Targeted Internships at NAWEC for Female Technicians and Engineers Call for Applications

Targeted Internships at NAWEC for Female Technicians and Engineers

Call for Applications

Name of the intervention
Targeted Internships for Female Technicians and Engineers at NAWEC
Women are underrepresented in both technical and non-technical roles in the energy and water sectors in The Gambia with the share of women’s employment currently standing at 15 percent versus 85 percent for male with less than 1 percent of women in technical and engineering jobs combined at NAWEC, and with no women Engineers in several energy and water sector institutions. Furthermore, NAWEC has an ongoing short-internship program and receives hundreds of interns per year, from which less than 25% are female, with a retention rate of 0%. As part of NAWEC’s gender program with financing from the Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP) which is funded through the World Bank, this internship program is initiated to improve the said gender gap by strengthening the pipeline of technical female staff and by implementing specific targeted activities to facilitate the integration of female staff at NAWEC, when needed.
The project will implement an internship program focused on technical fields (that match NAWEC’s priority areas of human resources development) coupled with targeted individual and collective mentorship/coaching sessions to foster in-depth on the job training, boost confidence and self-awareness as well as increase the possibility of integration at NAWEC. 20 profiles will be identified for the above internship program.

Interns’ Profiles and Selection:

Based on our assessment of NAWEC’s HR needs, expertise and profiles of prospective candidates should be related to but not limited to one of the following areas, either at Technician or Engineering level:

·       Mechanical Engineering

·       Electrical Engineering/Electrical Installation

·       Electronics

·       Civil Engineering

·       Water Engineering

·       Auto-mechanics

·       Electro-mechanical

·       Solar PV maintenance and installation


To each intern, an internship coordinator will be assigned who will be responsible for the overall coordination/monitoring of the intern, the individual mentorship/coaching sessions, and the final internship evaluation.

The selection criteria will cover two levels: i) general criteria; and ii) specific technical criteria – as follows:

·       Education background in a technical field (preferably related to the energy and/or water sectors).

·       Not be currently enrolled in a technical training program.

·       Not be a current employee of NAWEC.

·       Preference will be given to GERMP gender scholarship graduates.


Selection and Evaluation:

Interested applicants for the Internship Program can collect application forms from the NAWEC Records Office at NAWEC H/Q. Completed forms can be submitted to the same office on or before the closing date of 11th August, 2023.

The evaluation and selection of the internees will be divided in 3 stages:

·       Stage 1 – Administrative evaluation (match between the submissions and the required criteria)

·       Stage 2 – Match between candidates and available positions (match between submissions and profiles)

·       Stage 3 – Interview of the shortlisted candidates (including scoring of their performance)

The candidates will be ranked by score (for each position) and selected accordingly.


Internship Approach

The internship will last for 5 months. During this period, the interns will be expected to acquire the skills required to perform at a technical role within NAWEC, commensurate to the intern’s qualification and experience. Monthly sessions will be organized with the interns by assigned supervisors to simultaneously assess their progress and to guide them and provide specific coaching in areas identified. The interns will also benefit from at least a collective mentoring session with external stakeholders to be organized by the Gender Committee.

Before the end of the 5 months, each supervisor will provide a performance report and recommendations.


At the end of the internship program, a final report will be prepared (in addition to the individual evaluation of each intern) describing the overall process and the lessons learned to inform future programs.

Preliminary Schedule

Task Expected Dates/Timelines
Launch of the application process 20th July, 2023
Submission of applications 20th July – 11th August 2023
Short list of Candidates/Interview 14th August- 1st September 2023
Communication to Selected Interns 4th September-8th September, 2023
Internship 15th  September 2023 -15th February 2024
Individual Coaching Meetings Monthly
Collective Mentoring Program Between Mid-November to Late December, 2023
Development of Individual Performance Report Mid-January, 2024
Close of Internship 15th February 2024

Internship Package


·       Each intern will receive a monthly stipend of 5, 000 GMD.

·       In addition to a Health and Safety induction, personal protection equipment will also be provided if needed



Job Vacancy

NAWEC Job Vacancy

How to Apply. Please send an e-mail to expressing your interest and indicating the position you are interested in along with a brief resume. Your resume should be no more than 2X A4 pages and should include basic information including name, contact details, address, date of birth, education and qualifications along with a brief listing of your employment to date. Please do not send certificates at this stage.

Position Senior Communications and PR Manager
Salary Scale B
Role Summary Responsible for the development, and promoting positive public awareness of the NAWEC through external communications,  continuous  improvement, delivery, shaping, and maintaining NAWEC’s reputation and brand
Reporting Relationships Reports directly to Group Corporate Services Director
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develop and implement effective communication strategies that raise awareness of the transformative reforms NAWEC is undergoing
  • Advise management on messaging and support delivery of regular messages via appropriate channels.
  • Develop and implement the brand image in coordination with customer service
  • Oversee all internal and external communications, ensuring consistent and engaging messages.
  • Plan and manage the design, content, and production of all marketing and communications materials.
  • Supervise projects to guarantee all content is publication-ready.
  • Create communication and marketing campaigns for new products and milestones, launches, events, and promotions.
  • Lead the  Communication and Public Relations staff, including quality control of all outputs and identify and organise appropriate communications training as needed
  • Ensure timely and effective responses to emerging issues
  • Coordinate effectively with other departments, in particular customer services.
  • Support regular management interviews and audio recordings.
  • Manage budgeting process to ensure plans can be implemented
  • Work effectively with all peers and stakeholders and especially with Electricity and Water Business Units, Group  Finance, Group Human Resources and Group Corporate Services to negotiate and influence customer service improvements, PR and Brand Image of NAWEC.
  • Carries out specific business wide tasks/projects as required from time to time
Requirements and Qualifications Must have a a recognized Professional 3rd Level Qualification.

