The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) established the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA) as a Regional Regulator to regulate cross-border electricity trading among ECOWAS Member States.
For the effective functioning of ERERA’s activities, the Commission intends to recruit a competent and qualified person for the post of Council Member Economist to be a member of the ERERA Regulatory Council.
The Council Member Economist ensures, jointly with the other members, the regulation of cross-border electricity exchanges, in accordance with the provisions of Community texts. He shall be appointed on full-time basis and for a non-renewable term of five (5) years.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Council Member Economist is responsible, among other things, for:
- Participating in the Council’s deliberations.
- Guiding the Council in the development of Council’s Regulations relating to the economic regulation of the regional electricity market, particularly in the area of structuring and monitoring market operation, long-term financial viability, economic prospects, pricing, competition and infrastructure development;
- Assisting the Chairman of the Regulatory Council in carrying out his responsibilities, particularly the organization, monitoring and supervision of all ERERA’s activities, preparation of the annual report as well as preparation and implementation of ERERA’s budget;
- Supervising the economic analysis of the energy sector;
- Supervising the Financial Planning and Modeling of the energy sector;
- Steering institutional reforms and energy policies;
- Steering economic issues related to cross-border electricity exchanges and interconnection agreements;
- Ensuring the management of electricity markets: planning, tariff/pricing, competition, funding.
Candidates for the post of the Council Member Economist will be appointed on the basis of their moral integrity and competence. They should have successfully held a management position in their previous functions.
Degrees and Qualifications:
- Candidates must hold a Minimum of Masters’ Degree in Economics, Finance or Management or in a related field.
Experience: Candidates for this position must have:
- No less than twelve (12) years professional experience in planning, financial modeling and economic analysis of the energy sector;
- Experience in a management position, preferably in a regulatory body;
- No less than 5 years experience in team management, preferably in a supervisory capacity, within an international organization;
- Good knowledge of energy policy issues, in particular electricity sector institutional reforms, as well as economic issues related to cross-border electricity exchanges and electricity market management (planning, tariff/pricing, competition, funding, etc.).
- Good knowledge of Community institutions and mechanisms within the ECOWAS region, as well as proven experience in the area of electricity sector regulation in Africa. Experience in international relations and negotiations will be an added advantage.
- Diplomacy and excellent interpersonal skills and ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries;
- Provide excellent organizational and project management skills, and proven ability to work with others to manage and resolve organizational issues.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds with respect to diversity.
- Proven effective written and oral presentation skills, particularly ability to effectively interact with the public, donor community, the media, diplomatic missions, government agencies, regulatory institutions, other national utilities, and financial and technical partners.
- Demonstrate analytical problem solving and decision making; has proven ability to plan, organize and work in an independent manner.
- Keep abreast of available technology, understand and apply technology to work of the office.
- Good knowledge of political matters in West Africa and of the political mechanisms of the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, etc.
- With strong analytical and summarizing skills, the candidate must be able to identify problems and contribute to providing solutions. He must display a sense of independence while demonstrating great capacity for team work.
- The Council Member Economist must be a citizen of an ECOWAS Member State, exercise their civil and political rights and shall have a clean criminal record.
Must be fluent in one of the official languages of the Commission: English, French and Portuguese. A working knowledge of another would be an advantage.
How to Apply