Colombia Energy for Peace Country Lead, USAID INVEST

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 7 July 2020
  • Bogota, Colombia
  • Closing on 17 July 2020
  • Current

Job Description


INVEST Colombia Energy for Peace Country Lead


INVEST Colombia Energy for Peace Country Lead

Period of Performance On/About (From – To)

July 2020

June 30, 2021

Maximum Level of Effort

230 days

Base of Operations

Bogota, Colombia


INVEST Strategic Investment Advisor

Project Background:

Through INVEST, USAID seeks to unlock the potential of private capital to drive inclusive growth in countries around the world. Increasingly, private investors and businesses are looking to emerging markets for better returns and new market opportunities. Encouraging investment in high-impact areas important to USAID such as agriculture, financial services, infrastructure, environment, energy, health, and education, requires new forms of collaboration between USAID and the investment and business community.

Specifically, USAID can leverage its resources – grants, technical assistance, guarantees, and convening power – to help raise awareness of investment and business opportunities, lower transaction costs, and mitigate the risk of investments that generate positive social, economic, and environmental impact. Through INVEST, USAID Missions and Operating Units are able to access a continuously growing network of firms and individuals that have the range of technical expertise needed to identify opportunities and effectively mobilize private capital towards development priorities.

INVEST is a global mechanism that supports numerous USAID Washington bureaus and country missions around the world. The project is headquartered in Washington, DC, where its core team and operations are based and manage the global portfolio of buy-in activities.

Colombia Energy for Peace Activity

USAID Colombia is supporting the post peace accord era in strategic regions and communities (known by the Spanish acronym PDET for Programa de Desarrollo con Enfoque Territorial) by introducing abundant, reliable, low cost, and sustainable renewable energy in 5-10 locations that are strategic for the peace process, to increase local producers’ productivity, incomes, ability to pay for energy and well-being. Supporting implementation of the peace accords and leveraging private sector engagement and investment in this manner supports Colombia’s Journey to Self-Reliance. Support for producers in the PDET communities’ access to energy to promote economic growth, improved incomes and well-being will begin with the evaluation and selection of productivity clusters that can benefit significantly from the introduction of stable, low cost, clean electricity.

Through INVEST, USAID Colombia seeks to utilize a catalytic financial structure to unlock the potential of private capital to plan, build, operate and potentially transfer sustainable energy generation projects for peace in the prioritized PDET sites in rural Colombia. These projects will be selected from a universe of 15 PDET candidate sites which have been pre-selected by USAID together with Colombia’s Agencia para la Renovación del Territorio (ART), the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the Agency for Electrification of Non-Interconnected Rural Areas (IPSE) and the Fondo Colombia en Paz of the Office of the President. . USAID Colombia is aiming to mobilize capital for the development and implementation of five to ten cost-efficient and financially sustainable solar energy mini-grids with battery storage, to support growth of productivity, incomes and social stability in support of the peace process.

INVEST is looking for an experienced consultant to act as Country Lead for the Colombia Energy for Peace activity. The Country Lead will serve as INVEST’s main point of contact and will manage operations in Colombia.

Role’s Purpose:

The Country Lead will work with INVEST, the USAID Mission in Colombia, INVEST subcontractors and local stakeholders to ensure implementation of the INVEST Colombia Energy for Peace (E4P) activity. The Country Lead is expected to engage with key GOC institutions, local stakeholders, subcontractors, energy project operators, investor groups, and other partners, advise on procurement processes, and provide management and technical oversight for activities on the ground.

Objectives and Duties

Work Plan Preparation

● Working closely with INVEST and USAID Colombia, the consultant will:

o Contribute to the development, review, revision and timely implementation of the project work plan

o Identify key milestones

o Provide inputs, as needed, for budget and financial management

o Agree on appropriate and effective communication and implementation processes

Stakeholder Engagement and Coordination

● The consultant will be responsible for liaising and coordinating activities with stakeholders on the ground, including USAID Colombia, Government of Colombia (ART, IPSE, Fondo Colombia en Paz, and any other relevant government agencies), utility companies that could be potential partners and project operators, key investment groups that could be interested in co-financing with USAID and GOC, local consultants and project personnel, community leadership at selected sites, as well as partners and subcontractors operating in Colombia, among others.

● The consultant will maintain constant communication with USAID Colombia to ensure activity implementation in accordance with Mission priorities and objectives; and will also be responsible for coordinating with the Mission and INVEST to ensure buy in from relevant agencies within the Government of Colombia, and to keep them apprised of any developments, as necessary.

