NRECA International (NRECA) is a rural development organization with the mission to increase access to reliable electric service in developing countries. Since 1962, NRECA’s programs have focused on improving and expanding electric infrastructure, establishing self-sustaining and well-managed electric utilities, and providing technical assistance to national electrification planners.
NRECA’s current projects are underway in Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, the Philippines, Senegal, Uganda, and Zambia and projects were recently completed in Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Central African Republic, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
NRECA’s range of services includes:
- Utility operations and maintenance, and loss reduction plans and implementation
- Clean energy mini-grid & stand-alone design and implementation
- National electrification program planning
- Least cost geospatial electrification platform development & implementation
- Development of comunity-based electric cooperative utilities
- Electricity sector financial analysis and institutional governance
- Energy survey design, data collection, quality control, and analysis
- Rural utility institutional design and development
- Construction and supervision of power projects
- Training of management, technical and administrative personnel
- Procurement and tender process support for electrification projects
- Smart grid applications, including advanced metering systems, for improved commercial control, data collection, and system planning
Under guidance, develops, designs and implements the NRECA International Quality Assurance Program (QAP) policies and procedures in support of a wide array of funding instruments, including contracts, grants, cooperative agreements and in-kind donation agreements. Works with NRECA project managers on monitoring, results tracking and evaluation on a variety of ongoing projects. Serves as NRECA International representative to project sponsors and outside organisations on matters related to QAP and travels to project sites to assess protocols and results. Supports identification of new project opportunities and supports departmental activities.
About the role
- Under guidance, develops and refines the structure and procedures of the NRECA International Quality Assurance Program (QAP). Develops, drafts, and implements documentation of the QAP policy at the home office level. Ensures QAP policies effectively serve organisational needs across a wide array of funding instruments, including contracts, grants, cooperative agreements and in-kind donation agreements, and a wide array of sponsors, including member cooperatives, multilateral development banks, developing country governments, USAID, MCC, etc. Works with management to continually ensure compliance with project sponsors, and proposes policy and process improvements.
- Engages with project managers to establish QAP procedures and provide documentation in each on-going project. Supports insertion of tailored QAP elements into individual proposals for new projects. Compiles results across projects and proposals for internal review and mid-project/project completion evaluations.
- Supports monitoring, evaluation, and results reporting for development programs. Works with project managers by reporting on results and outcomes for project sponsors with attention to requirements of funding instruments and ensuring compliance with each sponsor, for example, the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) policy of USAID.
- Acts as a resource for project sponsors and other organisations on matters related to NRECA QAP processes and monitoring, results tracking and evaluations. Travels to on-going project sites for QA coordination, results tracking and evaluation.
- Serves as the NRECA International representative to the Collaborative Working Group of the Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC).
- Identifies opportunities for new NRECA International projects. Researches opportunities for funding for NRECA International activities, contributes to proposal development in international competitive public tenders, and manages database of business development resources.
- Assists with operational needs of NRECA International meetings including workshops, staff meetings and briefings to visiting international delegations. Supports the planning and implementation of NRECA International semi-annual Board Meetings and annual membership meeting. Provides other support to NRECA International project operations, as assigned by supervisor.
Formal Education Required:
Bachelor’s degree in Business, Development Studies, Economics, Engineering, Environment, Energy, Statistics/Data Management or related field.
Experience and Certifications Required:
- 3-5 years of professional experience.
- Demonstrated interest in international development and poverty reduction.
- Prior experience in quality assurance programs, and/or prior experience monitoring, evaluation and results reporting for development programs, is preferred.
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
- Knowledge of international development and/or poverty reduction.
- Ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, with a diverse membership, employees and/or vendors in a clear and precise manner.
- Ability to use Microsoft Office tools (Excel, Word, Outlook, Power Point, MS Teams) in the day-to-day essential duties of the job.
- Ability to use MS Access, SQL or another database program with experience in statistical analysis preferred.
- Ability to operate various office equipment such as personal computer, copier, printer, or other job-related equipment.
- Ability to provide service excellence by building relationships, being resourceful, responsive and respectful.
- Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in the execution of all duties and responsibilities.
- Ability to be persuasive, negotiate, and collaborate with individuals at all levels inside and outside of the organisation.
- Ability to perform and work on multiple tasks while being flexible and able to cope with changing conditions/policies/procedures in a fast-paced and sometimes intense working environment, while staying productive and maintaining a high level of accuracy.
- Ability to travel.
Essential Physical Requirements:
- The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analysing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal and extensive reading.
- Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work.
- Ability to travel via automobile and airplane, including sitting for long periods of time.
Disclaimer Statement: The preceding job description has been written to reflect management’s assignment of essential functions. It does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.
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