PROGRAMME MANAGER ENERGY

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Closing Date: June 4, 2022

Type of Vacancy: /

Details of the Post

Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified nationals of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States and Associate Members of the Caribbean Community to fill the abovementioned position in the Caribbean Community Secretariat with assigned duty station in Guyana.

2.         FUNCTIONS OF THE POST

The Programme Manager, Energy will be responsible for implementing the CARICOM Energy Programme with current focus on the implementation of the CARICOM Energy Policy and Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) in the context of the CARICOM Five Year Strategic Plan.

The incumbent will keep abreast of and continually analyse developments and trends in the energy sector regionally and internationally, to provide high level technical and policy advisory services to Member States in order to allow the Community to take advantage of various opportunities. He/she will conduct necessary research and coordinate approaches for securing resources to support capacity strengthening, technology transfer, and legislative and regulatory reforms towards transformed energy markets in the Community, characterized by increased efficiency and utilization of renewable in keeping with established targets.

3.         QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

A Master’s Degree in Energy Economics, Energy Management, Energy Policy and, Energy Engineering or the equivalent, plus at least seven (7) years post qualification experience, five (5) of which should be relevant industry experience and at least three (3) years at the middle to senior management level in one or more of the following:

  • International organization
    • A regional institution
    • Private sector organization/Public Utility
    • Government Ministry

In addition, the candidate should possess specialized training and good working knowledge in:

  • National level energy planning, energy management and energy efficiency, applicable to both renewable and fossil fuel energy sources;
    • Project management and project design;
    • Communication and Interpersonal Skills including negotiation and advocacy, written and oral presentation.

Computer and foreign language proficiency would be an asset.

4.         DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Key Result 1:    Effective facilitation of the implementation of the CARICOM energy policy and strategy and supporting ongoing energy planning and management in Member States.

Activities:

1.1       FACILITATES the implementation of the regional energy Work Programme including the CARICOM Energy Policy, Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS), and other regional energy initiatives, in a manner which reflects priority sequencing and strategic linkages in the context of the CARICOM’s Five Year Strategic Plan;

1.2       MONITORS and EVALUATES the impact of regional trade in energy products and services in the Caribbean Community, as well as the impact of international energy market dynamics on Member States’ economies;

1.3       FACILITATES final Community approval of the comprehensive C-SERMS and facilitate implementation of same, towards the achievement of regional targets for utilization of renewable energy sources and the improvement in energy efficiency;

1.4       COORDINATES and SUPPORTS the Community-wide assessment of sustainable energy resources and capacity needs, for ongoing regional level planning and to support energy investment decisions;

1.5       DEVELOPS briefs, substantive reports and analytical papers on various energy subject matters, as required, for the Secretariat’s Executive Management, the COTED and other Community Organ, the lead Head on Energy in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet;

1.6       MONITORS, ANALYSES and KEEPS abreast of developments in Member States – regionally and internationally – in relation to energy markets, policy, regulatory and political issues linked to the main energy options relevant to the Community, viz petroleum and derivatives, natural gas, renewables (solar, wind, hydropower, bioenergy, geothermal, marine energy, etc), to support timely advisory services to Member States and to inform the Community’s Policies, Strategies and alliances;  

1.7       MONITORS and KEEPS abreast of developments with relevant energy technologies especially in areas of electricity and transportation (e.g. smart grids, micro-grids, energy storage, new bio-energy options and other marine renewables, hybrid and electric vehicles, CNG vehicles, etc.), towards ensuring that the Community takes advantage of emerging opportunities for technology transfers; and

1.8       PROMOTES the energy sector as a driver for economic development in the Community through the implementation of the relevant dimensions of the Energy Policy, but especially focused on sustainable energy development.

Key Result 2:     Effective Management of the Energy Programme, including: the work of staff and Consultants; the execution of technical assistance projects; coordinating regional initiatives, and information activities.

Activities:

2.1       UPDATES in a timely manner andimplement the regional energy work programme covering conventional as well as alternative energy sources in the context of the implementation of the Community’s Strategic Plan, but with emphasis on sustainable energy development;

2.2       MANAGES the work of staff and consultants to meet programme objectives; REVIEWS and APPROVES final reports of consultants;

2.3       REPRESENTS the CARICOM Secretariat on energy related matters at various regional and international fora, and also COLLABORATES closely with Community’s Sustainable Development Programme, given the link between the energy sector and the challenges associated with Climate Change;

2.4       COMMUNICATES in timely manner, important and relevant energy sector developments and trends to other programme areas and key stakeholders in CARICOM Secretariat and Member States to facilitate appropriate and timely actions, and to support the overall Communication Strategy of the Secretariat;

2.5       COORDINATES the staging of regional level energy awareness and energy information and knowledge sharing efforts such as, the CARICOM Energy Week; Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF) to fill specific gaps and needs;

2.6       MAINTAINS an active database and network of all regional energy initiatives in CARICOM and COORDINATES periodic meetings to share and update all key players as part of the effort of donor coordination and minimizing duplication of efforts;

2.7       UPDATES in a timely manner the network (regional and international) of energy professionals and organizations in support of the various energy initiatives of the Programme;

2.8       LIAISES with Focal Points for energy matters at the national level to coordinate support for on-going energy policy and strategy development and implementation; PROVIDES support to and assist with Member States with   inter-governmental negotiations;

2.9       ADVANCES and FACILITATES the establishment of a harmonized energy information system in all Member States as part of a regional level framework to support rational energy planning, energy sector investment decision making, and to support the operations of C-SERMS framework;

2.10     MANAGES and PROVIDES, technical oversight and guidance to the current and future regional sustainable energy initiatives, e.g. the CARICOM-GIZ Initiatives, viz: the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance (REETA) Project and the Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme (CREDP) Project; and

2.11     MONITORS and EVALUATES the impact of the Energy Programme as well as the implementation of the Regional Energy Policy and Strategy.

