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Ref.
2020/IKEAER/5897

Job offer type
Experts

Type of contract
Service contract

Estimated budget
Estimated amount of days: 150 over 2 years

Activity sectors
Climate and Energy

Deadline date
16/10/2020 16:30

Duration of the assignment
Short term

Contract
Freelancer

Duration
24 months

Mission description

The International Key Expert (IKE) will support, and provide advice to, the Team Leader as regards the content and objective of the actions to be developed and the elaboration of the terms of reference of the various tasks to be assigned to the short term experts.

Project or context description

The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) is launching a program of Technical Assistance (TA) to work with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy (MIE) of Albania and the Albanian Energy Regulator (ERE). The project is parallel to a budget support loan for the reform of the Albanian energy sector (funded by AFD and KfW). The TA will last 24 months and start in 2020. 

Expertise France (EF), the French public agency for international technical assistance, was entrusted by the AFD with the implementation of the project. Expertise France will be assisted in this task by the Commission de Régulation de l’Energie” (CRE): a French independent administrative authority in charge of energy regulation matters in France.

The TA aims to support Albania in developing a modern regulatory framework as well as a more environmentally friendly energy sector, with a special focus on energy regulation matters.

The project will thus focus on the following aspects:

  • Support to ERE;
  • Design of a Social Support Scheme;
  • Contribute to the development of Energy Efficiency policies in Albania;
  • Support Albanian stakeholders with Communication actions and strategies;
  • Focus on the topic of gender in the energy sector.

Required profile

The International Key Expert (IKE) will be a financial expert with a large experience and proven track record in implementation of energy sector reforms and policies in transition countries. The IKE will also need to evidence an in-depth experience in electricity market regulation, including good knowledge of the methods to implement reliable monitoring systems and ensure market transparency.

Expertise France will evaluate candidates according to the following criteria: 

Education / qualification:

  • University degree (BA or MA or equivalent) in energy/electricity related fields 
  • Good communication and reporting skills
  • Fluent in spoken and written English and French (Albanian would be an asset)

Professional experience:

  • A minimum of 15 years of working experience in the energy field
  • Experience working on inter-agency/administration cooperation will be a strong asset
  • Experience of international cooperation and possibly of international TA projects
  • Experience in EU financed projects 
  • Experience in the mobilisation and management of other technical experts coming both from the private and the public sector
  • Experience working in Albania or the Balkans region would be an asset

Additional specific requirements:

  • Excellent understanding of capacity building and administrative reforms
  • Strong capacities in devising strategies 
  • Strong ability to understand and evaluate energy related policies 

Additional information

Condition of the mission

  • The signature of the contract between Expertise France and the team leader will depend on the signature of the contract between Expertise France and its donor.
  • Duration of the contract: 12 months, part time (renewable)
  • Beginning of the mission : November 2020 
  • Contract: 12 months service contract (renewable for the second year of the project)
  • Budget : Based on Expertise France’s salary grid
  • Working conditions: The expert will be mainly home based with occasional travel to Tirana, Albania

Selection criteria for applications

The selection process for candidates will be based on the following criteria :

  • Candidate's knowledges related to local context (country or region intervention)
  • Candidate’s expected linguistic understanding
  • Candidate’s skills linked with the expert mission
  • Candidate’s training/diplomas related to the expert assignment
  • Candidate’s training/skills/experience

Deadline for application : 16/10/2020 16:30

Expertise France is the public agency of French international technical cooperation. The agency operates around four priorities:

  • democratic, economic and financial governance;
  • security and stability of countries in crisis/post-crisis situations;
  • sustainable development;
  • strengthening health systems, social protection and employment.

In these areas, Expertise France carries out engineering and implementation missions for capacity building projects, mobilizes technical expertise and acts as an aggregator of projects involving public expertise and private know-how.

With an activity volume of 233 million euros, more than 400 projects in portfolio in 80 countries, and 63,000 days of expertise, Expertise France focuses its action towards France’s solidarity policy, influence and economic diplomacy.

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