Chief of Party (COP) for USAID Beyond the Grid Program (BTG)

Pretoria, South Africa
Apply by 17 June 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 18 May 2018

Job Description

ECODIT is seeking Chief of Party (COP) candidates for the anticipated USAID Beyond the Grid (BTG) Project, a 5-year Power Africa Initiative that will provide technical assistance services for energy sector stakeholders to extend energy access to rural and off-grid communities. These opportunities will include investment advisory services, renewable energy project development support, mini/micro-grid development, support to rural electrification companies and agencies, market planning and assessment, capacity building activities, and support for governance, institutional and regulatory reform. The Project will assist the twelve BTG countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to reach their rural electrification and energy access goals through innovative, sustainable, and scalable approaches that are primarily private sector-driven. The program is expected to include robust gender integration and empowerment strategies, cross-sectoral co-benefits impacts, and innovative data collection and management approaches.

Roles and Responsibilities: The COP will bear primary responsibility for all technical aspects of Project performance as well as the effective, efficient, and timely implementation of all activities, including management of staff and consultants, oversight of work plans and project financial management. S/he will be the main representative to USAID and implementing partners, ensuring ongoing coordination. The COP is responsible for achieving the Project’s expected results as well as for ensuring that administrative, financial and contracting systems are functioning to support the Project’s success.

Specifically, the COP will:

  • Provide overall technical, managerial, financial, and administrative leadership for the Project, ensuring that all tasks are implemented, deliverables are submitted, and project goals are met on time, within budget, and in compliance with applicable USG regulations and company policies;
  • Liaise with the USAID Task Order Contracting Officer’s Representative (TOCOR) and the USAID Mission and Operating Units (OUs) to ensure the timely production of high-quality deliverables that respond to the Agency’s priorities and needs;
  • Provide expert guidance, as required, to the host country counterparts across the BTG Countries at relevant Ministries and the private sector;
  • Oversee performance for a team that spans multiple countries and time zones, assure quality and timeliness, and manage project resources in a cost-effective and efficient manner;
  • Lead work planning and prepare or review for quality and submit all technical and progress reports to the TOCOR. These include weekly/monthly/quarterly progress reports, annual and final reports, annual work plans, M&E plans, gender strategies, other technical reports, action and transition plans and memoranda, and quarterly regional and international travel plans as applicable;
  • Oversee the development and implementation of scopes of work (SOWs) for short-term technical assistance (STTA) personnel;
  • Supervise a team of long-term personnel and short-term consultants at the project office and disbursed across the BTG countries, and provide leadership in staff mentorship and professional development;
  • Coordinate, maintain regular communication, and develop positive and productive relationships with USAID’s development partners for the Project, including government agencies, regulators, utilities, other USAID project implementers, and other donors; and
  • Maintain frequent contact with the ECODIT Home Office (HO),
  • Travel regularly within BTG countries to perform technical work, meet with USAID and other stakeholders, explore new opportunities for program interventions, and coordinate with other donors.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a graduate degree in economics, energy/environmental policy, engineering, or other related field;
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience leading and managing rural electrification, community engagement, and energy access programs in Africa and other developing countries;
  • Experience working on gender and energy intersections (preferred);
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills;
  • Willingness to travel within Africa to remote locations;
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills; and
  • Demonstrated experience in rapidly assembling and managing teams that have the appropriate skills and experience to effectively execute identified tasks.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and CV under the “Jobs” tab at www.ecodit.com. Only select candidates will be contacted; no phone calls please.

About the Organization

ECODIT LLC is a leading international development firm with 24 years of experience working with governments, businesses, and local communities to advance environmentally- and socially-responsible development around the world. A U.S. small business, the firm currently holds five USAID Global Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contracts (IDIQs) in natural resources management (REPLACE), water (WADI), energy (Clean Energy IDIQ for Critical Priority Countries (CPCs) and non-CPCs), and urban and local governance (MCW IDIQ). Since 1997, ECODIT has managed multiple complex, multi-year multi-million dollar USAID-funded projects in the clean energy, water, environment and rural tourism sectors, as well as dozens of short-term, rapid-turnaround assignments in nearly 50 developing countries in all regions of the world. More information is available at www.ecodit.com.

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