Principal Environmental Officer Jobs – Rural Electrification Agency (REA)

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Organization: Rural Electrification Agency (REA)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Reports to:Manager PDM

About US:

Rural Electrification Agency (REA) is the secretariat of the Rural Electrification Board (REB) established by statutory instrument 2001 No. 75. REA is mandated to implement Government’s rural electrification programs. The Government of Uganda through REA is implementing a number of electricity connection projects with financial support from development partners to meet national electricity access targets.

Job Summary:  The Principal Environmental Officer will lead Environmental and Social Safeguards function including policy and provide overall guidance and management of the environmental and social aspects of the Rural Electrification projects, engage with departments, supervises and coordinates the involvement of the environmental and social safeguards team at the program and project levels.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Lead and coordinate the environmental and social impact studies of Rural Electrification Projects in accordance with the National and Donor Environmental/Social requirements and Safeguard Policies respectively. This may involve acquisition and supervision of Environmental Consultants who undertake the required environmental and social impact studies or may require the Principal Environmental Specialist to undertake and prepare Project Briefs for Rural Electrification Projects whose implementation time is critical.
  • Coordinate and lead in implementation and management of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project including liaising with the project stakeholders to ensure smooth running of the project.
  • Coordinate the participation of environmental and social safeguards unit in Feasibility studies of packaged Rural Electrification Projects and undertake Environmental Screening and/scoping of the projects with a view of advising Management on the level of EIA to be undertaken.
  • Coordinate and lead in the review of the Consultants Inception Reports, Project Brief Reports and/or Environmental Impact Study Reports on Environmental and Social impacts and provide guiding comments on technical adequacy of the contents of the reports (based on approved TORs and the National Environmental & Social requirements and applicable donor requirements) and advise Management on appropriate action. This task may in addition involve Review of payment certificates, consultancy fee notes and invoices and accordingly recommend appropriate action by Management.
  • Coordinates and leads in developing Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan for each Rural Electrification project, and ensure the inclusion of the implementation arrangements and associated costs in the Biding / Procurement documents, for hiring of services of both the Construction Works Contractors and the Supervising Consultants.
  • Coordinate and lead in monitoring of all Rural Electrification projects on Environmental and Social management aspects and accordingly compile reports for both internal and external use, and ensure compliance with the relevant Government of Uganda Environmental and Social Requirements and the Environmental and Social Safeguards of the respective funding/development partners.
  • Liaising with relevant Government Agencies on Environmental and Social Management aspects of the Rural Electrification projects to ensure their smooth implementation.
  • Participate in the preparation, implementation and monitoring of participatory Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs).
  • And any other duties that may be assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in physical science or Environmental Science Field from a reputable University.
  • A Master’s degree in Environmental Science/Management from a recognized University are essential requirements.
  • A qualification in energy efficiency, renewable energy and/or general energy management is an added advantage.
  • At least 8 years of relevant professional experience in environmental management from a reputable Organization, of which 5 years must be in the field of environmental and social impact assessment, auditing and monitoring.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and ability to actively engage on a range of environmental issues in the energy sector including: Energy Sector Technologies, renewable energy projects, energy efficiency, low carbon, and application of climate change issues with specific focus on Clean Development Mechanism.
  • Proven technical understanding of Key Environmental Management Tools, notably Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Audit, Environmental monitoring, and reporting in electricity distribution related projects.
  • Understanding and knowledge of Environmental Laws, Regulations and Guidelines applicable to energy projects.
  • Practical Knowledge and 5 years demonstrable experience in Environmental and Social Safeguard requirements of donor funded projects like the World Bank, African Development Bank, NORAD, JICA is a must.
  • Demonstrable   knowledge and experience in developing and implementing carbon finance projects.
  • Knowledge of Way leaves acquisition and the process of compilation of a Resettlement Action Plan.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and in an inter-disciplinary team, having well developed interpersonal, communication, public relations and community mobilization skills.
  • Excellent analytical, reporting, organizational skills and working knowledge of key Computer applications.

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their typed applications including detailed Curriculum Vitae and copies of relevant academic documents together with names of three professional referees (and their email / day time telephone contacts) to:

The Executive Director, Rural Electrification Agency, Plot 10 Windsor Loop, Kololo 2nd Floor, House of Hope P.O. Box 7317 Kampala – Uganda.

Deadline: 12th April 2019 by 4:00pm

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