Technical Specialist / Regional Climate Science Expert - CPA Thailand

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 7 August 2018

Job Description


Abt Associates, a global leader in technical assistance, program implementation and international development, seeks a qualified individual consultant to provide services for the USAID Clean Power Asia program as a REGIONAL CLIMATE SCIENCE EXPERT.

The purpose of USAID Clean Power Asia is to accelerate the regional transition to high performing, low carbon power sector. The Activity will assist the governments of the Lower Mekong and other developing countries in Asia in energy planning and help establish effective policy, regulatory, and technical environment for low-emissions growth in the power sector, while simultaneously attracting public- and private-sector investment in Renewable Energy (RE) development. USAID Clean Power Asia is focused on the following resources: solar, wind, small hydro (<15 MW), and biomass residues.

The program will initially focus on the four Lower Mekong countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam, and will include activities on the ASEAN regional level.

This consultancy is available immediately, with work likely to being in early September, 2018. The consultant is expected to carry out their work from home without the need for any travel; work will be under the direction of and in coordination with program technical team members. Preference is for experienced consultants with expert knowledge of climate science in the Southeast Asia region, regardless of location of the consultant.

Abt Associates (Abt), implementing partner for USAID Clean Power Asia, is collaborating with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the development of REPower, a power sector resilience toolkit for use in the USAID Clean Power Asia project. One element of this toolkit is a methodology for conducting power sector vulnerability assessments and developing climate resilience action plans in ASEAN. Abt will also pilot the Vulnerability Assessment (VA) and climate resilience action planning methodology in at least one country in the region and integrate it into a power development plan. The role of Abt in this effort is to assist NREL in gathering regional information for REPower, to test Vulnerability Assessment and other methodologies in the field, to incorporate the lessons learned from field work into REPower, and to provide subject-matter-expert and region-expert substantive contributions to the project and review of the REPower. NREL will provide expert assistance to Abt experts in conducting the VA and developing the climate resilience action plan.

This scope of work covers the tasks of a Regional Climate Science Expert to coordinate with the VA expert on the VA assessment.


Task 1: Provide Climate Science Support for the Country Vulnerability Assessment

The Regional Climate Science Expert will provide scientific assessment of the likelihood of climate impacts of concern to the power sector as determined by the VA expert. The Regional Climate Science Expert will be asked to identify climate variables of concern and assign a score for the likelihood that specific climate variables will change in the selected country. If published literature and climate models generally demonstrated strong agreement about the direction and degree of change for a variable, the climate expert will give it a higher likelihood of occurrence. If the models and literature show less agreement about the direction and degree of change for a variable, it will receive a lower likelihood of occurrence. Scoring will be qualitative and range from low, low-to-medium, medium, medium-to-high, and high to accurately reflect the state of the science. The Climate Expert will take direction from the VA expert on how to conduct this scoring.

Timeline: VAs expected to begin o/a August 20, 2018, with input from the Climate Expert needed o/a September 3, 2018.

Deliverable: Identification and scoring of 10-30 climate variables.

Estimated LOE: Eight (8) days.

Non-labor Costs: No travel or non-labor costs anticipated.

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

  • MS or PhD in a climate related science, such as atmospheric sciences, climate modeling and forecasting, regional and earth systems analysis, or field related to this position.
  • At least five years’ experience in an academic or government institution with significant responsibility for research and analysis of regional climate impacts in Asia, preferably Southeast Asia.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English required; local language ability (Laos) would be an asset.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates must submit a complete application via email to: referencing “CLIMATE EXPERT” in the subject line by 10 August 2018. Emails received after the closing date will not be reviewed.


1. A written expression of interest summarizing your qualifications for the scope of work.

2. CV clearly indicating employment/consulting history and annual compensation or daily consulting rate for each job/consultancy, stated in currency of payment.

3. US Federal Form 1420 (EBD)

4. Proof of annual salary or daily consulting rate as stated in the EBD (acceptable forms include employment agreement, pay stubs, employer verification letter).

5. Proof of Education/Degree attained (transcript or diploma).

*Incomplete applications/failure to adhere to application procedures may result in application being discarded.

Due to the volume of anticipated applicants, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Abt Associates is doing business as Abt Associates Thailand, registered with the Thailand Department of Commerce. Abt Associates is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce.

To apply, please visit

Deadline: August 17, 2018

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

About the Organization

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1965, Abt Associates was built on the concept that sound information and empirical analysis are the best foundations for effective decision making. The firm blends the subject matter expertise of our staff with technical capabilities in applied research, program implementation, and data collection to shape policy, strengthen systems, measure performance, and deliver other solutions to our public and private sector clients. Examples of Abt Associates’ work include nationally recognized research, evaluation, and technical assistance to improve the efficiency of healthcare systems, the effectiveness of government housing programs, the production of food, and the measurement of public opinion. Abt’s staff of more than 2000 includes national and international experts who are known for their understanding of communities and governments worldwide, innovative research techniques, and insightful—and often groundbreaking—analyses and recommendations. Approximately 51 percent of our staff has graduate degrees; one in six has a doctorate. Our staff’s educational and professional disciplines include economics, engineering, environmental analysis, epidemiology, food security, health, housing, international development, psychology, social science, statistics, and survey methodology. Abt’s research staff is experienced with prominent statistical software packages, including SPSS, SAS, and STATA, along with qualitative software such as NVIVO and Atlas. In 2011, Abt Associates was ranked among the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 development innovators. Abt has offices in Atlanta, Ga.; Rockville, Md.; Cambridge, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Durham, N.C.; and New York City and program offices in nearly 40 countries in Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa.

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