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Senior Global Practice Specialist II, Principal Global Practice Specialist – Climate Change and Clean Energy (Grades 10 - 13)

Location: United States
Location: United States of America
City/Cities Location Details: Bethesda, Maryland
Job Code: 6270

Description

Job Title/Grade:          Senior Global Practice Specialist II, Principal Global Practice Specialist – Clean Energy (Grades 10 - 13)

Department:               USG Development Innovations / Environment Sector

Reports to:                  Global Practice Manager, Sustainable Cities

Function of the Position:

The Senior Global Practice Specialist / Principal Global Practice Specialist (SGPS/PGPS) will oversee delivery of DAI’s USG energy projects and activities and lead efforts to expand the portfolio of USAID and other US government projects within the Environment Sector of the USG Development Innovations group.  The SGPS/PGPS will provide technical direction and specialized technical assistance related to clean energy, including deployment of advanced distributed energy solutions, energy efficiency technologies, improved sector policies, institutional capacity building, and blended finance.  She/he will lead new business efforts for USAID and other USG projects in line with USAID priorities and strategies in part by leveraging capabilities across DAI global business units, including ongoing project work for UK, EU and other international donor projects. Principal activities will include:

  • Deliver excellent technical assistance to USAID and other donor-funded projects. Activities may include working with national and local stakeholders to conduct renewable energy, energy efficiency, and/or electric vehicle infrastructure assessments; propose policies and regulatory options to facilitate the uptake and procurement of clean energy solutions; evaluate options for financing clean energy projects; and assess the greenhouse gas and air pollution benefits of clean energy.
  • Identify and lead new business opportunities related to clean energy and low carbon planning and lead the preparation and writing of innovative, winning proposals for USAID projects.
  • Support cross-company efforts to establish DAI's reputation as a thought leader in clean energy, and the mobilization of green investment into vulnerable communities.
  • Develop and test innovative approaches that are incorporated into winning proposals and put DAI at the forefront of clean energy service providers to USAID and other donors.
  • Create partnerships with international initiatives, technology providers, private organizations, and expert consultants for the delivery of clean energy and climate mitigation services.  
  • Participate in the ongoing development and implementation of DAI Environment Sector's growth strategy focusing on USAID and other US government agencies.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Time will be allocated across these three responsibilities according to corporate need and personal capabilities; in 2021 and 2022 the priority will be placed on business development and growth.

Technical

  • Delivers technical expertise to field projects in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle policy and market development resulting in reduced greenhouse gas emissions and sustainable, inclusive, and equitable economic growth.
  • Support technical start-ups of field projects and undertake short-term technical assignments providing training, high quality technical reports, assessments, recommendations and other deliverables as requested.

Business Development and Growth

  • In collaboration with the Environment Sector new business team, build on existing clean energy work within the DAI USG, UK, EU and Sustainable Business Group Units to develop, prioritize, and maintain a new business pipeline for clean energy within the USAID market.
  • Lead and/or support the development of winning proposals as “champion” and/or lead or supporting writer. Work with proposal teams to formulate convincing technical approaches, develop responsive technical narratives, competitive staffing and management structures, and provide inputs into the proposal budgeting process. 
  • Build and grow strategic client relationships, especially with USAID, but also with other implementing and donor organizations.
  • Market DAI and the Environment Sector's services and portfolio.
  • Work with the broader Development Innovations team to promote synergies on business development between practices and sectors.
  • Identify and develop a network of clean energy consultants (especially local consultants) that can provide surge capacity for the Environment Sector. Work with the broader DAI Development Innovations team to promote synergies on business development between practices and sectors.

Thought Leadership and Knowledge Sharing

  • Work with DAI’s technical sectors to identify and highlight innovative clean energy approaches being implemented in projects around the world.  Using this knowledge base, participate in diverse clean energy and climate change networks and events that provide strategic opportunities to showcase work being carried out by DAI.
  • Seek out opportunities to expand internal and external understanding of DAI’s work in clean energy, advance the use of innovative tools and approaches, draft articles for DAI publications, and develop and maintain external networks of partners, clients, and individual consultants that DAI can tap to identify business opportunities and deliver outstanding results.
  • Identify, capture and share information and lessons learned from past and present projects with proposal teams and other field projects. Update key tools and lessons learned on the DAI website and other platforms. 

Qualifications:

Required Qualifications

  • Grade 10: Minimum of 9 years of relevant professional experience and a bachelor’s degree; or 7 years of relevant professional experience and a master’s degree;
  • Grade 11: Minimum of 11 years of relevant professional experience and a bachelor’s degree; or 9 years of relevant professional experience and a master’s degree;
  • Grade 12: Minimum of 13 years of relevant professional experience and a bachelor’s degree; or 11 years of relevant professional experience and a master’s degree;
  • Grade 13: Minimum of 17 years of relevant professional experience and a bachelor’s degree; or 15 years of relevant professional experience and a master’s degree;
  • Demonstrated experience leading, designing, and/or evaluating projects and programs that promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and/or low carbon development in developing country settings, including enabling frameworks for attracting investment into equitable, inclusive and sustainable clean energy solutions.
  • Familiarity with a wide range of clean energy strategies, including their appropriateness in various types of low resource settings.
  • Demonstrated experience leading technical teams for both delivery of clean energy projects and development of winning proposals.
  • Excellent writing skills and demonstrated experience leading and writing winning technical proposals for USAID or other international donor clients. Has the ability to work independently and effectively across technical areas, develop technical approaches that integrate or leverage resources in different parts of the company, and adjust technical content to meet client evaluation criteria.
  • Ability to travel to countries in which DAI has projects or new business opportunities for proposal reconnaissance and the provision of technical support to projects, barring times or locations DAI Security Office has deemed unsafe. Travel requirement expected to be up to 25% of the time
  • Possesses technical knowledge and skills as evidenced by project results, publications, reports, proposals, and/or public presentations

Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

Strongly Preferred Qualifications

  • Fluency in Spanish or French.

Supervisory Requirements: 

  • Experience in leading project delivery and proposal teams.

Supervisory Requirements: 

Experience in leading project delivery and proposal teams.

 

DAI is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.



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