Key Result 3:    Resources Mobilized for supporting the implementation of CARICOM Energy Policy and strategy, and in areas of capacity strengthening and energy technology transfer.

Activities:

3.1         DEFINES goals and objectives of various needed interventions based on mandates, elements of the CARICOM energy policy and the strategic framework; CONDUCTS research and analyses and DEVELOPS project profiles, funding proposals and project documents to support resource mobilization efforts;

3.2         LIAISES with internal Resource Mobilization specialists as well as potential donors, including bilateral and multilateral organizations and financing institutions (e.g. the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, CDB, IDB, World Bank, etc.) towards securing necessary resources for implementation of various dimensions of the CARICOM Energy Policy and strategic framework; and

3.3         IDENTIFIES opportunities regionally and internationally for human and institutional capacity strengthening and DEVELOPS relevant mechanisms (visits, tours, exchanges, internships, workshops, training and certification programmes, expert reviews), to take advantage of such opportunities in the context of existing cooperation or otherwise, and develop proposals to take advantage of such opportunities in support of the  overall capacity building strategies.

In addition to the Activities outlined above, the incumbent is expected to perform other related duties as assigned.

5.         EMOLUMENTS AND BENEFITS

An attractive remuneration package will be offered.

6.         EDUCATION GRANT

The Officer shall be eligible for the payment of an education grant in respect of children (including step-children and legally-adopted children) who require reasonable education facilities that are not available at the assigned duty station or whose education the Officer would not want to disrupt in relocating to take up this appointment.

The grant shall apply to children under the age of twenty-three (23) years and shall not exceed seventy-five per cent of the cost of tuition (including textbooks), room and board up to a maximum total of EC$16,200.00 per year per child for a maximum of two children at any one time. The grant is payable for a maximum of five (5) years.

7.         SETTLEMENT GRANT

On assumption of duty in Guyana, the Officer shall be paid a settlement grant in respect of the staff member, his or her spouse and each eligible child or other approved dependent.  The number of dependents eligible for Settlement Grant shall not exceed six (6) persons.

8.         RECRUITMENT AND APPOINTMENT

Appointment may be on permanent establishment or on secondment from a Public Service or a statutory body of a Member State or approved regional organisation. It will be subject to such regulations, rules, orders and instructions as exist and as may be introduced from time to time in respect of service with the Secretariat.

An Officer recruited from outside the assigned duty station, on first appointment, will be provided economy class air passages by the most direct route for the Officer, spouse and children (provided they are below the age of eighteen (18) years, unmarried and dependent on the Officer) and for such other dependents not exceeding two as may be approved by the    Secretary-General, provided that the number of children and other dependents does not exceed six (6) in all.

In addition to passages, the Officer will be granted the following transportation allowances:

(i)         ocean freight charges, including insurance, for shipping personal and household effects to Guyana, not exceeding 45.3 cubic meters, plus a motor car (if the Officer already owns one);

(ii)        the cost of transporting baggage, personal and household effects from the home of the Officer to the place of embarkation and from the port of disembarkation to the place of residence in Guyana; and the cost of packing and crating personal and household effects.

9.         LEAVE

The Officer will be eligible for the grant of vacation leave at the rate of twenty (20) working days a year and a leave grant after every twelve (12) months of service in respect of the Officer, spouse and up to two (2) dependent children.

10.       PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES

The Officer will be granted the privileges and immunities extended to officials of the Caribbean Community in accordance with Article 8 of the Community’s Headquarters Agreement with the Government of Guyana.

11.       GROUP HEALTH AND LIFE AND ACCIDENT INSURANCE

Subject to your acceptance by the Secretariat’s insurance carrier, Sagicor Life Inc., the Officer will be required to participate in the Secretariat’s group health, life and accident insurance schemes. With respect to the health insurance, the Officer will contribute fifty per cent (50%) of the premium.  The life and accident insurance scheme is non-contributory.

12.       SUPERANNUATION

An Officer appointed to this post will be required to participate in the Secretariat’s Defined Contribution Pension Plan and contribute 7 per cent of basic salary per month, while the Secretariat will contribute 13 percent of the Officer’s basic salary to the pension plan. Where the appointment is on secondment, the Secretariat will pay to the Officer’s substantive employer, over the period of secondment, a contribution not exceeding twenty-five per cent (25%) of the pensionable salary normally payable to the Officer by that employer so as to maintain the pensionable status of the Officer in the substantive employment.

13.       APPLICATIONS

Interested candidates must create a job profile and apply for the position via the  CARICOM Secretariat’s Employment Portal. The link can be accessed at – https://caricom.org/opportunities_category/caricom-secretariat-vacancies/ .

14.       The deadline for the submission of applications is 4 June 2022.

Notice expires at 11:59pm on Sunday June 5th, 2022

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