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Generator Technician




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Recruiter: U.S. Embassy Updated on: 2017-07-20 02:10:02
Contract Permanent
Location: Nairobi Available: Immediately
Category: Installation / Maintenance / Repair Offer: FP-09;FSN-5




Facilities Maintenance (FM) has an opening for the position of Generator Technicin. The position will close on July 19, 2017.


Minimum Requirements

Qualifications Required:

NOTE:  All must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

       Other Criteria


Job Specification


Serves as an Electrical (Gen) Technician, and provides the preventive and emergency electrical service for over 90 Government owned (GO) and 170 plus short term leased properties and a 16 acre Embassy compound with 10 buildings totaling 129,382,000 Sq. feet of floor space supporting USAID /STATE tenants totaling over 1200 personnel and over 300 US Embassy families.

The generators serviced range from 16KVA to 1000KVA with diesel engines and automatic switch gear and power distribution systems. Duties include installation and recording power consumption measurements and ensuring associated systems components and hardware are electrically and mechanically compatible with systems at installation location. Conducts preventive maintenance requirements in accordance to established maintenance procedures and recommendations. Provides troubleshooting and diagnostic service using relevant electrical tools and testers. Generate inspection reports reflecting condition of appliances.


  1. Tests, repairs, and trouble shoot office and residential generators and related electrical distribution equipment, such as automatic transfer switches (ATS), Automatic voltage regulators (AVR), mains intake switch gear, Batteries and chargers etc. and regularly check the fuel levels for the generators and tops up accordingly. (25% of time)
  2. Attends to the emergency repairs and coordinates emergency electrical faults beyond customers reach with the Kenya Power and Lighting company. (10% of time)
  3. Interprets all electrical circuit drawings for new installations, does the installation to Kenya Power and Lighting Standards, commissions work after completion. (5% of time)
  4. Conducts monthly and quarterly preventive maintenance in accordance with manufacture’s recommendations on over 125 residential generators, including the following cluster compounds: Makueni Road supporting 5 families, Shanzu Gardens supporting 20 families, Rosslyn Lontree supporting 8 families, Rosslyn Ridge supporting 60 families, Moundsmere complex supporting 6 families, Spring Valley Road supporting 5 families, Kibagare way supporting 5 families, Orchard Close Muthaiga supporting 3 families, Karura Avenue, supporting 3 families. Conducts preventive maintenance on the 62,997 sq feet Warehouse Complex generators and NEC 1500 and 250 KVA generators all totaling to USD 5.5 million.  Maintains checklist cards for reference and completes work orders and detailing related labor and materials data for maintenance and repairs based on the nature of work carried out. (40% of time)
  5. Required to drive a light commercial truck to transport tools, diesel, equipment and materials to and from Job sites. Works with outside contractors on new installations and co‑ordinates delivery of new & old generators to and from site with warehouse/Motor Pool or vendors, off‑loads using a forklift. (20% of time)


Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.  

(1)   AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
(2)   AEFM / USEFM
(3)   FS on LWOP** 

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of the most recent Member Copy Four (4) of the DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and, if applicable, a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  If claiming conditional eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference, applicants must submit proof of conditional eligibility.  If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not received in the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veterans’ preference will not be considered in the application process.  Mission HR’s decision on eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference after reviewing all required documentation is final.

* This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP.    

 Additional Selection Criteria:

To Apply:

1.  Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application.  Candidates who claim conditional U.S. Veterans preference must submit documentation confirming eligibility for a conditional preference in hiring with their application.

2. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.
The U.S. Mission in Nairobi provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in

Employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability,

Political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The Department of State also strives to

achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity

enhancement programs.

The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied

Equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation.  Individuals with such

complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for

prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief. 


1.  Eligible Family Member (EFM): 
    An individual related to a U.S. Government employee in one of the following ways:

The term shall include, in addition to natural offspring, stepchildren and adopted children and those under legal    guardianship of the employee or the spouse when such children are expected to be under such legal guardianship until they reach 21 years of age and when dependent upon and normally residing with the guardian;

 2.  U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Member (USEFM):  For purposes of receiving a preference in hiring for a qualified
    position, an
EFM who meets the following criteria: 

  1. Resides at the sponsoring employee's or uniformed service member's post of assignment abroad or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; or
  2. Resides at an Involuntary Separate Maintenance Allowance (ISMA) location authorized under 3 FAM 3232.2.
  3. Appointment Eligible Family Member (AEFM):  EFM (see above) eligible for a Family Member Appointment for
          purposes of Mission employment: 
    ·         Is a U.S. citizen; and

·         Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610) or a child of the sponsoring employee who is unmarried and at least 18 years old; and

·         Is listed on the travel orders or approved Form OF-126, Foreign Service Residence and Dependency Report, of a sponsoring employee, i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad at a U.S. mission, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), and who is under chief of mission authority; and

·         Is residing at the sponsoring employee's post of assignment abroad or, as appropriate, office of the American Institute in Taiwan.

·         Does not receive a Foreign Service or Civil Service annuity

 4.  Member of Household (MOH):  An individual who accompanies a  direct-hire Foreign, Civil, or uniformed service
     member permanently assigned or stationed at a U.S. Foreign Service post or establishment abroad, or at an office
     of the American Institute in Taiwan.  An MOH is:

   A MOH is under COM authority and may include a parent, unmarried partner, other relative or adult child who falls 
  outside the Department’s current legal and statutory definition of family member.  A MOH does not have to be a U.S.
5. Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR)An individual who: 

 NOR employees are compensated under a GS or FS salary schedule, not under the LCP. 
6. Ordinarily Resident (OR) – A Foreign National or U.S. citizen who: 

  EFMs without U.S. Social Security Numbers are also OR.  All OR employees, including U.S. citizens, are 
  compensated in accordance with the Local Compensation Plan (LCP).



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