Energy and Security Group (ESG) actively works across the world to expand access to energy and deploy on-grid and off-grid clean energy technologies in urban and rural environments. The USAID-Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership Activity (USAID-PEP) is a five-year project with the Papua New Guinea (PNG) government to contribute significantly to achieving the goal of connecting 70 percent of PNG’s population to electricity by 2030. ESG is part of a diverse consortium led by RTI International that comprises utility, off-grid, regulatory, private investment, and community engagement experts responsible for delivering this activity.
USAID-PEP is delivered through four main objectives: (1) Demonstrate measurable increase in PNG Power Limited’s financial viability and operational efficiency, (2) Develop viable off-grid electrification models, (3) Demonstrate measurable improvement in PNG’s energy regulator, and (4) Catalyze private investment for energy projects.
ESG is seeking a Business Advisor – Last Mile Distribution to work with the team delivering Objective 2: Develop viable off-grid electrification models. This is a short-term role supporting a small female-led company that distributes stand-alone solar products. The consultant will be required to undertake a review of the company’s activities, establish a pilot to re-start a last-mile reseller network and support planning for scale-up of activities. The contract is for an initial period of 3 months, with exact time commitment to be determined alongside the company. An extension is possible based on project needs.
The successful candidate will have considerable business consulting experience with a focus on rural sales and distribution in developing countries. They should preferably display a strong understanding of PNG MSME operating environments and challenges, with a particular focus on sales and distribution. Applications from international candidates with significant relevant experience are welcome. The candidate will have previous professional experience with small-scale solar products or consumer goods. The position will work closely with the USAID-PEP Activity’s Off-grid Objective Lead, Business Analyst, and Agricultural Business Specialist to perform the duties mentioned below.
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