Renewable Energy Specialist

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

Position Title: Renewable Energy Specialist

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.

Position Description

V-LEEP is recruiting a full-time Renewable Energy Specialist 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 Specialist include:

  • Help develop and refine V-LEEP’s support offerings on RE. This may include:
    • Gather information on the RE market and closely follow up any changes and developments.
    • Evaluate renewable energy technologies.
    • Identify new potential project developers that would benefit from V-LEEP support.
    • Liaise with project stakeholders including suppliers, banks, government officials, local community leaders, and contractors.
    • Help maintain relationships with relevant Government agencies.
  • Provide targeted support to specific RE projects and developers. This may include:
    • Explore options for financing mechanisms and financial structuring of projects, and help RE companies prepare projects for investment and due diligence with the goal of achieving financial close and commencing construction.
    • To strengthen their prospects for attracting investment, assess 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.
  • Any 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 related field
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in finance, business, project development, renewable energy, or a related field
  • Strong understanding of project finance and experience with analysis of balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements
  • Ability to construct and evaluate financial models, and to apply various financial measures to test the strength of a project and assess its risk
  • Understanding of the principles and practices of risk mitigation in project finance
  • Strong understanding of project management and development
  • Good understanding of the technical aspects of renewable electricity generation
  • 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
  • Excellent client management skills
  • Excellent capability to manage, coach, and support other team members
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken
  • Strong command of written and spoken English
  • Willingness and ability to travel

How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis but this application window will close on COB December 15, 2018. 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 Specialist_First Name Last Name. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No telephone inquiries please.

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Sat, 2018-12-15