Desert-to-Power African Development Bank Embedded Advisor

  • Posted on 3 June 2020

Job Description

Project Description

Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Government and Public Sector (GPS) is implementing the USAID West Africa Energy Program (“WAEP”), a four-year project under Power Africa. The objective of WAEP is to expand supply of and access to affordable and reliable grid-connected electricity services in West Africa through a range of technical assistance, capacity building, and transactional support to advance Power Africa’s objective in the West Africa region.

Desert-to-Power (“D2P”) is an initiative supported by the heads of state of the Sahel countries, AfDB, Tony Blair Institute and other prominent institutions. Its objective is to convert the abundant sun-energy of the ten Sahel countries into electricity for productive use and to improve the lives of people of the region.

The Embedded Advisor and Coordinator (the “Advisor”) will actively participate in making Desert-to-Power a success by:

(i) Supporting ongoing DtP projects in the G5 Sahel and developing new ones;

(ii) Assisting Governments, regulators and power companies of the G5 Sahel countries to design and implement viable solar generation and distribution projects

(iii) Identifying and guiding private sector participants with proven technical capability to build and operate solar power plants and associated distribution networks; and

(iv) Mobilizing and coordinating the resources of USAID’s West Africa Energy Program (WAEP).

Reporting Structure

The Adviser will have dual reporting responsibilities. First, to the designated head of D2P in order to ensure the Adviser’s work conforms with the objectives and priorities of DtP; and secondly, to the designated manager at the West Africa Energy Program to ensure the Advisers work is coordinated with the objectives of Power Africa and that the resources made available by WAEP to DtP are optimally utilized.

Monthly Report

The Adviser will prepare a monthly report outlining the successes and issues encountered.

Role and Responsibilities

The African Development Bank Embedded Advisor is expected to support in the following:

· Provide technical advice to the DtP Countries on developing competitive Independent Power Producer (IPP) procurement programs for utility-scale solar generation capacity at the country level

· Provide technical advice on regulatory, legal or tariff issues to support the IPP procurement programs in DtP countries

· Prepare RFP for private sector firms to prepare offers for IPPs

· Contribute technical advice on grid network expansion at national and regional level but not limited to viable solutions for technical losses, T&D business models, power trade, technology advances, and battery storage

· Review specifications, estimates, feasibility studies, tender documents and work schedules

· Identify strong local business partner and appropriate off-shore technology and project management firms

· Contribute technical information to the drafting of concept notes, policy briefs, proposals, and recommendations on the DtP Initiative

· Develop detailed project design and implementation plans to be devised in partnership with the national utilities in DtP countries

· Provide technical advice to the DtP Taskforce on working with governmental structures and policymakers to improve utility efficiency by reducing technical and commercial losses, increasing revenue collection, rehabilitating infrastructure, introducing smart metering solutions, and supporting policy, legal and regulatory reforms

Qualifications Requirements

· Master’s degree in finance, business administration, economics, engineering, law or other relevant fields

· At least 5-10 years of energy experience with prior experience in renewable energy, PV and Battery Storage preferred

· A proven track record in engaging governments (local and national) on power sector reform, including senior level stakeholder management

· Demonstrated understanding of the current challenges in power sector reform in the G5 Sahel region, especially relating to project readiness and regulatory frameworks

· Significant experience in government advisory work, including country analysis, policy analysis, project analysis, and gender inclusion analysis

· Knowledge of the African power sector, field experience in the Sahel region of Africa preferred

· Ability to work flexibly and be adaptable, open to changing approaches in response to changing situations on the ground

· Strong ability to communicate and network with high level stakeholders in order to develop partnerships that advance DtP’s strategy

· Proven ability to build the capacity of other team members to deliver project and policy related objectives

· Knowledge of blended finance principles and their application

· Experience in engaging with the private sector, financial institutions, and development partners

· Fluency or strong working knowledge of French and English


The primary place of performance for this activity will be at the African Development Bank Headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d´Ivoire with travel to field locations as necessary.

Power Africa is a U.S. Government-led partnership coordinated by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Launched in June 2013, Power Africa brings together the technical capacity, capabilities, resources, and programs of 12 U.S. government departments and agencies and 16 international development partners to provide market-driven solutions to advance the goals of the Electrify Africa Act of 2015, to catalyze small businesses and the power industry, and bring electricity to millions of people for the first time.

About the Organization

For more than 25 years, Deloitte’s International Donor Organization (IDO) practice has worked with governments, donor agencies, NGOs and private firms in over 60 countries to build the institutions, legal framework, and policies required for effective public and private sector growth.

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