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Resident Energy Advisor

Location:
Africa
About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:
Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Closing Date: We will conduct interviews on a rolling basis so encourage you to apply early

 
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.
 
Burkina Faso is a land-locked country with an interesting solar generation potential, yet to be developed. It is also at the heart of the regional West African Power Pool (WAPP), thanks to its existing interconnection with Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Benin, and could also play a pivotal role in the future common energy market.
 
TBI has agreed to provide the Minister of Energy with a Resident Advisor who will assist the Minister to execute the Ministry’s strategy at national and regional levels.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Advise the Minister of Energy and his senior advisors on the opportunities for cross-border electricity trades, and strategies to pursue Government decisions in this regard;
• Analyse the strategic, operational, commercial and regulatory framework of the existing import contracts of electricity in Burkina Faso and support the Ministry of Energy in proposing – and possibly negotiating – amendments;
• Upon request by the Minister of Energy, undertake other high-impact analytically focused projects/studies including financial appraisals of PPAs, policy & regulatory analysis, sectoral & industry analysis;
• Support the Minister of Energy, the Regulatory Authority and Sonabel (local utility) in their effort of internalize the regional (WAPP) regulation in Burkina Faso;
• Support the Minister of Energy to communicate with bilateral and multilateral donors, regarding cross-border trade and the West Africa regional power pool;
• Provide support to Power Africa’s West Africa Regional Advisor on the study on integration of Burkina Faso into the wider WAPP and provide local support to facilitate selected trades between Burkina Faso and its neighboring countries;
• Conduct research on selected topics as required by Power Africa’s West Africa Regional Advisor or the Country Head;
• Proactively identify risks and issues affecting task or work stream delivery, and promptly communicate upwards with solution options;
• Present ideas and respond to queries clearly and concisely in internal team meetings and with external stakeholders;
• Support completion of high-quality written documents and/or presentations;
• Articulate findings and presentations using various presentation tools, i.e., power point, excel etc.
 
Please note that this is a fixed-term consultancy role for an initial period of 6 months that may be extended based on budget availability.
Part-time / flexible working arrangements can be considered.
What We Look For in Our People:
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:

• Bachelor or Master degree (preferred areas of study: Business, Economics, Engineering);
• Ideally between 10 and 15 years of experience, preferably in energy ;
• In-depth understanding of the energy industry, specifically in West Africa;
• Sound understanding of financial analysis;
• Very familiar with the use of Microsoft Office package (especially Excel and Power Point);
• Fluency in French and English required with excellent oral and written communication skills;
• Strong willingness to learn, and ability to be a real team player;
• Ability to thrive in a fast-moving political environment, with an emphasis on performance, results and accountability;
• In addition, we place high value on relevant personal qualities such as resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, self-confidence, and integrity;
• Above all, we are looking for individuals with high levels of enthusiasm, resilience, and a can-do attitude. Experience of living and working in developing countries is desirable but not essential.

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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