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Governance Advisor - Energy (Gas Sector)

Location:
Mozambique
Careers Site Advertising End Date:
21 Feb 2019
About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:
At the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change we are dedicated to making globalisation work for the many, not the few. We do this by helping countries, their people and their governments, address some of the most difficult challenges in the world today – beginning with those where we think we can break new ground, offering leaders new thinking and new approaches. Our staff – over 200 of them, based all over the world – are working on some of the most intractable problems around issues of co-existence, governance, the peace process in the Middle East and renewing the centre.
Focus of the Role:
Our Governance work supports the governments and leaders of fragile, developing, and emerging states to enhance their effectiveness. We are focused on helping governments and leaders make their vision for the development of their country a reality. We work in the centre of government and key line ministries and our work is shaped by national priorities.

To support this work we are currently searching for an experienced gas advisor will be an integral member of the Mozambique project team in the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. They will have responsibility for the development of TBI Mozambique’s Gas Work stream. They will focus primarily on supporting the government of Mozambique in the development and implementation of the following strategies:

  1. Support the country’s LNG Strategy. Support the government in financial & commercial (Gas prices structure, financial models, commercial conditions, etc) matters related to the contracts and negotiation with the upstream players.
  2. Support the country’s the Natural Gas Strategy and the subsequent national industrialization. Support the government in financial & commercial (Gas prices structure, financial models, commercial conditions, etc) matters related to the contracts and negotiation with the downstream players.

The advisor will also support the Government on its gas development policy, regulatory framework and institutional development. He/she will work with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and in close cooperation with the Country Head and staff in the London headquarters.

This will entail working in a collaborative and respectful manner; actively contributing to the delivery and success of the Mozambique project to build capacity in the Government of Mozambique; and feeding into the wider work and development of the TBI.  They will develop and maintain close relationships with the Minister for Energy, most relevant institutional stakeholders, regulators, utility and with other Ministries as well as develop close links with donors and with the diplomatic community. The post holder will report to the Mozambique Country Head.

It is also expected that the advisor will be required to make their expertise available to support TBI teams and Governments across Africa on gas issues. This is most likely to involve some support to our advisors and Governments in West Africa to support Countries make decisions on gas supply. This may involve occasional travel from Maputo.

TBI’s Gas Advisory work

The majority of our Energy practices work to date has been in the power sector, a reflection of the priorities of the Governments for which we work. However, we have recently begun to engage in the Gas sector, most notably in West Africa and Mozambique. In West Africa, following a detailed modelling of the likely development of the power system, power trading opportunities and resultant gas requirements, we are beginning to engage with a number of Governments on the impact of this outlook on gas supply decisions. In Mozambique, the Government have requested our support to develop and deliver strategies for the effective exploitation of gas reserves and in particular the use of the domestic allocation of these resources.

TBI are seeking exceptional individuals with experience in the Oil & Gas sector to advise our partner governments on developing, planning and delivering the sectoral reforms that they have prioritized in order to attract increased investment in the gas sector and accelerate the gas extraction to allow the national industrialization.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Advisor will be responsible for:

  • Supporting the government on the development and implementation of the strategies for the development of the LNG and Natural Gas in the Country;
  • Doing the above while building the capacity of government, and bring in added value and expertise to the gas sector while assessing other priority areas such as agriculture, power, transports;
  • Improving collaboration: supporting the Ministry of Energy and other government actors to work more effectively together to resolve bottlenecks to the development of the gas sector. This will require collaboration with Government officials and the TBI country head and energy (power) advisor;
  • Providing independent and objective advice to the Minister of Energy and her designated focal point, whilst recognizing that policy decision-making and implementation of initiatives is the responsibility of the Government of Mozambique;
  • Contributing to the success of the Mozambican project, by supporting the country head, including contributing to prudent financial management individually and for the project, monitoring and evaluation of the project work and team building exercises (e.g. organising team briefings, outings, etc);
  • Scoping for the sector in order to assess possible future avenues for TBI work in energy and developing the energy workstream in Mozambique.
  • Support TBI’s Energy practice through contributing expertise as required to our support to other Governments – most likely in West Africa.
What We Look For in Our People:
 EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:
 
  • At least 7-years of Energy (Oil&Gas) sector experience is required. Experience in institutional capacity development, consultancy, commercial contracts, negotiation, Public/Private Financing and working in Africa is desirable;
  • An ability to work independently, think strategically and translate strategies into delivery plans on the ground, with particular emphasis on attention to details; with excellent analytical, organizational, communication and management skills;
  • An understanding of the needs of a senior officials both while office based and travelling; be able to work and interact at the highest level of public life;
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to work in a team with colleagues;
  • Ability to liaise with partner governments, external bodies, organizations and key stakeholders to deliver the requirements of the office, and TBI in particular;
  • Lead the project team to ensure effective operation of the online platform and implementation of project activities, ensuring alignment with the strategic goals of the Institute.
  • Lead the project team to ensure effective operation of the online platform and implementation of project activities, ensuring alignment with the strategic goals of the Institute.
  • Willingness to travel, sometimes at short notice;
  • Experience of identifying and resolving project implementation bottlenecks;
  • Strong of sense ethics, discretion and perseverance required;
  • Fluency in Portuguese and English is required and French is a plus.
 
VALUES WE LOOK FOR:
 
  • COURAGE… because to tackle global challenges, we must innovate and take smart risks
  • COLLABORATION… because when we work together and with external partners, we can overcome even the largest problems
  • COMPASSION … because our work is ultimately about improving people’s lives

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