Job Description

The Power Systems Expert is responsible for the identifying and assessing the risks associated with high-voltage direct current (HVDC) power transmission system.


This is a 2-year project for the implementation of Energy Supply Improvement Investment Program in Afghanistan.


Key responsibilities:

  • Coordinate concept project activities and risks associated with HVDC systems by owning all aspects of delivery and creating an environment of accountability for performance and results
  • Ensure the use of new and improved technology in HVDC cable projects have an appropriate balance between cost, risk and performance to optimize whole-life value
  • Act as the technical lead for cable technology, developing and providing the technical policy, specification and application guidance
  • Undertake risk assessments of cable technology/design to recommend project decisions in the HVDC projects
  • Prepare design materials for basic design assignments
  • In consultation with Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), prepare conceptual designs for the new 500-kV substation at Dashte Alwan
  • Review and update preliminary cost estimates, prepare a list of materials, equipment, and works necessary to implement the subprojects, and, based on the result of the route survey, prepare a transmission line route
  • Undertake relay protection and control engineering with detailed design and setting for high-voltage substation and transmission up to 500 kV
  • Prepare basic concept on protection and telecommunication
  • Identify areas of conflict between system requirements and designed protective schemes, and recommend corrective action
  • Performs other responsibilities associated with this position as may be appropriate.


Qualifications to be successful in the role:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering specialization in HVDC technologies
  • With at least 10 years of relevant experience covering studies, planning, designing, and managing HVDC power sector projects in various countries, including generation, transmission, distribution components
  • Proven experience and detailed knowledge of cable technology and its application in electricity transmission systems (e.g., oil-filled, MI, XLPE) including cable ratings
  • Specific knowledge and experiences on HVDC cable technology
  • Broad knowledge of transmission technologies and a good understanding of how these technologies influence the operation and performance of the transmission system
  • Proven experience of promoting the introduction of appropriate new technology and techniques associated within area of expertise
  • Experienced in preparation of formal technical documents, e.g., technical/work specifications, processes or procedures, technical guidance notes
  • Good working knowledge and understanding of how transmission technologies particularly cables are managed across their life cycles
  • Working knowledge of electrical substation facilities and preparation of design for an assigned system including analysis, calculations, research, selection, layout, etc., necessary to develop required design documents
  • Good understanding of asset degradation modes and failure mechanisms, the potential consequences of asset failure and how these influence asset management processes
  • Familiar with international standards relating to area of expertise
  • Experienced in working in post-conflict countries is desirable
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills

Preferred qualifications

  • Undergraduate
  • Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering(B.E,B.Eng)
  • CISBE - Member