Organization : USAID Clean Power Asia by Abt Associates Inc.
Type : Other / อื่นๆ
Date : 1 Apr 2019
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Deadline : 19 / April / 2019
DEPUTY CHIEF OF PARTY
(Full-time Staff Position / Key Personnel)
USAID Clean Power Asia Program, Bangkok-based
Abt Associates’ International Development Division focuses on improving the lives and economic well-being of people in lower and middle-income countries. We command technical expertise in health, agriculture, climate change, food security and governance—as well as in international evaluation. In partnership with government clients and local experts, our high-quality programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East are known for impact and innovation.
Abt Associates, a global leader in technical assistance, program implementation, and international development, seeks qualified individuals to fulfill the position of Deputy Chief of Party and Task 4 Lead for the USAID Clean Power Asia program, reporting to the Chief of Party (COP). The DCOP is Key Personnel under Abt’s contract with USAID, awarded in June 2016. The selected candidate is subject to USAID approval and funding obligations; the position is anticipated to remain filled through the end of the contract term in June 2021.
The purpose of USAID Clean Power Asia is to accelerate the regional transition to high performing, low carbon power sector. The program assists the governments of the Lower Mekong and other developing countries in Asia in energy planning and helps establish an effective policy, regulatory, and technical environment for low emissions growth in the power sector, while simultaneously mobilizing public- and private-sector investment in renewable energy (RE) development. USAID Clean Power Asia is focused on solar, wind, small hydro (<15 MW), and biomass from agricultural residues. The program focuses on the Lower Mekong including Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam, and also includes activities on a regional level in support of RE development among ASEAN member states.
Key Roles and Responsibilities
- Leads Task 4 (Coordination and Learning), including coordination with the private sector, USG agencies and host governments; overseeing communications and outreach; overseeing implementation of USAID’s smart development screens (gender; science and technology; and partnerships); and management of the Clean Energy Windows of Opportunity Fund. Coordination and partnerships will include developing and implementing a Renewable Energy Champions program.
- Play a key role in supporting the program’s COP to effectively plan for and achieve the results defined in USAID’s program objectives through leading Task 4 as well as supervising staff leading implementation of activities related to Investment Mobilization (Task 3). Expected project results include $750 M in financing leveraged; 500 MW of RE power projects reaching financial close; and 3.5 M CO2 emissions avoided through projects coming on line, as well as supporting 15 policies and regulations proposed.
- Leads development and implementation of the Clean Energy Windows of Opportunity Fund (CEWOOF).
- Supervises the Director of Operations who manages procurement, accounting, HR, subcontracts, travel and events, communications and outreach, and USAID reporting.
- Oversees the process for updating the budget annually and quarterly monitoring of expenditures, with assistance of the Director of Operations.
- Supports the COP in ensuring overall compliance with USAID rules and regulations, financial management, international and local personnel recruitment and management, subcontractor management, and project close-out.
Task 4: Coordination and Learning
The Deputy Chief of Party serves as the lead for Task 4, Coordination and Learning, one of four program technical tasks, comprised of the following areas:
Coordination with USG agencies and host country governments
- Regular communication and coordination with USG agencies and other local partners/stakeholders in support of technical activates, in coordination with Task 3
- Coordinate with the COP who serves as the key liaison with government counterparts; currently the program implements activities in, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
- Manage the development of MOUs or framework agreements with partner entities as needed, in cooperation with the COP.
Communications and outreach
· Supervises the Director of Operations who manages communications activities and who also in turn supervises a communications specialist.
· DCOP will help identify opportunities for sharing knowledge, lessons learned, best practices, trends, and the latest RE industry developments within and across the region.
· DCOP will work with communications staff and technical staff to identify audiences, messages, and channels for using innovative communications and outreach to achieve technical results. This includes working with Task 3 team to incorporate outreach into existing and new Task 3 activities and to achieve expected results, as well as working with the COP and Task 1 and 2 Leads to incorporate outreach into existing and new activities related to power sector planning and policy.
Clean Energy Windows of Opportunity Fund
· The USAID Clean Power Asia contract includes a Clean Energy Windows of Opportunity Fund (CEWOOF). The fund’s resources are intended to be used to augment program interventions and further contract objectives. The DCOP will lead the operationalization of the CEWOOF, preparing the parameters of the fund, including the process required to present funding concepts to USAID, and if approved, the steps necessary to incorporate the activities into the current program.
