Job Vacancy – Senior Manager – Health, Safety and Environment (HSE)

Job Description

Senior Manager – Health, Safety and Environment (HSE)

 

Position Senior Manager, Health, Safety and Environment [HSE]
Deadline for submission June 10, 2024
Role Summary The Senior Manager, Health, Safety, and Environment will be responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of health, safety, and environmental compliance within the organization. This individual will develop, implement, and maintain policies, programs, and procedures to ensure a safe and environmentally responsible workplace, while also fostering a culture of continuous improvement in HSE practices.
Reporting Relationships Reports directly to Group Director Corporate Services but has strong links with Chief Operating Officer Electricity and Chief Operating Officer, Water & Sewerage especially their health & safety and environment officials.
Duties and Responsibilities In charge of developing, maintaining, and periodically reviewing NAWEC’s Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) policy to ensure alignment with legislative requirements, regulations, and global best practices.

Translates the policy into operational procedures and practices throughout the organization, encompassing risk assessment, reporting protocols, auditing processes, and emergency procedures, with a keen focus on promoting sustainability.

Manage the HSE budget, including forecasting, planning, and cost control measures, to ensure efficient allocation of resources.

Serve as a key point of contact for internal and external stakeholders on HSE-related matters, fostering positive relationships and promoting a collaborative approach to HSE management.

Collaborate with cross-functional teams to integrate HSE considerations into all aspects of operations, including project planning, design, construction, and maintenance.

Provide leadership, guidance, and direction to the HSE team, fostering a culture of safety, accountability, and environmental stewardship among employees and contractors.

Develops strategies and plans around minimising NAWEC’s impact on the environment  including waste management, recycling, pollution reduction and prevention.

Builds collaborative relationships, across NAWEC and shares best practice and learnings to help improve the HSE function.

Develop and deliver comprehensive HSE training programs to educate employees, contractors, and other stakeholders on safe work practices, environmental compliance, and emergency response procedures.

Develops appropriate HSE structures across the organisation including roles and responsibilities.

Will act as NAWEC’s main point of contact in liaising with the competent authorities with respect to issue resolution.

 

Mobilizes support for Health, Safety & Environment policies and practices through communications and persuasion.

 

Develops annual plan for Corporate HSE and develops KPI’s driven by best international standards and institutes systematic reporting.

 

Requirements and Qualifications Third level qualification with extensive experience in an industry of comparable scale and scope to NAWEC .

Having expertise in Health and Safety or Environmental affairs would be highly beneficial.

 
Competancy Detail
Professional Knowledge Maintains constant self-improvement by staying up to date with contemporary Health, Safety and Environment management developments.
Motivator Has the capacity and drive to help develop a change in the HSE management culture in NAWEC as a whole.
Communicator Is convincing and inspiring in all communications written and verbal
Visionary Has a clear view of what needs to be achieved.
Systematic Meticulously planning and preemptively identifying obstacles well in advance.
Change Recognizes that implementing HSE measures within NAWEC will necessitate significant organizational change.
IT Literate Proficiently utilizes contemporary IT support systems to their fullest extent.
Staff Development Understands the strategic impact of a proficiently trained and developed workforce and their capacity to achieve objectives.
Analytical Skills The ability to visualise, articulate and solve both complex and uncomplicated problems and make decisions that make sense based on all available information.
Stakeholder Management Recognizes the significance of stakeholders, their identification, and the mobilization needed to garner support for objectives and plans.

 

Compensation We offer a competitive and attractive compensation package.
Submission Deadline, contact details, and Selection Process Please submit your resume and cover letter outlining your qualifications and relevant experience by June 10, 2024. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. We thank all applicants for their interest in joining our team.

 

 

Job Vacancy – Executive Assistant to the Managing Director of NAWEC

Job Description

Executive Assistant to the Managing Director of NAWEC

 

Position Executive Assistant to the Managing Director
Grade D
Role Summary The role of the Executive Assistant is responsible for provinding  comprehensive administrative support to the Managing Director. The role is key to facilitating the Managing Director’s effectiveness and acheiving organiational objectives, managing schedules, coordinating meetings, handling correspondence, and organizing travel arrangements. Additionally, maintaining confidentiality, managing information flow, supporting leadership team meetings, acting as a communication liaison, assisting in financial management tasks, and providing support on special projects and initiatives are key responsibilities integral to facilitating the Managing Director’s effectiveness and achieving organizational objectives.
Reporting Relationships Reports directly to the Managing Director
Duties and Responsibilities Confidentiality and Discretion:

·        Handle sensitive and confidential information with the utmost discretion and integrity, maintaining confidentiality at all times.

