Sector: Solar
Location: Uganda
Posted: 26/03/2017
Reference: 1703-9
Location: Project site – Bufulubi village.
Duration: The position is for a period of 1 year.
Salary: The salary banding USD$60,000-84,000 pa depending on experience.
Anticipated starting date: Financial close is expected to be 30th April and this is the targeted start date.
This is 10MWp solar PV plant in Bufulubi village, Bufulubi Parish, Mayuge District, Uganda. The Project will be connected to the national grid and will exclusively sell the energy produced to the national utility company, Uganda Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) under a 20 year PPA. The current plant design assumes poly-crystalline solar PV modules, mounted on a single axis tracker with inverters in a string configuration.
Project Manager
• The Project Manager shall be hired and assigned the task of managing the project and will be the principal representative of the owner. A key objective of the Project Manager is to ensure that the project is completed in adherence to set quality (in reference to defined technical, health, safety, environment, and social standards), time and cost controls.
• The Project Manager will also be in charge of managing the various project interfaces and communicating with various project stakeholders including but not limited to the lender’s advisors, the technical committee, onsite personnel, contractor and suppliers, local authorities etc. The appointed individual will be stationed at the project site and will required to be physically present on all critical occasions. The Project Manager will report directly to the technical committee.
Role
• Manage communication with project stakeholders (EPC contractor, Technical Committee, Owner’s Engineer etc).
• Provide progress reports and other status updates to technical committee as required.
• Provide site leadership as a proven expert in energy industry construction standards, methods of construction, labor management, and resource negotiation.
• Be familiar with all contract scope, terms, and schedule requirements, and review, monitor and manage EPC contractor activities to assure contract compliance.
• Develop and implement a cost tracking/controlling process with the contractor that is consistent with the contract type and terms.
• Review, assess, and approve/reject contractor invoices for performance.
• Milestone verification and approval.
• Review of payment applications from the EPC.
• Advice the owner on issuance of interim and final payment certificates to the contractor.
• Ensure that all construction is carried out in accordance with the approved design documents, applicable codes and standards, accepted industry practices and other requirements of the EPC Contract.
• Engagement of the Owner’s Engineer if and to the extent actual conditions deviate from the design assumptions.
• Follow up and review of non-conformance reports (NCR)
• Checking that health, safety and environment (HSE) measures are well managed on site and liaise with the socio-environmental monitoring team.
• Co-ordinate, chair and minute site monthly progress meetings.
• Prepare monthly reports to the technical committee and other stakeholders.
• Reviewing the QC/QA documents;
• The Project Manager shall liaise closely with the Community Liaison Officer in terms of all environmental and social aspects.
• Work with the Owner’s Engineer where necessary to review documents, plans etc. produced by the contractor that require approval of the owner.
• Prepare and regularly update an overall master project schedule incorporating similar schedules from the EPC contractor with support and input from the EPC contractor.
• Shall before the commencement of construction in the course of construction continually;
• Audit the Contractor’s planning procedures.
• Audit the Contractor’s compliance with the agreed procedures.
• The Project Manager shall and if necessary with the assistance of the owner’s engineer develop and implement protocols for checking and reporting material received at the Project Site.
• Review the EPC Contractor’s plans for site management and monitor his staffing plan for efficient use of supervisory personnel, labor and materials and equipment on the Plant Site;
• Review the EPC Contractor’s QA/QC program for thoroughness and compliance with the requirements of the EPC Contract and applicable codes and standards;
• Punch list development and management.
• Undertake regular site meetings with the EPC Contractor to cover all key organization, staffing, health and safety, quality assurance, design and construction control issues, materials sampling, commissioning and testing procedures;
• Monitor the project schedule and the project progress against the EPC Contractor’s construction and commissioning schedule and assist the EPC Contractor’s planning and interfacing activities to limit the impact of any programme deviations. Any delays should be identified at an early date and remedies agreed with the EPC Contractor;
• Develop and implement project controls including actions, issues and risk registers;
• Work with the project accountant to maintain a record of main contract expenditure as per the contract milestones;
• Work with the project accountant to monitor project costs and reporting these as part of the monthly report;
• Participating Inspection of key activities such as; Road construction and civil works in general; Verification of cable routes; Inspection of cable laying; Equipment delivery and installation
• Participating in key milestones and activities such as those documented in the testing schedules of the EPC contract.
• Monitor the activities of the EPC contractor to ensure compliance with environment, health and safety requirements as well as schedule, cost, and quality requirements of the project.
• The Project Manager will have complete site construction oversight and shall witness and document the installation of major equipment and mechanical/electrical interconnections for the solar PV generation facility.
• Ensure that tagging and safety procedures are communicated through contractor orientation programs and enforced on a daily basis.
• Communicate, track, and control punch list work for all contractors, and ensure all closeout items are completed per the contract
• Maintaining the necessary registers, records and databases etc.
Qualifications
• 8+ years of experience on a similar role
• Experience working with Chinese contractors
• Solid understanding of Project Management process
• Ability to problem solve both personnel issues and project issues
• Good record keeping and organizational skills
• Excellent communication skills

Applications:
To apply for this position, please send your CV and Application letter to andy.shaw@shawenergyltd.com stating earliest possible starting date and present salary.

Salary to be negotiated, according to profile and experience.