Project officer

Sahara Group

Job Summary

To accomplish the primary goal of providing administrative and technical skills to support a project to successful completion. The Project Officers reports directly to Head, Special Projects.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Entry level
  • Experience Length: 2 years

Job Description

Sahara Group nutures businesses in the energy sector. These companies operate essentially within the energy industry and its associated sub-sectors. The Group consists of individuals, who are determined to make a positive impact on the business environment.

Duties & Responsibilities

Team Administration:

  • Provide day-to-day administrative support to our team of project managers
  • When required, set up team meetings, record meeting minutes and allocate actions
  • Support the Monitoring, Evaluation, Impact and Learning Lead to monitor progress on projects
  • You may also be required to undertake other assignments from time to time, depending on the needs of the project.

Project Administration: 

  • Maintain relevant project data in various systems pertaining to capacity, new opportunities and general project records 
  • Oversee the upkeep of project documents to ensure they are fit for use
  • Assist with creation of Project Initiation Documents for new projects 
  • Assist with the collation of capacity data on a monthly basis, and communicate analysis of this to the Head of Special Projects. 
  • Ensure that New Opportunities meetings are conducted smoothly – from developing clear agendas, to recording and publishing minutes allocating actions and maintaining the New Opportunities list 
  • Ensure time-sheets are completed on a weekly basis, company-wide.

Financial Administration:

  • Update the team’s project financial reports 
  • Coordinate the team’s input to project forecasting (revenue and costs) 
  • Process and raise PO numbers for invoices 
  • Assist with time management and expenses against projects 
  • Act as the link between the Project Management team and Finance team when required.

General responsibilities:

  • Be aware of, and take personal responsibility for, any health and safety issues and obligations
  • Uphold all aspects of the policies, procedures and legal requirements in relation to personal conduct.
  • Prepare for and engage in one-to-one meetings and performance management appraisals
  • Maintain personal professional development and personal development plans
  • Be willing and committed to take on new work as and when required and to be proactive.

Minimum Qualification/ Experience

  • University Degree with a minimum of 2:1 in any discipline
  • Minimum of 2 years of Post NYSC work experience in a project-related environment.
  • Project Management Professional Certification is a MUST.


  • Thorough familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet, and project scheduling computer applications
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member and independently,
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities under pressure, trouble-shoot, and to meet short- and long-term deadlines
  • Demonstrated experience in budget and financial management
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent critical and creative thinking and analytical skill

Personality Traits:

  • Proven relationship-building skills with good interpersonal skills
  • Project management abilities with demonstrated full life cycle project engineering experience
  • Ability to effectively communicate and interface with all levels of management
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and coordinate multiple concurrent projects
  • Proven ability to work independently, as part of a team and with initiatives to meet tight deadlines
  • Good planning and organisational skills, along with a high degree of detail orientation
  • Enthusiastic, adaptable and quick to learn
  • Strong level of integrity with a sound work ethic

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