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Technical Advisor to the Power Africa Coordinator's Office, Power Africa Off-grid Project

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Natural Sciences Research
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International Development Group
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RTI International is seeking applicants for the role of Technical Advisor to the Power Africa Coordinator's Office to serve as part of the Power Africa Off-Grid project (PAOP). PAOP is a four-year USAID-funded project to promote off-grid electrification in 18 countries in East, Central and West Africa. The project is headquartered in Pretoria, South Africa. PAOP provides technical assistance to key sector stakeholders, including private sector off-grid companies, investors and government agencies.

Position Summary
The Technical Advisor to the Power Africa Coordinator's Office is responsible for supporting the Power Africa Off-Grid project (PAOP) team in the Power Africa Coordinator’s Office (PACO), based in Washington, DC, and Pretoria, South Africa, as well as field-based project staff, to coordinate and implement PAOP activities.

This is a full-time position based in Pretoria, South Africa.

Responsibilities
• Lead knowledge management among field staff, including: developing strategy documents and market assessments; writing articles and blog posts; cataloging relevant data/statistics on key off-grid topics/questions, as requested, and; analyzing data to inform PAOP programmatic decisions.
• Support the Power Africa Private Sector Partners program, including ad hoc support to PACO relationship managers through technical review, responses to private sector inquiries, and administrative duties.
• Onboard new Private Sector Partners, holding introductory calls to assess company alignment with PAOP objectives, and; conducting due diligence on new applicants, including background research and outreach to collaborators and partners.
• Broad support in the coordination of various Power Africa stakeholders, including: implementing partners; Power Africa Private Sector Partners; national and regional development partners; US Government agencies; and USAID missions.
• Provide technical expertise alongside PAOP field staff on a range of technologies and business models, including: renewable energy; energy storage; on and off-grid mini-grids; PAYGO payment systems; productive use equipment; mobile and internet, and; digital applications.
Requirements
• Bachelors' degree in a relevant technical field (e.g. engineering, development studies);
• Five (5) years’ relevant experience in areas such as, off-grid energy systems, or off-grid energy business models;
• Familiarity with Sub-Saharan Africa's off-grid energy sector;
• Possess excellent organizational and analytical skills;
• Excellent verbal and written English communications skills;
• Fluency with Microsoft Office Suite.

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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