Senior Power Distribution Specialist

  • Posted on 3 March 2020

Job Description

Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Government and Public Sector (GPS) is implementing the USAID West Africa Energy Program (WAEP), a 4-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. WAEP will implement targeted interventions to achieve the following four Outcomes:

  1. Increase the supply of power in West Africa;
  2. Enable expanded end-user connection to the grid;
  3. Improve the technical and institutional capacity and performance of select national utilities, and other relevant national power sector entities; and
  4. Accelerate the establishment of a high functioning regional power market.

To support WAEP, Deloitte is seeking an experienced, full-time Senior Power Distribution Specialist to be based in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The Senior Power Distribution Specialist will lead WAEP interventions to achieve Outcome 2 (Enable expanded end-user connection to the grid) and be responsible for managing and supporting Grid Access Acceleration Teams working with focus country distribution utilities. Expected results for this Outcome in West Africa (excluding Ghana) include the following:

  • 5 million on-grid connections (including new and regularized);
  • Reduced average cost to the utility (or other entity as appropriate) per connection in at least two countries;
  • Reduced upfront cost of connection for end-users in at least two countries; and
  • Reduced average time required to get a household connection in at least three countries.

Role and Responsibilities

The Senior Power Distribution Specialist / Outcome 2 Lead is expected to manage and execute Outcome 2 activities, as defined in WAEP Task Oder, and engage in the following illustrative interventions:

  • In coordination with the WAEP Chief of Party (COP) and Regional Technical Lead (RTL), define and implement Outcome 2 strategy and activities regarding distribution and utility support;
  • Drive electrification activities across region and support integration across Intermediate Results;
  • Manage and oversee the activity of several distinct Electrification Specialists – including Distribution Engineers, Geospatial & Visualization Specialists, CSCE Specialists, and Supply Chain Specialists – and assist in the additional deployment of appropriate short-term Electrification Specialists as needed;
  • Directly support the Grid Access Acceleration Teams, and assist in the additional deployment of appropriate short-term Electrification Specialists as needed;
  • In coordination with WAEP Home-Office Management Team and WAEP COP and RTL, define, manage, monitor and control Outcome 2 work, schedule, budget and resources;
  • Ensure quality of Outcome 2 deliverables and outputs, and ensure deliverables approval;
  • Ensure coordination of Outcome 2 activities with other Outcomes and support the team as needed;
  • Support DCOP in the implementation of cross-cutting activities (Gender, MEL, Communication).

Over the course of the program, the Outcome 2 Lead is expected to lead activities under the following focus areas:

  • IR 2.1 - Electrification planning optimized
  • IR 2.2 - Financing solutions for distribution infrastructure enabled
  • IR 2.3 - Ease and affordability of end-user connection improved

Qualifications Requirements

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in economics, engineering, finance, or other relevant field, particularly in energy sector
  • Minimum of 7 years in the energy sector, with a focus on distribution. 10+ years preferred
  • Experience defining and implementing distribution and grid densification strategies in emerging markets, working with distribution utilities, Ministries and regulators.
  • Experience working in similar context in West Africa region
  • Previous experience with USAID and Power Africa preferred, and/or with donor agency programs
  • Demonstrated experience operating in developing country environments, including conducting technical activities
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and ability to solve complex problems
  • Ability to write, communicate, and prepare engagement materials fluently in English and French


The primary place of performance for this activity will be in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire or Dakar, Senegal (TBD) with regional travel to the Ghana office and West Africa as needed.

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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