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International Project Manager

Closing on: May 22, 2019
Job Type: Contract Full Time
Job Location: Honiara

Background

The Tina River Hydropower Development Project Office is the key Implementing Entity for the Tina Hydropower Development Project (TRHDP) on behalf of the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification (MMERE) of the Solomon Islands Government (SIG).

The TRHDP is a national flagship energy project managed by a dedicated Project Office of the MMERE. The Project’s main objective is to reduce the cost of electricity, improve reliability, less dependent on imported fuel and diversifying fuel mix to a sustainable and cleaner renewable hydro source. The Project Office has been involved in the preparation of TRHDP since 2010 and managed the preparation of the Feasibility Study, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), Land Acquisition and Livelihood Restoration Plan (LALRP), Community Development Plan (CDP), Gender Action Plan (GAP), etc.

An international competitive tender was conducted in 2015 that resulted in the selection of the consortium of Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-water) and Hyundai Engineering Co. Ltd. (HEC) as the preferred project developer. Commercial negotiation between K-water/HEC (Sponsors), Solomon Islands Electricity Authority (operating as “Solomon Power” (SP)) and SIG followed. In November 2018, the Sponsors established Tina Hydropower Limited (THL) which entered into the Power Purchase agreement (PPA) with SP, and into the Implementation Agreement (IA) and the Government Guarantee Agreement (GGA) with SIG on the 6 December 2018. The Project Agreements have a 12-month close period which expires on 6 December 2019 (the Required Closing Date). The parties to the agreements are targeting an early Closing Date in August 2019 and are working towards achieving the conditions precedents they are obligated under in these agreements. The Project is to be financed by the THL Sponsors’ equity and concessional financing to SIG which it will on-lend to THL. The financing agreements for the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) and Australia-Pacific Islands Partnership (APIP) Fund (administered by the World Bank) have been signed on 6 December 2018. SIG, with the support of the Project Office, is in the process of finalizing the financing agreements with the other Concessional Financing Parties.

Responsibility & accountability

The Internationally recruited Project Manager is an important member of the Project Office team and will work closely with the MMERE, THL and SP to ensure the project is properly implemented and achieves SIG’s objectives of the Project.   The Project Office team comprises national staffs, international and national Advisors/Consultants who will work under the guidance of the Project Manager to ensure that the requirements of SIG and Concessional Financing Parties are fulfilled during the implementation of the project. The Project Manager will report to Permanent Secretary of MMERE for her/his daily work program.

Key responsibilities

  • Overall responsibility for maintaining mandate, authority and resources for the Project Office. Manage the development of strategy and plans to maintain effective and efficient Project Office performance in the implementation of key project activities.
  • Supervise and evaluate performance of Project Office staffs.
  • Supervise and evaluate performance of the Advisors and Consultants (Project, Strategic, Technical, Legal and Safeguard Advisors etc.)
  • Develop the Annual Work Plans and Budget for the Project Office by closely aligning with the scheduled activities of THL and SP.
  • Manage budget and be accountable for the funds provided to the Project Office by the Concessional Financing Parties.
  • Manage budget and be accountable for the funds provided to the Project Office by SIG.
  • Ensure transparent, accurate and organized financial management of Project Office.
  • Monitor to ensure THL and SP are implementing the project consistent with the requirements of the PPA, SIG and Concessional Financing Parties.
  • Monitor to ensure SIG is implementing the project consistent with the requirements of the IA, GGA, on lending agreement and Concessional Financing Parties.
  • Collaborate with the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MOFT) to ensure financial transactions between the financing parties and the project implementation agents namely THL and SP are done according to financing agreements covenants.
  • Collaborate with MOFT in securing additional finances that may be required by the Project.
  • Coordinate across project implementing entities and ensure smooth interfacing between components to ensure that the Project commercial operation date is achieved.
  • Devise communication strategies for audiences in the Solomon Islands and those outside Solomon Islands, and communicate proactively and effectively to keep stakeholders appropriately informed.

Required qualification & experience

  • A minimum of fifteen (15) years professional experience in project management.
  • Previous work experience in managing or working at senior technical level in hydropower or Project Financing of a Power facility is an advantage.
  • Prior experience working on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects using a PPA model or similar is an advantage.
  • Experience working in the pacific islands or in small developing country context is an advantage.
  • Sound understanding of the Project’s development objectives.
  • Extremely proficient in Microsoft Windows applications, namely Excel, Word and Power Point.
  • Possess the ability manage community expectations and other project risks using various communications platforms and strategies.
  • Ability to juggle and lead on a multiple number of activities and tasks concurrently.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • A Masters qualification in any of the following fields is required: engineering, project management, social & environment safeguards, development studies and/or economic studies.

The position is on offer for one year with possible extension pending satisfactory performance. A competitive remuneration package will be offered based on the qualification and experience of the successful applicant. Interested applicants should send a full Curriculum Vitae and application letter detailing suitability for the position to:

The Senior Project Advisor
TRHDP Office
Suite 304 Hyundai Mall
P O Box 956
HONIARA

The deadline for application is May 15th, 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

A detailed term of reference for this role can be obtained at the following link: Project Manager (International) Terms of Reference

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