Position Description

Chief of Party - USAID Enhancing Equality in Energy for Southeast Asia (EEESA) Activity
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Expatriate Project Staff

ECODIT is an international development firm working with governments, businesses, and local communities to advance environmentally- and socially-responsible development around the world. We provide technical assistance services ranging from quick-turnaround assessments and evaluations to design and implementation of long-term multi-million-dollar projects. Since its founding in 1993, ECODIT has provided professional services through more than 250 projects/contracts to diverse clients in more 50  countries. Building on our track record of success, we have continuously expanded the depth and breadth of our expertise in the energy, water, environment, and urban and local governance sectors.

Responsibilities: 

The Chief of Party (COP) will oversee all strategic, technical and operational aspects for the anticipated USAID EEESA Activity, which will enhance USAID’s energy outcomes by improving gender equality in the Southeast Asia energy sector workforce. Specifically, the Activity will work to (1) increase diversity of the energy sector workforce; (2) support inclusive workplace  environments; and (3) increase promotion and leadership opportunities for women in the energy sector. The Activity will initially focus on the following developing Asian countries: Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand. The COP will be based in the Activity’s main office in one of these countries. 
The COP will act as the main point of contact between USAID, ECODIT and partner organizations, ensuring timely communications and collaborations on a range of highly complex deliverables, and ensuring timely and accurate submission of high-quality deliverables that respond to USAID’s priorities and expectations. Specifically, the COP will: 

  • Assume overall technical, financial, and administrative leadership of the Activity, ensuring that all tasks are implemented effectively and that all deliverables are submitted on time, within budget, and in compliance with applicable United States Government (USG) regulations and ECODIT policies; 
  • Identify and execute strategies to build strong, viable relationships with key stakeholders, including USAID, governments of Asian countries, utility and power companies, the private sector, civil society and other important actors in the energy sector; 
  • Provide technical assistance to identifying the key barriers to promoting gender equality in the energy sector; 
  • Design and implement training and education programs, as well as internship and mentorship activities, for women and girls pursuing energy sector careers; 
  • Support energy sector institutions with tools and assistance to track gender data and outcomes, increase the recruitment and hiring of women into technical and managerial roles, and enhance the workplace environment; 
  • Oversee the development of an evidence base linking gender outcomes and business outcomes and promote learning through best practices for incorporating gender equity considerations into energy programs; 
  • Engage and coordinate activities with new and existing bilateral USAID programs in Southeast Asia and convene new or participate in existing donor coordination platforms for energy sector interventions in the region; 
  • Liaise regularly with USAID to ensure the timely production and submission of high-quality deliverables, including regular project reports; 
  • Work with the ECODIT Home Office to coordinate technical and editorial review of project deliverables prior to submission to USAID; 
  • Oversee project start-up, in-country legal registration, and office set-up for the Activity; 
  • Supervise technical and administrative/finance personnel; and
  • Perform other tasks and duties as necessary for the success of the project.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Economics, Public Policy, International Development or other related area. Advanced degree strongly preferred; 
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience leading and managing international development programs, preferably in the energy sector, including demonstrated sensitivity to local cultural and political context, cooperation among other donors and development projects, and host country institutions;
  • Significant knowledge and experience in gender equality and female empowerment, social inclusion, energy, environment and the culture and political context of the countries in which the work will be performed; 
  • Expertise and experience integrating gender equality and women empowerment issues within the energy sector;
  • Proven experience in assembling and/or managing diverse teams to effectively execute tasks;
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership, administrative, management, presentation, reporting, communication, and conflict resolution skills;
  • Diplomacy skills with a wide range of stakeholders (i.e., local government officials, private sector, NGOs, CSOs, target audiences, and beneficiaries);
  • Experience in Southeast Asia or other countries with similar cultural and political dynamics;
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills in English; and 
  • Fluency in a Southeast Asian language at a professional level preferred. 

To apply, please send a cover letter and updated resume/CV in English through the “Our Jobs” section of the ECODIT website. Please note that positions are contingent upon contract award. Applications will be received and reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants who fail to meet the application criteria may be disqualified. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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