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Senior Electrical Engineer


About DABS

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA), through its 2006 Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS), set out ambitious three to five year goals for increasing access to electricity. The aim was for electricity supply to reach at least 65 percent of households and 90 percent of non-residential establishments in major urban areas and at least 25 percent of households in rural areas. This would have represented a considerable increase over the rate of electrification – which had last been reliably estimated at six percent nationwide in 2003. More recent estimates suggest that some 25-30 percent of households have access to grid electricity. There appears to be no reliable estimate for the number of people with access to off-grid electricity although there is some 134MW of small hydro, diesel generators and solar power installed.

Responsibility for management and operation of the electricity system rests with Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), the national electricity utility. Until 2009, DABS was a department of the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW). DABS’s corporatization has been accompanied by a strong program of commercialization supported by the World Bank and more recently by USAID. DABS is responsible for the installed domestic generation capacity, including about 230MW of hydropower and with it Naghlu Hydropower Plant, although only about 138MW is currently in service. MEW still retains a role in investment planning and project management and is the main counterpart for three existing World Bank supported projects.

In mid-2015 there were 12 hydropower plants in Afghanistan, not counting the over 5,000 off-grid NSP hydropower plants. The two largest among those are Naghlu Hydropower Plant at 100 MW installed capacity and Mahipar Hydropower Plant at 66 MW installed capacity. A new 42 MW hydro at Salma in Herat province was opened in June 2016, and work continues on developing an additional 18 MW of capacity at the Kajaki Hydropower Plant in the south of the country. There are 9 thermal plants connected to the grid, with a total rated capacity of approximately 209 MW. Another 8 small plants with an aggregate capacity of 12 MW operate off grid. All of the thermal capacity is diesel fired. The power generation mix is run to minimize costs by favoring cheap power from abroad and the use of domestic hydropower over thermal and diesel power plants. The government plans to continue increasing import capacity through projects set out in the National Energy Supply Program (NESP).

Job Summary

DABS World Bank PIU intends to hire a Senior Electrical Engineer to support the implementation work of Herat Electrification Project.

Job Details

Date Posted: 14 Feb 2018 Reference: VA-DABS-HQs/96-0278
Closing Date: 28 Feb 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Electrical Engineering Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy10000.0
Contract Type: Consultant Years of Experience: 5 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

The following tasks to be undertaken by the Senior Electrical Engineer:

These duties shall comprise (but not necessarily be limited to) the following:
• Review engineering designs, technical specification, BoQs and cost estimations of substations and transmission lines, including towers, conductors, insulators, ground wires, etc. in accordance with relevant technical standards
• Providing support to PIU on supervision of contractor’s work and project implementation as per approved work schedule.
• Coordinate with project manager, site engineers and other experts on project
implementation schedule and contract management arrangements.
• Prepare detailed project implementation schedules showing anticipated progress of works and expenditures for each contract.
• Supervise and monitor construction and installation, testing and commissioning of all equipment’s for TL and Substation.
• Close coordination with environmental and safeguards specialists to ensure compliance with safeguards requirements.
• Ensure that inspection and monitoring are carried out in accordance with the recommendations of plans, and all works associated with the project are carried out in full compliance with the designs and specifications.
• The day to day supervision and coordination with all relevant parties, including the coordination of all activities carried out by the contractors.
• If needed, review as-built installations and compare them with original designs to ensure all aspects are fully implemented as stipulated and prepare certificates of Completion and Operational Acceptance and punch lists according to the review.
• Review payment claims submitted by the Contractors.
• Review and check conceptual engineering drawings, specification and prepare the bill of quantity.
• Preparation of reports and assessments, such as site visits and materials’ testing observations.
• Holding regular meetings with contractor for smooth monitoring of progress.
• Proper reporting system to PM of Herat Project at DABS HQ.
• Any other assignment instructed by Project Director and Project Manager.

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces


• Good English language skills are required.
• Good computer skills (Ms. Office, Technical Engineering Software’s, AutoCAD, and some other necessary software’s Primavera P6 and Microsoft Project).


• Must have a degree in Electrical engineering with 5 years of related Experience, Master’s degree is a privilege.
• Work experience in design and implementation of 110kV Over Head Transmission Lines and 110kV Power Substations is highly required.
• Competent in reading and understanding Specifications, drawings, and reviewing of design and all other disciplines related to project and engineering documentation.
• Work experience with International donors such as World Bank, USAID, and ADB is preferred.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
AF AF 12


Bachelors Degree, Electrical Engineering

Submission Guideline

Dear Applicant,
It is your responsibility to verify that information entered in your Resume / CV that are uploaded are received and are accurate. Documents must be uploaded as the correct document type Word Format) or they will not be considered. Example: Resume must be submitted as a Resume. Recruitment Team will not modify, change or contact you regarding the completeness or accuracy of your application. If a document is not legible, you will not be able to attend the interview and you must again upload it by the close date.
NOTE: DO NOT upload performance appraisals, letters of recommendations, miscellaneous certificates, training plans or position descriptions. These documents will not be used qualify you.
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