Chief Executive Officer needed at Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA)

Job Title:         Chief Executive Officer

Organisation: Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Board of Directors

About Us:

The Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) is a statutory body established in accordance with the Electricity Act, 1999 (Chapter 145, Laws of Uganda). The Act empowers ERA to regulate the Generation, Transmission, Sale, Export, Import-and Distribution of electrical energy in Uganda.

Job Summary: The Chief Executive Officer will provide strategic leadership through working with the Authority and staff to ensure fulfillment of ERA’s mandate.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  


  • Work with Authority and Staff to define and execute ERA’s mission, communicate it effectively, and ensure it serves continuously as an inspiration and guide.
  • Develop and recommend short and long term goals, strategies and objectives to the Authority to ensure maximization of stakeholder values and the long term success of the Authority.
  • Work closely with and provide accountability to the Authority , and ensure that the Authority is fully informed about the ongoing business at the Secretariat.
  • Keenly review and report regularly to the Authority matters concerning the Authority’s progress towards achieving its goals and any material deviations from the said goals.
  • Work with the Authority to ensure that it is properly constituted and trained to conduct effective governance.

Staff Management, Motivation and Development:

  • Provide leadership and motivate staff towards fulfilling the mission of ERA.
  • Initiate changes and innovations at ERA.
  • Create a work environment that is conducive to attracting, retaining and motivating a diverse group of top quality employees at all levels and ensure that effective delegation is observed.
  • Develop and maintain a sound and effective organizational structureand ensure that personnel systems are in place to appropriately manage the affairs of the Authority.
  • Ensure that there are clear roles and responsibilities and that there is an effective succession plan for all senior positions.

Ethical Standards and Accountability:

  • Work in liaison with the Authority to ensure adherence to ERA’s ethical standards and encourage transparent culture in which ethical policies are understood, prevent and manage ethical breaches including conflict of interest.
  • Identify the principle risks of the Authority and ensure the implementation of appropriate systems to mitigate/manage them.
  • Work closely with the Authority and staff to ensure adherence to accountability standards.
  • Facilitate the Board to effectively fulfill its functions as well as the various Board Committees and individual Board members.
  • Facilitate the Board to undertake periodic Board evaluation.
  • Work closely with the Board Chairman to ensure and enable the Board to fulfill its governance  and oversight function.

Partnership, Regional Cooperation and Corporate Leadership:

  • Work closely with other agencies in the region for efficient and reliable supply of electricity and identify potential collaboration areas in the region.
  • Ensure a smooth working relationship with Government Ministries and Agencies to properly coordinate, interpret and implement government policies and programs.
  • Ensure that effective Communication and appropriate relationships are maintained between the Authority, stakeholders and the public.

Financial Leadership:

  • Ensure that ERA’s budget is developed in a timely manner for consideration by the Authority. Ensure prudent financial management of ERA’s resources and adherence to prudent internal control systems.
  • Authorize commitments of corporate resources including contracts, transactions and Authority’s strategies, corporate plans and objectives.
  • Take reasonable steps to ensure that the Authority’s assets are adequately safeguarded and optimized in the best interest of all stakeholders.

Compliance Leadership:

  • Ensure strict adherence to the provisions of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) Act in the procurement processes.
  • Ensure that all operations and activities of the Authority are conducted in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, good corporate governance principles and practices and any other policies and practices approved by the Authority.
  • Ensure safe and efficient operation of the Authority and compliance with the Authority’s environmental, health and safety policies, procedures and practices.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The applicant should preferably hold a Master’s Degree in Engineering, Economics, Law, Business Administration, Finance, or Management.
  • Membership of a recognized professional body will be an added advantage.
  • Candidates with engineering degrees must be registered with the Engineers Registration Board.
  • A minimum of fifteen (15) years of working experience seven (7) of which must be at a Senior Management level in a credible organization.
  • Extensive knowledge about the Electricity Supply Industry.
  • Be result oriented with very good communication skills.
  • Good research and analytical skills.
  • Good leadership skills, mentoring and coaching skills.
  • Age:  Between 40 – 55 years.

How to Apply:

All applicants should submit their written applications in a sealed envelope marked at the top right hand corner “Application for the position of Chief Executive Officer.”

The applications should be accompanied by a detailed Curriculum Vitae and relevant certificates and testimonials, including a daytime telephone contact, e-mail and postal addresses of the Applicant (including daytime telephone and e-mail) of three Referees.

Address them to:

The Chairman,

Electricity Regulatory Authority,

Plot 15 Shimoni Road,

P.O. Box 10332, Kampala – Uganda

Hand Deliver them to:

Office of the Secretary to the Authority,

Electricity Regulatory Authority,

Plot 15 Shimoni Road P. O. Box 10332, Kampala – Uganda

Deadline: 27th February, 2017 by 5:00 PM

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