Francophone Energy Advisors, Power Africa Senior Advisors Group Program

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Job Reference: tbigc/TP/22858/245
Number of Positions: 5
Contract Type: Fixed Term/Full Time
Working Hours: 40
Closing Date: 15/04/2021
Job Category: Advisory
Business Area / Division: Advisory - London
Business Unit: United Kingdom
Location: Global

Focus of the Role

Power Africa and the Senior Advisors Group (SAG) Program (Power Africa) is an initiative that brings together 12 United States Government agencies to leverage large-scale resources and expertise of the private and public sector, to expand access to power across Sub-Saharan Africa. The initiative aims to increase installed power capacity by 30,000 MW, to create 60 million new electricity connections to households and businesses, and to support the development of a strong enabling environment for the power sector.

TBI, in coordination with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), implements the Power Africa Senior Advisors Group (SAG) Program to support effective government leadership in Power Africa partner countries to increase the availability of, and access to, power.

The Program deploys Energy Advisors embedded in local institutions (e.g. Ministries of Energy, Utilities, Rural Electrification Agencies, and Regulatory Authorities) for assignments of 2-4 years typically. The advisors assist sector leaders to make improvements on strategy, planning and  policy implementation. At the moment, advisory work is being undertaken in Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Nigeria and Senegal, as well at with regional intergovernmental organizations. 

The Institute is planning to expand the Program into more Francophone countries across sub-Saharan Africa, and is looking for Energy Advisors to make that happen. Each advisor will be embedded in a partner government structure with the Governments requesting assistance. Depending on the location, the specific areas of reform may focus on either on-grid or off-grid systems or a combination of the two.

At present, we are seeking expressions of interest from advisors who are interested in joining the Program and working in Francophone countries across sub-Saharan Africa.  

Key Responsibilities

  • Advise counterparts within national government structures as they improve the policy environment for national power sectors, set out viable plans for power sector development and deliver on power sector priorities. This may include: advising the Ministers and their team on how to enhance the sector’s legal and regulatory framework to facilitate both private and public investment; financial appraisal of proposed Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs); promoting integrated power sector planning and strategic use of on-grid, off-grid and small-scale solutions; project management and follow-up activities within the Ministry, as well as other advisory tasks benefitting our partners
  • Advise Power Africa and other development partners as they identify how they can best support national governments advance power sector reforms and projects. This will involve providing timely analysis and acting as a point of coordination and expertise  
  • Identify areas where direct engagement at political level  is required and coordinate these engagements in collaboration with the Chief of Party and Deputy Chief of Party – Technical Lead
  • Develop and strengthen TBI’s relevance and value for government leaders in the country of assignment, acting as part of a wider TBI team in the country
  • Proactively identify risks and issues affecting workstream delivery and promptly communicate upwards with options for solutions
  • Support scoping for new programming and business development, as needed 

Person Specification

Applicants should have:

  • At least 5 years’ of power sector experience
  • Experience in institutional capacity development, regulation, power system planning or public-private financing are desirable
  • Experience working in developing economies is desirable
  • Proven ability to articulate technical expertise with analytical and communication skills to produce high quality advisory deliverables
  • Strong political acumen to navigate in complex environments and best position the SAG Program
  • Ability to proactivally identify engagement opportunities in the energy field, define program strategies and drive their implementation
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues and perform other duties as reasonably required to achieve the goals of the country and program teams
  • Fluency in French and English is required

About The Institute

Tony Blair Institute

The Tony Blair Institute (TBI) is a purpose-driven, not-for-profit organisation, with a mission to equip leaders to build open, prosperous and inclusive societies. We believe that politics done well has the power to transform lives. When governments work well, they are able to create economic and social change in a way that promotes fairness, social justice and opportunity. We are optimists, and we work relentlessly to support leaders and governments with the challenges they face: giving them practical solutions and actionable insights, that once implemented, can be transformative for their people.  

We do this within two connected divisions: 

Government Advisory 

Our Advisory Practice works directly with political leaders and governments around the world to implement reforms that improve the lives of their citizens. It has both non-profit partners and a client base and its outputs cover a range of disciplines and projects across countries in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South Asia. We are currently in a rapid expansion phase from c. 18 countries at present, to 30 by December 2022.

Policy Futures 

Our Policy Futures work encompasses three broad areas: 

  • Renewing the Centre: developing a bold and innovative domestic policy programme to help renew the centre ground of British politics; 
  • Tech and Public Policy: exploring the policy challenges and opportunities presented by the technological revolution; and 
  • Extremism Policy Unit: creating solutions designed to tackle the threat of extremist ideologies in the UK and around the world. 

As an organisation, the core beliefs we all embrace are: 

  • Open and Progressive: you’ll believe in the value of teamwork 
  • Bold and Pragmatic: you’ll approach everything you do with integrity and authenticity 
  • Optimistic Changemaker: you’ll be focused on results