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Renewable Energy Specialist

Tetra Tech ES, Inc - Sustainable Energy for Pakistan (SEP)
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End Date: 02 May, 2018

Experience:10 to 15 years
Location :Islamabad
Country :Pakistan
Positions :1
Post Type:Job
Job Type :Full Time
Start Date :11 Apr, 2018

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.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

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:

  • Standardized and secure project database that is tailored the infrastructure and capacity requirements. This database should be based on pre-determined indicators and reporting requirements for the purposes of data storage, preservation, analysis/queries, visualization, and sharing.
  • Development of standardized and institutionalized procedures to maintain the database on an on-going basis that is sustainable beyond the life of the SEP project.
  • Scalable, user friendly, and flexible database with capacity building done for AEDB / PPIB staff to use and maintain the database.

Background on Energy Data Related Work:

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: 

  • Developers and Sponsors of RE projects
  • Staff of relevant Development and Facilitating Agencies such as AED, PPIB, CPPA-G,NTDC
  • Local and foreign investors in RE
  • Financial institutions that are financing RE projects
  • General public
  • Government Ministries such as Ministry of Energy, Finance, Planning Commission etc.
  • Regulatory Agencies such as NEPRA
  • Utility companies such as DISCOs etc.
  • Provincial Governments and their energy departments etc.
  • Other relevant organizations such as academic and research institutions.

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:

Diagnostic Phase:

  • Undertake a quick needs assessment for the development of the database and subsequent requirements for regular updating of relevant RE data / information.  Conduct a thorough analysis of issues/challenges faced, keeping in mind availability of systems/internet speeds, electricity availability, access/quality, functionality, and optimization aspects.
  • Evaluate the availability of current information: This is primarily to understand the “lay of the land”, identify the sources of information, stakeholders, existing situation etc. It may be required to map the database/information portal to stakeholder (or ex, AEDB and/or PPIB) enterprise support IT/systems/websites (TBD).  This would include systems for key organization processes like electronic communications, collaboration, sharing, data storage, access servers, internet connectivity etc. and identify issues faced by users in efficient and effective use of each of the identified systems
  • Different sources of information and data need that need to be identified and collated. These include federal and provincial government agencies such as AEDB/PPIB, provincial energy departments, IRSA, irrigation departments, WAPDA, SUPARCO, universities and research organizations, professional and trade associations, AJ&K/KPK/GB/Punjab/Sind/Balochistan etc relevant departments etc.

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. 

Implementation and Deployment Phase:

  • Implement the envisaged database/information portal and its deployment at the proposed agency and/or other structure as deemed to be appropriate.  Will work in partnership with SEP international consultant.
  • Includes the initial handling / running of the database / portal, trouble shooting and capacity building / training.

Initial Anticipated Database Related Milestones and Deliverables:

(IT professional/s will work with Specialist.  Specialist is not an IT person)

  • A concept note to identify end-user and market needs/issues, suggested methodology, timelines and costs
  • Diagnostic Report and Presentation
  • Report on Strategy and Design and presentation after phase II including, but not limited to:
  • Functional and Technical Design Specifications Document
      • Needed end-user functionality, data required for that, and data availability
      • Database structure and design
      • Presentation of data and data analytics/GUIs
  • Development and Deployment
      • Wireframes/Prototype development from design
      • Reference version of the information system
      • Site launch
      • Targeted audiences test feedback and troubleshooting
      • Final system Documentation
      • Final transference
  • Capacity and Transference
      • Training GoP entity team in content transfer
      • Support to content transfer and tagging
      • Support manual

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.

Other Initial Anticipated Deliverables

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:

  • Analytical writing assignments within different RE topics
  • Assist with organizing workshops as and if needed
  • Provide RE transaction advisory advice
  • Respond to AEDB requests for assistance on a variety of topics based on adapting international best practices for Pakistan for RE development and competitive market mechanisms
  • Identify what types of support GoP entities and/or projects need
  • Help write quarterly progress reports and other project performance monitoring documents
  • Write drafts of needed SoWs and ToRs if needed
  • Provide inputs on RE to other technical components of SEP

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

EDUCATION:                          

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

WORK EXPERIENCE:             

  • 10-15 years’ experience related to data management/database development and archiving, including use of web-enabled platforms and common statistical analysis tools.  Minimum 2 years of renewable energy development or financing experience in Pakistan
  • International experience in a large corporate or donor agency preferred, but now required.
  • Prior experience with vetting energy sector data and methodologies
  • Prior experience with data management of data sets from developing countries, systems development, and management
  • Strong experience in development of web applications
  • Preference will be given for experience in the energy sector organizations (RE preferred but not required)
  • Prior work experience in and/or familiarity with multilaterals or USAID preferred, but not require 

SKILLS

  • Good research skills
  • Excellent English communication and writing skills (writings sample required)
  • Independent self-starter
  • Must be team oriented, professional, and flexible; and comfortable with working in diverse organizations and work environments
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Willingness to do whatever it takes to get a job done and proactive attitude
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office (including Powerpoint, Word, Excel, Project) 

LANGUAGES:                         

Excellent Language proficiency in spoken and written Urdu, English.

GENERAL:                              

Tactfulness, Enthusiasm to the job. Good Human Relation skills, integrity and ability to work under pressure. 

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