Regulatory Reform Lead - PNG Electrification


Cardno is seeking a Regulatory Reform Lead for the anticipated Electrification opportunity in Papua New Guinea.

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 Regulatory Reform Lead’s primary responsibilities are to provide leadership and technical direction to all regulatory reform activities.  This position leads a team to provide recommendations on existing or draft regulations, laws, or procedures that impact the energy sector in PNG. Provides thorough analysis of current systems, laws, and structures to identify gaps and provide recommendations that incorporate international best practices. This position will work closely with the private sector to understand their needs and constraints under the current regulatory framework.

Open to Expats/Third Country Nationals/PNG nationals are encouraged to apply.

  • Required: Master's degree in economics, political science, public policy, public administration, or a similarly relevant discipline.
  • Required: 10+ years experience in international development in policy reform, energy sector legal and regulatory due diligence analyses, and development of regulatory and policy reform activities.
  • Preferred: Previous experience in Papua New Guinea or the Pacific Islands region desired; USAID experience preferred.
  • Proven experience in tariff design and structures, licenses, fees, tax requirements, procurement, public-private partnerships, and other legal structures for the energy sector.
  • Proven experience in strengthening the independence and effectiveness of regulatory bodies to facilitate private investment in the energy sector.
  • Extensive knowledge of regulatory governance, regulatory impact assessments, and administrative simplification and streamlining in low- and lower-middle-income countries.
  • Previous experience working in PNG or in other South Asian countries on related international development assignments.
  • Experience leading teams.
  • Background, knowledge, and experience in gender equality or social inclusion/protection.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills required.
  • Fluency in English required.
  • 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.
  • Ability to deal with Ambiguity.
  • Ability to solve problems.
  • Ability to prioritize.
  • Ability to manage through systems.
  • Ability to build and maintain useful and wide-ranging networks of contacts at institution, country or regional level.
  • Ability to quickly understand regional/country context and local sensitivities.
  • Ability to build and maintain cooperative and productive relationships with an effective range of external contacts.
  • Ability to negotiate effectively combining logic and reason with interpersonal sensitivity.
  • Interpersonal Savvy, Teamwork, Problem Solving,  Communications, Process Management/Improvement, Risk Management, Drive for Results, Personal Learning, Functional/Technical Skills
  • Travel requirements: travel may be required up to 25% of the time.
  • Keyboard use, pulling drawers, lifting papers <10 lbs.
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