African states seek managing director for 80-MW Rusumo hydro project

A hydro development company established by Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania invites applications to become managing director of the 80-MW Rusumo hydroelectric project, to be built on Africa’s Kagera River. Applications are due March 14.

With funding from the World Bank, the three nations established Rusumo Power Co. Ltd. to develop, build, finance, insure, own, operate, and maintain the Rusumo project, which will be located on the border of Rwanda and Tanzania and feature transmission lines interconnecting those countries and Burundi.

The African Development Bank last year allocated US$113 million to the Rusumo project while the Rwanda Senate authorized loan and grant agreements for its construction. The Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP), a unit of the Nile Basin Initiative, recruited a procurement specialist for Rusumo in November.

Rusumo Power Co. Ltd. now seeks applications from individuals to serve as its managing director, responsible for day-to-day operations of Rusumo Power as its chief executive officer. The director is to work closely with NELSAP, which has been delegated to implement the project. The job will be under two-year contract, renewable twice based on performance.

The position requires a bachelor honors degree in electrical or mechanical engineering, finance, commerce, accounting or the equivalent, with a minimum of 10 years’ experience at least as head of department in a ministry in charge of energy or in utility management. The director is to be based in Kigali and later move to the project site at Rusumo.

Applicants are to submit by e-mail an application letter, resume and relevant documents to the addresses below by March 14.

For information, contact Chair of Rusumo Power Co. Ltd., Board of Directors, E-mail: rusumopmu@nilebasin.org, nelcu@nilebasin.org.

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