·        Exercise sound judgment and professionalism in dealing with sensitive matters and maintaining confidentiality in all interactions.

Administrative Support:

·        Manage the Managing Director’s calendar, schedule appointments, and coordinate meetings while ensuring optimal use of time and resources.

·        Handle incoming calls, emails, and correspondence, sorting,delegating,  prioritizing and responding appropriately on behalf of the Managing Director .

·        Prepare and organize documents, reports, presentations, and other materials for meetings and presentations.

·        Arrange domestic and international travel arrangements for the Managing Director, including flight bookings, hotel accommodations, transportation, and visa processing.

·        Prepare detailed itineraries and travel packs, ensuring all necessary arrangements are in place for a smooth travel experience.

·        Screen all visitors to the Managing Directors Office and determine what level of support they need while offering polite, professional customer service.

Information Management:

·        Manage the flow of information to and from the Managing Director’s office, ensuring timely dissemination of relevant updates, reports, and announcements.

·        Maintain an organized filing system for documents, records, and confidential information, both electronically and in hard copy.

Coordination and Support of Senior Leadership Team Meetings:

·        Organize and coordinate Senior Leadership Team Meetings, take minutes, and prepare concise summaries and action points for distribution to Directors and followed-up.

·        Organize and coordinate other meetings, conferences, and events attended by the Managing Director, including scheduling, venue booking, agenda preparation, and follow-up actions.

Communication Liaison and Relationship Management:

·        Act as a liaison between the Managing Director and other departments, executives, and stakeholders. Facilitate effective communication channels to ensure alignment on objectives and initiatives.

·        Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders, including board members, senior executives, government officials, and external partners.

·        Coordinate meetings, events, and engagements with stakeholders, ensuring the Managing Director’s availability and participation as required.

Financial Management:

·        Be responsible for the financial management tasks under the Office of the Managing Director such as budgeting, expense tracking, and financial reporting. Work closely with the finance department to ensure alignment with financial goals and objectives.

Special Projects and Initiatives:

·        Provide support to the Managing Director on special projects, initiatives, and strategic priorities, undertaking research, analysis, and coordination as needed.

·        Collaborate with other members of the executive team and cross-functional departments to achieve organizational goals and objectives.

 

Qualifications and skills ·        Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Management, or related field preferred.

·        Proven experience as a Personal Assistant or Executive Assistant, preferably supporting C-level executives.

·        Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail, with the ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines effectively.

·        Strong english communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to interact professionally with stakeholders at all levels.

·        Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and other relevant software applications.

·        Discretion and confidentiality in handling sensitive information and matters of a confidential nature.

·        Adaptability and resourcefulness in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, with a proactive approach to problem-solving.

·        Professionalism, integrity, and a positive attitude, with a commitment to delivering high-quality service and support to the Managing Director.

 

Invitation for Bids Plant Design, Supply, and Installation (Without Prequalification) – Design, Supply, and Installation of 33/11KV Substations and 11/0.415KV Package Substations within the GBA

Specific Procurement Notice

Template

Invitation for Bids

Plant
Design, Supply, and Installation

(Without Prequalification)

 

IFB Number: NAWEC-GESREP-CW-02

Employer: National Water and Electricity Company Limited

Project: Gambia Electricity System Reinforcement and Expansion Project (GESREP)

Contract title: Design, Supply, and Installation of 33/11KV Substations and 11/0.415KV Package Substations within the GBA

Country: The Gambia

Loan No. /Credit No. / Grant No.: 5900155018402

Procurement Method: Open Competitive Bidding (International) (OCBI)

IFB OCBI No: NAWEC-GESREP-CW-02

Issued on:  22nd March 2024

 

  1. Reference to our Specific Procurement Notice for Procurement of Design, Supply, and Installation of 33/11KV Substations and 11/0.415KV Package Substations within the GBA in The Gambia published on 22nd March 2024, National Water and Electricity Company Limited hereby extend the Bids Submission deadline to 5th June 2024 at 12:00 p.m. and opening at 12:30 p.m.

