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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Field Electrical Engineer at Innovation Africa

 

 


Background

Innovation: Africa (iA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose team of dedicated problem solvers work together to bring solar and water technologies to rural communities in Africa in need living in rural African villages. We use solar energy to pump clean water and provide schools, orphan­ages, and medical clinics with light and refrigeration to store vaccines and medicines. iA has completed over 300 solar, water, and agricultural projects, providing light, clean water, food and proper medical care to more than 2 million people in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, Camer­oon, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Seeking Hard-Working, Dedicated Problem-Solver Field Electrical Engineer in Tanzania Innovation: Africa

Job Summary

We are seeking a highly trained and qualified individual to join our Tanzania team as an Electrical Engineer to work in the Dodoma Region. This position works under the super­vision of the Country Director and is responsible for over­seeing iA’s solar electrification projects predominantly at schools and health centers, the technical implementation of iA solar systems including the Energy Box, liaising with lo­cal contractors and in-house engineers, as well as providing technical support in all sites post completion. The Electrical Engineer will also be responsible for all iA field activities, including identifying and selecting the beneficiaries of our projects, actively engaging in community mobilization and sensitization, establishing and maintaining regular commu­nication with the communities we serve, implementing proj­ect-related activities, providing regular reports and ongoing monitoring of the projects. Candidates should expect fre­quent travel to the field to identify new projects, oversee the construction and implementation of ongoing projects, and monitor completed projects.

 


Reports To: Local Project Manager & Country Director in Israel

Responsibilities

·      Oversee all field operations related to solar projects, including prospective project search, project construc- tion/implementation, and monitoring and evaluation

·      Work closely with the local contractor to plan and design all solar electrification systems

·      Oversee technical implementation of all solar systems and serve as technical point person for all system de­signs

·      Manage on-site work during all stages of the system design and installation and ensure contractors’ strict adherence to all project timelines

·      Independently assess needs for maintenance work (post-installation) in projects where a malfunction exists, and provide sustainable solutions

·      Track the progress of ongoing field installation and maintenance activities

·      Maintain regular contact with Innovation: Africa’s engi­neers in Israel to successfully implement and monitor new solar technologies and remote monitoring systems

·      Research and implementation of best solar equipment in all iA projects

·      Support field team and conduct effective community technical trainings and sensitization to all iA solar bene­ficiaries, including establishing project steering commit­tees

·      Support the Project Manager to manage relationships with municipal officers, local leaders, and international stakeholders.

·      Send daily updates and regular progress reports to in­ternational management team regarding prospective projects, construction and implementation of current projects, and monitor existing projects.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate is a dedicated team-player with strong interpersonal skills who has a background in water engineer­ing, community development and mobilization, and working with international stakeholders. The candidate must demon­strate a proven passion for working with the community and possess detail orientation and problem-solving skills.

 

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

Requirements

·      Bachelor’s Degree or professional diploma in Electrical Engineering or closely related field with an emphasis on solar, rural electrification projects

·      Master’s Degree an advantage

·      At least 10 years’ of proven experience working and overseeing rural solar electrification projects

·      Experience supervising rural electrification works in NGO community development projects

·      Proven experience working with solar powered water pumping systems is a strong advantage

·      Technologically oriented with excellent computer skills, including proficiency in email and Microsoft Office soft­ware

·      Driver’s license and off road driving experience

·      Ability to commit to flexible working hours, including some weekends

·      High proficiency in English; both writing and speaking

·      Ability to relocate to Dodoma Region in Tanzania

·      Able to speak Swahili and with a good personality

  

Application Instructions

Please send your cover letter and CV as a single PDF at­tachment to [email protected]. The file name should be saved as your full name and please specify which job position you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

As an international organization, our team works in New York, Israel, and Africa, and is constantly on the move. To maintain close contact despite our travel schedules, we regularly use technology solutions, such as WhatsApp and Skype. The ideal candidate thrives in this type of fast-paced environment and is comfortable working with colleagues in different time zones and continents.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply