May 10, 2021
Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Employment / Independent Consultant Agreement Deloitte Consulting Overseas Projects LLC seeks individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people in the Southern African region and demonstrate leadership, versatility and integrity in their work. We are seeking exceptional South African candidates for the USAID Southern Africa Energy Program (SAEP). SAEP works to advance energy policy and regulatory reform and accelerate investment to increase power generation and access to electricity throughout the region. According to World Bank data, less than 25% of the non-South African population living in the Southern African region have access to electric power. The limited reliable power affects the competitiveness of Southern African industry, agriculture, and the economic opportunity and health conditions for rural populations, women, and youth. Through strengthening the enabling environment and facilitating public and private transactions, SAEP leverages the momentum of private investment to help focus SAEP’s resources in ways that best support the reform of national and regional energy ecosystems. At the same time, SAEP produces the tangible results needed to create a sustainable cycle of additional reforms, increased investment and continued political will.
Position Description, Objectives and Project Overview:
The Outcome 5 Lead is responsible for scaling successes and sharing lessons learned from SAEP activities across the region. As a regional program, SAEP can cost-effectively leverage program successes and avail them to other stakeholders in the region for possible modification and adoption. As activities are implemented bilaterally with specific counterparts, the Outcome 5 Lead is responsible for determining how lessons learned can be shared, used and implemented across the wider SAEP region. The goal of Outcome 5 is to increase visibility of work already delivered by SAEP, and working through SADC entities, regional donors and other counterparts encourage replication of that work by other counterparts. The mode of sharing this work and spreading across the region will be different for many of the activities, and certain activities are riper for sharing. The OC5 Lead will identify these opportunities in collaboration with the SAEP Country Managers, other Outcome Leads and the DCOP-Technical and design the programming and activities to create this regional impact from the program activities.
Reviewing activity scopes from other technical leads to determine what knowledge sharing can be extracted from the planned work, and ensure long-term training plans for capacity building are embedded in all SAEP Work Plan activities Identifying required resources necessary to deliver the interventions in full, leveraging funding where possible from other cooperating partners, regional institutions and counterpart organizations to augment delivery Sharing the SAEP lessons learned throughout the region in a sustainable manner Improve human and institutional capacity of counterparts to bring on new generation, increase cross-border transmission and/or increase connections in the SAEP service territory Identifying and assessing training needs across the focal countries/region and designing low-cost, high impact training options that are integrated with the rest of program delivery (e.g. integrated with other Outcomes) Developing and deploying a bespoke model for packaging lessons learned in each SAEP Outcome, including identification of audience, learning delivery methodologies, appropriate learning technologies, material available, and capacity of counterparts Monitoring and evaluating training program’s effectiveness, success and ROI periodically and reporting on them Developing and implementing Human & Institutional Capacity Development (HICD) interventions, which build knowledge and skills within SADC counterpart institutions Building relationships and linking energy sector stakeholders to active SAEP counterparts and regional institutions Strengthening regional institutions such as RERA, SAPP, SADC and SACREEE in the areas of knowledge management and sustainability of training and capacity building functions Implementing good practice learning life-cycle principles, focusing on specific strategic areas in the reforming energy sector like managing renewables, private sector participation, micro-grids and gender mainstreaming Support counterparts to become self-sustaining over time and less reliant on donor funding Supporting SAEP counterparts in the development of learning and development strategies in addressing competency challenges within the energy sector Manage the implementation of Outcome 5 interventions to achieve the target results, providing technical direction to local and international resources and engaging directly in technical intervention delivery as appropriate. Engaging in effective communications to promote SAEP activities and results with relevant stakeholders, maintaining a high level of coordination and support for Program activities Providing regular reporting of Outcome 5 activities and results, including the achievement of results, leveraging of partner resources and other M&E reporting requirements Maintaining a keen understanding of training trends, developments and best practices Assisting regional counterparts in the development of Strategic Plans and/or Business Plans Minimum Skills, Educational Qualifications and Experience:
A bachelor's degree in management, economics, energy related engineering, energy policy, finance and/or other related fields (Master's preferred) A minimum of ten (10) years of professional consulting experience, training experience, and/or guiding knowledge management and institutional development with government officials, bankers, private sector project developers, NGOs, CBOs, and/or others from both public or private sectors required Specific knowledge and experience of the energy environment and relevant local and regional institutions in Southern Africa required Specialized experience in one or more of the following areas preferred: energy sector reform (including policy and regulatory reform), IPP project development, various generation technologies (RE, fossil fuels, etc.) Experience in institutional development and capacity building and training preferred Familiarity with USAID capacity building and training strategies and knowledge of USAID requirements preferred Exposure to and understanding of energy-related technical terminology preferred Experience collaborating with public and private sector agencies and organizations on training and capacity building activities Familiarity with traditional and modern training methods (mentoring, coaching, on-the-job or in classroom training, e-learning, workshops, simulations etc.) is a plus Proven track record of leading teams providing technical training and institution development within the energy sector, with an emphasis on achieving real results. While this is a management role, the Lead will not have a team for all activities and will be responsible for developing content and delivering some training Prior experience on a donor-funded energy sector project delivery. USAID-funded project preferred; Prior experience working with regional institutions in the Southern Africa region preferred, along with a demonstrable ability to leverage his/her network to further SAEP’s goals and objectives. Proven written and oral communication skills; strong research, teamwork and interpersonal skills; High proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (e.g., Excel, Project, PowerPoint, Word); and Strong individual initiative, including the ability to take ownership of work and work product, motivate others to produce strong work product and solve problems.
NOTE: No relocation cost will be covered by Deloitte Consulting Overseas Projects LLC or the USAID Southern Africa Energy Program.
Please send a cover letter and a CV (PDF or word format) that includes contact information and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org by COB on 14 May 2021. Please include the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email. No telephone inquiries. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. SAEP will conduct interviews with shortlisted candidates either over the phone or in person. SAEP may also ask for writing samples or have the candidates write a sample in person for us to verify your writing capabilities. Deloitte Consulting Overseas Projects LLC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.
Deloitte Consulting Overseas Projects LLC
Pretoria, Gauteng, Southern Africa