 

Invitation for Bids – Construction of Regional Customer Service Centres

Invitation for Bids [IFB] Small Works (One-Envelope Bidding Process)

 

IFB Number:            

Employer:                   National Water & Electricity Company Limited

Project:                       Gambia Electricity System Rehabilitation and Expansion Project

Contract title:             Construction of Regional Customer Service Centres

Country:                      The Gambia

Loan No. / Grant No.:

Procurement Method:        Open Competitive Bidding (National) (OCBI)

OCBI/LCB No:                      NAWEC-GESREP-CW-01

Issued on:                            29th April 2024

  1. Proposed Gambia Electricity System Rehabilitation and Expansion Project (GESREP) is to be funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) to contribute to the Government of The Gambia’s (GoTG’s) goal of increasing electricity access through the provision of reliable electricity and strengthening of the institutional systems of the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC).
  1. The proposed enhancement of NAWEC’s Customer Service Department through an increase in the number of customer service centres and provision of improved data management infrastructure aims to reduce the commercial losses that continue to affect NAWEC’s performance.
  1. The regional centre will be a befitting contact centre affirming the company’s commitment to be a customer focus and to provide a much-needed face-lift for NAWEC peers in the same industry in the subregion. This will also enable NAWEC to respond sufficiently to the expectations, perceptions, and situations of our invaluable customers.

National Water & Electricity Company Limited now invites sealed Bids from eligible Bidders for the Construction of Regional Customer Service Centres in Jarra LRR, Basse URR, Brusubi and Brikama WCR.

  1. Bidding will be conducted through the Open Competitive Bidding (International), OCBI procedures as specified in the Bank’s Procurement Framework dated October 2015, and is open to all eligible Bidders as defined in the Procurement Framework.
  1. Scope of work includes.
  • LOT 1: Construction of Regional Customer Service Centre with Store at Jarra Soma (LLR), and Basse (URR)
  • Lot 2: Construction of Regional Customer Service Centre with Store at Brikama (WCR), Brusubi (WCR) and Bwiam (LLR)
  1. Interested eligible Bidders may obtain further information from the National Water & Electricity Company Project Implementation Unit and inspect the bidding document during office hours 08: 00 am to 16:000 pm at the address given below.
  1. The bidding document in English may be purchased by interested eligible Bidders upon the submission of a written application to the address below and upon payment of a non-refundable fee of $300. The method of payment will be direct deposit to the project account. The document will be sent by email.
  1. Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before June 13th 2024. Electronic Bidding will not be permitted. Late Bids will be rejected. Bids will be publicly opened in the presence of the Bidders’ designated representatives and anyone who chooses to attend at the address below.
  1. All Bids must be accompanied by a Bid security amount of:

Lot 1 USD15,000.00.

Lot 2 USD15,000.00.

 

  1. Attention is drawn to the Procurement Regulations requiring the Borrower to disclose information on the successful bidder’s beneficial ownership, as part of the Contract Award.

Notice, using the Beneficial Ownership Disclosure Form as included in the bidding document.

 

  1. The address(es) referred to above is (are)

 

Project Coordinator

Project Implementation Unit

National Water and Electricity Company Limited (NAWEC)

Emporium III Building, Fajara

Banjul, The Gambia

Conference Room, 1st Floor

Telephone: +220 996 1301 /7009342

Email : hnjie@nawec.gm , asallah@nawec.gm and mfsanyang@nawec.gm

Invitation for Bids – Water Supply project in the Greater Banjul Area (WASIB)

Invitation for Bids

 

Date : 23rd April 2024

Project Name: Water Supply project in the Greater Banjul Area (WASIB)

IFB No: NAWEC/WASIB/DRILLING/IPC/2024/001

  1. The National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) has received funds from Agence Française de Développement (“AFD“) towards the cost of the Water Supply Project in the Greater Banjul Area (WASIB). It is intended that part of the proceeds of these funds will be applied to eligible payments under the contract for Borehole drilling works for the Water Supply Project in the Greater Banjul Area (WASIB).
  2. The National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) now invites sealed Bids from eligible Bidders for the construction and completion of Borehole drilling works for the Water Supply Project in the Greater Banjul Area (WASIB) (“the Works“).
  3. Interested eligible Bidders may obtain further information from and inspect the Bidding Documents at the office of Managing Director National Water and Electricity Company Ltd (address below) from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm.

