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Senior Mini-grid Advisor (open to Papua New Guinean candidates, or international candidates who are prepared to work at least half of their time in PNG)

Energy and Security Group - USAID-Papua New Guinea Electrification Activity

Closing date 14 August 2022

Apply via email

[email protected]

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Port Moresby

USAID-Papua New Guinea Electrification Activity (USAID-PEP)
Senior Mini-grid Advisor (open to Papua New Guinean candidates, or international candidates who are prepared to work at least half of their time in PNG)

Energy and Security Group (ESG) actively works across the world to expand access to energy and deploy on-grid and off-grid clean energy technologies in urban and rural environments. The USAID-Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership Activity (USAID-PEP) is a five-year project with the Papua New Guinea (PNG) government to significantly contribute to achieving the goal of connecting 70 percent of PNG’s population to electricity by 2030. ESG is part of a diverse consortium led by RTI International that comprises utility, off-grid, regulatory, private investment, and community engagement experts responsible for delivering this activity.

USAID-PEP is delivered through four main objectives:

  • Objective 1: Demonstrate measurable increases in PNG Power Limited’s financial viability and operational efficiency.
  • Objective 2: Develop viable off-grid electrification models.
  • Objective 3: Demonstrate measurable improvement in PNG’s energy regulator.
  • Objective 4: Catalyze private investment for energy projects.

ESG is seeking a Senior Mini-grid Advisor to work with the USAID-PEP Objective 2 team tasked with developing viable off-grid electrification models. The successful candidate will be skilled and experienced in the design, construction and operation of off-grid energy systems and mini-grids and be motivated by making a difference in improving the lives of Papua New Guineans. The position will work closely with USAID-PEP’s Off-grid Lead and mini-grid team. It is expected that this role will require a full-
time or near full-time commitment for at least one year (open to negotiation). An extension is possible based on project needs.

Applications from international candidates with significant relevant experience are welcome but should be expected to spend at least half of their time in PNG. Costs associated with travel and accommodation for international candidates will be paid by the project. International candidates should be in a similar time zone to PNG (+/- 2 hours), unless they are from the United States (US). US citizens willing to relocate to PNG will be assisted to do so (costs associated with relocation and accommodation paid by the project).


  • Providing technical assistance and advice to mini-grid companies and various levels of governments.
  • Leading the following activities:
  • Identification of mini-grid sites
  • Conducting site assessments
  • Site data analysis
  • Pre-feasibility studies involving design, optimisation and simulation of mini-grids
  • Preparation of project proposals and investment project material
  • Preparation of bidding and procurement documentso Supervision and monitoring of the construction and commissioning of mini-grids
  • Training for operation and maintenance of mini-grids
  • Review of mini-grid pre-feasibility and feasibility studies received by USAID-PEP.
  • Coordinating and assisting in:
  • Community engagement
  • Environmental, health and safety impact assessments
  • License/permit applications
  • Review and development of mini-grid regulations and standards.
  • Review of mini-grid pre-feasibility and feasibility studies received by USAID-PEP.
  • Supporting capacity building of local companies interested in developing mini-grids.


  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or relevant discipline preferred.
  • 10 years of experience in the mini-grid, rural electrification, power, and/or renewable energy sectors.
  • Experience with mini-grid conceptual and detailed engineering design, preparation of bidding documents, operation of mini-grids, licensing, and construction supervision of mini- grids.
  • Technical expertise with solar, battery energy storage systems, and hydro technology.
  • Experience with HOMER Pro, Helioscope, or other equivalent solar / renewable energy design and modelling tools.
  • Experience working in developing countries similar to PNG.
  • Experience with managing and coordinating engineering teams.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication in English and cross-culturally.
  • Self-disciplined with the ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Proven prioritisation, time management and project management skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and collaboration tools such as Teams, Zoom, OneDrive and SharePoint.
  • Note: Regular travel to PNG/Port Moresby and regions in PNG will be required.

To apply, please submit your CV/resume to [email protected] by Sunday 14 August 2022 (11:59pm PGT). CVs/resumes are to be submitted in the English language. Please put ONLY the Job Title in the subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

ESG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and celebrates diversity in our work force. ESG does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other protected status under applicable law.