sharing in governance of extractive industries

Senior Consultant – Extractives Governance, Energy Access and Policy to name a few

OPM’s Natural Resources & Energy Portfolio works across a number of rapidly changing markets in extractives and energy, our success as a team has meant we deliver and work on a range of projects, and as a result, we are lucky to offer a number of roles that allow scope and flexibility depending upon your background, skills and motivations.

If you can say yes to some of these question then you may be our new Senior Consultant in Energy: You have got a proven-track record successfully delivering energy-related development projects for donors? Or, you have been working for a donor or NGO for several years and are looking for new challenges? Through this experience you have developed a clear understanding of how policy can contribute to improved energy services?

If you can say yes to some of these question then you may be our new Senior Consultant in Extractives: You have got a proven-track record successfully delivering extractives-related development projects for donors? Or, you have been working for a donor for several years are looking for new challenges? Through this experience you have developed an excellent understanding of how extractives can contribute to inclusive growth?

In the role of Senior Consultant you will provide leadership in an area of expertise, in close collaboration with other senior members of the team. You will be interested and excited by having a large degree of autonomy, engaging in highly technical work and developing a pipeline and acquisition of new work.

We offer you exciting projects, competent and highly motivated colleagues in a unique and inspiring work place. We run a number of large impactful development programmes alongside smaller study pieces. Our flagship programmes are:
• Energy and Economic Growth (EEG): check out our website link
• The Facility for Oil Sector Transformation (FOSTER 2): check out our website link
• Ghana Oil and Gas for Inclusive Growth (GOGIG): check out our website link

Our Natural Resources and Energy team has a strong background in delivering projects for a range of organisations including donors, governments and the private sector. The portfolio design, review and implement effective policies, strategies and plans in the energy sector. We believe our success is based on a unique combination of analytical and practical support across the policy cycle, from planning to investment options and further to impact evaluation. Our broad expertise in the sectors covers areas such as utilisation of fossil fuels for power generation and transport, extractives governance issues, renewable energy solutions, securing more inclusive access to energy and climate change adaptation measures.

Your key responsibilities as a Senior Consultant
• Engage in highly technical work whilst also playing various project management and leadership roles, requiring flexibility, sensitivity and strong financial acumen, communications flair and people skills.
• Lead technical consultancy work on a range of policy related issues, acquisition of new business opportunities and working closely with relevant internal and external stakeholders to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of projects in the Natural Resources and Energy portfolio.  
• Undertake project management roles on complex project; take on Team Leader roles on medium sized projects.
• Significantly contribute to the development of the company more widely such as supporting colleagues from other teams, sharing knowledge and expertise to a dynamic knowledge base that promotes more efficient and effective outcomes.
• Engage and influence bilateral and multilateral donors carrying out business development and implementation of projects to strengthen the team’s engagement profile and strategic positioning.

Your qualifications
• A degree and post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline, (sustainability in energy, energy governance, private sector development, environmental resources, economics, extractives governance, economics, development economics);
• Strong understanding of donor markets such as DFID, WB, IFC, MCC, SIDA, etc.
• Extensive experience and understanding of energy and/or extractives-related issues relevant to economic and social development combined with deep existing networks across donors, governments, think-tanks, etc.;
• Well-developed and tested research and analytical skills to provide effective technical inputs into projects, programmes and work streams;
• Proven-track record as project manager and/or team leader with experience of consultancy business being an advantage;
• Experience working in developing countries and, preferably, the ability to work in at least one language other than English.

Your approach to work
• A highly structured and communicative approach to managing projects;
• Use initiative and approach problems in a positive and constructive way, such as high levels of flexibility to changing demands and shifting priorities;
• Be an effective communicator in relation to your areas of expertise – be able to communicate your knowledge in a clear, persuasive, confident and convincing manner in writing and verbally to internal and external stakeholders;
• Good negotiation skills and sensitivity to the clients’ needs and expectations to foster the relations with clients;
• Proven ability to collaborate with international experts;
• Work collaboratively, supportively  and effectively with other team members towards a common goal; and
• Use time effectively, able to manage competing priorities with a focus on delivery

Conditions for the employment
The positions are full-time and based in our office in Oxford, UK, and will require work-related travel to Africa, Asia and other international locations. We offer a very flexible working environment where remote working is possible, as well as the level of travel vary from position to position.

As well as a competitive salary, OPM offer a rewarding, interesting and collaborative work environment, with excellent benefits including 30 days holiday entitlement and a good pension scheme. But don’t take our word for it, listen to what our colleagues have to say (link) !

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