Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) Project Manager – for Ministry of Energy

Full Time

Cities and Infrastructure for Growth Zambia

Position: Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) Project Manager – for Ministry of Energy
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Start Date: 1 December 2020
Contract Duration: 16 months part-time

About Cities and Infrastructure for Growth Zambia (CIGZambia)

CIGZambia is a facility that provides high-quality independent technical advice and assistance to Zambian government bodies and private sector organisations engaged in projects /programmes that help harness the potential of Zambia’s cities and towns to act as drivers for economic growth and job creation. CIGZambia is funded by the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

The overall programme objectives are:

increasing urban productivity;
improving inclusive access to urban economic infrastructure services;
increasing investment into urban economic infrastructure services; and,
enhancing national and regional integration between cities.
About the Role

This project aims to support the Ministry of Energy to develop an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for Zambia. The IRP is a 30-year plan for a sustainable electricity investment strategy for generation and transmission infrastructure that will ensure universal access to clean, reliable and affordable electricity at the lowest total environmental, social, economic and financial cost consistent with local, national and regional development goals. The IRP will also include implications arising from demand-side management (DSM) and pricing.

The IRP will be developed across several project modules including: Demand Assessment, Transmission Planning, Distribution Planning, Least Cost Generation Planning, Renewable Resource Planning, Sector Financial Sustainability, Power Procurement Processes, Climate, Gender and Inclusion Analysis, Institutional Planning Framework and Demand Side Management and Energy Efficiency.

The consultant will support the IRP Director in the overall oversight and coordination of the various workstreams that will be involved in the development of the IRP. She or he will provide guidance on good project management practices and mitigate project risk during implementation.

The consultant will also prepare monthly progress reports on project implementation, provide update reports and other kind of reports in relation to the project activities as will be assigned to him by the IRP Director.

The consultant should possess strong management skills and a good understanding of the energy sector in Zambia having preferably worked in the utility industry. The consultant will be expected to possess proven project management, communication and leadership skills.

Project Responsibilities

The main responsibilities for the consultant will include the following:

Provide project management oversight for different work streams during the IRP development process – generation, transmission, distribution, DSM, Energy Efficiency, financing / commercial, cross cutting issues (GSI, climate), defining tasks and deliverables for each and assessing quality of deliverables against desired standards
Prepare materials and coordinate workshops for Government and non-Government stakeholders as required during the IRP development process
Develop and implement capacity building strategies for staff at Ministry of Energy (and other stakeholders if required)
Oversee the scenario analysis and multi-criteria assessment process, and preparation of the IRP interim report, draft report, and final report
Develop and implement (together with Cowater) a monthly reporting framework and a monitoring and evaluation system for the IRP project
Provide leadership to consulting teams working on the IRP project through effective communication and clear/appropriate guidance at all times
Oversee the communications activities and messaging for IRP stakeholders
Co-ordinate communication with key stakeholders at MoE and other Government Departments/agencies, together with the IRP Director and the CIGZambia Project Preparation and Finance Lead
Resourcing and Reporting

This will be a full-time appointment for the duration of the Programme, which is estimated to be delivered over a period of 16 months starting in December 2020. The consultant will report to the IRP Director.

Key Knowledge, Experience and Qualifications

Postgraduate Degree in Engineering or Science/Project Management
10 Years+ experience in a utility or large industrial enterprise
Proven Experience in delivering large/complex projects
Knowledgeable of system design
Disciplined and experienced in Programme management using modern software tools (report writing, monitoring and evaluation, supervision and oversight, leadership qualities)
Proven skills in report writing, making presentations in public fora
Energetic, proactive and ambitious
Experience in facilitating workshops, providing training and technical mentorship;
Demonstrable skills in written and verbal communication and proven report writing skills to high professional standards

Please send your CV to For CV to be considered, subject line in email must be completed as follows: IRP Project Manager – Candidate Last Name, First Name

Deadline for Applications:

Friday 20th November 2020

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