The Director of Energy provides strategic direction and leadership to sustainably grow the firm’s energy practice and affirm its reputation as a reliable provider of high-quality technical assistance and management consulting in the energy sector worldwide. The Director of Energy is a member of ECODIT’s Leadership Team and reports to the President or his designee. S/he assumes the following key roles and responsibilities under three general headings (percentages of time spent on each are indicative):
Practice Leadership and Management (50% of time):
- Develop and implement a strategic vision and plan for the Energy Practice, in concert with his/her colleagues on the Leadership Team and as part of the overall strategic vision for the firm;
- Oversee energy project implementation and provide technical input and guidance to project teams for successful project performance that meets and exceeds client expectations; anticipate project implementation issues and propose mitigation or correction measures in a timely manner;
- Contribute to positioning ECODIT as a thought leader and a reliable USAID contractor in the energy sector, including by conducting internal and external knowledge events;
- Direct and oversee ECODIT’s energy team and staff, including development of sustainable practice operations and effective communication channels and supervisory systems;
- Provide critical input for planning the existing and future technical and staff resources to ensure sustainability of operations and exercise critical decisional authorities in recruitment activities for the Practice; and
- Conduct annual performance evaluations and regular goal-setting meetings for all staff reporting to him/her.
Relationship Building and Business Development (40% of time):
- Develop and nurture contacts with USAID Bureaus and Missions active in the energy sector, in coordination with colleagues on the Leadership Team, and promote ECODIT’s capabilities in the energy sector;
- Serve as the ECODIT IDIQ Manager for current and prospective Energy IDIQs held by ECODIT (the “assigned Energy IDIQs”). As IDIQ Manager, maintain close contact with the IDIQ CO and COR, direct the preparation of progress, technical and financial reports required under the IDIQ, and organize and facilitate regular meetings for ECODIT’s consortium of partners for each assigned energy IDIQ;
- Develop and manage relationships with ECODIT’s subcontractors and partners on the assigned Energy IDIQs, and with U.S. firms, NGOs, regional and local organizations in developing countries that are active in the energy sector;
- Expand ECODIT’s network of high-caliber independent energy experts and consultants;
- Support and advise business capture efforts, including (i) research and intelligence gathering on anticipated opportunities with USAID and other clients (MCC, World Bank, etc.), (ii) field missions to learn more about country priorities, build collaborative networks with in-country partners and expert, and anticipate the scopes of work of for such opportunities and develop possible technical approaches; and (iii) response to Requests for Information (RFIs), Sources Sought Notices (SSNs) and pre-solicitations;
- Provide thought leadership for the preparation of technical proposals in response to solicitations, in collaboration with the Business Development (BD) team, including making final bid/no-bid decisions; identifying potential partner organizations; identifying long- and short-term personnel; developing technical approach responses; and providing critical review and feedback to improve draft proposals; and
- Direct efforts to diversify ECODIT’s client base in the energy sector.
Staff Management, Development, Collaboration and Learning (10% of time):
- Supervise, train and coach the Energy Practice staff;
- Lead the Energy Practice efforts to expand ECODIT’s knowledge base and market by encouraging and facilitating the Energy team activities, including sharing and encouraging the dissemination of project knowledge, experiences and best practices, promoting projects through success stories, contributing relevant updates to the ECODIT website, and facilitating staff and client brown bag discussions;
- Encourage and nurture learning within the Energy team and across ECODIT’s individual Practices to promote cross-pollination of locally relevant, successful and sustainable development solutions; and
- Maintain active knowledge and share within ECODIT information on latest USAID developments, policies, practices, approaches, and programmatic strategies in the energy sector.
- Minimum Master’s degree in energy management, energy technology and/or energy policy, climate change, sustainable development, international relations, business administration, or another related field;
- At least 12 years of progressively responsible work experience in designing, managing and implementing energy programs in developing countries, including creating enabling environments for energy sector reform and governance and catalyzing private sector participation and investment;
- At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience in leading business capture and technical approach development for energy proposals for developing countries;
- At least 10 years of progressively responsible supervisory experience, including managing teams of professionals to implement complex energy projects and/or respond to complex energy solicitations;
- Strong familiarity with USAID’s strategies, policies, and tools related to the energy sector, including business development opportunities and funding mechanisms (e.g., Energy IDIQs), as well as other international development agencies such as MCC, World Bank, etc.;
- Solid network of contacts and relationships with the USAID Center for Environment, Energy and Infrastructure, USAID Missions around the world, USAID energy contractors and consultants, and local and regional firms active in the energy sector in at least one USAID region;
- Experience working in the energy sector in Africa and/or with the Power Africa initiative a plus;
- Excellent organizational and time management abilities;
- Strong written and oral communication skills in English; and
- Fluency in at least one relevant language other than English (e.g., French, Spanish, Portuguese, or Arabic) is a plus.
How to apply
This position offers an excellent opportunity for professional and career development within a reputable small business poised for significant growth. Compensation is commensurate with background and experience. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and CV immediately. ECODIT is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Only select candidates will be contacted; no phone calls or emails please.