Smart Development Screens
· DCOP is the project focal point for RDMA Smart Development Screens: gender equality and female empowerment; science and technology; and partnerships.
· DCOP works across technical task teams, with the COP, USAID, and program counterparts and partners to ensure the screens are incorporated into program activities.
- Manage relationships and develop partnerships with other donors, donor-funded programs and international/membership organizations. Host a regular quarterly meeting of donors and organizations working in the region and manage partnerships developed with these organizations. Maintain regular contact with any donor coordination groups (including those in which other USAID missions and our country coordinators participate), in order to identify immediate opportunities to expand existing and/or form new partnerships to build on USAID Clean Power Asia successes and to support future outcomes.
- Identify other entities, including the private sector, with strong potential for good partnerships, especially where such partnerships can facilitate achieving common objectives, and recommend those that the program should try to engage. Establish criteria that potential new partners should meet in order to justify the effort and resources to pursue a formal partnership.
- Coordinate the implementation of partnership agreements (agreement letters with scopes of work describing the partnerships) and activity plans to advance joint activities and enhance USAID Clean Power Asia program impact.
Task 3: Investment Mobilization
- Supervises the Task 3 Lead and ensures partnerships are developed and communications and outreach plans are developed to support their activities.
- Supports the Task 3 Lead and team to facilitate a minimum of $750 M invested in RE projects in the region, with 500 MW minimum reaching financial close and projects achieving COD and providing at least 3.5 M tons equivalent of CO2 emissions reduced or avoided during the project period.
The DCOP is responsible for ensuring overall compliance with USAID rules and regulations, financial management, international and local personnel recruitment and management, subcontractor management, and project close-out. The DCOP will work with the Director of Operations to develop, manage, and monitor project budgets and work with the technical teams to ensure Task 3 consultants and subcontractors comply with the terms of their agreements.
The DCOP will support the COP in managing the M&E process. The COP supervises the M&E manager and holds periodic reviews of project results with the DCOP and Task Leads.
- Minimum 5 years of leadership experience in managing large, complex multi-disciplinary energy or environment programs, including donor funded programs.
- Bachelor’s degree in energy planning or policy, economics, international development, or other relevant discipline is required.
- Experience facilitating partnerships with public and private sector actors to achieve development results
- Fluency in English is required; strong skills in oral and written English are essential.
Preferred Skills and Experience
- Progressive experience working on donor-funded (preferably USAID) energy and/or economic growth projects in the ASEAN region.
- A firm understanding of the interests of the private sector as it relates to developing grid-connected renewable energy projects.
- Demonstrated capacity in facilitating in-depth and effective dialogues internally in support of the team as well as with external actors.
- A creative, entrepreneurial and a proactive attitude, able to manage multiple activities across multidisciplinary teams, while meeting tight deadlines.
- Strong management and organization skills.
- Outstanding interpersonal, engagement and consensus-building skills, ability to foster strong relationships with key agencies.
- Some knowledge of one or more of the following languages is an asset: Lao, Khmer, Vietnamese, Thai, or Burmese.
- Highly self-motivated and adaptable to learning and understanding new things.
- Ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environments.
- Ability to build and maintain relationships with development agencies, non-governmental organizations, and relevant private sector players.
- Ability to produce timely quality work products with attention to detail.
The deadline for submission is Friday, April 19, 2019 and interested candidates may express their interest by applying on-line at: https://www.abtassociates.com/careers. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Failure to provide the required information may result in your application being removed from consideration. To be complete, your application MUST INCLUDE the following information:
- A written Expression of Interest summarizing your qualifications for the position. The expression of interest must address each of the preferred skills/prerequisites AND minimum qualifications.
- Resume or CV clearly indicating work/consulting history and either daily consulting rate or annual compensation for each consultancy/position, stated in currency of payment.
- US Federal Form 1420 (EBD) https://www.usaid.gov/forms/aid-1420-17
Please be prepared to provide upon request proof of education and/or degree attained (transcript or diploma) and proof of annual salary or daily consulting rate as stated in the EBD (acceptable forms include employment agreement, pay stubs, employer verification letter).
Due to the volume of anticipated applicants, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will be scheduled as warranted and may be conducted in person or via electronic means. Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce and provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits.
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