Bachelor degree in journalism, PR, marketing or related field.

Must have at least 5 years working experience in a similar role

Competency Detail
Strategy Development Understands the exigencies of a developing and changing Electricity and Water Industry and contributes to the  development of Customer Services  Vision, Values and strategic plan
Change Understands change principles and proactively leads change
Team Building Ability to build strong teams around  communication, PR and digital platform in reaching out to NAWEC customers
Leadership and Management Inspires team by articulating strategic and operational messages clearly, leading by example and taking initiatives on when, where and how to communicate
Professional Knowledge Maintains constant self-improvement by staying up to date with Electricity and Water technologies and translates into Customer Service improvements
Operational Procedures Understands the criticality of disseminating Operational information that might affect NAWEC’s service delivery
Visionary Has a clear view of what needs to be achieved
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 Sensitive to the importance of stakeholders, their identification and development of appropriate responses
Strategic Outlook Have a clear understanding of being strategic about communication. Appreciate the need to champion a communication strategy
Position Senior Legal Services Manager/Company Secretary
Salary Scale B
Role Summary Guide NAWEC Management about the day-to-day management of the organization, including compliance with legal and statutory requirements. Post holder will serve as the principal legal adviser to both the Board and Management.
Reporting Relationships Reports directly to Group Corporate Services Director
Duties and Responsibilities
  • organising, preparing agendas for, and taking minutes of board meetings and annual general meetings (AGMs).
  • maintaining statutory books, including registers of members, directors, and secretaries.
  • dealing with correspondence, collating information, and writing reports, ensuring decisions made are communicated to the relevant company stakeholders.
  • contributing to meeting discussions as and when required, and advising members of the legal, governance, accounting, and tax implications of proposed policies.
  • monitoring changes in relevant legislation and the regulatory environment and taking appropriate action.
  • liaising with external regulators and advisers, such as lawyers, Regulator, and auditors.
  • transcribing and proofreading legal documents.
  • taking responsibility for the health and safety of employees and managing matters related to insurance and property.
  • developing and overseeing the systems that ensure the company complies with all applicable codes, in addition to its legal and statutory requirements.
  • Handling correspondences before and after meetings, collating information and writing reports.
  • maintaining current awareness about company law, including occupational health & safety laws, labour laws and other regulatory requirements.
  • maintaining the register of shareholders and monitoring changes in share ownership of the company;
  • taking a role in share issues, Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and takeovers
  • Supervise the work of the Legal team.
  • Any other duties assigned by the Managing Director.
Analytical & Critical thinking Has capacity to analyse often complex processes and develop sensible conclusions and recommendations
Compliance Driven Ability to assess and advise on compliance issues in all operations of the company
Communication Appreciates the value of good communications and is able to report clearly and logically verbally and in writing
Decision Making Ensure independence is maintained in decision making and advisory responsibilities
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
Confidentiality and Discretion Ability to keep confidential and classified documents and decisions in confidence. Ensure all such are availed on a need-to-know basis
Professional Knowledge Stays up to date with current legal happenings, instruments, and guidelines
Company knowledge Understands how NAWEC electricity and water operates at all levels

Vacancy Announcement



The Role

Responsibility for the acquisition, control, accountability, maintenance, utilization, and disposition of NAWEC’s property and transport.

The Person
Must have a Third level qualification with extensive experience in a utility of similar size and scope to NAWEC, especially in the area of Asset management.

Senior Manager, Facilities, Transport and Security

The Role
Overall responsibility for NAWEC’s  long-term Master Planning and Strategic Business Planning

The Person

Must have a 3rd Level Degree ideally to Masters level with a minimum of 10 years experience in planning at a strategic level in an organization of similar scope and scale to NAWEC.

Good understanding of electricity and water businesses.

A Masters Degree in Business Administration would be an advantage.

Senior Manager, Strategic Planning and Policy

How to Apply. Please send an e-mail to expressing your interest and indicating the position you are interested in along with a brief resume. Your resume should be no more than 2X A4 pages and should include basic information including name, contact details, address, date of birth, education, and qualifications along with a brief listing of your employment to date. Please do not send certificates at this stage.

The deadline for submission of applications is 15th December 2022

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About NAWEC:

At NAWEC we’re proud to live in and work for our country.  Our vision is to be among the top best managed and financially viable water and electricity companies in West Africa by the year 2025.  Key to achieving this vision is having competent and healthy staff that can deliver on the task in order for us to meet the current and future requirements of the Gambia.  That’s where you come in!

About The Gambia:

The Gambia known as ‘The smiling coast of Africa’ is situated in West Africa. It is the smallest country within mainland Africa and is surrounded by Senegal, except for its western coast on the Atlantic Ocean. We have an awesome coastline on our doorstep, plus plenty of cafes, restaurants, along with some amazing provincial villages which makes it a great choice whether you’re seeking a quieter, more rural environment or a greater sense of community, Gambia has a lot to offer.

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The Person

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 The Person

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The Role

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The Person

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The Role

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The Person

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The Role

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The Person

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