• Energy Policy Advisor

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    Posted Date 5 months ago(11/8/2018 4:31 PM)
    Job ID
    2018-1095
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Consultancy
  • PACT Overview

    At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

    Department

    Smart Power Myanmar - Smart Power Myanmar (SPM) is an integrated country platform that will accelerate rural electrification to spur economic growth and transform rural communities. With an initial investment from The Rockefeller Foundation, SPM aims to catalyze investment of hundreds of millions of dollars to support the rollout of thousands of mini-grids and other rural electrification solutions. SPM is received additional support from its Founding Members: The World Bank, USAID and Yoma Strategic Holdings. Smart Power Myanmar’s vision is a natural extension of achievements made by Pact over several years under the Ahlin Yaung program which has brought energy to rural communities in Myanmar on a household-by-household basis. Fortified by additional evidence and insights into current and potential energy use (see our recent study Bridging the Energy Gap), Smart Power Myanmar will identify and promote business models to stabilize and strengthen the rural market for renewable energy, addressing both demand- and supply-side challenges. SPM is seeking highly experienced energy professionals with significant experience from both the private and public sector who are committed to improving access to energy and economic growth.

    Position Overview

    Background

    Smart Power Myanmar (SPM) is an integrated country platform that will accelerate rural electrification to spur economic growth and transform rural communities. With an initial investment from The Rockefeller Foundation, SPM aims to catalyze investment of hundreds of millions of dollars to support the rollout of thousands of mini-grids and other rural electrification solutions. SPM is received additional support from its Founding Members: The World Bank, USAID, Shell and Yoma Strategic Holdings.

     

    Smart Power Myanmar’s vision is a natural extension of achievements made by Pact over several years under the Ahlin Yaung program which has brought energy to rural communities in Myanmar on a household-by-household basis. Fortified by additional evidence and insights into current and potential energy use (see our recent study Bridging the Energy Gap),  Smart Power Myanmar will identify and promote business models to stabilize and strengthen the rural market for renewable energy, addressing both demand- and supply-side challenges.

     

    SPM is seeking highly experienced energy professionals with significant experience from both the private and public sector who are committed to improving access to energy and economic growth.

     

    Objectives

    The Energy Policy Advisor will utilize her/his networks, policy experience and advocacy skills in to augment SPM’s visibility in Myanmar and the region as the premier organization accelerating rural electrification for economic growth in rural areas. The Energy Policy Advisor will provide guidance on navigating the energy policy environment inside and outside of Myanmar. The Energy Policy Advisor will make introductions for SPM to stakeholders relevant to its objectives. The Energy Policy Advisor will seek and cultivate opportunities to raise SPM’s profile and advance its objectives in national forums in Myanmar as well as regional and global forums.

    Key Responsibilities

    Statement of Duties and Responsibilities

    1. Strengthen the working relationship between Smart Power Myanmar (SPM) and the Myanmar Ministry of Energy & Electricity (MOEE), the Department of Rural Development (DRD), and other relevant government bodies.
      1. Advance SPM’s efforts to demonstrate to MOEE and other government bodies that distributed renewable energy (DRE) assets will be the most technically and economically feasible option for providing access to energy in many parts of the country.
      2. Advance SPM’s efforts to partner with MOEE to pilot an independent power provider (IPP) model for DRE asset development, under which the Electricity Supply Enterprise (ESE) would sign a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with an IPP, enabling the development of a solar-based mini-grid for one or more communities.
    2. Improve SPM’s ability to attract energy engineering and finance experts to fill full-, part-time, and volunteer roles within the program from throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Improve SPM’s ability to identify and recruit experts for assisting partner organizations and Myanmar government bodies.
      1. Ensure that relevant professional societies and membership-based organizations are aware of SPM’s efforts and the opportunities that may exist for working with SPM.
      2. Ensure that relevant university program professors and their students are aware of SPM’s efforts and the opportunities that exist for engagement.
    3. Support SPM’s efforts to raise funds and identify in-kind support from regional donors, including but not limited to: the Singaporean and other governments, family offices, corporations, and foundations.
      1. Facilitate the development of strong relationships with potential donors, and ensure they are aware of the work SPM is going, as well as the opportunities that may exist to support SPM’s efforts.
      2. Identify and cultivate champions that can further influence decision-makers, such as senior current or former government officials and entrepreneurs.
    4. Facilitate the development of a strong working relationship between SPM and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), leading to the provision of both technical and financial support either directly or indirectly.
      1. Advance SPM’s efforts to explore whether ADB should become a member of the SPM Founding Member’s group, alongside The World Bank, USAID, and others.
      2. Identify, develop and pursue specific grant funding opportunities through the Asian Development Fund, as well as potential debt financing to the Myanmar Government. Liaise with both ADB and Myanmar senior officials to pursue the latter opportunities.
      3. Ensure that SPM’s work is well-known by relevant officials throughout ADB, and that SPM has opportunities for engaging through ADB signature events such as Asia Clean Energy Forum with high level recognition.

    ACTIVITIES

    • Provide strategic counsel to SPM and The Rockefeller Foundation (RF) on a range of issues, from how to engage with the Myanmar government effectively to how to set and achieve programmatic goals and strategic priorities.
    • 2-3 visits to Nay Pyi Daw & Yangon for meetings with Myanmar government officials and other key stakeholders. Follow-up phone calls and email communication with senior officials as needed during the contractual period.
    • Arrange for and participate in 3-4 full days of meetings in Singapore with the CEO of SPM and RF Associate Director with potential donors, investors, and partners. Follow-up phone calls and email communication with potential donors and partners as needed during the contractual period.
    • Arrange for and participate in meetings with ABD officials, including but not limited to Vice President Bambang Susantono, with the CEO of SPM and other key partners. Follow-up phone calls and email communication with ADB officials as needed during the contractual period.

    Deliverables

    • Action Plan for high-level advocacy developed in conjunction with SPM CEO, Founding Members, and other key partners approved by the SPM CEO.
    • Three-to-five page trip reports following any travel outside of Singapore for this contract approved by the SPM CEO.
    • Secure testimonials from key government officials as well as potential donors and partners in Myanmar, Singapore and regionally, demonstrating an understanding of and willingness to support SPM and its various efforts, that will be used in SPM marketing materials.

    Basic Requirements

    • Individual cannot have been a Pact Employee (full time, part time, temporary) within the last years
    • Individual cannot have been engaged by Pact as a consultant more than three times in the past 365 days
    • Postgraduate degree in energy, finance, business, engineering, economics or other relevant field
    • At least 10 years of experience in leadership and policy roles in the energy sector
    • Extensive experience working with the Government of the Union of Myanmar on energy policy
    • Extensive knowledge of energy policy environment in Myanmar

     

    Selection Criteria

    Criteria

    Score (Out of 100 total pts.)

    Familiarity with Myanmar off-grid energy policy environment

    40

    Strength of off-grid energy policy network

    40

    Experience advising on rural electrification/renewable energy policy/off-grid distributable energy

    20

    Total:

    100

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Membership in Myanmar, regional or global renewable energy forum

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