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Senior Technical Advisor (Senegal)

Project Management
International Development Group
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  • Lead all PAOP activities including conducting assessments, identification of highest impact opportunities, contributing to annual work plans, and implementing approved activities, such as:
    • Distribution, retail and marketing-focused technical assistance to solar home system (SHS) companies, including assessing potential demand and identifying potential partners for companies to reach these customers.

    • Business-focused technical assistance to solar home system (SHS) and mini-grid off-grid energy companies to help them develop and implement their business models and financial planning

    • Access to finance technical assistance to link off-grid companies with relevant investors with suitable terms, including loan periods, interest rates and required collateral levels.

    • Provision of Technical Assistance to FIs to reduce their risk and increase their willingness to lend with suitable terms.

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

  • Maintain a robust and up-to-date understanding of the off-grid market dynamics in Senegal.

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

    • Identify new potential high-impact energy companies for support, determining financial viability of business plans and potential for USG assistance.

    • Identify critical issues and problems for design and execution and assist in accelerating deal closure for off-grid energy companies.

    • Identify domestic and external financing sources and provide intel to the Access to Finance team on in-country investors, institutional investors, commercial banks and international finance 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 private sector that can be provided by Power Africa.

Key Results

  • Increased system sales for off-grid companies operating in the Senegal market

  • 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 Technical Advisor

Minimum Required Education & Experience
  • Masters degree and 6 years of experience or Bachelors Degree 10 years of experience (Grade J) OR Masters degree and 9 years of experience or Bachelors Degree and 12 years of experience (Grade I) OR Masters degree and 12 years of experience or Bachelors Degree and 16 years of experience (Grade H)
  • Experience working with energy companies, commercial investment banks, private equity and/or financial or legal services companies or firms in the energy or finance sector.

  • Management experience, with skills to analyze and resolve a wide range of problems arising in transaction structuring and project development.

  • Significant experience of the  energy sector in Senegal, and preferably with off-grid energy solutions.

  • Proven written and oral communication skills, teamwork and interpersonal skills dealing with high-level donor, government agency and private sector company staff.

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French is compulsory.


    Candidates should be in possession of the valid permit 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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