Senior Associate Energy

Global Green Growth Institute

San Jose, Costa Rica

The Senior Associate, Energy will be the National Project Coordinator for the KGNDF-funded project District Cooling in San Jose, Costa Rica. S/he will work closely with the Project Manager and the rest of the project team to ensure successful project implementation. This will include assessment of the legislation, policies and regulation of district cooling solutions in Costa Rica, consolidating best practices and experiences of cooling solutions in the region, coordinating the engagement of project stakeholders, supporting GGGI technical staff and consultants in delivery of the technical designs, business models and finance instruments to implement district cooling solutions, participating in knowledge sharing programs, and coordinating inputs for monitoring and reporting. The individual shall engage with colleagues within GGGI and ICE staff to successfully achieve the project objectives.

The individual shall be responsible for coordinating local and regional stakeholders and GGGI team to deliver the activities for the project. S/he will also be the key interlocutor with ICE counterparts, implementing consultants and will actively participate in the workshops and training organized as part of the project.

The general roles and responsibilities of the Senior Associate, Energy include:
  • Support GGGI Regional Energy Lead / Project Manager in the planning and execution of the KGNDF-funded project in Costa Rica.
  • Coordinate between the ICE staff, government officials, consultants, GGGI regional staff and other project stakeholders (like government officials and beneficiaries) to ensure optimal results achieved for the project.
  • Assist in the development of policy recommendations to promote district cooling solutions in Costa Rica.
  • Perform data gathering, background research, and analysis to assess the cooling solutions, demand and cost of in San Jose.
  • Support the Regional Energy Lead on the development of technical, economic and environmental models to design solutions and develop the business models for district colling in San Jose.
  • Conduct energy audits in selected end-users for district cooling solution.  
  • Coordinate the development of feasibility studies for selected solutions.
  • Support in the consolidation, refinement and propagation of locally relevant cooling technologies and solutions.
  • Support the regular monitoring and reporting of the project, both internally and to the donor.
  • Prepare capacity building materials and deliver knowledge sharing workshops both internally and externally.
  • Facilitate effective communication and cooperation across thematic areas and with country teams to enhance GGGI's delivery.
Requirements Qualifications:
  • A bachelor degree in energy policy, technology, engineering, macro-economics, or other related fields.
Work Experience:
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in the above fields with an emphasis on energy efficiency/ cooling solutions and project implementation. Specific experience in cooling systems highly desirable.
  • Experience in coordinating relationships with government officials, industry groups and contractors to deliver timely and high-quality results.
  • Understanding of energy access issues, energy policy, and regulatory frameworks in Costa Rica.
  • Experience in data analysis, research, and application of quantitative/qualitative assessment desirable.
  • Demonstrated understanding of green growth in the context of developing countries.
  • Understanding of financing mechanisms for energy projects and experience in market assessments and cost/benefit analysis are a plus.
  • Experience in Costa Rica context, preferably on policy consultation and project development, is a plus.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English is a must.