Technical Support for Procurement and Subcontracts

● The consultant will provide support in the preparation of statements of objectives and participate in the Technical Evaluation Committee review panel, for competitive solicitation processes. The consultant will serve as a voting member of the INVEST proposal TEC panel, as needed, which will include reading the background documents (RFP, SOO, etc.) and will review and score all proposals received. The consultant will participate in the technical evaluation committee panel to provide feedback and recommendations on the proposals received and will deliver a final vote on selection of the winner(s).

● The consultant will provide advisory support in refining scopes of work, contracts, and deliverable schedules issued to subcontractors for advisory support.

Partner and Technical Oversight

● The consultant will conduct periodic meetings (calls and visits as appropriate) with selected subcontractors, including accompanying them on field visits to potential sites for mini-grids to monitor progress in completing scope of work deliverables. Responsible for quality assurance, he/she will identify issues in implementation and propose solutions, as well as review and provide technical guidance on subcontractor deliverables to ensure successful completion. He/she will provide recommendations on deliverables to be accepted for payment including review and recommendations on draft and final reports, assessments, mini-grid designs, strategies, event agendas, business plans, MOUs, engagement documents, among others.


● Participate in periodic (weekly or otherwise planned) project meetings

● Prepare and submit via email weekly bullets summarizing key activities, meetings and achievements (due Friday morning of each week)

● Prepare and submit brief monthly reports on key activities, meetings and achievements, including any issues encountered and proposed solutions (due last working day of each month)

● Provide reports and inputs as needed to INVEST, USAID and the Government of Colombia.

● Work collaboratively with any additional consultants or local staff who are onboarded for this activity and perform as the lead in compiling deliverable inputs and coordinating efforts across consultants in collaboration with INVEST, as needed.

Additional Support

● Participate in meetings with INVEST, USAID, electrical utility potential partners, investor groups and the Government of Colombia as needed.


As part of the activities the consultant will be expected to complete and submit the following deliverables:

● Periodic reports, including weekly and monthly summary of activities including clear reports on compliance with the workplan milestones and inputs for expenditure reports, as needed.

● Technical Evaluation Committee scoresheets

● Review and input to scopes of work and deliverable schedules

● Inputs and updates to the activity’s Workplan

● Review and comment on subcontractor deliverables

● Other deliverables, to be determined in collaboration with INVEST and USAID Colombia, based on implementation needs and as outlined in rolling Workplan

In addition to the above activities, the consultant will be responsible for working in concert with the USAID Mission in Colombia and the INVEST team to support the implementation of the INVEST Colombia E4P activity per requests from the client. This includes preparing the workplans, and providing input for budgets and contracting for the assessment and generation projects designs as well as input for subsequent Phases of the activity.

As the Country Lead, once COVID-19 related travel restrictions have been lifted, the consultant will be required to travel to remote areas of Colombia within the proposed period of performance to visit potential sites considered for the installation of the mini-grids. There is also potential for travel to Washington, DC, and other locations based on implementation needs, as identified.

Reporting: The consultant will report directly to the INVEST Strategic Investment Advisor and will also work closely with the INVEST Activity Coordinator and USAID Colombia.


● Experience designing and managing sustainable energy projects and programs required, preferably within an international development context.

● Proven, successful track record with renewable energy generation project design, finance and investment, and implementation are a plus.

● Well versed in the Colombian institutional and social context, in particular the Colombian Peace Process and the PDET.

● A thorough knowledge of the Colombian electricity sector, including institutions, laws, regulations, permitting and licensing, is required.

● Experience engaging and working with multiple public and private sector stakeholders; strong networks within Government of Colombia and Colombian energy sector, in particular operating utilities, is preferred

● Experience working with donor-funded development projects, experience with USAID strongly preferred

● Ability to travel to remote areas in Colombia required

● Strong written and oral communication skills

● Fluent in English and Spanish

● Well organized, self-manager willing and able to work independently and collaboratively as part of a remote team

● Knowledgeable of Microsoft Office and Google Suite of office products including spreadsheets, word processing and presentation programs and filing systems

● University degree in engineering, business, economics, public policy, or similar subject required; advanced degree preferred

About the Organization

DAI is an employee-owned global development company. For 40 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governments, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 60 countries. Our integrated development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines—crisis mitigation and stability operations, democratic governance and public sector management, agriculture and agribusiness, private sector development and financial services, economics and trade, HIV/AIDS and disease control, water and natural resources management, and energy and climate change. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

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