International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to
improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. The
organization provides research, development, and technical services to
government and commercial clients in more than 75 countries.
Africa East Africa Energy Program is a four-year project to increase on-grid
electricity access, accelerate private sector investment, and improve the
enabling environment of the power sector in East Africa. RTI International
leads implementation of the program, which is funded by Power Africa, a U.S.
Government-led partnership coordinated by the U.S. Agency for International
International is seeking to recruit an Energy Specialist to be based in Addis,
Ethiopia under the Power Africa East Africa Energy Program.
The Energy Specialist is expected to have a
combination of experience in regional energy sector technical support, activity
management, and reporting support for a project whose key stakeholders are
regional and national energy institutions (ministries, regulators, utilities),
and to USAID regional and local offices. This position is part of a Power
Africa project called the East Africa Energy Program, which supports Power
increased regional energy trade in Eastern Africa among other goals.
The specialist will support the Senior
Power Pool Advisor and Power Sector Planning advisor (already in place) to
deliver project-specific technical support to East African electric utilities.
The work will be a combination of technical and advisory that will require
reporting, analysis, writing and making presentations. This technical support
may include: Working with energy utilities to improve their technical and
operational readiness to engage in energy trade; Training/capacity building of
utility personnel; Analysis and review of procedures, and recommendations for
their improvement; Project management of specific activities, ensuring scope,
time frame, quality and deliverables are met and Writing and reporting:
preparation of minutes, technical reports, presentations, briefings, slide
decks and other deliverables.
effectively with the Cross-border Energy Trade team by providing technical
assistance to various stakeholders in the region.
reports, conduct analyses, and make presentations on different topics that
will be serving as deliverables to Management, USAID and other
in coordinating activities under Regional Power Trade.
training and capacity building efforts for various stakeholders including
regional bodies, Utilities, Regulators and Ministries.
sub-contractor responsibilities, timelines, and budgets for delivery of
products to clients.
weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual reporting to Management.
Minimum Qualification and Experience:
- Minimum bachelor’s degree in
electrical engineering, civil engineering, or other relevant degree
- Minimum of 7-10 years of relevant
experience in the power sector; preferably with focus on transmission
planning or operations, and power sector regulation. Experience with
private sector investment with a preference to East Africa is an added
- Strong knowledge of regional power
sector is essential.
- Knowledge of East Africa is
- Superior writing and communication
skills in English
- Amharic or French is an added
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent English language
proficiency required – both reading, writing and speaking.
- Strong understanding of power
systems and power markets.
- Strong listening, oral and written
communication skills as well as client management skills.
- Ability to build effective
relationships with clients, peers, and stakeholders.
- Ability to work hands-on,
independently, and with a team.
- Strong organizational and
Excellent computer skills as well as Proficiency in power
system analysis software’s: PSS/E or Dig Silent and any other.