May 2018 – Through the support of USAID’s Energy Division and Power Africa, Anitha Privatus Kaijage is developing skills and knowledge that will further her career in the energy sector. Anitha is one of a number of young women in East Africa participating in the Women in Energy Regulation Internship Program, which is implemented by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).
Anitha is currently interning at Tanzania’s Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) and is gaining hands-on expertise in a variety of key areas. She has participated in data collection field monitoring work at several different natural gas facilities, which included technical work on equipment and health and safety monitoring at the site.
“These skills have increased my knowledge and experience as a rising regulator on how to carry out inspection activities at natural gas facilities by applying different techniques,” she said. “Using these skills, I am able to carry out monitoring activities with little supervision.”
During her internship at EWURA, she has also participated in stakeholder consultation meetings and mediation proceedings between consumers and the utility TANESCO, and attended a three-day partnership exchange on time-of-use tariffs, which was conducted under NARUC’s partnership with EWURA and supported by USAID and Power Africa.
The Women in Energy Regulation Internship Program seeks to foster interest and advance career opportunities for young women in energy regulation. The program aims to help young women in emerging economies build necessary skills to pursue careers at regulatory agencies, electric utilities and other organizations.
For more information on NARUC’s work to further gender equality, visit https://www.naruc.org/international/where-we-work/global-initiatives/gender/.
This story is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of NARUC and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.