Chief of Party - Papua New Guinea


Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd. (Cardno) seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for an upcoming USAID-funded electrification program in Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd. (Cardno) seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for an upcoming USAID-funded electrification program in Papua New Guinea (PNG). USAID, as a part of the PNG Electrification Partnership (PEP), aims to increase technical, financial, and organizational capacities of key energy sector institutions to bolster investment and private sector engagement in electrification expansion in Papua New Guinea. The activity will promote energy regulation, develop off-grid electrification models, improve domestic gas utilization, and catalyze private investment for energy projects in PNG.

The Chief of Party’s primary responsibilities are to provide overall leadership management and general technical direction of the entire project, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors, and a focus on achieving the results defined in the contract/cooperative agreement. This individual will be expected to identify issues and risks related to project implementation in a timely manner, and suggest appropriate project adjustments. This person shall act as the key liaison between the USAID and all other counterparts and implementing partners involved with the project. The Chief of Party should have a community-oriented approach and demonstrable success applying innovative, sustainable solutions in challenging environments, as the position requires significant coordination skills, broad general and technical knowledge, and consistency under urgent deadlines.
  • MS/MA (or equivalent) in a relevant field
  • Five or more years of experience in international donor-funded program management, preferably including senior management experience at Chief of Party or equivalent level
  • Ten or more years of experience in rural and off-grid electrification, electricity generation (specifically gas to power projects), private sector engagement, and human/institutional capacity development of energy sector entities
  • Background, knowledge, and experience in gender equality or social inclusion/protection
  • Ability to establish successful collaborative working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders, including other PEP donor partners (including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, World Bank, and Asian Development Bank), utility providers, government, private sector, government, and local organizations
  • Previous experience in Papua New Guinea or the Pacific Islands region desired
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills required
  • Fluency in English required
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