Power Planning and Utility Performance Lead - USAID Mongolia Energy Governance

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 8 March 2021

Job Description

Project Description

The USAD Mongolia Energy Governance activity aims to support Mongolia’s efforts to increase their goal of energy self-reliance through increased private sector investment for renewable energy and energy efficiency; adopt innovative and modern technologies to improve grid performance; and strengthen the country’s planning, policy, and enabling environment to increase competitive procurement and affordability in Mongolia’s electricity sector. The USAID Mongolia Energy Governance activity will be structured to include three major objectives and six cross-cutting priorities, including:

  • Objective 1: Improve planning and operational performance of the electricity and heating systems
  • Objective 2: Increase market competitiveness in the power sector
  • Objective 3: Enable adoption of modern energy generation and management technologies

The activity also includes Cross-cutting priorities:

  1. Gender Equality and Female Empowerment
  2. Private Sector Engagement (PSE)
  3. Environmental Compliance and Climate Risk Management
  4. Monitoring Evaluation and Learning
  5. Sustainability
  6. Grants Under Contract

Job Summary

Abt Associates seeks a qualified Power Planning and Utility Performance Objective 1 Lead, to help the government of Mongolia, power sector utilities, and other relevant stakeholders develop plans and policies to improve performance of the electric grid and district heating systems. This will include providing utilities and stakeholders direct technical assistance and training in order to improve power system planning and operational improvements, asset management, reduce technical and non-technical power system losses and promote and adopt energy efficient practices, standards, and advanced technologies. The position will be based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and is contingent upon activity award.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Reports Directly to the Chief of Party (COP)
  • Provides technical leadership on all long-term energy planning, energy efficiency, district heating, and utility performance activities and aligning these activities with the activity’s overall vision
  • Delivers direct technical assistance and training to Mongolian power sector stakeholders including: government, utilities, and private sector organizations
  • Works with the COP, DCOP, and the objective leads to coordinate across technical activities to provide Mongolian stakeholders robust and innovative solutions to power system challenges
  • Supervises mid- and junior-level technical staff that will focus on energy efficiency and district heating activities
  • Direct and manage work of Abt subcontractors and consultants to ensure cost-effective and high-quality delivery of program activities
  • Supports the COP and DCOP in liaising with USAID, the government of Mongolia, program partners, and other donor(s)/donor programs on complementarity activities
  • Coordinates with the cross-cutting team, including gender; climate risk management; and monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) staff to prepare and collect information for deliverables and reporting

Preferred Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in energy policy, environmental studies, engineering, business, or a related field
  • At least 12 years of experience supporting and leading energy reform, power system planning, utility management, power regulation and energy market development initiatives
  • Experience managing international development energy projects as a senior manager
  • Experience supporting donor-funded projects in developing countries: in Asia is preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and the challenges of combined heat and power plants and district heating systems – experience supporting Mongolia or former soviet countries improve the efficiency of their district heating systems is strongly preferred
  • Experience working with Mongolia, or nations that have aging power system infrastructure, to reduce utility technical and non-technical losses
  • Understanding of best practices to promote and adopt advanced energy system technologies that improve energy efficiency, cyber security, IT infrastructure, and system resilience
  • Demonstrated ability to work and coordinate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, including national governments, the donor community, and private sector
  • Knowledge of Mongolia’s energy and climate change policies, laws, organizations, and capacity constraints, including the solar, wind, hydropower and natural gas sectors is preferred but not required
  • Excellent interpersonal, diplomacy, and leadership skills, including the ability to manage high-level relationships and motivate subordinates
  • Fluency in English required, knowledge of Russian or Mongolian is preferred but not required


Minimum Qualifications

  • (10+) years of experience and a bachelor degree OR the equivalent combination of education and experience.

About the Organization

Abt Associates is a global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation; driving innovation and measurable impact for more than 50 years. What sets us apart is our evidence-based and multi-disciplinary approach to solving tough challenges in health, social and environmental policy and international development.

Specific areas we work in include:

  • Health
  • Education and workforce development
  • Climate change and the environment
  • Food security and agriculture
  • Housing and communities
  • Survey and data collection


Abt is a mission-driven company with a staff of 2,600. Our focus is on using evidence and cutting-edge methods to improve the lives and economic well-being of people worldwide.

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