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Natural Sciences Research
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International Development Group
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RTI International is requesting applications for Off-Grid Advisor on anticipated, upcoming USAID-funded energy project in Papua New Guinea. The goal of the USAID PNG Electrification Partnership Activity is to contribute significantly to achieving the goal of 70% electrification by 2030. The Off-Grid Advisor will be based in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

The Off-Grid Advisor will provide technical assistance to the off-grid energy sector to accelerate transactions and increase access to finance. The individual will also build institutional capacity off off-grid government departments to improve the enabling environment for off-grid energy companies.

Required Skills and Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in a relevant technical field and 10 years’ relevant experience including substantive field experience.
• Understanding of/experience with: pico-solar systems, solar home systems, micro-grids, battery storage systems.
• Understanding of/experience with: pay-as-you-go models, import/export restrictions, distribution and retail networks/business models, mobile finance strategies, execution/design of willingness-to-pay survey strategies, market mapping diagnostics, equity fund design.
• Demonstrated skill in community engagement, consultative processes, field-based constraints sector analysis.
• Demonstrated experience with productive use analysis/project design such as solar irrigation, cold storage, light manufacturing, etc.
• Demonstrated policy experience and skills including preferably tendering processes, standards-setting, and strategy formation.
• Targeted transaction advisory service (equity and debt, recruitment, business model, market trend advisory, supply chain and distribution partnering advice) preferable.
• Strong/demonstrated project management, reporting, writing and numerical skills.


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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