Renewable Energy Specialist– Sustainable Energy Project
Tetra Tech ES, Inc., a subsidiary of Tetra Tech dedicated to international development, is recruiting for a Renewable Energy Specialist for a USAID-funded project in Islamabad, Pakistan.
The Renewable Energy Specialist to will report to SEP’s TC1 Director Financing and Investment, or as designated by SEP’s Chief of Party and will also work in close partnership with SEP international consultant.
Statement of Work:
A full-time Renewable Energy Specialist with an interdisciplinary skill set to produce a variety of deliverables across different RE thematic areas is sought for the SEP project. Since TC1 actively responds to requests for assistance and advice on a variety of RE development issues from the GoP and private sector stakeholders as relevant, the RE Specialist must be able to respond within tight time deadlines to requests across a variety of disciplines which include the following, but are not limited to: RE data/international case studies for best practices/policy and regulatory market structure in Pakistan/finance/risks/business models/transaction advisory etc. A RE generalist with a strong background in energy data (Pakistan data availability, sources, and methodologies) used in Pakistan is sought. However, this is not an IT position. This person only needs to have experience with dealing with energy data and will be working with in-house IT specialists. This person much have in-knowledge about the various issues (including technical, data availability, and GoP processes) that are faced during the RE project development process in Pakistan. This Specialist must be able to understand and speak the jargon of RE project development, policy, and finance to be able to work with various stakeholders, including GoP entities like the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), Ministry of Energy, universities that are working on energy issues, private sector energy data entities, etc. Capacity building and assistance will be required for both the public and private sectors based on prior experience with RE project development and financing.
International RE experience in a related topical area is preferred, but not required.
In addition to be a general RE resource for responding to technical requests for assistance in different topical areas in RE, the Specialist will work with SEP’s international consultant and IT professional/s to develop and implement a RE database and information portal / system related to Pakistan RE data (collection, vetting, and standardization), statistics, methodologies, policy information, reference/source institutions, etc. Note that this is not an IT position, but rather for someone who has experience with energy data. This is intended to ensure systematic, consistent, timely, and detailed data collection on RE to enable analysis, evaluation, planning, and better formulation of energy planning and policies. This information system will have different levels of access for different RE stakeholders, including but not limited to GoP policymakers/decision-makers and project developers. Part of the database will be made publicly available and require updates to keep it current. Broad outputs are envisioned as follows:
The Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) PIB was established in 1994 as a “one-window facilitator” for private-sector investments in the power sector, particularly those relating to hydropower, thermal, coal and gas-based plants, through an executive order. It was given legal cover in 2012 through an act of parliament. Likewise, the Alternate Energy Development Board (AEDB) was set up in 2003 for the promotion of alternative and renewable sources of energy, like solar, wind and bagasse, and was given legal cover through an act of parliament in 2010. The two agencies together working under the aegis of the Ministry of Energy (MOE) - Power Division will be principal public sector interface for the work envisaged under this Scope of Work and the portal / database will be housed within the organization(s).
The Information portal / database required to be developed will include different types of RE projects including solar, wind, hydro (including micro-hydel), biomass (both from biogas and direct burning such as bagasse/co-generation), and geothermal.
The intended audience/users for this database/information portal are envisaged to include:
A beta version of the database and associated tracker tool is envisaged to be developed and implemented by September 2018. Further development, testing, and troubleshooting beyond 2018 will be required. In order to enable development of RE database the following is broadly envisioned:
Strategy & Design Phase:
Develop a methodology to gather the relevant information, develop channels and mediums of information sharing/transfer, and develop collaborative mechanisms and partnerships Identify information/data resources and development of reporting formats. This phase will also include the development of the format for “data-sets, intended uses by end-users, indicators, identification of resource requirements, and capacity development.
Strategy will also incorporate a plan to optimize existing IT resources and infrastructure, and a plan for implementing stop-gap arrangements and immediate fixes to identified problems, with timelines and cost estimates.
(IT professional/s will work with Specialist. Specialist is not an IT person)
The Contractor’s performance of the below contract components must comply with USAID quality standards outlined in the Automated Directives System (“ADS”) Chapter 202, ADS Chapter 203, and the USAID Evaluation Policy. See Section J.3 for the USAID Evaluation Policy. In addition, the Contractor will comply with USAID/Pakistan’s performance management policies and directives upon their completion, which the Mission should complete during the first year of the contract’s period of performance.
While the RE Advisor is expected to respond to a variety requests for assistance and is expected to cover a breadth of topics across RE, the following initial tasks have already been identified that the Advisor is expected to work on and must be able to multi-task. These include, but are not limited to the following:
QUALIFICATIONS: (MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS)
The candidate must possess an energy sector and business background (preferably renewable energy), as well as qualifications that include database design, business process design, and data management and/or energy statistics). This is not a pure IT position, but requires someone with energy sector and business experience, with a strong database design and implementation background. The Renewable Energy Specialist will have the following specifications
Preferably have an advanced degree (Masters Level) in a relevant field (Energy related degree, Data/Information Management, Statistics, Information Technology, Engineering, MBA). US or UK degree preferred, but not required
Excellent Language proficiency in spoken and written Urdu, English.
Tactfulness, Enthusiasm to the job. Good Human Relation skills, integrity and ability to work under pressure.