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Construction Engineer/Supervisor Solar - Burundi

Company details

Established in 1999, 3E is an independent technology and consulting company in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The company offers expert technical guidance and due diligence services, covering the whole project lifecycle. 3E also has a track record in advising corporate and public authorities on sustainable energy technology, policy and markets. Additionally, it offers a suite of software services that enhance the performance of renewable energy plants, facilitate the implementation of smart grids and assess the energy efficiency improvements in buildings. 3E combines in-house innovation, partnerships with leading R&D centers, and a thorough understanding of practical industry needs to continuously offer high performance, cost-effective energy services and products.

3E expertise covers:

•Solar: PV & thermal power

•Wind power: on & offshore

•Sustainable buildings & sites

•Power grids and markets

Its clients include renewable energy project developers and investors, energy utilities, architectural offices, suppliers in the construction markets, maintenance companies, financial institutions and regional and international public authorities.

3E’s international team operates from Brussels (HQ), London, Paris, Toulouse, Istanbul, Delhi and Cape Town and has a project track-record of over 15 years in over 40 countries.


The Job

The Solar team is looking for a construction engineer / supervisor, willing to act as resident engineer for a project in Burundi. In your role as construction supervisor you will be involved from contracting until operational stage of the project, with a focus on the construction phase. You will act either on behalf of the Sponsor or the Lender or the owner as a resident engineer and supervise the construction works on the client’s behalf, which will involve a continuous presence on site for several months.

The engineer should have in-depth knowledge and field expertise with regards to the construction and commissioning of solar energy projects.


You will start with a mission of between 9-10 months as a resident engineer onsite for one of our projects in Central Africa. Here, your tasks will consist of the supervision and day-to-day management of the construction works for RE projects:

• Supervise the progress of the works delivered by the contractors and report on any delays incurred.

• Follow-up on project budget and report on actual costs.

• Assess the quality of the works delivered in accordance to the contract and anticipate to any defects.

• Inspect the components delivered on site and identify any (transportation) defect.

• Coordinate the implementation of EHS regulation on site.

• Organise weekly site meeting and prepare reports to the client, external advisors, …

• Coordinate the different works amongst each contractor and external parties (grid operator, local authorities…) .

In parallel or for future assignments you might act as a lender’s / owner’s engineer for other projects, that do not require continuous on site presence. In this role your tasks will consist of:

• Full scope technical due diligence including contract review, PPA review, financial model review, technology assessment, grid connection agreements, assessment of BOP design, …

• Contract Review and negotiations.

• Construction Monitoring: drawdown reporting, quality assessment, monthly follow-up of planning and budget, ...

• Supervision of installation and commissioning of measurement stations.

• Tender preparation and follow-up/management of the tender process.



• Engineer (electrical, civil, mechanical or electro-mechanical) with minimum 2-3 years relevant experience in the field of (renewable) energy as contracting or site engineer, consultant, or design engineer.

• Experience on solar projects construction sites. Ready to reside on-site for longer periods and in development countries, flexible to travel on short notice.

• Previous experience in Africa or other development countries is a plus.


• Proven hands-on mentality and a real problem-solver.

• Ability to work independently.

• Versatile and willing to cover a wide variety of tasks (from desk to on-site work).

• Excellent organisational and administrative skills combined with a high sense of responsibility and a professional attitude.

• Good communication skills.

• Excellent report-writing skills.

• Fluent in French.

• Knowledge of Excel, Autocad, DigSilent, Microsoft Project and WindPro are a plus.



You’ll depend on the 3E offices in South Africa, with the higher part of the job in Central Africa.

Our Offer

In addition to a stimulating atmosphere in a highly dynamic office - and the broader very motivated team of experts of 3E - we offer:

• Attractive salary package in line with your level of experience

• An international context: projects in over 25 countries worldwide, colleagues of over 15 nationalities

  • Location: You’ll depend on the 3E offices in South Africa, with the higher part of the job in Central Africa.


Kalkkaai 6 Quai à la Chaux
1000 Brussels



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