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  • SOURCE: | Editor
    • POSTED ON: January 14, 2019
    • AUTHOR: Editor

    The West African Power Pool (WAPP) is a Specialised Institution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) established  by the Authority of  Head of States and Governments  of ECOWAS Member  States to ensure the integration of the national power system operations into a unified regional electricity  market in order to provide the citizens of ECOWAS Member  States with a regular, stable  and reliable  electricity  supply at affordable  costs, over the medium to long term. This aims to  encourage industrialization, improve  Health and Education, Reduce  Poverty, Create  Employment Opportunities etc…

    The Headquarters of the WAPP General Secretariat is based in Cotonou, Republic of Benin.

    The WAPP Secretariat in view of achieving its global Vision, intends to increase  its staffing by filing the following job vacancy:

    Department: Department of Planning Investment Programming and Environment Safeguards (PIPES)

    Position Title:  Project Coordinator

    Position Type: International recruitment

    Contract Type: Permanent Contract

    Location: Cotonou, Benin Republic

    Reports to: Head of Division, Planning Projects Studies and Financing

    Subordinates: N/A

    Job summary:

    The Project Coordinator shall be mainly responsible for  preparing pre-investment studies  for priority projects identified in the WAPP Master Plan  for the purpose  of implementing them  within the required time frame.

    The Project Coordinator reports to The Head  of Division Planning, Projects Studies and Financing.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Participating in identifying WAPP power facility projects and prioritising their implementation;
    • Preparingfunding requests  with donors  for conducting  pre-investment studies  of proposed power projects;
    • Preparingthe Terms  of Reference  (TOR) for the recruitment  of Consultants for the purpose  of conducting  pre-investment studies  and ensuring their coordination;
    • Participating in the selection process for the Consultants in charge of carrying out the pre-investment studies;
    • Coordinatingdata  and information  collection pertaining  to the pre-investment studies  in the  concerned countries and /or utilities;
    • Reviewingthe reports  submitted by  the Consultants and preparing  the relevant  comments;
    • Coordinatingthe release of reports  on various  pre-investment studies  and the collection  of comments with the stakeholders;
    • Update the indicative development plans for WAPP priority projects.
    • Ensuringthe monitoring  and timely  delivery of pre-investment study reports;
    • Organisingfeedback  meeting  and coordinating  the participation  of all the stakeholders  to the projects;
    • Updatinginformation  relating  to the studies’  progress report  in the WAPP database, as well as the funding requirement  and sources of funding;
    • Draftingquarterly  activity  reports and other  specific  activity reports  on activities  and status of projects under study;
    • Organizingand actively  taking  part in  monitoring and  consultation  meetings for projects  at the preparation stage;
    • Coordinatingthe establishment  and activities  of focal  points within  concerned   utilities and or/countries;
    • Preparingand providing  presentation  on the progress report  of WAPP Priority  Projects;
    • Performing such other duties that may be assigned by the Head of Division, Planning, Projects Studies and Financing.

    Academic and Professional Qualifications Required


    BSc in Electrical Engineering and Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering are required. Master in Project Management would be in an asset

    Professional Years’ Experience

    Minimum seven (7) years’ experience in the field power system planning and a good knowledge of international donors’ procurement procedures.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:


    The applicant shall have

    • A good experience in the drafting and the definition of  investment programmes for sub-regional and regional projects in West Africa;
    • Provencompetence  in the management  and /or coordination of power infrastructure  projects, preferably on a regional scale;
    • Broadknowledge  in funding  request and projects  folders preparation  including Terms of Reference  for pre-investment studies;
    • Advanced skillsin utilizing  financial models  and financial costs  estimates for power infrastructure projects;
    • Capacity to work within a short time frame , in a challenging environment;
    • Abilityto perform  tasks  effectively as a team  member in a multicultural environment, with a minimum of supervision;
    • Excellentnegotiation and conciliation qualities; sound  knowledge of IT  tools and Microsoft  Office applications, in particular Excel, word, Powerpoint, Project, E-mail(electronic  mail) and internet;
    • Good writtenand oral communication skills with capacities to convey information in an accurate and concise way;
    • Strong organisation skills with capacities to plan efficiently workload and perform various tasks simultaneously.



    Fluent in English or French with a working knowledge of the other language

    Particular & Application information:

    a) Particular Conditions of Work:

    Possible extended working hours and under pressure

    B) Age:

    Candidates should not be over 50 years old at the point of recruitment

    c) Remuneration:

    The position is on Grade P4 of the WAPP Secretariat pay scale. The starting point will depend on the qualification and experience of the incumbent. The WAPP Secretariat offers a competitive compensation packages comparable to those offered by similar regional/ international organisations.

    d) Equal Opportunitiesmust be a WAPP Member State Citizen. WAPP is an equal opportunity employer that offers equal chances to men and women. Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply. Both internal and external candidates are encouraged to apply.

    e) Application:

    Interested applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for this position must apply online by visiting the following HYPERLINK  “’’

    All Applications must be submitted online. Paper applications will not be accepted.

    Applications sent after the required submission deadline will not be considered.

    Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted for the next stage of the recruitment process.


    Applications for the position shall be received from 3rdDecember 2018 to 1stFebruary 2019 included. The closing date for this position is 1stFebruary 2019 at 6.00pm, Benin local time (GMT +1).

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