Government Capacity Lead - Energy Sector

  • Added Date: Monday, 18 March 2019
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 27 March 2019

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Prosperity Fund Mexico - Energy Strand
Funded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the objective of the Energy Strand is to support Mexico’s efforts to increase productivity and reduce poverty by addressing key market failures in the energy sector.

The Strand aims to support the consolidation of a solid and stable energy market that drives economic growth as well as increase access to energy services through lower electricity prices and creating formal employment opportunities to reduce poverty levels. The Strand aims to do this by matching UK capabilities with the identified market failures through capacity building and sharing best practice within the workforce, businesses and regulatory institutions. The Strand’s planned Interventions aim to deliver more productive and resilient men and women, businesses and government officials that support Mexico’s transition to a low carbon economy.

The role
DAI has recently won a four-year contract to deliver the Prosperity Fund Mexico Energy Strand Programme. Over the course of the next four years, DAI will develop three locally-run Enterprise Development Centres (EDCs) that will offer targeted workforce skills development, international certifications, apprenticeships, small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) accelerator programmes, mentorship, capacity building for energy regulators through trainings, and government-to-government exchanges. The ultimate goal of these Centres is to leverage local content in the Mexican energy sector to create sustainable energy practices, foster cross-sectoral socio-economic development, and generate new market opportunities.

DAI seeks a driven and innovative professional to lead Intervention 3 - Regulatory Capacity, of DAI’s Energy Strand programme in Mexico.

Specific responsibilities include inter alia:

  • Drive strategic direction, programmatic design and offer outstanding technical advisory on Tertiary-Level and Government Regulation issues

  • Be the Mexican Centre for Energy Innovation (El Centro de Inversión Energia México - CIEM) Core Regulator Advisor, leading the development of a regulator capacity building strategy:

    • Conducting capacity needs analysis of the energy regulation institutions (e.g. CRE, CNH, ASEA)

    • Working with each regulatory institution to develop 12-month improvement action plans and KPIs

    • Executing and updating of Capacity Needs of Energy Regulators

    • Developing a roadmap to fill the capacity needs for energy sector regulators, focusing on technical upskilling, communications strategies and partnerships

    • Working with Mexican government institutions related to energy and sustainability, academic institutions, and UK Regulators, to design and develop skill-sharing schemes for energy policy stakeholders, which include a realistic development plan with fit-for-purpose capacity building activities

    • Working closely with the Gender and Social Inclusion Lead and other team members and partners, to:

    a. Develop a Gender Sensitivity Training Programme for national regulatory institutions (e.g. ASEA, CRE)
    b. Delivery of a Gender Sensitivity Training Programme - building on the Gender Inclusion Multi-Stakeholder Workshops and Mainstreaming Strategy and Action Plan implemented in the Inception Phase for government institutions related to energy and sustainability
    c. Design gender sensitivity training programmes for energy and sustainability government stakeholders, focusing on the needs, priorities, and expectations of both male and female public officers, and working to define and address structural barriers to gender inclusion

  • Alongside the other two thematic leads for Workforce Development and Supply Chain, and in conjunction with the Team Leader, identify, manage and quality assure opportunities to engage consultants in technical assistance assignments to deliver specific activities, ensuring these are aligned with the agreed annual workplan

  • In close collaboration with the Monitoring, Reporting, Evaluation and Learning Manager, monitor the effectiveness of the programme’s Intervention 3, and make recommendations for programme improvements and adaptations, and document and incorporate lessons learned

  • With the other team members, nurture and maintain team spirit and a collegial working environment that reflects DAI’s core principals of integrity, responsibility, excellence and global citizenship

  • Comply with DAI ethics, safeguarding and security policies and procedures


  • A minimum of 10 years’ senior experience designing, facilitating and monitoring the impact of capacity building programmes and learning strategies, specifically targeting the energy sector in Mexico (e.g. regulators, companies, workforce)
  • Extensive experience of workforce skills development, with sound knowledge of relevant international certifications, apprenticeships, and other technical and organisational capacity building programmes and best practice for energy regulators
  • A proven track record of designing, adapting and implementing organisational assessment tools, with a solid understanding of participatory methodologies
  • Extensive experience of conducting training needs analysis and developing training action plans
  • Demonstrable experience of developing gender sensitivity/inclusion training curricula
  • Solid understanding of Mexico’s energy sector, including existing skills’ gaps, opportunities and networks
  • The ability to analyse information, and adapt accordingly to support and improve development outcomes and/or develop new projects, introducing new concepts, and posing creative solutions to the challenges of innovation
  • Sound grasp of monitoring and evaluation systems and qualitative and quantitative methodologies
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong external communication and relationship building capacity, with a track record of successful coordination and effective working relations with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Ability to work under pressure and deliver under tight deadlines on a continual basis
  • Proficient report writing skills (both narrative and financial)
  • Fluency in Spanish and English (written and spoken)
  • An advanced degree in a relevant discipline
  • Ability to take up the post immediately

Reporting and support
The post holder will be supported and line managed by the Team Leader.

Closing date
27 March 2019 (by 23:59 UK time - 17:59 Mexico time)

This vacancy is archived.

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