Our New Gender Policy – Underscoring Commitment to Make NAWEC a Great Place to Work for Women

Our New Gender Policy – Underscoring Commitment to Make NAWEC a Great Place to Work for Women

#WomensMonth might be over, but we aim to celebrate and uplift women year-round here at NAWEC.

As part of our ongoing restructuring efforts with support from the World Bank, NAWEC has recruited an executive team where over half of all directors are women.

Watch this video to learn more about:

  • The newly established gender policy
  • Our efforts to increase women’s representation in technical roles
  • The women who comprise our executive team

 

NAWEC AND SENELEC SIGNED A 50MW POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT (PPA)

1st April 2022

PRESS RELEASE

NAWEC AND SENELEC SIGNED A 50MW POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT (PPA)

 

DAKAR, SENEGAL, 31st March 2022 – The National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) wishes to inform the public that it has signed a power purchase agreement with the Société Nationale d’électricité du Sénégal (Senelec). The Managing Director of NAWEC, Mr Nani Juwara, and the Director General of Senelec, Mr Papa Mademba Biteye, signed the agreement in Dakar, Senegal, which is meant to facilitate the importation of 50 megawatts of electricity through the Soma and Brikama OMVG  substations for a period of five years. NAWEC will initially use 30 megawatts this year on a take-and-pay basis.

 

With the signing of this agreement and the completion of the 225kV transmission lines and substations of the OMVG from Kaolack-Soma-Brikama, NAWEC for the first time ever has secured sufficient power capacity in the Greater Banjul Area (GBA) to meet current demand. The new OMVG transmission line has been connected to the local network and the final stages of commissioning and testing are completed.

 

“This is only one of many steps underway to provide stable electricity to our people. It is a very important milestone that we have been working towards for some time” Mr Nani Juwara, Managing Director of NAWEC highlighted at the signing ceremony.

 

The next and most transformative step to stabilizing the electricity supply will be to complete the upgrading and extension of the distribution networks.  NAWEC has been working hard to maintain and expand existing services while also meeting the rapid growth in demand. However, due to the very poor condition of the network inherited in 2017, this is a huge task that requires extensive investment, which is being negotiated through a series of funders. To this extent, NAWEC requests the patience of the public as they strive to address this through major restructuring to provide better services.

 

The capacity for imports through the OMVG transmission line to GBA is 150 megawatts, so there is a significant increase in the potential to meet the growth in demand with sufficient expansion of the distribution network.

 

NAWEC is grateful to The Gambia government for facilitating the required funding by donors and lenders,  particularly in this instance, The World Bank, African Development Bank and The Kuwaiti Fund for the generous funds that have contributed towards the completion of the transmission lines and substations Special thanks to the OMVG for the coordination and the final delivery of this important infrastructure for our countries.

This milestone underlines the fact that the NAWEC turnaround program is yielding results.

“We take this occasion to remind you all that our vision at NAWEC is to become one of the best managed and financially viable water and electricity companies in West Africa” Mr Juwara concluded.

GERMP Scholarship Award

                                                                                     

 

GERMP Scholarship Award

 

The National Water and Electricity Company of the Gambia (NAWEC) and the Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI), supported by the World Bank through the Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernisation Project (GERMP) are pleased to announce the establishment of the GERMP Scholarship Award.

 

  1. What is the GERMP Scholarship Award?

The GERMP Scholarship Award is a joint initiative by NAWEC and GTTI to promote a diversified workforce in the Energy and Water sectors in The Gambia, by increasing the number of women and girls working in institutions in these sectors.

 

  1. Who can receive a GERMP Scholarship Award?

The GERMP Scholarship Award is directed at:

  • Female students who want to pursue a career in the energy and water sector and have no previous experience in these fields.
  • Female students who want to advance their studies in these fields (including former and current GTTI students).
  • Women already working in the energy and water sector in the Gambia who want to advance their careers (including but not restricted at NAWEC).

The GERMP Scholarship Award only targets Gambian nationals.

 

  1. What is in the GERMP Scholarship Award Package?

The GERMP Scholarship Award covers for each scholar:

  • The full cost of the training fee, for the training course selected and accepted for each scholar.
  • A monthly stipend of D2.000 (two thousand) to cover transportation and any other related costs (this applies only during the active period of the academic year, and it does not cover for the Holiday period).

The GERMP Scholarship Award also includes a paid internship at NAWEC, in specific training areas, for the scholars with the best academic performance. It should be noted that the final number of annual internships will be subject to NAWEC’s Human Resources Needs.