53 Mamadi Maniyang Highway

PO BOX 609,

Kanifing, Banjul

The Gambia

Telephone: 00220 -9965712 Email: osanneh@nawec.gm

                        00220 -3443037 Email: snyang@nawec.gm

  1. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders on the submission of a written application to the above and upon payment of a non-refundable fee of 500 Euros or equivalent in Dalasi
  2. The method of payment will be in cash or banker’s cheque payable to.

Name: National Water and Electricity Company Ltd (NAWEC).

Account No : 6240031541

Bank Name : Ecobank (Gambia Ltd.)

Address : 42 Kairaba Avenue, Serrekunda- The Gambia.

SWIFT Code : ECOCGMGMXXX

Intermediary Bank.

BANK : BHF-BANK AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

ADDRESS: FRANKFURT AM MAIN DE

SWIFT CODE: BHFBDEFF500

IBAN NO: DE51500202000000650689

ACCOUNT OF: ECOBANK GAMBIA LIMITED

  1. The provisions in the Instructions to Bidders and in the General Conditions of Contract are the provisions of AFD’s Standard Bidding Documents: Procurement of Works.
  2. Bids must be delivered to the above office on or before 12:00 pm on the 24th of June 2024 and must be accompanied by the Bid security of  60,000 or equivalent in Dalasi
  3. Bids will be opened in the presence of Bidders’ representatives who choose to attend at 1:00 pm on the 24th of June 2024 at the offices of :

Managing Director National Water and Electricity Company Ltd, PO BOX 609, 53 Mamadi Maniyang Highway kanifing, Banjul The Gambia

  1. Qualification criteria are as follows: See criteria within the Tender document

Water Network Improvement – Bundung

Reference No.: NAWEC/WD/ICB /003/2024

Project Name: Water Network Improvement – Bundung.

Dear Sir/Madam:

You are hereby invited to be a Bidder in the Tender described in the following documents.  The Gambia Public Procurement Act defines a Tender as a type of Bid and anyone submitting a Tender or other Bid is known as a Bidder. Under the Tender process, there will be a public opening of all bids received as stated in 9 below.

  1. The National Water and Electricity Company has budgeted funds for the WATER NETWORK IMPROVEMENT Bundung. It is intended that part of these funds will be applied to eligible payments under the contract design and construction of the water main replacement and water distribution system improvement.
  2. The National Water and Electricity Company now invites sealed Bids from eligible Bidders for the Water Network Improvement.

 

Water Supply

1.1    Bundung – The works within the Bundung area includes:

a. The supply of all labour, plant, tools and materials for the installation of new mains (DN80mm to DN250mm) and tie in of new mains and the associated fittings to include isolating valves, air valves, thrust blocks to existing mains. The extent of works is detailed below.

b. Transferring of existing service connections to new mains.

Item Location Pipe Size (mm) – DN Length (m)
1 Bundung 250 1116
2 Bundung 200 3824
3 Bundung 150 3385
4 Bundung 100 30,523
5 Bundung 80 2188
Total 41,036

3. The required time for the performance of the works is 160 calendar days.

4. The deadline for submission of inquiries and for requests for clarifications is two weeks before the close of Bids. A pre-bid conference will take place at the NAWEC Board Room, 53 Maniyang Highway NAWEC Board room Thursday 9th May 2024 at 10:00 am.

 Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from and inspect the Bidding Documents during official hours Monday to Thursday from 8:00am to 4:00pm and Fridays 8:00am to 12:30pm at the address given below:

Managing Director
National Water and Electricity

53 Mamady Maniyang

P.O. BOX 609
Kanifing Industrial Estate

Email: snyang@nawec.gm ,ksambou@nawec.gm, contractscommittee@nawec.gm

The name(s) and position(s) of the Responsible Person(s) of the Procuring Organisation are:

  Sainabou Nyang- Procurement Manager-snyang@nawec.gm-3443037

 Kainding Sambou- Senior Procurement Manager-ksambou@nawec.gm-9957957

5. A complete set of Bid documents in English language may be purchased by interested Bidders on the submission of a written application to the above and upon payment of a non-refundable fee of $500.00.

