Senior Associate I - Energy

  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Oct 28

Position description

ECODIT is an international development firm working with governments, businesses, and local communities to advance environmentally- and socially-responsible development around the world. We provide technical assistance services ranging from quick-turnaround assessments and evaluations to design and implementation of long-term multi-million-dollar projects. Since its founding in 1993, ECODIT has provided professional services through more than 250 projects/contracts to diverse clients in more 50 countries. Building on our track record of success, we have continuously expanded the depth and breadth of our expertise in the energy, water, environment, and urban and local governance sectors.

The Senior Associate (Senior Associate I – labor category) provides strategic support to ongoing ECODIT energy projects, contributes to coordination of business development efforts and to collaboration and learning, including conducting research on international development topics related to the energy sector, as relevant to ECODIT’s work and interests.
General Roles and Responsibilities:

Business Development (60%)

  • Provide support and coordination for the preparation of technical proposals in response to RFPs and RFTOPs, including serving as Proposal Coordinator or Proposal Manager, conducting capture trips to the field, supporting bid/no-bid decisions; drafting technical approaches or other sections of proposals; conducting proposal compliance reviews; and providing feedback to improve draft proposals.
  • Support international proposal recruiting efforts, screening and contacting potential candidates.
  • Develop and manage relationships with ECODIT’s subcontractors, U.S. firms and NGOs, and regional and local organizations and consultants in developing countries that are active in the energy sector;
  • Gather and analyze information on anticipated USAID energy projects around the world, and participate in or coordinate the firm’s new business capture trips;
  • Provide technical expertise in an international energy sector discipline, including energy access, mini-grids, energy regulation, household energy, energy policy, capacity building, or other related field.

Project Management (30%)

  • Manage HO support to energy sector project teams in the field, including serving as the liaison between the Home Office and the Chief of Party, identifying and mobilizing quality long- and short-term staff, liaising with subcontractors, ensuring that the HO support team is responsive to project/contract needs, including budget realignments and contract modifications, and helping to resolve administrative, technical, and personnel issues as they arise during project implementation;
  • Manage projects in a manner consistent with the client’s and ECODIT’s ethics and compliance standards and overall policies and procedures, ensuring overall contract compliance;
  • Work with COPs and Team Leaders to achieve work plan targets and high-quality project deliverables on time, and direct the preparation of technical progress reports and other technical documents as scheduled under the awarded projects; and
  • Ensure that COPs and Team Leaders receive proper orientation to ECODIT policies and procedures.
  • Participate in Short-Term Technical Assistance (STTA) assignments as necessary for management and technical oversight, and in response to specific project needs for technical expertise.

Collaboration and Learning (10%)

  • Contribute to the knowledge base and market expansion efforts of ECODIT’s technical sectors by sharing project knowledge and experiences, promoting projects through success stories, drafting ECODIT website updates, developing and sharing proposal templates, hosting brown bag discussions, etc.
  • Contribute to cross-sectoral learning within the ECODIT team to deepen development solutions that are locally relevant, successful, and sustainable.
  • Collaborate with other program and technical specialists at ECODIT to facilitate linkages across the firm’s core practices
  • Participate in Performance Evaluations of other ECODIT staff when requested.
  • Other duties, as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s with four (4) years of experience in international development, energy, engineering, sciences, public policy, economics, or another related field with significant coursework in energy (a Master’s with two (2) years of experience may be substituted);
  • Excellent research and analytical abilities and quantitative skills;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English;
  • High levels of organization and attention to detail;
  • Sound judgment and initiative;
  • Ability to multi-task;
  • Ability to work independently in a flexible small-business environment;
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office, particularly Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; and
  • Fluency in at least one relevant language other than English is a plus (e.g., French).
  • Current U.S. work authorization required.

The position reports to the firm’s Director of the Energy Practice or his/her designee.

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