The International Programs department seeks to empower the global community of regulators to drive meaningful change in their energy sectors. Working in partnership with U.S. and international government officials, our projects support real improvements in the quality and effectiveness of regulation in foreign countries through dialogue and collaboration. We utilize the talents and expertise of state commissioners and staff in our work, sharing the best of what the NARUC community has to offer.
The position will serve as in-house energy regulation expert on international projects to assist partner energy regulators in countries with transitioning and emerging economies throughout Africa, Asia, Central America, Eurasia, and other regions. The Energy Regulation Specialist will serve as a project technical lead to selected projects, which can include drafting and/or reviewing project deliverables, leading workshops/trainings, and conducing in-country field work. The Energy Regulation Specialist will also review and edit project deliverables prepared by outside project consultants. The Energy Regulation Specialist will work closely with various levels of staff in the International Department to develop and implement results-oriented project annual workplans and specific consultancy scopes of work for partners and donor approval. In addition, the Energy Regulation Specialist will play a significant role with donor outreach and new project development.
The position reports to the Principal Technical Advisor (PTA).
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILTIES
Requires significant experience and regulatory knowledge of a broad range of technical energy issues, including but not limited to tariff, cost of service and cost allocation methodologies, functional unbundling and accounting, integration of utility-scale renewable energy sources, network development plans, distributed energy resources, mini-grids, demand response and energy efficiency implementation programs, physical and cyber security of critical infrastructure, and the enforcement of network reliability standards. Under NARUC’s programming for results design, the Energy Regulation Specialist must be able to identify necessary steppingstones and phases for various energy reform processes and be able to translate regulatory best practices from the U.S., EU/Third Energy Package, and other international experiences into the context of emerging economies.
Program Management and Energy Regulation Support
- Prepares defined in-house energy regulation work for specific projects.
- Supports identification of milestones/progress with practical recommendations to program staff.
- Provides technical guidance to program staff on project design and scope of work.
- Contributes to in-house prepared and/or external consultant prepared project deliverables, including regulations, policies, procedures, technical analysis/review and laws.
- Drafts/reviews scopes of work and requests for proposals, consulting agreements and contracts to ensure appropriate sequencing of milestones so that foreign partners can achieve identified targets and results.
- Serves as workshop trainer/facilitator and other key roles to reduce reliance on outside consultants.
- Supports oversight of technical output under contracts; conducts technical analysis.
- Oversees progress and quality of technical assistance projects by outside project consultants.
- Assists in developing work plans and concept papers.
Reporting and Coordination with Clients and Partners
- Briefs donors on partner capacity building needs, challenges, and results, when appropriate utilizing case studies, best practices, and program reporting.
- Communicates with foreign partners.
- Gathers real-time information with partners.
- Builds and sustains relationships with partners.
- Works directly with foreign regulators on real-life challenges, outlining a steppingstone approach for forward progress.
- Assists with identifying and pursuing new business opportunities and relationships. Undertakes scoping trips, attends critical events and/or liaises with donors to develop new projects, provide expert guidance and/or report on key results.
- Provides support to program staff in the design of work plans, activity agendas, and other program documents and planning that lead to actionable steps and results by the recipient foreign energy regulator.
- Serves as a technical resource to program staff by promoting knowledge transfer and learning opportunities.
- Supports program staff in identifying project visions.
Compliance & Financial Management
- Coordinates on budget adherence.
- Ensures compliance with NARUC and USG policies, regulations, and operational and financial procedures.
- Supports and/or prepares proper documentation to ensure timely submission of expenses.
- Maintains appropriate documentation to support program files, budget planning and expense reports, and financial audits.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- BA/BS from an accredited college or university in accounting, finance, economics or regulatory law or other related field. Minimum 6 years of progressive professional experience in the energy industry is required.
- Experience in working with emerging and transitioning economies is highly desirable. Foreign language skills (French, Russian, Spanish) are a plus.
- International travel 35-45% of the time is required. (After COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted).
- US citizenship or existing work authorization is required.
- Strong strategic planning experience, organizational skills, and attention to detail.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, juggle multiple projects and meet tight deadlines.
- Demonstrated organizational and problem-solving abilities under tight deadlines are also essential. Ability to multi-task based on fluctuating priorities and requirements.
- Strong leadership and management skills, with the ability to develop and manage collaborative business relationships both internally and externally are a must.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and diplomacy for working with all levels of staff, external entities, and NARUC leadership.
- Excellent proficiency in analytical, verbal presentation and writing skills.
- Ability to handle and maintain the confidentiality of highly sensitive information and issues.
The position is grant-funded and continued employment is based on client funding and satisfactory work performance. This is an exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience. NARUC has an excellent benefits package. This description is not an attempt to list all essential functions of this position. Job duties may change over time, based on NARUC’s needs.
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: [email protected]