Energy Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
ECODIT - Republic, MO

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Energy Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo

ECODIT is seeking an Energy Advisor for an anticipated position providing high-level advice, technical assistance, and support to key Government of DRC (GDRC) counterparts. The Energy Advisor will be located in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and will support the PMO and the existing advisors, as well as possibly advise the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW), the Ministry of Portfolio (MoP), the Societé Nationale ď Electricité (SNEL), and the Comite de Gestion de Inga 3 (CGI3) unit. Specific technical areas of focus include the Inga 3 BC Hydropower Project; the power sector legal and regulatory framework; reform of SNEL; generation, transmission, and distribution concessions; and electrification via grid extension and mini-grids.

This is a senior-level position in a conflict region that requires extensive knowledge and maturity. The Energy Advisor must be highly motivated and experienced in managing energy programs, especially power sector reform, within a complex political environment involving multiple stakeholders. Ideal candidates will have strong technical understanding of the sector, proven leadership and communications skills, and a good understanding of and preferably experience with USAID processes and procedures. In addition, the ideal candidate will have experience in the development of large hydropower projects and transmission lines as private sector concessions, either from the government or from the developer/investor perspective. Prior experience working with USAID is desirable, as the position requires liaising with USAID counterparts and complying with USAID reporting requirements.

Duties
  • To provide high-quality advice to GDRC counterparts, conduct site visits, address issues and problems as they arise, and provide feedback and progress reports to GDRC and USAID management ;
  • To impart strategic advice to the GDRC on sector reform, including appropriate models for private sector participation, approaches to improving utility management and operations, and development of an enabling legal and regulatory framework ;
  • To assist in the development of regulatory institutions as needed and help enable them to effectively carry out their mandate ;
  • To support an on-going dialogue among GDRC authorities, USG stakeholders, potential investors, multilateral development banks, donors and partners to reach consensus on and ownership of program objectives and activities ; and
  • To collaborate with the Prime Minister’s team in charge of energy on technical matters and with the international cooperation team on seeking necessary financing for the energy sector .

Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree (s) in a field relevant to the DRC energy program, such as Economics, Engineering, Law, Public Administration, or Business Management ;
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in the power sector with a focus on such issues as public policy, sector reform, private sector investment (e.g., Independent Power Producers, Public-Private Partnerships in generation, transmission, and distribution, and Privatization), utility management and performance improvement (e.g., Aggregate Loss Reduction, Technological Transformation, and Change Management), infrastructure rehabilitation and expansion, and off-grid electrification ;
  • Demonstrable understanding of the current status of the energy sector in the DRC ;
  • Experience in working in countries with similar conditions to DRC is desirable (e.g. Sub-Saharan Africa) ;
  • Strong understanding of policies, strategies, technology, and social components related to power sector reform, utility management, rehabilitation and expansion of electricity infrastructure, and off-grid electrification. Experience in the restructuring, recapitalization, and privatization of state-owned utilities would be an asset ;
  • Strong analytical and communication skills and problem-solving ability ;
  • Demonstrated project management skills to effectively lead and manage multi-disciplinary teams in the design and execution of programs and projects ;
  • Experience with USAID policies and operational programs preferred;
  • Proven ability to engage effectively and diplomatically in multi-cultural and politically complex environments to build effective working relations with senior GDRC officials, USG partners, donors, international financial institutions and other sector counterparts ;
  • Ability to produce quality work under pressure and meet deadlines ;
  • Ability and willingness to travel within DRC and stay for a period of six months (intermittent over one year). Note: If the option year is approved: one year intermittent over two years ;
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills in English and French (Level III) – strongly desired but not required ; and
  • US citizenship is preferred but not required .

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