6. Bidding will be conducted through International Competitive Bidding Procedure in accordance with the requirement of the Gambia Public Procurement Act 2022.

7. Bids must be delivered to the address indicated under Section 5 above before 12:00 Hours Banjul Time prompt on Monday 21st May 2024 and must be accompanied by a Bid Security US$59,000.00 (Fifty-Nine thousand United States Dollars only) to be confirmed by a reputable corresponding local bank or an equivalent amount in a freely convertible currency.

8. Bids will be opened in the presence of Bidders’ representatives who choose to attend in person at the address indicated under Section 5 above at 12:30pm on Monday 21st May 2024.

Job Opportunity – Senior Manager Internal Audit

Job Opportunity – Senior Manager Internal Audit

Job Description 

Position Senior Manager Internal Audit
Salary Scale B
Role Summary Overall responsibility for Nawec’s internal audit planning, execution and reporting
Reporting Relationships Reports to Group Director Internal Audit
Duties and Responsibilities · Provides a fully professional audit service for all of NAWEC including EBU, WSBU, all Shared Services Directorates and Projects

· Development of the annual risk- based audit plan for approval

· Execute and schedule audit engagements and other tasks per approved 12-month audit plan.

· Personally, carrying out audits as required

· Putting together capable audit Teams who are properly educated and trained to deliver quality audits and supporting them during assignments.

· Monitor the performance of the audit teams  through  their key performance indicators  (KPI) on a  quarterly basis

· Reporting monthly to the GDIA on the implementation status of Internal Audit plans.

· Ensures that internal audit activities comply with IIA   standards and conform to NAWEC policies.

· Ensures that recommendations from Internal and External audits are implemented and that such recommendations are incorporated into audit KPI’s.

· Perform data analytics to identify unusual patterns or trends and investigate remarkable findings

· Develop audit programs to assess internal risks and controls; review and perform tests to ensure comprehensible documentation of audit findings

· Work with management and other members of the auditing team to recommend ways to drive efficiencies and reduce risk in order to made a positive impact on the company’s bottom line.

· Provide support to the GDIA on the management of the Audit Function in line with the NAWEC  Internal Audit Charter.

 

Requirements and Qualifications Qualified financial  accountant (ACCA or ACA or equivalent) and 5 Years post qualification experience with at least 5 years in a senior role in a business with similar scale and scope to NAWEC
 
Competancy  
Analytical & Critical thinking Has capacity to analyse often complex processes and develop sensible conclusions and recommendations
Communication Appreciates the value of good communications and is able to report clearly and logically  verbally and in writing
IT Knowledge Maintains up do date facility with IT especially as it pertains to systems and processes
Business Acumen Is sensitive to the business implications of the role and makes sound business judgements and recommendations
Self-motivation The determination and confidence to see things through to conclusion
Meticulousness Maintains a constant attention to detail
Numeracy Comfortable and confident with mathematics and numbers
Professional Knowledge Stays  up to date with  Risk management and Audit  strategies and developments.
Company knowledge Understands how NAWEC electricity and water operates at all levels

 

Joint Press Release Gambia: strong international support for a new era of renewables with inauguration of historic 23 MWp solar plant

                       

Gambia, 14 March 2024

Joint Press Release

Gambia: strong international support for a new era of renewables with inauguration of historic 23 MWp solar plant

  • A significant strategic project with strong substantial economic and social impacts, the recently inaugurated solar photovoltaic plant in Jambur is poised to supply electricity to approximately 18,500 households. This power plant supported by The Government of The Gambia and its development partners is part of a wider initiative aimed at enhancing the contribution of renewable energy within the electricity sector.
  • This plant will be complemented by other critical transmission and distribution upgrades in the NAWEC network to ensure the availability of reliable, clean, and stable energy supplies across The Gambia. At a total cost of $165m, the Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP) financed by the WB, EU & EIB remains the single largest energy project in The Gambia and promises to significantly support the turnaround of the energy sector particularly as the Gambia accelerates its vision towards Universal Access. This project remains a critical anchor towards the implementation and actualization of the Gambia’s long-term energy sector roadmap.
  • The project contributes to gainful employment creation in The Gambia with 1,250 direct jobs created from the construction phase to operation and maintenance. To ensure sustainability, a three-year operations and maintenance contract (O&M) has been signed as large scale solar PV is entirely new to the sector.

