Utility Performance Improvement Specialist

  • Posted on 13 March 2020

Job Description

Utility Performance Improvement Specialist (Regional Outcome 3 Lead)

The Utility Performance Improvement Specialist will serve as the Regional Outcome 3 Lead supporting the anticipated breadth of WAEP interventions to achieve Outcome 3 (Improve the technical and institutional capacity and performance of select national utilities, and other relevant national power sector entities), and be responsible for driving key interventions and facilitating capacity building across the diverse spectrum of power sector stakeholders – utilities, regulators, government, consumers, and civil society.

Role and Responsibilities:

The Utility Performance Improvement Specialist (Regional Outcome 3 Lead) is expected to manage and execute Outcome 3 activities, as defined in WAEP Task Order, 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 3 strategy and activities;
  • Drive power sector entities & utilities strengthening across the region;
  • Lead team to catalyze improvements in long-term planning, grid integration of renewables, electrification, and cost-reflective tariffs;
  • Work closely with the Tariff/Pricing and Power Procurement Specialists to support governance reforms ranging from high-level policy initiatives within energy ministries to more nuanced technical and operational initiatives within key government counterparts;
  • Support the Institutional Development/Capacity Building Specialist in developing and conducting goal-oriented training and mentorship programs, possibly in coordination with regional institutions such as ECOWAS and ECREEE, on issues such as variable renewable energy integration;
  • In coordination with WAEP Home-Office Management Team and WAEP COP and RTL, define, manage, monitor and control Outcome 3 work, schedule, budget and resources;
  • Ensure quality of Outcome 3 deliverables and outputs, and ensure deliverables approval;
  • Ensure coordination of Outcome 3 activities with other Outcomes and support the team as needed;
  • Support DCOP in the implementation of cross-cutting activities (Gender, MEL, Communication).

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 utility performance improvement. 10+ years preferred
  • 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

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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