 

 

  1. What are the application criteria?

The application criteria for the courses offered within the framework of this Program are:

  • For BSC in Engineering: 6 Credits including Math, Further Math, Chemistry, Physics, English Language and credits in the relevant areas of interest.
  • High National Diploma (HND) Programs: 5 Credits including English and Math or at least 4 credits.
  • Technician Programs: 4 Credits including English & Math.
  • Certificate Programs: 4 Credits with a Pass in either Math & English.

For the Technician and Certificate Programs, students can also apply if they have acquired skills and/or have previous experience in the sectors. These skills will be evaluated during the Interview Panel.

 

  1. What are the training courses covered by the GERMP Scholarship Award?

The GERMP Scholarship Award will be available for the following courses offered by GTTI:

  • Solar Water Heating System (6Months)
  • Technician Certificate in Construction (1Yr)
  • Certificate in Electrical/Electronics (1Yr)
  • Certificate in General Engineering I and II ( Mechanical Option + Electrical Option) (1Yr)
  • Certificate in Plumbing & Gas Fitting (1Yr)
  • Diploma in Electrical Electronics (1Yr)
  • Diploma in Renewable Energy Eng. (Photo-Voltaic) (1Yr)
  • In Plumbing & Gas Fitting (1Yr)
  • Diploma in General Engineering (Mechanical Option + Electrical Option) (1Yr)
  • Technician Diploma Construction (2Yrs) (Skills and Competence in Construction provided)
  • Ordinary National Diploma (OND) – Mechanical Engineering (2Yrs)
  • OND Electrical Engineering (2Yrs)
  • High National Diploma (HND) -Mechanical Engineering (2Yrs)
  • HND-Civil Engineering & Architecture (2Yrs)
  • HND-Electrical/Electronic Engineering (2Yrs)
  • BSc Electrical/Electronic Engineering (3Yrs)

 

 

  1. How many GERMP Scholarship Award will be given?

The total number of scholars who will receive the GERMP Scholarship Award is estimated at 54. The initiative is expected to happen every academic year until 2024/2025 but can be ended before, if the number of scholars is achieved before then

The final number of scholars will depend on the number of applications received that comply with the criteria and are selected according to the selection procedure.

 

  1. Can the GERMP Scholarship Award be terminated?

In the event a scholar is found to be in violation of the national laws, including statute or regulations of GTTI, or is convicted of any criminal offence, or due to unsatisfactory progress (as determined by the GTTI), then, after consultations with NAWEC, the Scholarship may be terminated.

 

  1. Where and when will the trainings take place?

The training will take place at GTTI Kanifing Main campus. The training will start in January 2022, for the academic year of 2022.

 

  1. How can I apply to a GERMP Scholarship Award?

To apply for the GERMP Scholarship Award, potential scholars are required to apply to their selected training course at GTTI. This includes the submission of the completed forms to GTTI which  are available at the GTTI Cashier’s desk at a cost of D200 (two hundred). For the selected scholars, this cost will be refunded with their first stipend.

  • For the Technician and Certificate Programs: Students applying based on their acquired skills and/or previous experience in the sectors, will have to submit their Curriculum Vitae and a letter from their employer or any other relevant document attesting to their experience.
  • For BSc and HNDs programs: the potential scholar must also submit a written document stating the justification for the application to the GERMP Scholarship Award.

Further to these, a birth certificate to make proof of nationality will also have to be submitted by all candidates.

All scholarship applications must be submitted to GTTI’s Admissions Office. Interest in this Scholarship must be shown through the admission form in the section provided for this purpose.

 

  1. How will the selection be made?

The selection process is as follows:

  • Phase 1: Verification of the administrative procedures, which includes review of the submitted forms and verification that the potential scholar fulfills the criteria to the selected training. This verification will lead to the development of a shortlist of potential scholars.
  • Phase 2: An Interview Panel will be held with the shortlisted. GTTI and NAWEC staff constitute the Interview Panel.
  • Phase 3: Notification of the scholars awarded the GERMP Scholarship Program.

 

  1. What is the timeline for the attribution of the GERMP Scholarship Award?

The most important dates for the GERMP Scholarship Award for the Academic Year 2022 are:

  • Deadline for applications: October 31st, 2021
  • Evaluation process (Shortlist and Interview): between 17th to 31st November 2021 
  • Communication to the scholars: December 15th, 2021
  • Start of the training: 3rd 2022 (final date to be confirmed)