The Government of The Gambia, through the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and The National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC), along with the European Investment Bank, the European Union, and the World Bank, has recently inaugurated a new milestone in the Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP). The Inauguration Ceremony, which was presided over by His Excellency Adama Barrow, the President of the Republic of The Gambia, celebrated the completion of a 23 MWp Photovoltaic Solar plant in Jambur, Kombo South District, West Coast Region.

This project component consists in the construction of a new 23 MWp solar park tied with 8MWh battery storage and aims to revolutionize power generation in the Gambia by serving as a direct complement to current generation sources while decreasing the dependence on import. These investments are all inherently tied to the Gambia’s Energy Sector Roadmap 2021-40.

A project with a strong economic and social impact

GERMP contributes to improving the livelihoods of populations within beneficiary communities, promoting job creation, and facilitating the provision of quality medical, educational and social services through better electricity supply. These improvements will contribute to the national objective of reducing poverty and boosting prosperity.

Now that it is operational, the project will progressively increase energy supply in The Gambia by a fifth and transform access to electricity in rural communities. The project will improve access to energy, ensure that education and health services benefit from reliable energy and help address electricity shortages in the country.

Energy demand in The Gambia has increased by 5.5% per year in recent years and today’s connection of the new 23 MWp solar plant to the national energy grid will significantly increase Gambia’s current generation capacity of 98 MW and enable electrification of rural areas.

A strong commitment

The European Union, the European Investment Bank and the World Bank have been strong partners of African countries for more than half a century. This project further strengthens their presence in Africa with strong collaboration between institutions. Over the past decade, the European Union, the European Investment Bank and the World Bank have invested in innovative technologies, green energy, water, education, agriculture, telecommunications, health and business in more than 40 countries on the continent.

In the context of this project, solar power and clean energy supply across the country is financed by the European Investment Bank (EUR 65m), the European Union (EUR 40m) and the World Bank (EUR 36m).

H.E. Adama Barrow, President of the Republic of The Gambia

“As this is a utility scale solar PV plant, we have designed it to significantly reduce the country’s reliance on imported fossil fuel for electricity generation. In the same vein, the project is to accelerate the pace towards generating fifty (50) percent of the nation’s power supply from renewable energy sources by 2030. This is our national target, and the message is clear: as a responsible member of the international community, The Gambia is committed to the global energy transition. The Plant project clearly demonstrates the country’s commitment to reducing the carbon footprint and greening our energy landscape. Further to this, as a clean energy source and a major vehicle for climate change mitigation, the solar plant will contribute to the realisation of The Gambia’s Nationally Determined Contributions”.

Mr. Nani Juwara, Managing Director at National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC)

“The significance of this solar plant cannot be overemphasized. It symbolizes our unwavering commitment to driving change and pioneering progress in The Gambia’s transition towards a clean and sustainable energy future. By harnessing the power of the sun to produce 23MW of clean energy, we are not only reducing greenhouse gas emissions but also contributing to environmental protection and safeguarding the well-being of future generations. Moreover, the inauguration of this solar plant marks a crucial milestone in our quest for energy security. By diversifying our energy mix and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, we are enhancing our energy independence and fortifying the stability and reliability of The Gambia’s power supply system”. 

Mr. Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President at the European Investment Bank (EIB)

“I am delighted that the European Investment Bank is supporting this new solar plan with such economic and social impact for populations in Gambia, particularly in rural areas. It will have a positive impact on people’s daily lives of over 800,000 inhabitants in improving also medical, educational and social services through better electricity supply. This project also contributes to developing green energy while decreasing the dependence on import. It is a very good illustration of the priorities of the EIB as the EU Climate Bank, which supports clean energy investments in Africa.”  He added: “With EIB Global, our branch dedicated to development, our objective is to finance high-impact projects outside the EU while strengthening our partnerships. Our ambition is to support the EU’s Global Gateway Initiative and key sectors in countries across the African continent such as innovation, renewable energy, water, agriculture, and transport.”  

