Botswana country manager


Opportunity closing date:

Friday, 18 December, 2020

Opportunity type:


Position:  Botswana Country Manager
Recruitment Type: Independent Consultant
Project: USAID Unlocking Southern Africa Solar (USAS)
Location: Gaborone, Botswana
Estimated Delivery Range: From 1 December 2020 to 30 November 2021
Activities:  Lead and/or facilitate USAS Energy Sector Activities in Botswana
Estimated Level of Effort:  60 Days
Language Requirement: English
Opportunity Closing Date: 18 December 2020 at 17:00 SAST

Project Overview and Position Description:

The objective of USAID Unlocking Southern Africa Solar, a Task Order under the Power Africa IDIQ, is to accelerate the roll out of large-scale solar power in Southern Africa in order to contribute to Power Africa’s goals of adding 30 gigawatts of electricity and double electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030. More specifically, the USAS mechanism and related technical assistance represent a commitment of support for the Southern Africa large-scale solar development collaboration between USAID/Power Africa and its regional partners.

USAS is seeking a local candidate to fulfill the position of Botswana Country Manager. The Country Manager will help build political will for large-scale solar (PV and CSP) procurements in Botswana by developing and maintaining strong program relationships with Botswana’s government and energy sector stakeholders and guiding USAS program delivery and activities aligned closely with local needs and priorities. The Country Manager will be a local and accessible point of contact for Botswanan stakeholders and will help coordinate project responses to requests for support or information that arise during the program’s implementation. The Country Manager will also attend and speak at local meetings and/or events in support of USAS’ objectives.


Identify and facilitate engagement with key government and energy sector stakeholders in Botswana and in the broader Southern Africa region
Facilitate working sessions, workshops, conferences, or high-level meetings with project personnel and important national or regional stakeholders
Stay abreast of current energy sector developments that might impact large-scale solar procurements in Botswana and advise USAS team on how to respond and adjust delivery, if necessary
Attend local events and speak in support of the USAS’ objectives, as appropriate and in coordination with USAS Leadership and Power Africa
Develop impactful communications materials that are tailored for the Botswanan context
Contextualize recommendations and analysis for Botswanan stakeholders
Support or lead the planning, preparation, and execution of trainings and capacity-building efforts
Support the development and maintenance of a governance body for large-scale procurements in Botswana, attend the body’s meetings, and support stakeholders in identifying and addressing challenges through the governance body
Serve as the primary point of contact for energy sector stakeholders and promote a high level of project responsiveness to those stakeholders
Review and provide inputs for USAS project deliverables to ensure alignment with local context

Proposed Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience in law, policy, engineering, business, environmental planning, international development or related field.
At least seven (7) years of professional experience providing advisory services to advance energy/infrastructure transactions and regulatory reforms to promote private sector investments in the energy sector;
Experience in developing relationships and working in Botswana in close coordination with government and the international donor community
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience in law, policy, engineering, business, environmental planning, international development or related field.

NOTE: No relocation cost will be covered by Deloitte US or USAID Unlocking Southern Africa Solar.

Application Instructions:

Please send a cover letter and a CV (PDF or word format) that includes contact information and three professional references to by COB on 18 December 2020. Please include the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email. No telephone inquiries. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. USAS will conduct interviews with shortlisted candidates virtually.