The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), a 501©4 trade association, seeks a Technical Advisor to serve as an in-house technical expert to guide and support NARUC’s international energy regulatory programs. The Technical Advisor will provide oversight, strategic guidance as well as forward planning of the activities of NARUC’s International Department that promote exchange of best practices in energy regulation between U.S. public utility commissions and energy regulators in emerging and transitioning economies around the world. The Technical Advisor will preferably be based in NARUC’s office in Washington, DC.
The Technical Advisor (TA) will serve as an in-house technical expert to guide and support NARUC’s international projects that work with energy regulators in transitioning and emerging economies in Africa, Asia, Caribbean/Latin America, Eurasia and/or other geographic regions. The Technical Advisor will serve as a project advisor to selected projects, which can include drafting and/or reviewing project deliverables, leading workshops/trainings, and conducting in-country field work. The Technical Advisor will also oversee project deliverables prepared by outside project consultants, providing technical direction and/or content as necessary. The Technical Advisor will work closely with various levels of staff in the International Department to develop and implement results-oriented project annual workplans, specific consultancy scopes of work as well as staff-led deliverables for partners and donor approval. In addition, the Technical Advisor will play a significant role with donor outreach and new project development.
The position is grant-funded and is conditioned upon continued donor funding and satisfactory performance of duties.
Reports to Crissy Godfrey, Principal Technical Advisor. Coordinates closely with Erin Hammel, Director of International Programs, and Bevan Flansburg, Deputy Director of International Programs.
Requires significant experience and practitioner-level knowledge of a broad range of technical issues. The following areas are strongly preferred, but a TA should also possess the ability to guide/lead projects that may be outside of their expertise: tariff methodology, cyber security, critical infrastructure, gas market regulation, electricity market regulation, grid system expansion and stability, independence and transparency of the regulator, unbundling and accounting, promotion of investment, etc. Under NARUC’s programming for results design, the Technical Advisor must be able to identify necessary interim steps and/or phases for various energy reform processes and be able to translate regulatory best practices from the U.S., EU/Third Energy Package and other international experiences into the context of emerging economies. The position also requires a proven track record of program management, including project design, monitoring and reporting throughout the project lifecycle. The Technical Advisor will support drafting scopes of work and management of consulting agreements. Experience working in international development with major donors is highly desirable.
The position requires strong strategic-planning experience, ability to work in a fast-paced environment, diplomacy and problem-solving skills. The Technical Advisor should possess strong organizational, multi-tasking and leadership skills, as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills The position will work with numerous international program implementation staff within the department and must be able to juggle multiple projects with short deadlines, attention to detail and the ability to visualize and drive a project forward with minimal guidance.
International travel required (approx 25-40% of time).
An advanced degree and 6-8+ years of professional experience in energy regulation is required. Experience in working with emerging and transitioning economies is desired.
The Technical Advisor:
Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The organization offers a generous benefits package.
Instructions to Apply
Must be US citizen or have US work permit. Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to Ms. Crissy Godfrey (email@example.com), Principal Technical Advisor, International Programs, NARUC, www.naruc.org/international. No telephone calls. EOE.