H.E. Corrado Pampaloni, Ambassador of the European Union to The Gambia

“This power plant is part of the “Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project” and it is particularly important for the achievement of a swift transition towards solar power and clean energy supply across the country. Increased access to green energy is only one of the benefits of the project. We expect 1,250 direct jobs linked to the construction, operation and maintenance. The Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project is backed by significant funding from the European Investment Bank (EUR 65m – which corresponds to more than 8.9 billion dalasi), from the European Union (EUR 40m – almost 3 billion dalasi) and from the World Bank (EUR 36m – almost 2.7 billion dalasi). The EU support is part of the EU Global Gateway, which is an ambitious initiative aimed at fostering collaboration and connectivity between Europe and Africa. Through Global Gateway, the EU supports investments in quality infrastructure, respecting the highest social and environmental standards, in line with the EU’s values and international norms and standards. Green energy is a key priority area under the Global Gateway. The Ambassador concluded by saying that “I would like to re-affirm here, today, the commitment of the European Union to support The Gambia to ensure a bright and prosperous future for its people. Reliable access to energy is an indispensable element to realise this vision”.

Feyi Boroffice, Resident Representative of the World Bank to The Gambia

“The World Bank is pleased to join The Government of The Gambia to witness this remarkable milestone in the Energy Sector. This marks the first time in the Gambia’s history where a utility scale solar plant of 23 Megawatts Solar PV capacity and 8-Megawatt hours battery storage is being commissioned. This solar plant allows NAWEC to finally shift away from expensive heavy fuel oil-based generation which is costly and harmful to the environment. The vision of universal access to energy is being supported by the World Bank through the development of medium and low voltage networks across The Gambia. Through the bank financed GERMP and ECOWAS Regional Electricity Access Projects, over 700 communities will be provided electricity for the first time in the country’s history. These are significant historic milestones for The Gambia. There are also plans underway to develop the country’s potential to become an electricity exporter to the sub-region through the development of a 150MW solar park in Soma.”

Note to editors

National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC)

The National Water And Electricity Co. Ltd (NAWEC) is a public limited liability company established in June 1996, mandated to provide electricity, water, and sewerage services in The Gambia. It succeeded the Gambia Utilities Corporation (GUC) and the Utilities Holding Corporation (UHC). NAWEC operates under a Board of Directors, with the Managing Director overseeing operations. While

NAWEC has achieved financial sustainability for normal operations, it lacks resources for system expansion and maintenance.

The Gambia aims to achieve Universal Access to electricity by 2025, as stipulated by H.E President Adama Barrow. NAWEC will implement this goal primarily through its grid infrastructure, benefiting from the country’s favourable geography. A planning instrument, the Universal Access by 2025 Roadmap, has been designed to guide NAWEC in reaching this target and transforming the electricity sector. This roadmap aims to ensure that Gambians have reliable and affordable electricity in the future, with NAWEC evolving into an efficient, self-sustaining national power utility.

About the European Union (EU)

The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union made up of 27 European countries. It is based on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law, as well as respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. It acts on a global scale to promote the sustainable development of societies, the environment and economies, for the benefit of all.

The EU Delegation to The Gambia acts as the interface between the European institutions and the Government of The Gambia and its population. Over the years, the role of the Delegation has evolved to cover a wide range of issues.

The Delegation’s mandate includes the following:

  • To actively promote the values and policies of the European Union, in an open and equal partnership with the Government and people of The Gambia.
  • To deepen the political dialogue on all issues of mutual interest and to strengthen the partnership.
  • To play a key role in implementing the EU’s development cooperation activities. In The Gambia, these cover a range of target areas such as infrastructure, governance, food security and rural development.
  • To inform The Gambia about the policies and programmes of the European Union, as well as its institutions and values.

The EU support to the “Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project” is part of the EU Global Gateway, which is an ambitious initiative aimed at fostering collaboration and connectivity between Europe and Africa. Through Global Gateway, the EU supports investments in quality infrastructure, respecting the highest social and environmental standards, in line with the EU’s values and international norms and standards. Green energy is a key priority area under the Global Gateway.

