Renewable Energy Advisor

US Agency for International Development Vietnam Low Emission Energy Program (USAID V-LEEP)

Renewable Energy Advisor
Job Description

Position Title: Renewable Energy Advisor
Reports To: Component 2 (Renewable Energy) Lead


USAID V-LEEP helps the Government of Vietnam (GVN) establish an effective policy, regulatory, and incentive environment for low-emission growth in the energy  sector, while simultaneously attracting investment in renewable energy (RE) development and energy efficiency. V-LEEP works closely with private companies to support the development, financing and implementation of grid-connected renewable energy (RE) projects throughout Vietnam. V-LEEP’s efforts include a close collaboration with the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam to enable the use of a corporate procurement mechanism – Direct Power Purchase Agreements (DPPA) – that leverages the purchasing power of large corporations; helping them meet their global sustainability commitments while leveraging additional foreign direct investment. V-LEEP also helps the Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority (EREA) of the Ministry of Industry and Trade to design, refine, and implement policies and programs that encourage RE.

Position Description

V-LEEP is recruiting an experienced full-time Renewable Energy Advisor to join its Hanoi-based team, which is working to catalyze the rapid and large-scale growth of grid-connected RE in Vietnam. The successful candidate will be willing and eager to take on this challenge and will be inspired to make a difference by adding clean, reliable power to Vietnam’s electricity grid.

Duties and responsibilities of the Renewable Energy Advisor include:

  • Help implement V-LEEP’s support offerings on RE. This may include:
    • Support efforts to implement a Direct Power Purchase Agreements (DPPA) for Vietnam
    • Monitor the utility RE market, and specifically the Vietnam power market, for developments on policy, regulation and business activity
    • Help to maintain relationships with relevant Government agencies and other project stakeholders such as suppliers, banks, local community leaders, and contractors
  • Provide targeted support to specific RE projects and developers. This may include:
    • Strengthen their prospects for attracting investment by assessing how projects comply with international practices for mitigating commercial, environmental, and social risks.
    • Help RE companies improve their internal project development capacity by guiding them through better understanding and application of international best practices.
    • Review feasibility studies of potential projects for renewable energy power plants.
    • Coordinate development activities with particular focus on technical, regulatory and permission aspects with project developers.
  • Support other tasks, responsibilities, or duties deemed necessary by the Component 2 Lead.

Skills and Experience

In addition to having the ability to fulfill the responsibilities noted above and past experience which demonstrates this ability, the following skillset/experience is desired:

  • Vietnamese nationality
  • Minimum of Master’s Degree in a related field (energy/electric power, business and finance, environment)
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in finance, business, project development, renewable energy, or a related field
  • Ability to apply various financial measures to test the strength of a project and assess its risk
  • Basic understanding of project development
  • Good understanding of the technical aspects of renewable electricity generation
  • Good understanding of renewable energy technologies including solar PV, wind, battery storage and the various associated business models for investment
  • Strong understanding of project management and development
  • Experiences working with international donor organizations preferred
  • Good understanding of the regulatory processes in renewable energy development
  • Flexible, effective and customer-oriented communication skills, collaboration in a multi-cultural team
  • Demonstrated initiative, self-motivation, ability to work both independently and within a team, and hands-on approach
  • Good client management skills
  • Demonstrated capability to manage, coach, and support other team members
  • Good communication skills, both written and spoken
  • Good command of written and spoken English
  • Willingness and ability to travel


The position will report to the Component 2 Lead.

How to apply:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis but this application window will close on COB Sunday 1 March 2019. To apply, please send cover letter and CV only to [email protected] . Other supporting documents are not required until the final round of interview. The subject line email of application should follow this format: Application_Renewable Energy Advisor_FirstName LastName. Due to high volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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Application Deadline: 
Fri, 2019-03-01