RTI International is recruiting for a Senior Specialist, Energy. This person will implement technical tasks and assignments, conduct energy-related research and contribute to business development and technical proposal writing. This will be a mid-level technical position for the group, and the incumbent will have the opportunity to perform technical assistance, manage programs, support business development, and conduct research while working collaboratively with energy division and other SG&R staff. A strong technical energy background is required for this position.
This position will report to an Associate Director and would be based in Washington, DC, or the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (RTI headquarters). Telecommuting will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The position will be expected to travel internationally up to 30% of the time when COVID restrictions are lifted. Candidates must be authorized to work in the US.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Work on/lead distinct tasks of international energy sector projects. This will include contributing to assignments in a variety of technical areas within the division’s energy projects.
- Support the Chief of Party, Program Manager, and Energy Division Senior Director in the definition and execution of project activities; the development of plans, schedules, budgets and high-quality deliverables; and managing performance issues with project staff and sub-contractors or sub-awardees.
- Contribute to business capture (the process of information gathering to guide proposal development) through research, interviews with experts and partners, solution development, engagement in capture trips, preparation of expressions of interest in response to client requests for information, inputs to develop technical content for marketing materials pertaining to energy projects, new technologies, implementation approaches.
- Serve as a technical contributor for proposal solutioning, conceptualizing energy sector approaches, teaming strategies, partner negotiations.
- Conduct or contribute to market and sector analysis covering financial, economic, commercial, regulatory and policy aspects of energy development for specific countries.
- Contribute to sector-wide or issue-based assessments for specific countries, technologies, or markets.
- Support research on specific subjects and development of written reports in various formats from blog posts to academic research articles to publicity and outreach materials.
- Support analytical components of research projects and providing data support on these endeavors.
- Bachelor’s degree in economics, policy analysis, international relations, engineering, finance, or another related field is required and at least 5 years of related work experience; or Master’s degree in economics, policy analysis, international relations, engineering , finance, or another related field is required and at least 3 years of related work experience.
- At least 3 years of professional experience in the energy sector required. Demonstrated international experience in one or more of the following areas: utility turn-around, renewable energy, energy policy, climate change, energy efficiency, energy finance, etc.
- Proven writing skills, such as technical proposals, academic or research assignments, or similar.
- Proficiency in Stata, R, or a similar statistical package.
- Proven data analysis skills, such as cleaning, merging, and reporting from multiple datasets. Ability to estimate regressions/statistical models is preferred.
- Experience with USAID-funded projects is preferred. Experience working with broader donor-funded projects is a plus.
- Experience working as part of multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural teams in dispersed locations is a plus.
- Knowledge in energy/power sector technologies and trends.
- Must work effectively under deadlines, both independently and as a team member.
- Must speak, read and write in English. Fluency in another language is a plus.