Chief of Party - Energy, Indonesia

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  • Posted on 30 October 2019
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Job Description

Around the globe, RTI International works to develop and implement low emission energy technology alternatives, facilitates private financing for energy infrastructure, collaborates with governments on legal and regulatory reforms to alleviate bottlenecks in energy generation and consumption. This combined suite of legal and regulatory policies leads to increased access to energy to sustain economic growth and reduce poverty. We serve as a chosen partner for USAID’s Power Africa program in sub-Saharan Africa as an implementer of the East Africa Energy Program and Power Africa Off-grid Program.

Indonesia is a core country for our institute and in 2015, was RTI’s largest country of operation outside the US with 350+ employees working on USAID and DFAT projects (29 projects to date valued at $430 million), and our Asia regional office is strategically based in Jakarta. Our 30-year history in Indonesia and breadth of programming from the 1990s until now includes leading USAID Education and Governance portfolios for over 12 years under six separate contracts.

RTI is seeking a Chief of Party for an anticipated USAID-funded energy project in Indonesia. The purpose of this activity is to improve Indonesian energy sector policies and planning and increase investment in advanced energy systems, particularly renewable energy, to expand access to energy, drive inclusive growth and reduce poverty. This will be a senior level position, and candidates should have a proven track record of leadership and the ability to navigate complex political environments.

Building upon USAID’s past and current engagement within the energy sector and in line with USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance vision, USAID/Indonesia intend to work together with GOI and other key stakeholders to further advance their capacity and commitment to implement best practices in energy policies, incentives, planning, procurement and utility modernization, that will expand access to energy, drive inclusive economic growth, and reduce poverty, in a transparent and accountable manner.


  • Responsible for overall management of the project including technical, administrative, financial, operational and logistical management
  • Provide overall project vision and leadership; manage overall project design and delivery
  • Liaise with USAID and RTI home office on technical and financial matters; implementation of and reporting on programming
  • Foster and maintain effective, professional relations with a broad range of government counterparts, local organizations, donors and other stakeholders for successful implementation.
  • Oversee preparation and delivery of high-quality deliverables to USAID, including quarterly, annual, and other reports required by the contract. This includes providing project data and information, reviewing documents for accuracy, and writing relevant sections as agreed with the home office
  • Ensure synergies across technical components of the project; establish good team planning, coordination, deployment of resources, and intra-team communication efforts in support of the project objectives


  • Master’s degree in economics, engineering, business management, law or other relevant discipline
  • 10 years of progressively responsible experience and expertise to successfully achieve meaningful and sustainable results in energy security, increasing energy diversification, and expanding energy access. Technical expertise in energy markets, policy, and private sector investment
  • Extensive and substantive experience working with counterparts at various levels of government, as well as with non-government and regional organizations

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong technical expertise, superb management skills, and exceptional writing and communications skills in English
  • Possession of intellectual, communication, leadership, and managerial skills necessary to develop, articulate and implement a strategic vision for the project
  • Chief of Party experience in Pacific Islands or Asia with similar size and scope preferred
  • Experience working in Indonesia required, and experience working in either PLN or a government agency is highly desirable
  • Experience leading a donor-funded project preferred

About the Organization

IDG Learning, Energy & Environment for Development

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