EU Integration Policy and Legislation Expert / Експерт (-ка) з питань інтеграційної політики та законодавства в ЄС
The Energy Security Project (ESP) is a seven-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the largest USAID project in Ukraine so far. The USAID ESP is implemented by a USAID Contractor, Tetra Tech ES, Inc., a California-based leading provider of services in the areas of water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development.
The USAID ESP mission is to enhance Ukraine’s energy security, improve the energy legal and regulatory environment in the country, and increase the resilience of Ukraine’s energy supply. This will help to support the country’s economic development and sustain its democracy. USAID ESP is working closely with the Government of Ukraine (GOU) to develop competitive energy markets. By doing so, USAID ESP will facilitate private sector-led energy investments to provide affordable, reliable, resilient, and secure energy for all Ukrainians. USAID ESP is currently in the fifth year of implementation and will run through June 2025.
* Please note: Only Ukrainian nationals are eligible for this position. *
* The position is pending USAID’s approval.
ESP is assisting the Government of Ukraine (GoU), the Ukraine’s national regulatory authority (NRA) in the energy sector entitled the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC), as well as all other relevant public stakeholders to establish and properly implement competitive energy markets in compliance with the European Union (EU) energy legislation (acquis), thereby enabling Ukraine to facilitate private sector-led energy investments, achieve the country’s clean energy and climate goals, and provide secure, sustainable, reliable and affordable energy for all Ukrainians.
Tetra Tech ES, Inc. implementing the USAID Energy Security Project is looking for an EU Integration Policy and Legislation Expert, who will be assisting the NEURC in meeting some of their obligations under the new efficiency law, more specifically, on some, if not all elements of the secondary legislation pertinent to responsibilities below. This is a full-time position for the period of 1 year with the possibility of extension for another term, based in the Kyiv office, Ukraine. The position will report to ESP’s Energy Market & Institutional/Regulatory Advisor.
- To contribute to ESP’s contractual goals, especially those aimed to:
- Develop competitive and financially sustainable energy market segments;
- Improve cross-border electricity, gas trades and facilitate market integration with Europe;
- More specifically, to contribute to ESP’s contractual Activity 1: European Integration and Competitive Energy Markets Reform and Development in order to facilitate achievement of the following two key outcomes:
- Advancing the integration of Ukraine’s energy sector with Europe;
- Facilitating competitive energy market development.
- Assist in translating, transposing to Ukraine’s national law and implementing the electricity and gas sector-related and adjacent components of the EU energy acquis, and primarily the following acts:
- Regulation (EU) 2019/942 establishing a European Union’s ACER;
- Regulation (EU) 2019/943 on internal market for electricity;
- Directive (EU) 2019/944 on common rules for the internal market for electricity;
- Directive 2009/73/EC concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas;
- Regulation (EC) No 715/2009 on conditions for access to natural gas transmission networks.
- Help out to improve the legal and institutional basis for ensuring the independence and capability of the national energy regulator (NEURC) so that it is brought into compliance with the fundamental principles of the EU energy acquis
- Facilitate organization, preparation and conducting stakeholder coordination, meetings, consultations, and events with the Ukrainian partners (Ministry of Energy, NEURC, Ministry of Infrastructure, other ministries and organizations, Verkhovna Rada and its relevant committees, etc.), with the wider range of appropriate target audiences in Ukraine, and with the international community partners of Ukraine (primarily, USAID, the EU and the Energy Community representatives) aimed to present, discuss and advocate the proposals of the ESP and, particularly, its Regulatory and Legal team.
- Assist the Communications team of the ESP from the side of the Regulatory and Legal team in planning and building public relations, media and advocacy campaigns, and other facilitating meetings and events, where appropriate.
- Promote expanding the use of highly efficient cogeneration technologies and the utilization of waste heat energy potential in accordance with the principles and provisions of the EU acquis;
- Promote implementing the “energy efficiency first” approach for the recovery / rebuilding and further development of the electricity, gas and heating sectors;
- Promote introducing the mandatory incentive-based regulation (incentive-based tariff setting mechanism) in the area of energy and utilities:
- Promote introducing the requirements to energy information as indicated in energy customers’ bills to improve their awareness in terms of energy efficiency potential;
- Any other tasks, which may relate to the EU accession / integration processes, especially in terms of the future implementation of the EU Clean Energy Package in electricity and, so far, its Third Energy Package in gas into the Ukrainian legislative framework, and
- Be involved in the other areas of work pertinent to ESP’s focus, as it may be.
- A master’s degree or equivalent in economics, energy, engineering, finance, management, policy, legal, and/or other related fields;
- Minimum 3-5 years of experience supporting or leading energy sector projects;
- Experience supporting USAID or other donor-funded energy projects in Ukraine required;
- Experience in supporting the electricity and gas sector regulators, ministries, or the relevant energy efficiency institutions and operators in pursuing their tasks and duties over a cumulated period of minimum 3 years;
- Working experience with the drafting, development, or implementation of the relevant EU acquis-compliant legislation in the energy sector and frameworks supporting the energy efficiency and/or promoting the utilization of the highly efficient cogeneration;
- Good understanding and experience in assisting implementation of various aspects of the EU Third Energy Package and recently adopted new energy package for electricity market, energy efficiency and renewable energy (Clean Energy for All Europeans), EU energy market features, structures, facilities, and mechanisms. Knowledge of the EU REMIT, or the energy consumer protection / ombudsman-related legislation and requirements will constitute an asset;
- Excellent oral and writing skills in English and Ukrainian;
- Ability to build effective relationships with peers, supervisors, clients, and stakeholders;
To apply: Please submit a CV in English and a brief cover letter with the title of the position in the subject line to [email protected].
There is no deadline associated with this position, USAID ESP may fill the position when a qualified person is found. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.
To find more about USAID Energy Security Project, visit the Project website https://energysecurityua.org, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/usaidesp/, LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/energysecurityua/ and Youtube.