Department : Technical Services
Reports to: Senior Principal Global Practice Specialist – Clean Energy
Function of the Position
DAI seeks a senior clean energy and Low Emissions Development Strategy professional with hands-on experience in any combination of clean energy, LEDS, completing Green House Gas (GHG) inventories, access to clean energy financing and supporting international commitments to reducing carbon and GHG emissions who can provide vision and enhance DAI’s leadership in these sectors, and develop a significant portfolio of projects funded by USAID and other donors. The Global Practice Specialist (GPS) will work in Technical Services/Environment) Sector and:
- Work with NRM, Climate Change, Water and Land Tenure specialists on the Technical Services/Environment team to establish new business targets based on market knowledge and evolution;
- Help establish DAI’s reputation as a thought leader in the international community engaged in clean energy, LEDS and climate change mitigation;
- Identify and help position DAI to become a leading provider of clean energy and LEDS technical assistance with particular emphasis on the development and application of state-of-the-art approaches to scaling-up clean energy generation, providing off-grid access to clean energy, completing Green House Gas (GHG) inventories, expanding access to clean energy financing and supporting international commitments to reducing carbon and GHG emissions.
- Develop and test innovative approaches in the above areas that are reflected in winning proposals and help put DAI at the forefront of clean energy and LEDS service providers to USAID, DfID and other donors;
- Create worldwide partnerships for the delivery of clean energy and LEDS services;
- Support DAI’s efforts to strengthen its in-house capacity to provide state-of-the-art geospatial services that support new business efforts and the implementation of clean energy and LEDS programs; and
- Deliver excellent technical support and innovation to USAID and other donor-funded projects being carried out by DAI teams worldwide.
Roles and Responsibilities
The incumbent will network with other Delivery and Technical Services technical groups within DAI. The following percentage time allocations are notional, and will be tailored based upon individual capacity in key areas and evolving company need.
- Technical (30%)
The GPS will deliver technical expertise to field projects in the areas of clean energy, LEDS, climate change mitigation and resilience building. Help develop projects’ monitoring and evaluation tools and support the design of activities/approaches that apply analytical tools and integrate clean energy and LEDS into urban services, sustainable development, NRM, and water resources management to address national commitments to reducing GHG emissions and build green economies. Work with Chiefs of Party and program directors to ensure projects are following or advancing best practices, achieving expected targets, meeting client expectations, and take full advantage of programs to capture and share innovations being developed by project teams.
- Business Development and Growth (40%)
Using market knowledge and analysis, work with Technical Services and Delivery team members to identify and prioritize opportunities that will make a significant impact, provide a return to DAI shareholders, and offer interesting and rewarding opportunities for international and local technical staff to help solve a significant development challenge. Lead and/or support the development of winning proposals as champion and/or lead or supporting writer. Work with proposal teams to formulate convincing technical approaches in the development of responsive technical narratives, support the design of competitive staffing and management structures, and provide inputs into the proposal budgeting process.
- Knowledge Management (15%)
The GPS will work with DAI’s technical sectors to identify and highlight innovative approaches being implemented in projects around the world. Using this knowledge base, participate in diverse clean energy and LEDS networks and events that provide strategic opportunities to showcase work being carried out by DAI. He/she will seek out opportunities to expand internal and external understanding of DAI’s work in clean energy and LEDS, draft articles for DAI’s “Developments” and other publications, and develop and maintain external networks of partners, clients, and individual consultants that DAI can tap to identify business opportunities and deliver outstanding results. The candidate must be familiar with a wide range of clean energy, LEDS and climate change mitigation strategies, including their appropriateness in various types of low resource settings.
- Project Support and Coordination (15%)
Identify, capture and share information and lessons learned from past and present projects with proposal teams and other field projects. Update key tools and lessons learned on the DAI Technical Services/EH portal. Additional responsibilities as deemed necessary.
- Grade 10: 9 years relevant work experience and a Bachelor’s degree, or 7 years relevant work experience and a Master’s degree.
- Grade 11: 11 years relevant work experience and a Bachelor’s degree, or 9 years relevant work experience and a Master’s degree, or 7 years relevant work experience and a PhD.
- Grade 12: 13 years relevant work experience and a Bachelor’s degree, or 11 years relevant work experience and a Master’s degree, or 9 years relevant work experience and a PhD.
- At least 5 years of experience working in/with developing countries and preferably leading and managing programs that deliver technical expertise/support in clean energy, LEDS, climate mitigation strategies, and/or emissions reduction strategies.
- Demonstrated experience conceptualizing and implementing strategic initiatives, including approaches for engaging disadvantaged populations in clean energy, LEDS and climate change mitigation activities.
- Demonstrated ability to work with and lead teams for winning new business and delivering excellent results to clients.
- Ability to take on both leadership and support roles in the development of plans, proposals and in carrying out work.
- Excellent writing skills and demonstrated experience writing strong technical proposals for USAID or other clients.
- Ability to travel an estimated 25% of the time for proposal reconnaissance and provision of technical support to projects.
- Fluency in Spanish and/or French is strongly preferred.
- Possess strong technical experience across at least two of the following key technical areas: clean energy, clean energy financing, LEDS, energy efficiency, GHG inventories, and climate policy.
Supervisory Requirements: None
DAI is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.