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Project Manager- Sustainable Energy Development Project

RMI Ministry of Finance

Majuro, Marshall Islands 96960
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A. Background

 The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) is one of the Small Island Developing States which faces several development challenges, including small land area, limited resources, remoteness, vulnerability to natural disasters and external shocks, etc.  The country consists of 29 atolls and five isolated islands (24 of which are inhabited) and has a total land mass of just 181km2, which is set in an ocean area of over 1.9 million km2. RMIs population is estimated at about 53,000, of which over half are resident in the capital city of Majuro.


The Government of Republic of the Marshall Islands has partnered with the World Bank (WB) in preparing the Sustainable Energy Development Project (the “Project”) to be presented for consideration of the WB Board of Directors in December 2017. The estimated International Development Association (IDA) grant for the proposed operation is US$34 million. The Project Development Objective is to increase the share of renewable energy generation, and enhance the reliability of electricity supply and improve energy efficiency in the country. 


The key stakeholders in the energy sector include the Marshalls Energy Company (MEC), the Kwajalein Atoll Joint Utility Authority (KAJUR), the Division of International Development Assistance (DIDA) within the Ministry of Finance, and the Energy Planning Division (EPD).


The proposed Project will include the following components:

Component 1: Renewable Energy Investments. This component will include the following two sub-components:


Sub-component 1.1: Renewable Energy Development in Majuro. This sub-component will finance the design, supply, installation, and operational support for solar power generation, battery energy storage, and grid management equipment in Majuro.  The activities to be supported include (i) conducting a detailed survey, preliminary design, cost analysis, preparation of bidding documents, and supervision of engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor; (ii) installation of an estimated three MW of solar power-generation, inverters, battery storage, grid-connection, and other ancillary equipment needed to support the contribution of renewable energy in RMI’s generation system and reduce diesel generation; and (iii) provision of assistance on operations and maintenance and capacity building activities to enhance knowledge transfer and sustainability of the technology supplied and installed. An initial assessment on potential sites (owned or leased by GoRMI) available to host the arrays of PV panels include MWSC´s water reservoir near the airport, some public schools and public buildings, the empty space adjacent to the Majuro hospital, and some basketball fields in the city. The water reservoir is the primary candidate for several reasons: it would serve both MWSC and MEC generation purposes in a situation of limited land availability; it would reduce evaporation currently experienced by MWSC; it concentrates half of the potential sites’ total capacity; it avoids anticipated potential distribution constraints; and, due to its size and relative proximity with MEC’s existing thermal generation facilities, a power distribution feeder can easily be erected to convey the generated RE from the reservoir site to the power plant. If the reservoir is used, this would involve installation of floating or fixed solar PV panels in the reservoir. This component will also address the lining of the reservoir as needed during implementation. More information is provided in the Technical Assessment section below and in Annex 1. Site selection will be confirmed during the preparation of the bidding documents.


Sub-component 1.2: Supply and Installation of Gensets for Majuro and Ebeye. This sub-component will finance gensets (low/medium or high-speed depending on studies) for MEC and KAJUR´s power plants in Majuro and Ebeye to help accommodate the planned grid solar capacity, and to improve fuel efficiency and system reliability.


Component 2: Promotion of Energy Efficiency and Loss Reduction Program. This component will provide technical and operational assistance and will complement Component 1 by reducing energy demand through improving the efficiency for both use and supply of electricity from MEC and KAJUR. It will include the following three sub-components:


Sub-component 2.1: Loss Reduction Program in Ebeye. This sub-component will support design and implementation of a loss reduction program for KAJUR to address issues related to supply-side management (SSM). Current losses are estimated at approximately 30 percent in Ebeye. This is mostly caused by technical mismatches in facility configurations and operations. A loss reduction study will be prepared by external consultants to provide recommendations to achieve loss reduction.  Recommendations from the study that are designed to increase the energy efficiency of essential energy infrastructure will also be supported under this sub-component, and may include activities such as downsizing transformers, upgrading distribution lines, and the installation of meters for monitoring usage.


Sub-component 2.2: Demand Side Energy Efficiency. This sub-component will support activities designed to enhance efficient use of energy. This could include such activities as enhanced insulation in buildings and replacement of inefficient lighting or appliances in said buildings. External consultants will provide recommendations to harness best available technologies. This sub-component will also support information awareness campaigns, workshops, training, and education on demand-side management and energy efficiency. It will also support development of policies and regulations for energy efficiency, as well as the development of standards and labeling for energy efficiency, including phasing out inefficient incandescent bulbs and more stringent standards for appliances. Activities aimed at raising consumer awareness on energy efficiency and related capacity-building activities and training will also be supported under this sub-component.


