Technical Specialist – Laos

Published onSeptember 9, 2020

Abt Associates, a global leader in technical assistance, program implementation and international development, seeks qualified individual consultants to provide services for the USAID Clean Power Asia program. Specifically, Abt seeks individuals currently based in Laos, to serve as a short-term, part-time consultant to serve as Technical Specialist – Laos.

The purpose of USAID Clean Power Asia is to accelerate the regional transition to high performing, low carbon power sector. The Activity will assist the governments of the Lower Mekong and other developing countries in Asia in energy planning and help establish effective policy, regulatory, and technical environment for low-emissions growth in the power sector, while simultaneously attracting public- and private-sector investment in Renewable Energy (RE) development. USAID Clean Power Asia focuses on the following resources: solar, wind, small hydro (<15 MW), and biomass residues. The program focuses on the four Lower Mekong countries of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, and includes activities on the ASEAN regional level.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the RE Policy Expert and/or Chief of Party/Deputy Chief of Party of the USAID Clean Power Asia program, the Technical Specialist will be responsible to, proactively and upon request, provide information on activities related to USAID Clean Power Asia in Laos as well as any energy-related updates (policy, regulation, directive, announcement, memo, etc.) from the government of Laos and private sector. The Technical Specialist will coordinate closely with the Laos country coordinator to i) actively engage stakeholders in country—including government, utilities, and international organization counterparts and ii) report regularly to program management on developments related to the following activities:

  • Task 1: RE Planning
    • Integrated Resource and Resilience Planning
    • Implementing the Power Sector Resilience Action Plan
    • Implementation of Renewable Energy Zones
  • Task 2: Policy and regulation
    • Solar pilot auction design, approval and implementation
    • RE technical regulations
  • Task 3: Investment
    • Support private sector RE project development and investment mobilization linked to the auction
  • Cross-cutting
    • Help organize either a virtual or in-person regional workshop on electric vehicles, linked to NREL’s assistance in Laos on charging infrastructure and JICA’s work on EV technical potential

The role of the Technical Specialist is to support both USAID Clean Power Asia staff, the Laos country coordinator, and government counterparts to complete the technical tasks mentioned above. Activities include assisting government counterparts to draft documents, letters, memos, reports, etc. in Lao Language as well as translating the documents from Lao to English language and vice versa. Other activities required will vary and may include logistics (collaborating with the Bangkok office on setting up and arranging conference calls, meeting venues, invitations, lodging/accommodation, ground transportation, etc.) as well as scheduling of meetings with government and private sector counterparts in Vientiane. Certain activities may require travel to locations outside of Vientiane individually or as part of the group with government staff.

The Technical Specialist is required to have an understanding of renewable energy technologies as well as strong stakeholder relations expertise to ensure continued support for government counterparts throughout this implementation of these tasks. The Technical Specialist is required to work with the Laos country coordinator and with the following government counterparts: Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) and its departments: Department of Energy Policy and Planning (DEPP), Institute of Renewable Energy Promotion (IREP), Electricite du Laos (EDL), Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), particularly the One Stop Service Office (OSSO), and Ministry of Finance (MOF). Constant communication and coordination with the Laos country coordinator is a must, especially when contacting or engaging any government staff and USAID Laos.

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Closing date:September 25, 2020