Support Assistant II (Electrician) at icipe – African Insect Science for Food and Health

  • Full Time
  • Nairobi


Overall Purpose of the Job

Electrical installation and maintenance works.

Specific Duties

  •  Carry out electrical installation works.
  •  Carry out electrical repairs and maintenance of Electrical distribution panels and boards.
  •  Undertake installation and repair of electrical wiring, lighting systems, fittings, and accessories.
  •  Carry out machine repairs and maintenance of electrical appliances.
  •  Carry out maintenance of solar PV plant equipment.
  •  Repair of refrigerators, cold rooms, and air conditioners.
  •  Inspecting transformers, generators, circuit breakers, and other electrical components.
  •  Troubleshooting electrical issues using appropriate testing devices.
  •  Maintain record of all campus meters, meter readings for recharges, power fluctuations, and water pump operations.
  •  Carry out any other duties as assigned from time to time.
  •  Monthly energy and diesel usage analysis for generators.
  •  Supervision of students on attachment.


  •  Diploma in Electrical Engineering or equivalent qualifications from a recognized Institution.
  •  At least 10 years experience in electrical systems and appliances and equipment with at least 3 years in Commercial Solar PV systems and Solar thermal systems.
  •  Knowledge of electrical installation works.
  •  Ability to coordinate and work amicably with team members.
  •  Sound working knowledge of low voltage distribution systems, power generation, blueprints, maintenance, and repair of electrical equipment.
  •  Working knowledge of installation, repair, and maintenance of solar PV plants (grid tie and hybrid systems) and solar water heating systems (designing and installation).
  •  Knowledge of refrigeration and air conditioning.
  •  Knowledge of Auto CAD is an added advantage.
  •  Ability to respond swiftly to emergencies.
  •  Firefighting and first aid.
  •  Computer literacy.

Other Desirable Attributes

  •  Critical thinking is necessary for trouble shooting and problem-solving.
  •  Supervises students on attachment.
  •  Expected to handle minimal resources such as imprest.


  • This position reports to the Electrical Engineer/Facilities & Assets Manager

Method of Application

Applications will be accepted up to 13th September 2023. Interested applicants should submit: (a) a confidential cover letter; (b) a detailed CV with names and addresses of 3 referees, including e-mail addresses; and (c) a statement illustrating suitability against the listed qualifications/competencies/abilities, and skills. Candidates are required to apply online through: or by Email:

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