Off Grid Technician (Mini-Grids)

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Location: Chipata, Zambia
  • Date Posted:

Website Company Name: ENGIE Energy Access Zambia Limited

Company Summary:

Job Description:

Job Title:    Off Grid Technician (mini-grids) 
Location: Chipata
Reporting line:  Operations & Technical Manager 
We are building a diverse and inclusive team and this opportunity is open to any qualified internal and external applicants. Women, candidates from Africa and those with experience working on the continent are particularly encouraged to apply for this role.
About ENGIE Energy Access (EEA) 
ENGIE Energy Access is the leading Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGo) and mini-grids solutions provider in Africa. The company develops innovative, off-grid solar solutions for homes, public services and businesses, enabling customers and distribution partners access to clean, affordable energy. The PAYGO solar home systems are financed through affordable instalments from $0.19 per day and the mini grids foster economic development by enabling electrical productive use and triggering business opportunities for entrepreneurs in rural communities. With over 1,700 employees, operations in nine countries across Africa (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia), over 1.6 million customers and more than 8 million lives impacted so far, ENGIE Energy Access aims to impact 20 million lives across Africa by 2025.
Job Overview 
The Technician will oversee the onsite operations of the Mini- grids.
Key Responsibilities  

Responsible for the operation and maintenance of Solar mini-grids, and servicing of electrical components such as batteries, PV modules, Inverters, Chargers, Electrical wiring, and all connected 3-Phase and Single-Phase loads.
Install, maintain, modify and repair all electrical distribution system (like internal and external wiring connections) and associated electrical equipment.
Identify electrical problems with a variety of testing devices
Inspect and test electrical components such as smart meters and circuit breakers and do replacement accordingly when required.
Replace wiring, equipment, or fixtures using hand tools and power tools
Ordering, receiving of materials, completing work orders and recording materials utilized on jobs (inventory management)
Connection to new customers by installing meters, poles and internal wiring.
Working at height and proper use of Personal Protective Equipment
Utilize blueprints, wiring diagrams and manufacturer’s installation manuals to complete assigned projects
Support development of technical documentation
Preparing Technical reports
Record all technical project delays that might be caused by developer or contractor for records.
Follow state and local building regulations based on the current National Electric Code
Maintain all electrical generation unit such as cleaning the PV/ Batteries installation, Generator maintenance
Ensuring the site has good connectivity on VSAT and Fatbox
Installing electrical appliances to customers to make sure they match grid requirements.
Working on Safety issues (HSSE) for Sites based in operation and sites under-construction
Conducting field interventions: site assessments, energy surveys and demand assessment.
Based on field assessments and study reports, propose a field intervention to implement appropriate marketing strategies for electricity and electrical appliances.  This includes: acquisitioning and retaining of customers, facilitate use electricity for domestic and productive activities (electricity availability, metering and tariffs and methods of payment, safety, load management, etc.).

Knowledge and skills Experience:  

Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities.
An analytical mind with good organizational skills.
Outstanding leadership skills.
Experience in solar system design/sizing, installation, operations, and maintenance
Ability to work at height.
Experience in industrial motor control systems
Experience with Victron products and Victron Remote Management will be a plus.
Experience with single and three phase power.
Ability to produce technical reports.
Diesel genset maintenance.
Computer applications
Experience in industrial and domestic wiring (internal and exterior wiring)
Troubleshooting skills
Microsoft, Excel, power point and word.
Data analytics


Must have a Diploma in Electrical Engineering
Minimum 3 years work experience in the Electrical field
Registered member of EIZ and has a valid practicing license.
Must have a driving license.


At least one Zambian Local Language preferably from Eastern province

ENGIE is an equal opportunity employer, promoting diversity and committed to creating an inclusive environment for all. All applications are screened based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without any regard to origin, age, name, sexual identity, orientation or preference, religion, marital status, health, disability, political opinions, union involvement or citizenship. Our differences are our strengths!

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