Project Management Specialist (Energy and Infrastructure)

The U.S. Mission in Accra

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The U.S. Mission in Accra, Ghana seeks the services of a Project Management Specialist (Energy and Infrastructure)


Job Title: Project Management Specialist (Energy and Infrastructure)


Job Location: Accra, Greater Accra


Job Description

  • The Program Management Specialist will report to the Trade and Investment Team Leader on administrative and programmatic issues. S/he will provide services and support to that Office, as well as other teams within USAID/West Africa, as directed by the USAID/West Africa Economic Growth Office Director
  • S/he may supervise one Foreign Service National (FSN) Energy Program Manager
  • S/he must provide programmatic and strategic support to the Economic Growth Office, drawing on an in-depth understanding of the electricity sector technology and investment, associated policy frameworks, and issues related to regional trade and infrastructure. • S/he must have the capacity and demonstrated expertise to represent USAID and Power Africa in interagency and international settings, at meetings with government officials, and with technical counterparts, donors, non-governmental organizations, and implementing partners
  • S/he must have skills to overcome work-related difficulties and challenges, and must be able to assimilate, analyze and respond to rapidly changing circumstances and help USAID projects achieve results
  • Outstanding leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to communicate cross-culturally and exhibit cultural sensitivity are essential

Major Duties and Responsibilities % of Time:

  • Coordinate scale-up and implementation of the USAID/West Africa Energy Program, including supervising the work of staff and implementing partners, monitoring and evaluating implementation progress and budgets, performing site visits, and providing feedback and progress reports to senior USAID staff. Lead and Manage USAID’s technical assistance instruments
  • (Contracts, Cooperative Agreements and/or Implementation Letters) as the Contractor’s or Agreement Officer’s Representative (COR/AOR) and Alternate. Lead coordination and implementation of technical support and assistance to regional energy institutions including WAPP, ECREEE, and ERERA. Support USAID/West Africa’s implementation of Power Africa activities, as well as other relevant USG initiatives including Enhancing Capacity for Low Emissions Development Strategies (EC-LEDS), GCC, the Partnership for Growth (PfG), and others that may apply to the West Africa region
  • Support development of initiatives, policies, and partnerships to accelerate deployment of off-grid, mini-grid, and small-scale energy solutions, as appropriate. Support timely roll-out of: energy related activities and transactions; developing, tracking and monitoring milestones; and preparation of reports pertinent to performance monitoring and evaluation
  • Support USAID/West Africa’s efforts to provide professional advice to the governments of West Africa 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 and institutions. Facilitate dialogue with West African government authorities, USG stakeholders, donors and partners to reach consensus on and ownership of program objectives and activities
  • Coordinate relevant program outreach efforts, including public events, press releases, and close coordination with the USAID/West Africa Development, Outreach and Communications (DOC) officer, the Power Africa Communications team, and other USG partners. Provide support services to the trade hub network on transport and trade enabling environment as directed by the Trade and Investment Team Leader. And perform other duties as required and delegated by the Trade and Investment Team Leader


Qualification and Requirement

  • Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific information supporting each item. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified:
  • Completion of Master’s degree in a technical field related to energy and/or power, investment in the power sector or other infrastructure, finance or other relevant field
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience, with a critical focus on one or more of the following subject areas: energy technology/finance/policy, energy economics, or regional trade issues. The applicant must also have experience working closely with the West African Power Pool (WAPP), the ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA) on energy access, investment, and/or trade. An in-depth understanding, based on practical experience, of the current status of power systems in West Africa is required
  • S/he must demonstrate track record and experience in the knowledge of international development activity design, implementation, assessment, and reporting as well as experience working under the Power Africa Initiative

Language Proficiency: 

  • The applicant must possess Level IV (fluent) speaking and writing of English, as well as the ability to process information from a wide variety of sources into cohesive, polished documents, and to produce polished oral presentations Computer and Language proficiencies will be tested

Job Knowledge: 

  • Must have advanced technical understanding, obtained through practical experience of clean energy technologies, energy-related public policy and finance, and investment. Good knowledge and understanding of infrastructure and energy issues in West Africa, including the current status of regional power systems. Must have knowledge in the Management of USG, World Bank, African Development Bank, or other donor-funded infrastructure projects
  • Possess advanced knowledge of international development program design and implementation, assessment and reporting processes


Skills and Abilities: 

  • The Project Management Specialist must be able to build and maintain effective working relationships with senior-level counterparts in relevant government entities, USG agencies, and other development partners. He must be able to analyze complex challenges in energy and infrastructure, and to design and implement interventions in response. Strong analytical, communication, and problem solving skills are required. The applicant must also be willing and able to travel extensively within West Africa, as directed by the Regional Economic Growth Office. He must be able to manage implementing partners and ensure that they meet all relevant standards and reporting requirements. S/he must be able to supervise at least one FSN staff member and provide him/her with mentoring and oversight. The Project Management Specialist must be capable of producing quality work on deadline, under pressure

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