Construction Manager – Financing – Freetown, Sierra Leone
05 Apr 2024
West Africa
Sierra Leone

About the Firm

CrossBoundary Energy (CBE) is the leading provider of clean, renewable, reliable, and affordable electricity directly to African businesses. According to World Bank data, access to reliable and affordable electricity is the most significant constraint on economic growth on the continent. CBE addresses this challenge by providing African corporates with fully financed renewable power. Through this approach, we are building a disruptive, distributed, renewable utility that can unlock sustainable growth in Africa.

We are already making rapid progress towards our vision. CBE is currently delivering a portfolio of over $200M of solar, wind, and storage projects for businesses across Africa. Our clients include Actis, Diageo, Heineken, Rio Tinto, Syrah Resources, Unilever, and other leading regional companies. Learn more at

CrossBoundary Energy is a member of the CrossBoundary Group, a mission-driven investment firm committed to unlocking the power of capital for sustainable growth and strong returns in underserved markets. Learn more at

Job Description

CrossBoundary Energy is recruiting a Construction Manager to oversee the construction process for CBE’s renewable energy project for Baomahun Gold Mine in central Sierra Leone, approximately 200km east of the capital Freetown. The project consists of a 23.8 MWp solar PV, 13.8 MWh battery energy storage system and 18 MW HFO. The project is currently in procurement. The project’s commissioning will be completed in Q1, 2026.

The Construction Manager will contribute to all facets of project planning and execution for the Baomahun hybrid project’s construction. She/He will be the main interface point between CBE’s Project Development Team, CBE’s EPC contractors, and CBE’s clients on topics related to the construction of CBE’s projects. This role will be responsible for reporting on project progress, managing project partners to act consistently with CBE’s technical and EHS standards, raising gaps in performance to CBE’s project manager, and ensuring corrective measures are taken on-site where needed. The Construction Manager will report to the Project Manager.

This position is available as a 12-month contract, with the opportunity to convert to permanent placement subject to performance. The permanent position would offer opportunities to service additional CBE renewable energy projects across Africa following the completion of the installation at Baomahun.

Who We Are

The CrossBoundary Energy team is a unique group of people who are genuinely excited by the opportunity to make a difference in some of the world’s most challenging and exciting renewable energy markets. The chosen candidate will play an important role in a unique team


with the opportunity to make a large impact on the clean energy landscape in Africa. Team members come from diverse backgrounds but share several qualities: curiosity, humility, integrity, a drive for excellence, and a bias for action.

Who You Are

  • Excellence: Demonstrated expertise in implementing international best practices for managing construction risks across a variety of projects
  • Excellence: You hold yourself to high standards and lead by example. You overdeliver on all tasks – big or small – necessary to contribute toward the team objective.
  • Acts Like an Owner: A systematic and highly organized construction manager; takes personal accountability for tracking activities across workstreams to drive them all to successful conclusion.
  • Deliberate Thinker: A pragmatic decision-maker known for choosing the simplest so- lution to reach the goal. Writing in documents and emails is brief, clear, and free of misspellings or confusing formatting. You speak up in team meetings to summarize your conclusions and offer new ideas.
  • Curiosity: Not satisfied with “no;” assists others to generate creative solutions. You do not make or accept ultimatums.
  • Bias to Action: Self-starter who is passionate about creating lasting change in Africa. You are comfortable with ambiguity, accountable for your decisions, and can operate without direction in a fast-moving environment.
  • Prioritizes Results: Effectively employs software and project management tools to meet project and personal goals.
  • Authentically Cares: Patient in developing good working relationships with clients, suppliers, and consultants.
  • Integrity: Your set your standards above the minimum required for compliance where necessary to deliver an excellent project

Required Qualifications

  • 7+ years proven experience in construction management required, specifically in the construction of renewable energy projects or large-scale infrastructure projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver on construction of large-scale energy projects, through the full project lifecycle.
  • Strong technical knowledge of solar PV, battery energy storage systems, and thermal power generation technologies.
  • Work experience/competency or demonstrated familiarity with large-scale and hybrid renewable energy generation plants, especially hybrid solar PV, BESS plants, and thermal power plants.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or construction related field.
  • Excellent communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effec- tively collaborate with diverse stakeholders and multicultural teams.
  • Professional fluency in English and French, speaking, and writing.
  • Professional fluency in the use of Microsoft Office suite tools, including Excel and Word
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and complete work independently, without on-site supervision. This will be a remotely managed position.

Primary Responsibilities

The Construction Manager will support the CBE project team, EPC, and subcontractors in general project implementation coordination and EHS management duties. Additional specific duties are listed below:

  • Monitor and update project work schedules using existing templates and effectively track project progress throughout construction.
  • Prepare regular/weekly progress reports, status updates, and presentations for inter- nal management, stakeholders, and project sponsors to provide visibility into project performance and ensure alignment with expectations.
  • Effectively manage internal and external stakeholders to complete scheduled tasks.
  • Identify project schedule and budget risks at an early stage and alert the Project Im- plementation Manager in time to minimize or mitigate impacts.
  • Meet with third-party technical stakeholders (including attending weekly progress and EHS progress meetings) to ask questions and accurately take notes on construction problems for later discussion and review with the Project Implementation Manager.
  • Consistently, accurately, and clearly capture project EHS and construction data. Transmit weekly reports to the team through existing tools in accordance with report- ing deadlines, including stakeholder grievances and any incident reports.
  • Investigate opportunities to improve the project implementation and construction pro- cess to deliver the best value to the customer and CBE.
  • Interpret basic technical design principles related to energy systems, electrical sys- tems, and the built environment, including technical drawings and equipment data sheets.
  • Apply international standards for environmental, social, and health & safety risk man- agement thoroughly, knowledgeably, and consistently on solar construction sites via ESMS procedures.
  • Coordinate preparation, review, and revision of draft RAMs produced by EPC and subcontractors to plan appropriately for mitigating risks during project construction.
  • Demonstrate awareness of all laws and regulations relevant to project work and pro- actively raise questions with the Project Implementation Manager about best practices for compliance.
  • Support application for and acquisition of project permits for generation, construction, environmental certification, and any other permissions as appropriate.
  • Use and build existing processes and tools to manage project implementation, and effectively de-risk CBE’s construction projects.
  • Support in asserting key elements of EHS on a construction site, confidently recom- mending changes and new ways of operating to teammates and external contractors.
  • Support in conducting site audits of compliance with CBE and international EHS standards. Recommend and validate corrective actions to close compliance gaps.
  • Work with CBE’s Supplier Chain team to track procurement orders and coordinate with the EPC contractor to prioritize construction activities according to equipment delivery schedules.
  • Assess and substantiate variation orders/change orders and escalate to the internal project implementation team as necessary.
  • ​​​​Perform pre-invoice verification to ensure that milestones’ deliverables are achieved before payments are paid out to EPC contractors.
  • Prepare interface matrices for the construction process, for both internal and external interfaces, and covering mechanical, electrical, control and communication interfaces of the project.
  • Accurately carry out project document control and monitor the documentation through to project’s completion.

Think you have what it takes but not sure you check every box? Research shows that while men apply to roles when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women often only apply when they meet every requirement. If you are passionate about what we’re building, we want to hear from you!


The staff’s place of work and/or authorized duty station shall be in such location as designated by the Company from time to time and in its sole discretion. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Company anticipates that the staff’s duty station shall be in Sierra Leone.

The successful candidate will perform work for the initial 24 months between Nairobi and on- site in Baomahun, Sierra Leone supervising construction activities. Subsequent assignments, as applicable, would require frequent international travel.

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