Chief of Party – Empower Nigeria

  • Abuja

RTI International

Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector. As a not-for-profit, independent research institute based in North Carolina, USA, RTI has roughly 6,000 employees with global experience implementing international development projects. RTI's Sustainable Growth & Resilience (SG&R) technical unit within the International Development Group brings together RTI experts and capabilities across food security, agriculture, energy, environment, water, governance, and economic opportunity. SG&R will leverage RTI's experience designing and delivering multisectoral programming and technical solutions to respond to climate change, build resilience, and promote economic growth around the world.

Job description:

SG&R’s Energy Division is working to develop and implement low emission energy technology alternatives, raise private financing for energy infrastructure, bring efficiency to utilities, work with governments on legal and regulatory reforms to alleviate bottlenecks in energy generation and consumption, and increase access to green energy to sustain economic growth and reduce poverty. We serve as a chosen partner for USAID’s Power Africa program in sub-Sahara Africa and have an established international energy portfolio of over $300 million across Africa, Asia, Pacific Islands, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Project Description
The purpose of the Empower Nigeria program is to increase the availability of and access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern electricity services in Nigeria. This program will connect more Nigerian homes, businesses, and institutions to electricity on the grid and beyond the grid; reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector by supporting cleaner electricity generation delivered by the grid and accelerating distributed renewable energy (DRE); and, working in partnership with the Government of Nigeria and other institutions to improve the enabling environment for energy sector investment (including climate finance) and innovation.
Position Description
RTI is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated Empower Nigeria (EN) Activity. The COP will be responsible for overall project performance, management, and execution ensuring all project deliverables are delivered with exceptional quality within budget and compliance. This position will provide project planning, oversight, leadership, and coordination and requires deep knowledge of regional energy issues in Nigeria, including development trends, technologies, financial incentives and enabling environment. The COP will build and maintain highly effective client, government, partner, community, home office and project team relations. They may provide technical assistance and support activities where necessary, including specializing in key project technical areas such as regulatory frameworks, utility improvements, private sector engagement, technology innovations. This position will be based in Nigeria and will report to RTI’s Home Office.

This position is contingent upon award and funding.
Responsible for overall vision, management, and strategic leadership for the project.
Identify adjustments in scope and operations to ensure that the project adapts to changes in need and context.
Supervise and empower all personnel.
Establish effective partnerships with other US government agencies, Nigerian partners, regional technical and financial institutions, development partners, non-governmental organizations, and a wide variety of other stakeholders.
Communicate effectively in large public settings, as well as with senior government officials.
Ensure that managerial, administrative, and financial procedures comply with USAID and RTI policies and procedures.
Oversee preparation and delivery of high-quality reports to USAID, including quarterly and annual reports, and other reports required by the contract.
Bachelor’s Degree and 18 years of experience, Master’s degree and 14 years of experience, PhD and 10 years of experience.
Minimum eight (8) years of management experience implementing energy programs on- and beyond-the-grid; work experience in Nigeria.
Minimum eight (8) years of progressive senior management experience on donor-funded programs of similar size and scale with strong skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, procurement and budgeting similar size and scope.
Excellent interpersonal, diplomacy, and leadership skills, including the ability to manage high-level relationships.
Proven ability to form collaborative relationships with intergovernmental, government representatives, and other stakeholders.
Demonstrated ability to motivate and lead a dynamic team of professionals across large geographies.
Prior experience effectively managing large, complex activities, and achieving performance objectives.
Proficiency in English is required.
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The anticipated pay range for this role is listed below. Our pay ranges represent national averages and may vary by location as a geographic differential may be applied to some locations within the United States.
RTI considers multiple factors when making an offer including, for example: established salary range, internal budget, business needs, and education and years of work experience possessed by the applicant. Further, salary is merely one element to our offer.
At RTI, we demonstrate our commitment to rewarding individual and team achievement through a total rewards package. This package includes (among other things) a competitive base salary, a generous paid time off policy, merit based annual increases, bonus opportunities and a robust recognition program. Other benefits include a competitive range of insurance plans (including health, dental, life, and short-term and long-term disability), access to a retirement savings program such as a 401(k) plan, paid parental leave for all parents, financial assistance with adoption expenses or infertility treatments, financial reimbursement for education and developmental opportunities, an employee assistance program, and numerous other offerings to support a healthy work-life balance.
Job Type:Full time

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