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Chief of Party - South Africa

15400000501 Requisition #

Tetra Tech provides best-in-class energy consulting services for clients worldwide. Our work advances clean energy to achieve climate and decarbonization goals; creates sustainable utilities and modern grids; and promotes gender equality and economic inclusivity at the energy nexus.


Position summary & job purpose:

Tetra Tech is searching for a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID Enhancing Development through Energy in Southern Africa (EDE SA) Project. The COP serves as the overall project manager and team leader. As the key liaison, the COP will be involved in all activities and tasks of the project. The position is a five-year fixed-term appointment with benefits and is contingent upon contract award. 


 Non-South African candidates must be willing to relocate to Pretoria, South Africa for the duration of the project. 


This position is contingent on project award 



Position responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the client for the strategic vision and overall leadership of the project team and the team’s performance and achievement of all key objectives of the project.
  • Ensure that USAID/Southern Africa is fully knowledgeable and engaged with Host Governments in Southern Africa on all aspects of their energy, economic research, and reform agenda.
  • Responsible for ensuring the successful management, initiation, and completion of complex energy studies of significant importance to the Region.  
  • Provides technical advice on energy issues, economic research analyses, and economic policy recommendations for project activities, including sector specific issues. 
  • Manage the preparation of the project’s progress report, work-plans and other contractual deliverables 
  • Collaborate with the field-based operations team and home office staff on work-planning, activity design, scheduling and implementation, drafting technical justifications for client approvals, and reporting and budgeting 
  • Coordinate with the home office and the field-based operations team on the sourcing, recruiting, hiring and deployment and onboarding of staff, consultants and subcontractors 
  • Maintain and update the project budget to mitigate cost overruns 
  • Act as a liaison to the headquarters office in Arlington, VA for day-to-day problem solving
  • Perform other related duties as assigned


Essential KSA’s required (experience, skills, education, certification, etc.):

  • Master’s degree in business administration, law, engineering, economics, finance, policy, or a related field
  • 10+ years’ of progressively responsible experience in the energy sector, preferably with experience working with a variety of clients, to include MDBs and donors.  
  • Deep experience across the energy value chain, to include energy sector reform, utility performance, clean energy investment and power project development
  • 5+ years’ experience managing large and complex energy-related policy reform, and/or local government projects
  • Strong executive presence with an ability to build trusted relationships with partners, customers, lenders, service providers and investors.
  • Proven track record of leadership, demonstrated by a strong followership from junior colleagues and peers with exhibited success hiring, leading and motivating highly- effective teams, ideally with experience managing people with diverse backgrounds and skillsets.
  • Demonstrated familiarity, and prior experience addressing energy sector challenges in Southern Africa 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.


Valued but not required KSA’s:

  • Prior experience as a Chief of Party/Deputy Chief of Party for USAID funded projects.
  • Prior experience with cross border power trade, and power pools desirable, but not mandatory


Physical demands & work enviornment:

  • Office setting


About Tetra Tech:


Tetra Tech is a leading provider of high-end consulting and engineering services for projects worldwide. We combine the resources of a global, multibillion dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in more than 400 locations around the world. We are Leading with Science® to provide sustainable and resilient solutions for our clients.


At Tetra Tech, we provide a collaborative environment that supports individual performance, innovation, and creativity. We are proud to offer competitive compensation and benefits. Learn more by visiting http://www.tetratech.com/en/benefits.


For more information on our company, please visit our website at www.tetratech.com. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter on the Careers portion of our website at www.tetratech.com/careers.


We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Tetra Tech is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We invite resumes from all interested parties including women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.


Tetra Tech is a VEVRAA federal contractor and we request priority referral of veterans for available positions.


EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability - No calls or agencies 

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