Component 3: Technical Assistance, Capacity Building and Project Management


Sub-component 3.1: Technical Assistance and Capacity Building. This sub-component will enhance the capacity of the Ministry of Finance (MoF), MEC, EPD, KAJUR and Majuro Water and Sewer Company (MWSC) to support efficient energy sector operation, including: (i) carrying out Training and Workshops on energy sector policies, regulatory framework, management, and planning; (ii) conducting studies and provision of technical assistance to enhance EPD’s role in the sector; (iii) provision of technical assistance to establish the O&M Fund to ensure sufficient funds for the operation and maintenance of the renewable energy investments supplied and installed under Part 1 of the Project; and (iv) mainstreaming of gender dimensions into the Project. Provision of technical assistance, training and workshop to support mainstreaming of gender dimensions in the project will be financed under this sub-component.


Sub-component 3.2: Preparation of Renewable Energy Projects in Ebeye and the Outer Islands. This sub-component will support the preparation of studies to identify further assistance and investments needed on renewable energy in Ebeye and the Outer Islands (Wotje, Jaluit, Rongrong, and Santo), including the design of the potential renewable energy projects and preparation of related documents include design documents and the preparation of technical specifications.


Sub-component 3.3: Project Management. This sub-component will support MEC and MoF to manage and implement the Project, including provision of support on Project coordination, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, procurement, financial management, audit, safeguards management, and technical operation. The project’s incremental operating costs will be financed as well as office equipment and project audits.

B. Project Implementation Arrangements

 The implementation period for the Project is planned to take up to four years. The Project will be presented to the World Bank´s Board of Directors for approval by December 2017.

MEC will be responsible for overall Project implementation. A Project Implementation Unit (PIU) will be established within MEC and include a Project Manager and other key staff. The project accountant and the procurement specialist recruited by DIDA will be providing the necessary support to the PIU. The safeguards specialist to be recruited by DIDA under the PREP Project will also support the PIU on safeguards implementation and compliance. The Project Manager will be responsible for overall project coordination and technical guidance and will support the procurement of the different packages and studies. Technical staff will be recruited, as necessary, to support implementation of Component 2 at EPD. The Project Manager will report to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MEC and to the Project Steering Committee (PSC). The Ministry of Finance (MoF) will be responsible for processing Project disbursement requests.

The institutional arrangements will also include a Project Steering Committee (PSC) that will comprise the Chief Secretary, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry or Resources and Development (represented by EPD), as well as representatives from MEC, KAJUR and from Kwajalein Atoll Development Authority (KADA) and others, as needed.  The PSC will govern the Project and will provide the oversight and strategic guidance for the project implementation. The chair of the PSC will be defined at a later stage by the GoRMI.

A Project Implementation Manual (PIM) will set out: such as: (i) the criteria and procedures to be used  for the selection of energy efficiency investment activities undertaken under Sub-component 2.2, (ii) institutional arrangements for day-to-day execution of the project; (iii) the procurement plan and implementation arrangements; (iv) guidance on implementation of safeguard instruments; (v) budgeting, disbursement, and financial management processes; and (vi) project monitoring, reporting, evaluation, and performance indicators including implementation of, and compliance with, Bank safeguard policies; and (vii) the boundaries of defined Project Areas and the criteria and procedure for selecting additional Project Areas.

C. Scope of Work


The Project Manager will perform all daily management tasks for the PIU and be responsible for the overall implementation and delivery of the components of the Project.  

The Project Manager will also provide technical guidance, and implementation, delivery, monitoring and coordination support. Specifically, under the overall coordination and supervision of the Project, he/she is to perform the following tasks:


