Jobs up for grabs as ERC opens county of­fices

Business Daily (Kenya) - - TOP NEWS - Neville Otuki no­tuki@ke.na­tion­media.com

Some 60 jobs are up for grabs as the En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (ERC) moves to open five re­gional of­fices in Kisumu, Mom­basa, El­doret, Ny­eri and Marsabit for li­cens­ing of projects and su­per­vi­sion.

The en­ergy reg­u­la­tor yes­ter­day said it would re­quire ex­perts in re­new­able en­ergy, elec­tric­ity, petroleum and gas, en­vi­ron­men­tal, health and safety man­agers, along­side driv­ers and of­fice as­sis­tants.

“We need a tech­ni­cal team to li­cense projects and en­force our reg­u­la­tions in the planned re­gional of­fices,” said ERC act­ing di­rec­tor-gen­eral Pavel Oimeke.

The de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion of the agency’s roles, cur­rently con­cen­trated in its Nairobi of­fice, comes amid ris­ing power projects in coun­ties, largely so­lar parks and wind farms.

It’s part of the ERC’S five-year strate­gic man­age­ment plan run­ning

up to 2022.

Mr Oimeke reck­ons the ad­di­tional of­fices will strengthen the agency’s hand in pro­vid­ing ad­vi­sory and over­sight ser­vices, in­clud­ing up­ping sur­veil­lance on ris­ing cases of fuel adul­ter­ation and il­le­gal re­fill­ing of cook­ing gas.

“We want to be pro-ac­tive not re­ac­tive as has been the case when­ever is­sues have come up,” he said.

En­ergy sec­tor work­ers are sec­ond best paid in Kenya at an av­er­age of Sh121,998 a month , be­hind those in fi­nan­cial sec­tor, ac­cord­ing to Eco­nomic Sur­vey 2017.

..We want to be pro-ac­tive not re­ac­tive as has been the case when­ever is­sues come up” PAVEL OIMEKE | ERC ACT­ING MD

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EN­ERGY ERC act­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Pavel Oimeke .

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