Djibouti has geothermal EOIs out; KenGen, USEA, UNEP seek candidates for positions in African geothermal development

Djibouti has geothermal EOIs out for Geothermal Procurement Specialist and Lake Assal Geothermal Procurement. KenGen is requesting proposals for Technical Advisory Services for Procuring a JV Partner at a 140-MW Geothermal Project. A position is open at USEA for Program Director of East Africa Geothermal Development. At UNEP, two positions are open in Ethiopia: Geophysicist Consultant and Principal Geothermal Scientist.

EOI for Geothermal Procurement Specialist and EOI for Lake Assal Geothermal Procurement, Djibouti
RFP for Technical Advisory Services for Procuring JV Partner, 140-MW Geothermal Project, KenGen, Kenya (Sept. 26)
Program Director – East Africa Geothermal Development, USEA (closing Oct. 12)
Geophysicist Consultant, UNEP Division of Regional Cooperation (DRC), Ethiopia (closes Sept. 26)
Principal Geothermal Scientist, UNEP Division of Regional Cooperation (DRC), Ethiopia (closes Sept. 30)

EOI for Geothermal Procurement Specialist and EOI for Lake Assal Geothermal Procurement, Djibouti
The government of Djibouti has two requests out for expressions of interest related to the geothermal project at Lake Assal: (1) for a procurement specialist who will be attached to the Project Implementation Unit of the Djibouti geothermal project and (2) the whole procurement notice for the project. The detailed and separate tendering docs will be issued later. Click to view the documents in French: Request for EOI for Geothermal Procurement Specialist (due September 24); Procurement Notice for Lake Assal Project. Contact: Electricité de Djibouti; Djama A. Guelleh, Director General; Boulevard de la République; BP 175 Djibouti; Tel: 253.21.35.53.68; Fax: 253.21.35.43.96; E-mail: direction.68@edd.dj

RFP for Technical Advisory Services for Procuring JV Partner, 140-MW Geothermal Project, KenGen, Kenya (Sept. 26)
The Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has released an RFP for technical advisory services for the procurement of a joint venture partner for a 140MW geothermal power public private partnership (PPP). Visit Kengen.co.ke. The proposal submission deadline is Thursday, September 26, 2013 by 2:00 pm (East Africa Time). Contact information: Capital Planning and Strategy Manager; PO Box 47936, 00100; Nairobi, Kenya; Tel. 254-20-3666-425; Fax 254-20-3666466; E-mail enjenga@kengen.co.ke; Cc: jnjeru@kengen.co.ke; ckiara@kengen.co.ke; pkimemia@kengen.co.ke. Additionally interested parties can contact the U.S.-East Africa Geothermal Partnership: Ms. Britt Shaw; Email: BShaw@usea.org; Tel: (202) 312-1268

Program Director – East Africa Geothermal Development, USEA (closing Oct. 12)
Summary: The United States Energy Association (USEA) seeks an experienced Program Director with extensive technical expertise in geothermal energy, international development experience, and knowledge of East Africa to manage a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project to advance geothermal energy development in East Africa and expand business opportunities for U.S. geothermal companies. This is a full-time position.

Project Description: The U.S.-East Africa Geothermal Partnership (EAGP) is a program sponsored by USAID and the U.S. Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), and is being implemented through the framework of an existing program that USAID has established with the U.S. Energy Association. EAGP seeks to highlight the development of geothermal energy resources in East Africa and to encourage and facilitate the involvement of U.S. companies and experts in the region. The overall mandate will include all East African countries with sustentative geothermal resources, but will primarily focus on Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda.

The mission of the U.S.-East Africa Geothermal Partnership is to improve standards of living in the Rift Valley region of East Africa (EA) through increased use of geothermal resources for power generation as well as direct use. This will be achieved by fostering collaboration and information exchange between African governments, Africa-based private companies and financial institutions, U.S. geothermal companies, U.S. Government agencies, U.S. educational institutions, private investors and other bilateral and multilateral agencies. The initiative includes the provision of U.S. technical, educational, and financial support to enable interested East African governments, through increased use of geothermal resources, to increase the reliability and to decrease the costs associated with their grid-based power generation systems, train host country geoscientists and engineers, build government and private sector capacity, promote private investment, and secure multiple environmental benefits.

Responsibilities: The Program Director will be responsible for the planning, implementation, and reporting for this USAID-funded geothermal energy development project under the auspices of the U.S. Energy Association. Program management, technical direction, budget management, and oversight of professional and support staff, as well as consultants and industry volunteers are fundamental responsibilities.

