Country Representative | Multiple Locations | 2024

Chemonics seeks Country Representatives for the Power Africa Empower Southern Africa (ESA) Program funded by USAID. ESA is a 5-year regional program that covers South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros and Sao Tome and Principe. The primary purpose of ESA is to increase the availability of, access to, and use of affordable, reliable, sustainable and clean energy in Southern Africa in order to reach measurable development outcomes. Measurable development outcomes include economic growth, reducing poverty, improving livelihoods, and increasing inclusive access to electricity-enabled services in such areas as health, education, sanitation, and food security. This position will play a critical role overseeing program activities in each country and be based in multiple locations across the Southern Africa Region, including Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Angola, Mozambique, Malawi, Madagascar, Eswatini, Lesotho, Comoros, and Sao Tome and Principe. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people and communities around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Own the development and continuous updating of country strategies that serve as roadmaps for key activities across subsectors and help drive its implementation.
  • Liaise with technical objective leads and operational teams to coordinate activities, including scaling up operational footprint in accordance with mission buy-ins
  • Identify project technical assistance needs, develop suitable scopes of work, and maintain communications with Pretoria office to deploy technical assistance
  • Maintain quality control over all project operations and performance targets, ensuring that deliverables outlined in the contract and workplan are completed in a timely and cost-effective manner
  • Ensure that managerial, administrative, and financial procedures comply with USAID policies and procedures
  • Identify and establish effective partnerships with in-country stakeholders, including NGOs, utility companies, private sector stakeholders among others
  • Serve as Chemonics’ in-country representative for all ESA activities
  • Supervise/facilitate LT staff and short-term consultants working in country
  • Reports to and performs other duties as assigned by the Southern Africa Technical Lead or the Chief of Party

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum ten (10) years of management experience implementing on- and off-grid energy programs in Southern Africa
  • Prior experience leading USAID/Power Africa programs strongly preferred
  • Experience supporting energy sector, power sector planning, or renewable energy initiatives in one of the countries listed above.
  • Proven ability to form collaborative relationships with intergovernmental, government representatives and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and lead a dynamic team of professionals across large geographies.
  • Prior experience effectively managing large, complex activities in the energy sector and achieving performance objectives
  • Familiarity promoting gender equality and social inclusion in the energy sector
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility and integrity
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English with command of either French or Portuguese a plus

Application instructions:

Please submit an application by April 29, 2024, using this link. No telephone inquiries, please. Chemonics will contact finalists.

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