Electricity Sector â Information Flow and Evidence Mapping Expert at Cities and Infrastructure for Growth Zambia (CIGZambia)

Lusaka, Full Time

Cities and Infrastructure for Growth Zambia (CIGZambia)
Location: Zambia
State: Lusaka
Job type: Full-Time
Job category: Engineering Jobs in Zambia

Job Description

Cities and Infrastructure for Growth Zambia
Position: Electricity Sector Information Flow and Evidence Mapping Expert
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Start Date: mid to late September 2022
Contract Duration:  9 months
Level of Effort: 40 days
About Cities and Infrastructure for Growth Zambia (CIGZambia)
CIGZambia is a facility that provides high-quality independent technical advice and assistance to Zambian government bodies and private sector organisations engaged in projects/programmes that help harness the potential of Zambias cities and towns to act as drivers for economic growth and job creation. Currently, CIGZambia is operating its energy component and several projects and initiatives thereunder. CIGZambia is funded by the UKs Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
About the Project
CIGZambia has assisted Ministry of Energy in preparing a 30-year Integrated Resource Plan (œIRP) Project covering demand, generation, transmission, distribution and off-grid segments of Zambias electricity sector. The IRP specifically addresses the constraints currently faced in relation to i) a narrow generation mix, ii) climate variability and risk, iii) financial sustainability and iv) grid readiness, and highlights a path of transition to a power sector that provides a high quality and affordable level of service to its customers (commercial and non-commercial), and is climate resilient, financially stable, and responsive to the needs of all members of society as customers, employees and stakeholders.
The IRP was approved by the IRP Steering Committee in July 2022 following completion of modelling and presentation of results for demand assessment, generation transmission and distribution. The planning for the off-grid sector was facilitated through the preparation of a Least Cost Geospatial Electrification Plan prepared by Tractebel and funded by World Bank. There is now need to disseminate the recommendations of the IRP to a wider group of stakeholders, and to develop a framework to oversee the implementation of the IRP including the investment plan derived from the IRP.
CIGZambia seeks to support the Ministry of Energy to maintain the energy planning systems that have been developed though the IRP by forming a new Energy Planning Unit. The scope of the systems needs to be extended beyond the systems developed in the preparation of the IRP to date to cover the distribution (below 11kV) and off-grid sectors through geospatial linked databases. The systems will be used to support the IRP implementation (including monitoring and evaluation), to provide a framework and source of information for research, policy development and information dissemination, and to enable Provincial and District level plans to be prepared.
It should be emphasised that the IRP is a wide-based long-term holistic planning process that mainstreams Climate, Gender & Inclusion and Environmental factors into energy planning, that will inform the impacts and choices of all Zambian residents with respect to energy use in future decades. The IRP consultation and implementation process will ensure that marginalised groups including women and people living with disabilities are involved in consultative processes with regards to access to energy, and in turn create opportunities for these groups to take part in economic activities improving their standards of living.
Critical to the success of the IRP implementation and the Energy Planning Unit is the process of collecting and analysing data and information so that the performance of the sector can be accurately measured, monitored, modelled and forecast to inform Ministry of Energy and energy sector stakeholders.
About the Role
The Information and Evidence Mapping Expert will support the implementation of the IRP and the objectives of the Energy Planning Unit by:

Assessing the information that is required to support the implementation of the IRP, including technical and financial performance, cross cutting factors (climate, gender & social inclusion and environment) and policy directives, identifying both historical information and projected future trends that are relevant to monitor