On-Grid Specialist (Tanzania)

RTI International ·

Job Description


Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 60 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector. As a not-for-profit, independent research institute based in North Carolina, USA, RTI has about 6,000 employees with global experience implementing international development projects. RTI’s Sustainable Growth & Resilience (SG&R) technical unit within the International Development Group brings together RTI experts and capabilities across food security, agriculture, energy, environment, water, governance, and economic opportunity. SG&R will leverage RTI’s experience designing and delivering multisectoral programming and technical solutions to respond to climate change, build resilience, and promote economic growth around the world.


Project Description

The USAID funded Empowering East and Central Africa (EECA) program will increase the availability of and access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and clean energy in East and Central Africa with a focus on ending energy poverty, accelerating a carbon free future, and bolstering energy sector investment and innovation. EECA will support the accelerated connection of more East and Central African homes, businesses, and institutions to reliable electricity and increase its productive use; reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector by supporting cleaner electricity generation and just energy transitions; and increase energy sector investment, working in partnership with East and Central African governments to improve the enabling environment for the energy sector.


Position Description

The Tanzania On-Grid Specialist will be based in Tanzania and will manage on-grid activities for the program in Tanzania. Reporting to the East Africa Regional Lead, this position will work with USAID, government institutions, energy sector entities, private sector, development partners and other relevant stakeholders. The Tanzania On-Grid Specialist is expected to provide energy sector technical support and serve as coordinator and champion for on-grid project activities being led by other divisions in tandem with project objectives.


  • Support energy sector entities and decision-makers to advance their energy strategic and economic growth goals in on-grid power development.
  • Provide support to utilities as they densify their grid connections and facilitate faster, cheaper utility connections.
  • Support planning of clean generation and transmission expansion in line with national goals.
  • Provide or facilitate provision of technical assistance to utilities on a wide range of subjects including technical and commercial loss reduction, planning and/or financial modelling, climate resilience and PPAs amongst others.
  • Track and monitor power transaction developments towards financial close and commissioning.
  • Build, establish, and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders in the Tanzanian energy sector and with power development entities throughout Tanzania.
  • Support development and implementation of enabling policies, regulations, fair and robust regulatory processes working with the Energy Regulator.
  • Provide regular updates to EECA leadership and USAID on the progress of projects and initiatives. This will involve preparing weekly reports, quarterly reports, and ad hoc reports as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 10 years of experience, master’s degree and 8 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in the power sector with a focus on planning, utility performance, turnaround, and improvement, PPAs or sector regulation.
  • Strong conceptualization and execution skills.
  • Demonstrated strong connections with the Tanzania government energy sector institutions.
  • Proficient writing and communication skills in English.
  • Must be able to work in Tanzania.

EEO & Pay Equity Statements

RTI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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