Executive Director, CASA-1000 Intergovernmental Council Secretariat
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ECODIT LLC is recruiting for the position of Executive Director (ED) for Intergovernmental Council (IGC) Secretariat of the Central Asia South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (CASA-1000). The CASA-1000 IGC Secretariat is currently operating from Almaty, Kazakhstan, and is funded by USAID/Central Asia under its Energy Links project implemented by ECODIT LLC. The IGC Secretariat is providing central executive, technical and administrative support to the IGC, comprised of Ministers from the four countries (Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan), and is responsible for deciding on high-level strategic issues regarding the project, and for ensuring that the necessary steps to implement and operate it are taken.

The IGC has established a Joint Working Group (JWG) and working-level committees (Procurement and Financial Committees, and a Legal Subcommittee), comprised of qualified governmental officials and experts, to negotiate agreements and provide detailed project oversight. For the upcoming implementation phase, the IGC will establish additional working-level committees (Technical, Implementation and Operational).

The CASA-1000 project (estimated at about US$1.2 billion) is designed to transmit 1,300 MW of summer surplus hydroelectric power from the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan to power-deficient Pakistan and Afghanistan. It will be implemented through a set of commercial agreements and institutional framework documents signed between the parties with construction of High Voltage DC and AC systems to be contracted in several procurement packages. Procurement of CASA-1000 infrastructure packages has already commenced with a number of contracts, expected to be signed within the next few months.

ECODIT LLC, the prime contractor for the USAID Energy Links Project, is providing technical, managerial, administrative and financial support to the IGC Secretariat, and is looking for a highly qualified individual to take over the role of the Secretariat’s Executive Director for the construction phase of the project commencing soon.

The ED position is that of a high-level senior executive who provides the central technical and managerial leadership for the overall CASA-1000 project, for, and on behalf of, the four countries. The success of the project will rely heavily on the expertise and ability of the selected ED to establish and maintain a highly collaborative, consensus-building relationships with and among the project implementers, owner’s engineers, donors, international financial institutions, and the IGC which represents the interests of the governments and people of the four countries and the wider region as a whole.

Responsibilities
  • Master’s degree in Engineering, International Affairs, Economics, Political Science or related fields plus a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering is required.
  • Minimum fifteen years of progressive experience in the energy sector, including a successful record of minimum of ten years of technical management (e.g., Chief of Party, Project Manager, Team Leader) of medium-to-large scale donor or IFI-funded projects is required. Experience managing energy generation, transmission or distribution projects is highly desirable.
  • Minimum ten years of experience in international development and project management involving direct coordination of project activities with high-level government officials, including experience managing projects funded by international donor organizations or IFIs that were implemented in difficult or complex environments (isolation, sectarian strife, civil disorder, post conflict, adverse political conditions) is required.
  • Experience in the management of inter-governmental groups responsible for the coordination of multi-donor funded projects is highly desirable.
  • Experience in Central/South Asia or former Soviet Union is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated track record of on-schedule, on-time and on-budget donor/IFI-funded project management.
  • Proven ability to lead complex, matrix-style programs and projects is required.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, excellent oral and written communications skills and interpersonal skills, including effective diplomatic negotiation skills, and a good command of written and spoken English are required; an English writing sample will be required for shortlisted individuals.
  • Russian language proficiency is desirable.
  • Sound knowledge of computer software used for word processing, spreadsheet calculations, project scheduling/tracking, presentations, and charts design is required. General experience using computer-aided design/drawing software for reading drawings is desirable.
  • The post for this full-time position will be Almaty, Kazakhstan, and will co-locate with the current IGC Secretariat office. This position will require frequent travel to all four CASA countries, as well as to other locations for participation in IGC/JWG meetings and other events. The incumbent is expected to start his/her duties upon signing the appropriate agreement with ECODIT LLC followed by USAID concurrence. The estimated start date is the first half of 2018.

    A detailed description of the CASA-1000 project and the duties and requirements for the position of Executive Director can be found at www.casa-1000.org, as well as on ECODIT’s website within this recruitment notice. Interested candidates with the necessary qualifications should submit a brief cover letter and CV. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted; no phone calls please. ECODIT is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is proud of its diverse staff.

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