The Project Manager for Energy provides leadership for donor-funded energy sector development projects, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa, but also Asia, Europe and Latin America. S/he also provides thought leadership and insights on project management approaches in the energy sector. S/he provides strategic guidance to sustainably grow the firm’s energy practice and affirm its reputation as a reliable provider of high-quality technical assistance energy services worldwide. The Energy Manager reports to the Director of Energy responsible for oversight of the energy practice. S/he assumes the following key roles and responsibilities under three general headings (percentages of time spent on each are indicative):
Project Management (75% of time):
- Serve as Activity Director (Key Staff) the USAID Power Africa Data and Technical Support Services (DTS) Task Order. The DTS project has a period of performance from 2019 – 2024. The Activity Director must manage Task Order performance and ensure achievement of Task Order results, quality standards, and schedules required under the Task Order. The DTS Activity Director / will define and manage overall Task Order requirements, including staffing, and cost and quality control of all tasks and assignments undertaken to achieve this Task Order’s objectives. The DTS Activity Director / Transactions Support Lead must have the ability to speak for the Contractor on all matters, thus ensuring that the Contractor can make decisions in a timely and efficient manner. The DTS Activity Director / Transactions Support Lead’s primary responsibilities will include the following, among others, as required during the performance of the Task Order: Serving as the main point of contact between USAID and the Contractor; ensuring effective and efficient performance for all aspects of the Task Order, overseeing all quality control and reporting; and interacting professionally with senior USAID Mission, Embassy, and government officials, other donors, and regional organizations.
- Serve as an ECODIT Home Office Project Manager for current and prospective donor-funded Energy projects. This role includes providing guidance and support to Chiefs of Party (COPs) and Team Leaders, coordinating HO support to the field office or team, providing technical support on key deliverables such annual work plans and progress reports and key technical reports, identifying and mobilizing long- and short-term staff to the field, managing subcontractors, overseeing budget formulations and realignments and contract modifications, and resolving administrative, technical and personnel issues as they arise during project implementation to ensure high-quality, timely and compliant delivery and client satisfaction;
- Participate in Short-Term Technical Assistance (STTA) assignments as necessary to deliver the required management responses and technical oversight, and in response to specific client and project needs.
- Build and maintain strong working relationships and contacts with USAID Contracting Officer Representatives (CORs) for energy projects, and with other clients’ technical points of contact;
- Provide guidance and support to other HO Project Managers in the Energy practice;
Business Development (20 % of time):
- Provide thought leadership for the preparation of technical proposals in response to solicitations, in collaboration with the Business Development (BD) team, including contributing to bid/no-bid decisions; identifying potential partner organizations; identifying long- and short-term personnel; developing technical approach responses; and providing critical review and feedback to improve draft proposals;
- Provide critical input for planning the existing and future energy staff resources to ensure sustainability of business development efforts and capabilities.
- Coordinate closely with other senior energy team members to ensure that successful project management experience, lessons learned, CPARs and results are effectively captured for future proposal efforts, and build a strong database of experienced ECODIT Key Personnel for overseas assignments.
- Develop and nurture contacts with USAID Bureaus and Missions active in the energy sector, in coordination with colleagues, and promote ECODIT’s capabilities in the energy sector;
- Develop and manage relationships with ECODIT’s subcontractors and partners on the assigned Energy IDIQs (defined above), and with U.S. firms, NGOs, regional and local organizations in developing countries that are active in the energy sector;
- Expand ECODIT’s network of high-caliber independent energy experts and consultants;
- Support business capture efforts, including (i) research and intelligence gathering on anticipated opportunities with USAID and other clients (MCC, World Bank, etc.), and (ii) field missions to learn more about country priorities, build collaborative networks with in-country partners and experts, and anticipate the scopes of work for such opportunities and develop possible technical approaches; and
- Support efforts to diversify ECODIT’s client base in the energy sector.
Staff Development, Collaboration and Learning (5% of time):
- Mentor and coach other Energy practice staff;
- Expand ECODIT’s knowledge base and market by encouraging and facilitating the Energy practice activities, including sharing and encouraging the dissemination of project knowledge, experiences and best practices, promoting projects through success stories, contributing relevant updates to the ECODIT website, and facilitating staff and client brown bag discussions;
- Encourage and nurture learning within the Energy team and across ECODIT’s individual practices to promote cross-pollination of locally-relevant, successful and sustainable development solutions; and
- Maintain active knowledge and share within ECODIT information on latest USAID developments, policies, practices, approaches, and programmatic strategies in the energy sector.
- Master’s degree in a relevant field such as business administration, finance, or engineering. Professional certifications and specialization in energy management, energy technology and/or energy policy, climate change, sustainable development, international relations, economics, or another related field will be a plus;
- At least 6 years of progressively responsible work experience in designing, managing and implementing energy programs in developing countries, including creating enabling environments for energy sector reform and governance and catalyzing private sector participation and investment;
- At least 6 years of progressively responsible experience managing teams of professionals to implement complex energy projects and/or respond to complex energy solicitations;
- Ability to lead teams in complex, challenging environments and deliver on a diverse set of objectives drawing on multiple disciplines and skill-sets.
- Strong familiarity with USAID’s strategies, policies, and tools related to the energy sector, including business development opportunities (Energy IDIQs, Full & Open), as well as other international development agencies such as MCC, World Bank, etc.;
- Solid network of contacts and relationships with the USAID Office of Energy and Infrastructure, USAID Missions around the world, particularly in Africa and Asia, and USAID energy contractors and consultants;
- Excellent organizational and time management skills;
- Strong written and oral communication skills in English. Ability to take complex material and analyze, synthesize and report on it in simple, easy-to-understand language and terms suitable to a general audience.
- Fluency in at least one relevant language other than English (e.g., French, Spanish, Portuguese, or Arabic) is a plus; and
- Strong project implementation and field experience in Africa and in Power Africa is a plus.
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