About the European Investment Bank (EIB)

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the lending institution of the European Union (EU) owned by its member states. It makes long-term finance available for sound and sustainable investments to help achieve EU policy objectives.

The EIB has been a strong partner of African countries for 60 years. Through EIB Global, the Bank is strengthening its presence in Africa. Over the past decade, the EIB has provided more than €28 billion for investments in innovative technologies, green energy, water, education, agriculture, telecommunications, health and companies in more than 40 countries on the continent.

EIB Global is the specialist arm of the EIB Group dedicated to increasing the impact of international partnerships and development finance. EIB Global is designed to foster a strong and focused partnership within Team Europe, alongside other development finance institutions and civil society. EIB Global brings the group closer to local people, businesses and institutions through our offices around the world.

About the World Bank

 The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. Our mission is to end extreme poverty and boost prosperity on a livable planet. .

With 189 member countries, staff from more than 170 countries, and offices in over 130 locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership: five institutions working for sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and build shared prosperity in developing countries. Our core values embody what is most important to us as an institution, and in how we work with each other, our clients and our partners. They guide the decisions we make and the actions we take in carrying out our mission.

The International Development Association (IDA) is the part of the World Bank Group that helps the world’s poorest countries. Established in 1960, IDA aims to reduce poverty by providing zero to low-interest loans (called “credits”) and grants for programs that boost economic growth, reduce inequalities, and improve people’s living conditions.

Press contacts

National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC)

Mustapha Choi, mchoi@nawec.gm, Tel: +220 283 5949

Website: www.nawec.gm

EIB

Anne-Cécile Auguin, a.auguin@eib.org, Tel:  +352 621 36 19 48

Isabelle Vovor, i.vovor@ext.eib.org, Tel: +225 07 67 47 66 31
Website: www.eib.org/press – Press service : +352 4379 21000 – press@eib.org

EU

Laura Carpino, laura.carpino@eeas.europa.eu, Tel.: +220 449 5146 / 449 7846

Website: www.eeas.europa.eu/delegations/gambia_en?s=100

WB

Kujeh Kah, kkah@worldbankgroup.org, Tel:  +220 3800449
Website: www.worldbank.org/gambia

Job Opportunity – Network Engineer

Job Opportunity: Network Engineer

Are you a skilled Network Engineer looking to advance your career in a dynamic and innovative environment? We have an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as we continue to expand and enhance our network infrastructure.

Position: Network Engineer

Location: NAWEC HQ

Type: Full-time

Number required: 2.

Closing Date: Friday 5th April 2024

 

Responsibilities:

  • Design, implement, and maintain our organization’s network infrastructure to ensure high availability, reliability, and security.
  • Perform network troubleshooting to diagnose and resolve issues promptly, minimizing downtime and optimizing performance.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to plan and execute network upgrades, migrations, and expansions.
  • Implement and enforce network security policies and procedures to safeguard against cyber threats and unauthorized access.
  • Monitor network performance and analyse traffic patterns to identify opportunities for optimization and improvement.
  • Stay current with emerging technologies and best practices in networking and cybersecurity to enhance our network capabilities.

 

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, Information Technology, or related field (BSc).
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in network engineering and administration.
  • Strong understanding of networking protocols, including TCP/IP, VLANs, and routing protocols.
  • Proficiency in network hardware and software, such as routers, switches, firewalls, and network management tools.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Effective communication and teamwork abilities.
  • Additional certification such as Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) and knowledge of cybersecurity principles will be considered a significant advantage.

Why Join Us:

  • Opportunity to work with cutting-edge technologies in a collaborative and supportive environment.
  • Competitive salary and benefits package, including health insurance and retirement.
  • Professional development opportunities and support for continued education and certifications.
  • Chance to make a meaningful impact on our organization’s network infrastructure and security posture.

 

If you’re a passionate Network Engineer with a drive for excellence and a desire to grow professionally, we want to hear from you! Apply now by sending your handwritten application, resume and cover letter to:

Managing Director

NAWEC

53 Mamady maniyang Highway, Kanifing

 

Join us as we build and secure the networks of tomorrow.