurement data and identifying progress towards the achievement of procurement schedules; including updating and maintaining procurement records and filing system in accordance with REA policy;
  11. Providing procurement advice to the Project Team and ensuring the compliance of internal control requirements by team members;
  12. Ensuring prompt payment to suppliers by liaising with the Project Accountant and maintaining accurate and complete records on payments;
  13. Any other project-related procurement activities as may be assigned by the project manager.

QUALIFICATIONS, COMPETENCIES AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  1. University Degree in Procurement and Supply Chain Management or Equivalent.
  2. Minimum of 5 years of proven procurement experience particularly in the energy sector
  3. Experience in implementing projects supported by cooperating partners will be added advantage
  4. Affiliation to local and international procurement boards/professional institutions, such as CIPS. Must have current membership of ZIPS.

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Department: Project Implementation Unit
Reports To: Project Manager
Jobs Reporting: 7
Location: Lusaka
Application Submission Deadline: 28th January 2018

SCOPE OF WORK

The Environment Specialist will be responsible for overseeing the management of environmental risks on the projects in line with the guidelines established under the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) and other relevant instruments to be developed in accordance with ZEMA regulations and World Bank safeguards policies.

TERMS OF REFERENCE

The specific tasks for the Environmental Specialist will include the following:

    1. Ensure compliance to guidelines and procedures in the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) in accordance with ZEMA and World Bank policies and procedures;
    2. Coordinate and supervise monitoring and ensure compliance to ZEMA regulations and World Bank requirements;
    3. Ensure that safeguards monitoring reports are developed in a timely manner and are up-to standard.
    4. Supervise Safeguards Consultants working for the Project Management Unit (PMU), review their reports and ensure such safeguards reports meet the requirements of the ZEMA and the World Bank;
    5. Engage with stakeholders/Consultants during the project implementation;
    6. Conduct monitoring to ensure strict compliance with International, national and local environmental standards;
    7. Ensure that any environmental issues raised by persons in project communities are quickly addressed accordingly for successful implementation of electrification projects. e.g. construction-related noise, dust, pollution, traffic safety, etc;
    8. To work closely with the Social Specialist in ensuring that stakeholder meetings/public participation meetings in project areas are organized and done to enhance project acceptability;
    9. Plan and oversee environmental components of environmental impact assessments for all electrification projects; including, where applicable, managing internal REA staff or external consultants, and/or providing oversight to staff or consultants hired by ZESCO, DBZ, and/or private operators developing subprojects under ESAP
    10. To review and develop EIA’s including effective implementation of ESMP’s on electrification projects;
    11. Follow up on EIA approvals with ZEMA for all activities and subproject on the electrification projects; and
    12. Perform any other related duties that may be assigned by the Supervisor from time to time.

QUALIFICATIONS, COMPETENCIES AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

      1. Should be a holder of a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Sciences, Environmental Science, Engineering or related discipline, with a related Master’s Degree.
      2. Should have at least five (5) years relevant professional experience. Previous work experience on World Bank funded projects will be an added advantage
      3. Should have Management, Strategic, planning and strong interpersonal skills
      4. Should have strong report writing skills and previous experience in reviewing and drafting EIA’s will be an added advantage.
      5. Candidate should be conversant with computers and relevant software applications.

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Department: Project Implementation Unit
Reports To: Project Manager
Jobs Reporting: 7
Location: Lusaka
Application Submission Deadline: 28th January 2018

SCOPE OF WORK

The PPP Specialist will be responsible for providing expertise regarding the planning, designing and developing of renewable energy technologies. He / She will also be responsible for the development of the concepts that promote public private participation in the promotion of renewable energy off grid systems.

TERMS OF REFERENCE

The specific tasks for the Public Private Partnership Specialist will include the following:

    1. Facilitate the design of the Off-Grid Electrification Smart Subsidy Program (OGESSP), development of operational procedures and standard legal documents.
    2. Coordinate the regulatory framework review and recommendations thereof;
    3. Coordinate the Geographic Information System (GIS) least-cost assessment together with Department of Energy, specially related to the mini-grid site identification and prioritization.
    4. Coordinate the collection of market information on the potential sites
    5. Support legal and policy development activities for the effective uptake of energy efficiency, renewable energy programs;
    6. Work closely with the Project Implementation Unit team to coordinate public awareness and participation of energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives;
    7. Ensure that evaluation and monitoring of renewable energy projects is undertaken
    8. Developing strategic partnerships with organizations and individuals which can both better inform the Bank's energy strategies and also result in higher quality implementation and impact of Bank-supported programs. This will require effective communication and outreach to key stakeholders’ client governments, private sector actors, academia, civil society organizations, media, other development partners
    9. Perform any other duties that may be assigned by the Supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS, COMPETENCIES AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

      1. Should be a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics or equivalent and a Masters Degree in a Business- related field.
      2. Should have minimum 7 years of relevant operational experience and proven performance in the energy sector and/or clean energy sector.
      3. Should have operational experience in Private Public Participation (PPP) or worked in the private sector

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INTERESTED PERSONS SHOULD SEND THEIR APPLICATION LETTERS SUPPORTED BY COPIES OF ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS WITH DETAILED CV’s WITH 3 TRACEABLE REFEREES MUST BE EMAILED TO: recruitment@rea.org.zm NO HARD COPIES WILL BE ACCEPTED NOT LATER THAN 28th January, 2017:

Kindly note that the Rural Electrification Authority is an equal opportunity employer and women are equally encouraged to apply:

The Director - Human Resource and Administration
Rural Electrification Authority
Plot No. 5033, Longolongo Road
Post Net Box 349
Private Bag E891
LUSAKA

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