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  • Design Manager at Rural Electrification Authority

  • Posted on: 17 April, 2019 Deadline: 30 April, 2019
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  • The Rural Electrification Authority, a State Corporation established under the Energy Act No. 12 of 2006, is mandated to enhance provision of electricity in the rural areas of Kenya. It is also the lead agency in the development and promotion of renewable energy in Kenya. Through its mandate, the Authority seeks to improve the socio-economic well-being of Kenyans living in rural areas. Since commencing operations in the 2008/09 financial year, the Authority has endeavoured to realize this objective and through its efforts, 70% of all the public facilities now have electricity. Moving forward, the Authority will put more focus on renewable energy to provide electricity to areas far away from the national grid network.

    Design Manager


    Job Details

    • Identify and Design Renewable Energy projects;
    • Supervision of construction lines and design works;
    • Commissioning of completed projects and preparation of construction and customer connections as per set standards;
    • Implement policies and programmes on power system design;
    • Compile projects technical reports including Design, Survey, Cartography and Wayleave;
    • Implement policies and programmes on power system design;
    • Provide technical leadership and guidance on matters pertaining to design of distribution and transmission lines as necessary;
    • Monitoring and evaluating implementation of Construction Performance Contracts;
    • Working with Corporate Planning in reviewing annually preparation of the Rural Electrification projects plan;
    • Coordinate and supervise construction of all REA grid projects;
    • Ensure that records of all grid projects constructed in the country are properly kept both at the Regional office and head office;
    • Responsible for the development of designs for all grid extension projects as per the acceptable standards;
    • Verify and authorize technical reports and designs and estimates drawings;
    • Recommending location of proposed distribution networks including primary and secondary feeding substations by preparing description of project works, materials schedules and cost estimates;
    • Verify and with consultation with the General Manager and CEO authorize way leaves compensation payments;
    • Ensure that all projects are constructed as per the acceptable construction industry standards;
    • Development of Business proposal;
    • Ensure Audit of Projects and programmes;
    • Oversee project implementation through to commissioning;
    • Update The Director on work progress, liaison with stake holders, department requirements and other relevant information geared towards enhancing smooth operation of the department;
    • Maintain operational linkages with other department/sections of the Corporation;
    • Manage human, financial and material resources assigned to the section;
    • Budget preparation and budgetary control;
    • Participate in development of the Department’s Work plan and budget;
    • Participate in departmental committee meetings as appropriate;
    • Develop comprehensive annual work plan for department.


    • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, electrical/electronic or any other related field from a recognized institution;
    • Master’s degree in a related field;
    • Registered with the Engineers Board of Kenya;
    • 9 years relevant working experience, with at least 5 years at management level;
    • Compliance with values and Principles of Public service;
    • Analytical skills;
    • Attended a senior management course lasting not less than four (4) weeks;
    • Decision making and problem solving skills;
    • Strong Leadership, planning and supervisory skills;
    • Excellent analytical and Communication skills;
    • Networking and relationship building skills;
    • Meets the provisions of chapter six of the Constitution.

    Method of Application

    Apply for a position through a standard one-page letter, attaching a detailed CV and copies of certificates;

    All applicants MUST complete the BIO DATA Form which should be obtained in the Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation website and send the same in soft not scanned to the Chief Executive Officer on jobs@rea.co.ke

    Candidates must submit Tax Compliance certificate from Kenya Revenue Corporation, Clearance Certificates from Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and Higher Education Loans Board; and a valid Certificate of Good Conduct from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

    Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit their applications together with their updated Curriculum Vitae, certified copies of academic and professional certificates.

    Qualified persons including physically challenged, youth and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

    Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    Applications should reach:

    The Chief Executive Officer,
    Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation,
    Kawi House, Block C/South C-Bellevue,
    P.O Box 34585-00100,

    So as to reach on/or before 30th April, 2019.

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