He served NYSC at the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre, Lagos. Under the River Basin Authorities in Sokoto, Katsina and Kaduna states, he acquired project experiences on large dams, hydraulic structures and on irrigation projects. At the agriculture ministries of Kaduna / Katsina states, his experience expanded into small holder irrigation schemes and on rural infrastructure. In 1989 â€“ 1990 he coordinated a programme of wheat production on over 10,000 hectares of irrigation schemes / Fadamas.
In 1990, he joined 4 other professionals to found Afri-Projects Consortium, a multi-disciplinary firm on projects management consulting. APCâ€™s outstanding role as Management Consultants to Nigeriaâ€™s Petroleum Trust Fund (1995 â€“ 1999) supported the PTF to rapidly establish a reputation of positive interventions in several sectors. Among other things, it opened opportunities to over 620 professional firms, 15,000 other professionals, over 500,000 personnel, and over 10,000 contractors and suppliers.
Since then, his consulting engineering experience has extended into other sectors, including the telecom sector (Regulatory Framework), World Bank assignments in rural development and urban upgrading and works on large irrigation schemes. He has coordinated significant nationwide programmes for clients including Galaxy Backbone PLC and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture. As Lead Consultant to the Presidency on monitoring and evaluation of Nigeriaâ€™s DRGs funded MDGs programmes, he worked with civil society organizations to coordinate the assessment of progress toward attainment of MDGâ€™s in Nigeria.
Engr. Rafindadi has served leadership roles in the NSE â€“ from branch levels to Council membership at the national level. From 1997 he has been an active participant at annual conferences of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers FIDIC and at several other international conferences. His outstanding success as President of ACEN (2012, 2013) has enhanced goodwill to Nigerian engineers â€“ both locally with the built environment professionalsâ€™ forum as well as internationally at FIDIC and other forums.
Recognitions and awards received have included: Shell BP Prize - Civil Enginering, Morgan Omonitan Prize - Structural Engineering (ABU, 1981); NSE presidential awards (2004, 2014); ACEN awards at annual conferences (2000, 2002, 2004); conference speakership awards (APBN, 2002; NIQS, 2014); Fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Civil Engineers (FNICE, 2009).
International recognitions: for contributions at FIDIC: Davos, Switzerland (October 2011); Livingstone, Zambia (April 2012); Khartoum, Sudan (April 2013). In 1999 he successfully met the requirements of the â€śPrivate Finance of Infrastructureâ€ť, by the International Law Institute (ILI), in cooperation with Georgetown University, Washington DC.
He has served on the Board of the Nigeriaâ€™s Maritime Authority (NIMASA, 2009 to 2011) and participated at the International Maritime Organization IMO (London), the International Seabed Authority ISA (Kingston) and the International Labour Organization ILO (Geneva). He presently sits on the Council of COREN.