Other key responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Serving as primary point-of-contact with USAID, GEA, and industry partners
• Development and implementation of the project workplan and list of activities
• May travel up to 40% of the time to several countries in East Africa, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, and others
• Compliance with all applicable U.S. Government, USAID, and USEA regulations, policies and procedures affecting the contract
• Building and maintaining strong relationships with US geothermal energy companies, and securing their involvement in training and partnership activities as appropriate
• Development and tracking of key performance indicators for program efficacy, including specific geothermal development and trade promotion achievements
• Conducting informational seminars for regional and U.S. representatives on technical and policy issues

The Program Director will also oversee tasks including:
• Establishing a geothermal industry information collection and dissemination system to keep U.S. industry informed of business opportunities in East Africa
• Development of roster of active and potential technical assistance partners
• Hosting delegations of East African geothermal officials in the U.S. and third countries
• Preparation and publishing of digital and hard copy reference and marketing materials

The Program Director will report directly to USEA’s International Energy Partnership Program Senior Director, and will consult extensively with the Director of USAID’s Africa Infrastructure Program, as well as other USAID officials.

Requirements — The ideal candidate would possess:
• Master’s degree in energy, engineering, geosciences, business administration, African area studies, and/or international development or equivalent experience
• At least 5 years’ experience in program management, especially with U.S. Government programs
• At least 10 years’ geothermal energy experience, including knowledge of exploration, drilling, power plant development, direct use, project financing, and geothermal operations
• Direct experience with geothermal energy activities in East Africa
• Understanding of energy programs and policies of World Bank, IFC, AFDB, KfW, USTDA, USDOE, and USAID
• Knowledge of development efforts to date for East African countries and of USAID efforts to advance development, including geothermal
• Knowledge of legal, regulatory, financial, and institutional requirements for energy development, including geothermal
• Outstanding written, verbal, and cross-cultural communication skills
• Authorization to work in the United States and ability to travel to developing countries up to 40% of the time
• Valid U.S. passport

To Apply: Candidates who meet the position requirements and are available to begin work in October 2013 should email a cover letter and resume to Britt Shaw, Program Coordinator, U.S. Energy Association, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 550, Washington, DC 20004-3022 at bshaw@usea.org no later than October 6, 2012. Three professional references who can attest to the candidate’s experience are requested but not initially required.

Geophysicist Consultant, UNEP Division of Regional Cooperation (DRC), Ethiopia (closes Sept. 26)
Submitted by United Nations Environment Programme — The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations systems designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP’s Division of Regional Cooperation (DRC) helps to implement UNEP’s global programs in the regions by initiating, coordinating and catalyzing regional and sub-regional cooperation and action in response to environmental problems and emergencies.

In this context, UNEP is implementing the GEF Funded African Rift Geothermal Development Facility Project (ARGeo) with a view to promote geothermal resource development and utilization by reducing risks associated with resource exploration. The ARGeo support will facilitate attraction of investors and lowering the cost of geothermal power development projects. One of the ARGeo components is to provide technical and financial Assistance for surface exploration studies for the ARGeo member countries (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda).

On this basis, UNEP received the proposal on “Geothermal Resource Assessment of Tendaho Geothermal Field in Ethiopia” from the Geological Survey of Ethiopia (GSE) for its technical assistance for surface exploration studies. GSE required, in its proposal, provision of scientific equipment and high level experts in areas of: (i) Geophysics, and (ii) Principal Geothermal Scientist. UNEP selected this proposal as one of the prioritized projects to get a technical assistance for surface exploration studies. The results of these studies will provide useful information to identify the target sites for deep exploratory wells and minimize the risk of exploration.

In this regard, UNEP desires to recruit a “Geophysics consultant” to assess the geophysical methodologies proposed in the project document and indicate alternative technical approach and methodology (if any) to address the problem, review the existing geophysical data (resistivity, gravity, magnetics and seismics), guide the young geophysicists of GSE: (a) in using geophysical equipments, (b) new data generation, (c) data integratio n and processing using various geophysical software. This is with a view to develop the geophysical model for exploration well siting. In general, the Consultant will be required to provide advisory services and hands on training on geophysical data collection, processing and interpretation as well as modeling using gravity, magnetics, and resistivity to GSE Geophysicists and Technicians.

The consultant is expected to (i) review and prepare a report of the integrated geophysical data of Tendaho; and (ii) Develop an integrated geophysical model with a view to target sites for deep exploratory wells.

