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Project Manager

Project Management
International Development Group
200A2 Requisition #
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  • Provide management oversight for the team of West Africa Lead Country Advisors, including backstopping support, oversight of all in-country activities, routine check-ins with each advisor to ensure they are receiving the necessary support, ensuring all required reports and deliverables are submitted on time and of high quality

  • Lead technical assistance activities to off-grid companies, including conducting assessments, identification of highest impact opportunities, and implementing approved activities, such as:

    • Distribution, retail, and marketing-focused technical assistance to SHS companies, including assessing potential demand and identifying potential partners for companies to reach these customers.

    • Business-focused technical assistance to SHS and mini-grid off-grid energy companies to help them develop and implement their business models, access to finance, and distribution and retail strategies.

    • Support to off-grid energy companies to develop their mobile payment strategies.

  • Provide support to government agencies in developing an enabling environment that supports the growth of the private sector in the off-grid space.

  • Maintain strong relationships with relevant regional organizations, such as the Economic Community of West African States, and with private sector companies and host country governments.

  • Provide other transaction advisory services as required, including the following:

    • Identify new potential high-impact energy companies for support, determining potential for United States Government (USG) assistance.

    • Support the Access to Finance team identify domestic and external financing sources and develop and maintain a database of available financing sources for off-grid energy companies, including investors, institutional investors, commercial banks, and international financial institutions. 

    • Identify private sector stakeholders, including off-grid energy companies, distributors, and others in the country, and facilitate matchmaking between stakeholders.

    • Coordinate provision of technical assistance to off-grid energy companies with other donors to avoid duplication of efforts.

    • Identify areas of support required by the private sector that can be provided by Power Africa.

  • Regularly liaise with the PAOP Task Order Contracting Officer’s Representative, the PAOP team in the Coordinator’s Office, USAID missions in West Africa, and other USG agencies, as appropriate.

  • Other duties as assigned to ensure quality implementation of project activities in West Africa.

Expected Deliverables

  • Improved distribution and retail strategies of off-grid companies leading to increased sales.

  • Improved business models of off-grid companies leading to new investments.

  • New mobile payment strategies for off-grid companies.

  • Weekly and monthly reports per USAID and program requests.

  • Other documents and resources, as jointly identified by the COP and Senior BTG Technical Advisor.

Minimum Required Education & Experience

  • Master’s Degree in a relevant technical field and 9 years’ relevant experience including substantive field experience in West Africa, or a Bachelor’s degree and 12 years’ related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • A degree in an area of international development (engineering, governance, public works, business administration, economics) or another relevant field

  • Strong understanding of the off-grid market dynamics in the West Africa Region

  • Extensive experience managing International Development programs, preferably energy programs, in West Africa

  • Strong demonstrated experience in people and client management and the capacity to manage and motivate local and international staff

  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to respond to last-minute client requests

  • Experience with the policies and procedures of USAID

  • Ability to listen and communicate well both verbally and in writing

  • Ability to work independently

  • Attention to detail and accuracy

  • Working-level fluency in English and French required

Applicants should have the valid right to live and work in the country of work.

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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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