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John Munene

John Munene

YEP period 2022 - 2024, batch 25

Young Expert at Hydrobox - Kenya

YEP Role

Role: Project Development Engineer

I work as Project Development Engineer at Hydrobox Kenya Ltd. which is a power generation company. Its core mission is to facilitate the provision of reliable and sustainable source of energy in regions that do not have access to electricity today by offering innovative power plan solution that relies on the most affordable and sustainable source of energy: hydropower. Each of our power plants empower the local industry, SMEs and tons of thousands of local households. My responsibilities include:

  • Site assessment
  • Preferability studies
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Project initiation and detailed design
  • Pre investment studies
  • Site supervision and project management
  • Preparation of working drawings
  • Appraisal, monitoring and evaluation
  • Project reporting


  • Good at decision making and planning
  • Creative
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical skills.
  • Interpretation Skills
  • Knowledge of Engineering Design and Analysis Software
  • Self-driven


  • Nationality: Kenyan
  • Education:
    • BSC Civil Engineering at Kimathi University Collage of Science and Technology

Experience before YEP

  • Project Engineer at Avenir Engineering & Associates Consulting Ltd. Responsibilities:
    • Liaison and project management
    • Field appraisals
    • Project initiation and detailed design
    • Pre investment studies
    • Site supervision
    • Preparation of working drawings
    • Appraisal, monitoring and evaluation
    • Project reporting.
  • Health and Safety Officer at Jiangxi Water and Hydropower Construction Kenya. Ltd (JWHC). Responsibilities:
    • Liaison between Contractor and Client
    • Create and implement health and safety policies in accordance to the IFC and Neema Standards
    • Undertake regular inspections and risk assessments
    • Ensure that any hazards or defects are rectified immediately
    • Keep record and investigate any accidents
  • Design/Site Engineer at Jiangxi Water and Hydropower Construction Kenya. Ltd (JWHC).
    • Responsibilities as site Engineer
      • Liaison between contractor and client
      • Offer technical advice to the contractor and sub-contractors’ craftspeople and operatives
      • Oversee the selection and requisition of materials
      • Day-to-day management of the site, including supervising and monitoring the site labor force and the work of any subcontractor
      • Prepare reports as required
      • Resolve any unexpected technical difficulties and other problems that may arise
      • Confirming and setting out of works
      • Confirming work measurements on site
    • Responsibilities as Design Engineer
      • Organise and maintain existing engineering records
      • Ensuring components and assemblies adhere to standards
      • Project initiation and detailed design
      • Preparation of working drawings
      • Preparing Programe of works
      • Recording daily activities
      • Bar Bending schedule and material reconciliation
  • Water and Structural Engineer at Batiment Engineering & Associates Ltd. Responsibilities
    • Develop project budgets, work plans and schedules
    • Develop technical proposals and provide comments on the technical content and level of effort of the proposed scope of works
    • Attend project meetings as needed and present specific aspects of the engineering alignments
    • Perform structural designs and analysis of steel and concrete structures
    • Perform structural inspections, upgrading and rehabilitation
    • Create 3D Models of structures for Seismic & Wind loads Calculations using Finite Element Software
    • Working on water, wastewater and storm water treatment and conveyance, including planning, process evaluations, detailed design and construction administration
    • Be involved with troubleshooting and problem solving on all systems and have a working knowledge of hand-tools and maintenance practices
    • Facilities planning, project design, permitting and construction administration activities as well as developing design reports and construction documents
    • Maintaining technical quality and ensuring designs meet client specification
    • Review and evaluate engineering supplied system capacity and load data provided by the System Engineering Owners for all systems and areas.
    • Project reporting
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