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Environmental Advisor, East Africa

Natural Sciences Research
International Development Group
1908X Requisition #
RTI International is a research institute based in North Carolina, USA of approximately 5000 employees with 30 years of worldwide experience implementing international development projects in energy and other disciplines. We have extensive experience implementing a variety of projects worldwide focusing on legal/regulatory reform of the energy sector, improving energy efficiency, utility turnaround, raising private financing for energy infrastructure, working with governments on legal and regulatory reforms to alleviate bottlenecks, and increasing underserved populations’ access to energy.

RTI is seeking a part-time Environmental Advisor for the East Africa Energy Program under the Power Africa initiative by USAID.

This person will be the primary technical specialist responsible for ensuring development and tendering of environmentally-sound generation and transmission projects and working with East Africa electrical utilities to help address their environmental challenges. The work will require liaising with the project staff such as Community Engagement Advisors to ensure that affected communities for proposed projects are heard in relation to environmental issues that impact their communities.

Specific Responsibilities:
• Be the subject matter expert for the EAEP project regarding environmental issues
• Review environmental impact assessments for proposed generation projects and to a lesser degree for transmission and distribution projects. Provide feedback on these reports and recommend courses of action to country counterparts, developers, and other country stakeholders.
• Support counterparts’ understanding of environmental issues regarding the energy sector. Assess knowledge gaps and develop plans to address them, referencing international standards.
• Work closely with the EAEP Community Engagement Advisors to understand the needs of communities that will be affected by projects, especially regarding right-of-way issues for transmission infrastructure and related power generation infrastructure. Support the Community Engagement Advisor to facilitate dialogues among communities, developers, and government officials with the to come to agreements on environmental issues related to projects that will affect communities.

Required minimum qualification and experience:
• Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering, or another relevant field.
• 6-10 years of experience working with completing and/or reviewing environmental reports, specifically in relation to energy for at least 2 years
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the power sector and its environmental challenges in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required. Strong proficiency in another East African language is preferred.

Level of Effort
• We anticipate this position will be part-time, with a level of effort of approximately 100 days per year. This position will be based primarily in Nairobi, but will require working in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and possibly Djibouti, Somalia, Burundi, and DRC. Some work will be handled remotely such as document reviews, but other assignments will require ground presence.

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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