This position is located in the United Nations Environment Programme, Division of Regional Cooperation at the Nairobi duty station. The Consultant is expected to work under the general supervision of the Director, Geothermal Resource Assessment, GSE. UNEP in consultation with GSE will follow up and monitor the performance of the consultant in undertaking the following duties:

Responsibilities: The consultant will be required to provide advisory services and hands on training on all aspects of geophysics including magnetics, resistivity and gravity. These consultancy services will include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Data review and interpretation of MT/TEM, seismic, magnetics and gravity data
• Check and advise on geophysics field data quality
• Interpret geophysical structures based on gravity, magnetic and resistivity
• Model geological structures based on geophysical data
• Carry out geophysical data (seismics, MT/TEM, gravity and magenetics) integration and develop a geophysical conceptual model with a view to siting exploration wells

Ultimate result of services:
• Review of existing data and interpretation of new geophysical data and models developed for Tendaho geothermal fields and advise on ways of improving data quality
• Prepare and present reviewed geophysical models and reports for Tendaho
• Prepare and develop an integrated geophysical model of Tendaho

Professionalism: Ability to understand and conceptualize integrated geothermal resource exploration in high enthalpy geothermal fields such as East African Rift System… Shows pride in work and in achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Qualifications: The Consultant should hold Advanced Degree in Geophysics or a relevant discipline.

Experience:
• Has served as a geophysicist for not less than 15 years in the geothermal industry or related field.
• Have an in-depth knowledge of theoretical and practical understanding of gravity, magnetics seismics, and MT/TEM techniques.
• Must have participated in field data collection using gravity, magnetic, seismics and resistivity (MT/TEM) in a geothermal environment mainly in a rift settings
• Should have high-level skills in geophysical data processing using common software
• Carried out integrated conceptualized models for a geothermal field.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Other Skills: Excellent computer skills (Microsoft office, Internet, email) are required.

Preference will be given to equally qualified women candidates. The deadline is September 26. Applicants should send a completed United Nations P.11 or Personal History Form together with a covering letter of one to two pages summarizing how they meet the requirements of the job to: E-mail: recruitment@unon.org

Principal Geothermal Scientist, UNEP Division of Regional Cooperation (DRC), Ethiopia (closes Sept. 30)
Submitted by United Nations Environment Programme — See above listing (“Geophysicist Consultant”) for background on the United Nations Environment Programme involvement in Ethiopia — In this regard, UNEP will recruit a “Principal Geothermal Scientist” to review the existing and new generated geoscientific data (geology and geochemistry), and integrate as well as interpret and process all the geoscientific data. This is with a view to develop a conceptual model of the Ayrobera and Dubti (Tendaho) geothermal systems and locate target sites for deep drilling. In general, the Consultant will be required to provide advisory services on integration, processing and interpreting of all the geoscientific data as well as conceptual modeling using all geoscientific studies.

The consultant is expected to (i) review and prepare a report of the integrated geoscientific data of Ayrobera and Dubti (Tendaho); and (ii) Develop a conceptual geothermal model with a view to target sites for deep exploratory wells.

This position is located in the United Nations Environment Programme, Division of Regional Cooperation at the Nairobi duty station. The Consultant is expected to work under the general supervision of the Director, Geothermal Resource Assessment, GSE. UNEP in consultation with GSE will follow up and monitor the performance of the consultant in undertaking the following duties:

Responsibilities:
The consultant will be required to provide advisory services specifically on all aspects of geological and geochemical exploration as well as modeling. These consultancy services will include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Data review and interpretation of existing and new geological and geochemical data
• Check and advise on geochemical field data quality
• Interpret new geochemical data to be generated
• Model geological structures based on geological and geochemical data
• Carry out all geoscientific data (geology, geochemistry and geophysics), integration and develop a geothermal conceptual model with a view to siting exploration wells

Ultimate result of services:
• Revised detailed geological and geochemical report of Ayrobera-Dubti (Tendaho) geothermal field
• Prepare and develop an integrated conceptual model of Ayrobera-Dubti (Tendaho) using geological, geochemical and the interpreted geophysical data/model.
• Locate target sites for deep exploration wells
• Present the final results in the Technical Review Meeting

Professionalism: Ability to understand and conceptualize integrated geothermal resource exploration in high enthalpy geothermal fields such as East African Rift System.. Shows pride in work and in achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Qualifications: The Consultant should hold Advanced Degree in Geothermics, Geology or Geochemistry or a relevant discipline.

Experience:
• Has served as a geothermal scientist for not less than 15 years in the geothermal industry or related field.
• Have an in-depth knowledge of theoretical and practical understanding of geological, geochemical and geophysical exploration techniques
• Must have participated in field data collection using geochemical and geological methods in a geothermal environment mainly in a rift settings
• Should have high-level skills in geothermal data processing using common software
• Carried out integrated conceptualized models for a geothermal field.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Other Skills: Excellent computer skills (Microsoft office, Internet, email) are required.

Preference will be given to equally qualified women candidates. Deadline is September 30. Applicants should send a completed United Nations P.11 or Personal History Form together with a covering letter of one to two pages summarizing how they meet the requirements of the job to: E-mail: recruitment@unon.org

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