Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector. As a non-for-profit, independent research institute based in North Carolina, USA, RTI has roughly 5,000 employees with global experience implementing international development projects in energy and other disciplines. Around the globe, RTI International is working to develop and implement low emission energy technology alternatives, raise private financing for energy infrastructure, bring efficiency to utilities, work with governments on legal and regulatory reforms to alleviate bottlenecks in energy generation and consumption, and increase access to green energy to sustain economic growth and reduce poverty. We serve as a chosen partner for USAID’s Power Africa program in sub-Sahara Africa and have a growing international energy portfolio of over $200 million across Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Islands.
The purpose of the $50-99.9M USAID Southeast Asia’s Smart Power Program (SEA Smart Power) is to enhance the energy security in Southeast Asia by creating open and transparent energy markets, promoting energy trade, and transforming the energy sector to improve access to clean, reliable, affordable energy. SEA Smart Power will support the Indo-Pacific Vision and Asia EDGE initiative. The anticipated program will be based in Bangkok, Thailand and provide regional support across seven countries.
RTI is seeking a Senior Regional Electricity Market Specialist for the anticipated USAID SEA Smart Power in Southeast Asia, headquartered in Thailand. The countries of focus include Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand. This will be a senior level position, and candidates should have a proven track record of leadership and the ability to navigate complex political environments.
Responsibilities for the Senior Regional Electricity Market Specialist include, but are not limited to:
- Coordinate and convene key stakeholders across the region using established platforms such as Heads of ASEAN Power Utilities/Authorities (HAPUA), Greater Mekong Sub-region Regional Power Trade and Coordination Committee (GMS RPTCC), Japan – U.S. Mekong Power Partnership (JUMPP), etc to increase power trade across the region and establish further power market integration.
- Support existing efforts to develop regional frameworks and guidelines for enabling cross-border power trade, including power market exchanges.
- Enhance the capacity of regional institutions through assessments, modeling, research and training.
- Leverage existing regional efforts and bilateral initiatives through effective communication, collaboration, and congregation to increase trade between countries and enable greater use of renewable energy utilization.
- Support market design through development of legislative and regulatory frameworks, grid-codes, technical standards and commercial rules, financial settlement terms and mechanisms.
- Bachelor’s degree in economics, engineering, business management, law or other relevant discipline and 12 years of experience, Master's degree and 10 years of experience, PhD and 6 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- 10 years relevant experience in the power sector with a focus on public policy, sector regulation, regional power trade, electricity market development, integration of variable renewable energy (VRE), and power system reliability through the use of ancillary services with a preference for experience in Southeast Asia.
- Experience managing and coordinating across large teams and projects.
- Experience with interconnection master plans, grid connection studies, and regional grid integration studies.
- Experience with regional coordination and capacity building of regional bodies.
- Demonstrated ability and experience with increasing regional power trade, establishing power markets, and developing frameworks for trade at a bilateral and trilateral level.
- Strong oral/written communication skills and ability to communicate at multiple levels in an organization.
- Ability to coordinate activities with officials from host country government, US Government, NGO’s, and other agencies.
- Ability to build effective relationships with clients, peers, stakeholders, and high-level government officials.
- Ability to work hands-on, independently, and within team.
- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team-oriented setting.
- Strong preference for candidates currently based in Southeast Asia.
- Strong English language proficiency.