Lead Specialist, FCO, SBG (4220)

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 15 January 2019
  • Bethesda, Maryland, United States
  • Closing on 14 February 2019
  • Current

Job Description

Job Title/Grade: Lead Specialist (11)

Department: Sustainable Business Group (SBG)

Reports to: Director, SBG

Date: January 15, 2019

Function of the Position:

This is a full-time, professional position that will contribute to the DAI Sustainable Business Group (DAI/SBG). DAI/SBG is a specialized unit that leads DAI’s engagements with global clients in the oil, gas, mining, power, and renewable energy sectors.

DAI/SBG is seeking a well-organized, highly motivated individual to work as a core member of its home office team and as a Team Leader or full-time staff member on high-profile strategic client-funded programs. This individual will spend ~50% of her/his time as the SBG Team Lead for a 3-year program to transition Mexico from an oil and gas economy to a clean energy economy. The other 50% of her/his time will be spent on other technical assignments and new business development.

Qualified candidates will have practical technical expertise in private sector consulting, extractive industries, enterprise development, and local content. Proven experience providing consulting services, leading complex technical assignments, engaging corporate clients and writing winning proposals is required. Fluency or proficiency in Spanish are also a requisite.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The percentages below are illustrative and may evolve and/or change depending on the company’s needs. Specific responsibilities will include:

1. Project Lead Mexico FCO Project (50%)

  • Long-term SBG project lead for the Mexico FCO project – a 3-year initiative funded by the British Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) to transition Mexico from an oil and gas economy to a clean energy economy through workforce and supplier development
  • Manage project team comprised of disparate DAI business units (Europe, SBG, and Mexico-based project team) as well as core partners (OPITO, RGU, Ogilvy Mexico)
  • Manage project budgets and client relationships (FCO, British Embassy, Mexican Government)
  • Manage technical delivery of industrial baseline studies, local content reporting tool, multi-stakeholder workshops, supplier development programs, EDC, communications, and any/all other technical aspects of the project
  • Travel to Mexico to participate in project events – project kick-off, EDC openings, supplier forum, etc.
  • Co-lead in-country presentations on project progress to client representatives from the FCO, British Embassy, Mexican Government, and private sector stakeholders
  • Point of contact for Mexico-based project staff regarding any/all issues and concerns
  • Coordinate technical and operational activities across 3 project hubs (Mexico City, Tabasco, Jalisco)
  • Ensure all deliverable deadlines are met in a timely manner (recurring as well as phase-specific)
  • Lead transition from inception to implementation phase of the project
  • Help design KPIs and shape sustainability initiatives that ensure successful program continuation post funding

2. Other Project Management and Technical Delivery (25%)

  • Undertake long-term project leadership assignments on projects falling within area of specialty
  • Complete short-term technical assignments, typically ranging from 1 to 6 weeks, providing consulting services in the field as well as high quality technical reports, assessments, and recommendations
  • Manage project teams, project budgets, client relationships and technical delivery
  • Maintain supportive and ongoing communications with senior personnel
  • Manage teams of home office and field-based project staff to ensure a high standard of technical and financial excellence in delivery of results according to client expectations
  • Manage in-country stakeholder engagement interfacing with senior government officials, civil society representatives and community leaders
  • Help set and monitor performance goals and objectives for field and US based staff working on project management teams
  • Deliver regular technical and financial reports on project performance to SBG staff
  • Serve as a “knowledge management” champion, drawing best practices from projects and global learning networks, and channeling relevant best practices to projects as needed

3. New Business Development (15%)

  • Serve as technical lead in writing winning proposals
  • Manage proposal development teams
  • Track and follow up on business intelligence leading up to bid opportunities
  • Organize and lead reconnaissance efforts in target countries
  • Help strategize winning approaches to bid opportunities
  • Serve as a proposal reviewer for select non-SBG proposals that have relevant linkages with SBG’s technical work

4. Cross-Corporate Initiatives (10%)

  • Lead trainings on technical approaches, methodologies, and client insights
  • Present results of technical work at conferences or other public events
  • Mentor junior staff
  • Participate in cross-sector process improvement and strategic planning teams,
  • Serve as a technical bridge/resource to share SBG’s experience with other DAI technical teams, and ensure technical innovation from other DAI teams are brought back into SBG to enhance a cross-corporate learning culture

Additional responsibilities as deemed necessary.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Grade 11: Minimum of 11 years of relevant professional experience and a bachelor’s degree; or 9 years of relevant professional experience and a master’s degree
  • Demonstrated experience leading multi-year projects
  • Minimum of three to five years of experience in private sector consulting, extractive industries, enterprise development, workforce development, and/or local content
  • Experience facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogue and working directly with government ministries
  • Experience working in the renewable energy sector a plus
  • Excellent writing skills and demonstrated experience writing strong technical proposals
  • Can work effectively across technical areas, to develop approaches that integrate or leverage resources
  • Strong knowledge of the oil & gas and renewable energy sectors with an emphasis on procurement, supply-chain management, workforce skills development, supplier development and policy/regulations
  • Strong quantitative skills; experience conducting industrial baseline studies a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task in a rapidly changing environment
  • Ability to travel an estimated 30% of the time
  • Fluency in Spanish

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Action-oriented with strong intellectual agility and ability
  • Knowledge of and experience working in Mexico and the Mexican energy sector

DAI is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. EOE - Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

About the Organization

DAI is an employee-owned global development company. For over 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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