(a)           Technical Guidance, Coordination and Implementation


  • Support the drafting of the technical specifications for the procurement of the different equipment and studies to be financed for MEC and KAJUR and monitor the installation of the equipment.
  • Prepare ToRs for the technical capacity building assistance in coordination with the relevant agencies;
  • Supervise the consultants providing technical capacity building assistance to the utilities for improving their technical performance and implementing maintenance plans.
  • Coordinate data and inputs from the MEC, KAJUR and other relevant sector institutions.
  • Provide technical leadership on the different activities to be implemented under the Project;
  • Suggest other studies/activities to be financed under the Technical Assistance Component.
  • Supervise and provide technical guidance to the consultants preparing the different studies;
  • Daily management and coordination on project implementation, including: monitoring and documenting the implementation of project activities, effectively managing the project implementation schedule, and all other aspects of project implementation;
  • Monitor progress of project implementation and propose corrective measures when needed;
  • Managing inputs required from the MEC, KAJUR, and EPD for project activities and ensure pertinent information required for studies and activities to be performed by international/national counterparts;
  • Ensure that all technical assistance and training activities are implemented in a timely manner;
  • Coordinate and participate in workshops, training courses meetings and other activities;
  • Ensure that all administrative reports and briefings required to be delivered under the project are submitted in a timely manner;
  • Organize and obtain approvals needed for all workshops, study tour, seminars and other similar activities called for under the project;
  • Liaise between the MEC, EPD, KAJUR, DIDA, and other relevant Govt agencies, development partners, stakeholders, etc on project related aspects;
  • Develop project implementation work plan and budget plan and periodically update;
  • Ensure that filing of documents under the Project during the period stipulated by the WBG rules and procedures is adequately performed;
  • Overview implementation and compliance with the project´s Environmental Management Plan and Environmental and social management framework under the guidance of the safeguards advisor;
  • Supervise any other staff recruited under the Project;
  • Supervise the procurement and financial management activities in accordance with the procurement and budget plans and the relevant procedures and guidelines of the Government of RMI and the WB;
  • Work with the Financial Manager to maintain up-to-date financial forecasts reports, cost to complete, and contingency/unallocated provisions;
  • Draft Project Subsidiary Agreements between MEC, KAJUR and EPD, as needed;
  • Prepare, maintain, and update the Project Implementation Manual; and
  • Other duties applicable to the proposed project as delegated by MEC specifically.

 (b)      Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation


  • Undertake monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the project by monitoring performance indicators;
  • Prepare monthly progress reports to the CEO of MEC;
  • Coordinate the preparation of semi-annual consolidated progress reports, project briefings and other relevant monitoring information to inform project counterparts and the World Bank in an organized manner and with adherence to the Bank’s guidelines; and prepare them for wider dissemination/distribution;
  • Support and liaise with appointed finance officer during Project implementation for the preparation of the draft annual budgets in a timely manner;
  • Work closely with the DIDA Director and the finance officer at DIDA to ensure that Project disbursements are prepared in a timely manner; and
  • Ensure that audits and other financial and technical reporting are conducted as required by the project’s legal documents.


D. Desired Skills, Qualification and Experience

  • An advanced university degree(s) in power sector engineering, or other related fields is required; master´s degree desirable;
  • Experience in procurement guidelines and processes of multilateral and/or bilateral development partners;
  • At least 10 years of electricity sector experience; experience in implementing renewable energy projects highly desirable;
  • Project implementation and management experience including: recruitment, supervision and monitoring performance of consultants and contractors; schedule and achieving key performance indicators (KPIs);
  • Experience working with development partners such as WB, ADB, JICA, EU/EIB highly desirable; and
  • Knowledge of electricity sector issues in small islands is highly desirable.


E.    Reporting

The Project Manager will report directly to the CEO of MEC and will also report to the Project Steering Committee. The deliverables of the Project Manager will include the following but not be limited to:

  • Annual Work Plans and Budget Plans;
  • Financial Forecasts and Report;
  • Half yearly and annual progress reports as requested by the Financing Agreements;
  • Oversee timely delivery of financial management and procurement reports for the PIU;
  • Annual performance evaluation reports for any staff under PIU, Consultants, etc.;
  • Monthly progress reporting to the CEO of MEC;
  • Project Implementation Manual;
  • Mid-term review of the project;
  • Completion report.

F.    Duration

The Project Manager is to be recruited for an initial period of 12 months on a full time basis, with the possibility of extension for the duration of Project implementation (expected to be four years) based on satisfactory performance.  The position would be subject to a probationary period of three (3) months.

G.  Instruction of Application 

Applications should include the following documents and be submitted before 5:00 pm Majuro Time, December 29, 2017. The email subject line should state: “SEDeP Project Manager Position- full name of the candidate.”

  • Cover Letter
  • CV

The submission must be addressed to:

Jennifer Tseng

Director of DIDA

Phone number: +692 625 5968

And cc the following:

            Steve Wakefield

            Chief Technical Officer, Marshalls Energy Company



Desired Skills, Qualification and Experience

  • An advanced university degree(s) in power sector engineering, or other related fields is required; master´s degree desirable;
  • Experience in procurement guidelines and processes of multilateral and/or bilateral development partners;
  • At least 10 years of electricity sector experience; experience in implementing renewable energy projects highly desirable;
  • Project implementation and management experience including: recruitment, supervision and monitoring performance of consultants and contractors; schedule and achieving key performance indicators (KPIs);
  • Experience working with development partners such as WB, ADB, JICA, EU/EIB highly desirable; and
  • Knowledge of electricity sector issues in small islands is highly desirable.