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Energy Sector Embedded Advisor, Ethiopia

Natural Sciences Research
International Development Group
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Transaction advisors provide transaction support to advance Power Africa priority transactions by tracking statuses, engaging with stakeholders, and recommending specific technical assistance to expedite or remove obstacles to financial close.
The Energy Sector Embedded Advisor is expected to be placed on a full-time basis within the Ministry of Water, Irrigation, and Electricity (MWIE) to support Ministry energy sector initiatives, planning, and oversight capacity, while improving Ministry technical, administrative, and managerial capacity to oversee the energy sector.
Specific Responsibilities:
  • Offer continued transaction support for ongoing energy transactions (note however there is a transaction advisor for Ethiopia, for whom transaction support is a primary responsibility: this work entails supporting any ministerial-level transaction advocacy or technical support is necessary
  • Support planning and energy strategy at the ministerial level: review and improve current least cost development plans, sector strategies and roadmaps.  Recommend EAEP technical work that will lead to Power Africa objectives for new utility connections, improved utility performance, strengthened generation and transmission capacity, and regional integration.  Build MWIE stakeholder support for the same, ensuring continuous engagement and informed participation by ministry officials.
  • Improve systems, procedures, and processes MWIE uses to coordinate, organize, and oversee the work of multiple donors and technical partners, ensuring MWIE can effectively play a central role in planning and oversight of donor-supported activities, and can effectively plan, prioritize, and coordinate. Recommend training/capacity building activities in support of these goals, and help produce and integrate tools, processes, and procedures where it improves MWIE’s ability to coordinate and oversee donor-sponsored technical work.
  • Capacity building and training: prepare capacity assessments for all key ministerial staff to identify and plan training, embedded advisory assignments, and capacity building activities that improve MWIE’s ability to execute its political mandate and provide effective, responsive/proactive sector oversight
  • Lead advocacy efforts for independent regulation, cost-reflective tariffs, competitive procurement of generation capacity, and other concepts included in Power Africa Extension objectives. Identify and support training and capacity building in support of these concepts where it will improve stakeholder support for them.
  • Engage on an individual basis with all MWIE personnel expected to have a technical or leadership role related to PPPs, IPPs, utility performance oversight, or energy sector strategy.  Build relationships with these key stakeholders to ensure Power Africa EAEP project activities correspond to MWIE needs and that stakeholder support helps advance EAEP objectives.
  • Support reporting, data collection, monitoring and evaluation of project activities
Required minimum qualification and experience:
  • Bachelor’s required with a Master’s preferred in engineering, finance, business or related fields;
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in the power sector
  • Demonstrated experience in Ethiopia’s power sector at a senior level
  • Demonstrated international experience and understanding of energy sector best practice
  • Amharic language skills are strongly preferred
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Strong oral/written communication skills and ability to communicate at multiple levels in the organization: and ability to coordinate activities with officials from host country government, US Government, NGO’s, and other agencies;
  • Ability to build effective relationships with all clients, peers, and stakeholders
  • Ability to work hands-on, independently, and within team.
  • Demonstrated success managing and leading technical and administrative teams;
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team-oriented setting;
  • Experience in general business administration and financial management
  • English language proficiency is mandatory

Physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above.  Examples include:  remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between offices and laboratories; frequently conducting laboratory site inspections (if applicable), ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines, ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require, consistent demonstration of mental stability and ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, per RTI procedure 4.2.1. 

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further information is available here.

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