Tonga Program Lead , Energy

This position is responsible for leading the energy sector analysis work for the GGGI Tonga country program. The Lead – Tonga Energy Program will be responsible for delivering energy sector analysis and supporting planning and policy development for the review of the Tonga Energy Road Map, the development of the LEDS and similar assignments, with a particular focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency and rural electrification.The position will lead several energy sector-related outputs within the Tonga country program, being responsible for technical analysis and outputs, while managing consultants and/or firms who may be engaged to support output delivery. S/he is the recognized lead advisor/focal point on a the energy theme for GGGI in Tonga and provides day to day technical/strategic advice internally as well as externally to ensure impactful delivery of relevant outputs under the program. The position plays a key role in driving dedicated ‘hybrid’ teams consisting of government offcials, GGGI staff and consultants in delivering top quality outputs which meet high technical standards in the most effective and efficient way. S/he monitors and evaluates the performance of team members as well as being a key point of technical advice and escalation for problem solving within the context of output delivery. S/he reports to the Pacific Regional Representative in Suva, Fiji.

Contract Type
Salary scale
Country Scale
Contract Duration
36 months
Date to close (KST)
Ref No

Tonga became a member of GGGI in 2018. The Government of Tonga (GoT) makes clear its dedication to inclusive and sustainable growth in the Tonga Strategic Development Framework 2015-2025 (TSDF), which states that “we reaffirm the need to achieve sustainable development by promoting sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth.” In 2019, GGGI is establishing an office in Tonga and is starting its technical assistance support to the Government by assisting in the review of the Tonga Energy Road Map (TERM) and development of the TERM Plus. The Government of Tonga has a target of 50% renewable electricity generation by 2020, and is looking to further increase this ambition as well as plan for low carbon development across the economy. In addition, GGGI and the Government of Tonga are investigating the development of the Low Emissions Development Strategy (LEDS) to 2050.





  • Leads the development and implementation of energy sector component and outputs within the Tonga country program, in particular the TERM review and LEDS
  • Able to adapt and apply specified technical knowledge to deliver a portfolio of analytical services focused on the renewable energy, energy efficiency and/or rural electrification sectors
  • Captures the essence and needs of the country within the energy sector and ensure optimal progress and delivery of outputs within the country program. Show immediate results and actions on the ground as well as ability to focus on longer term outcomes.
  • Keeps abreast on technical knowledge and expertise in the clean energy and low carbon transport areas to ensure continued relevance of GGGI within this these sectors
  • Takes the lead in the implementation of the TERM review and other specific outputs assigned to the position and provides technical analysis and policy development to GGGI and MEIDECC to deliver the required outputs
  • Maintains close communication with the Pacific Regional Representative, the broader Pacific team and the technical divisions in HQ on relevant topics to ensure their participation in program delivery for quality outputs.
  • Be responsible for leading the strategic, managerial and technical elements under the TERM review and LEDS development
  • Be responsible for timely reporting and communications on all matters relating to the Tonga Energy Program.




  • Have in-depth technology knowledge of reewnable energy and/or energy efficiency and/or rural electrification at regional and/or national level.
  • Facilitate in-depth and effective stakeholder dialogues both internally and externally to support each GGGI and Government of Tonga work
  • Work closely with government partners in implementing the above project, recognizing the importance of government buy-in and ownership in the implementation of all activities under the project which is implemented in partnership with the Tongan Government
  • Developing and fostering strong relationships with key government institutions, relevant academic institutions and/or private sector as key stakeholders of the component(s)/work stream(s)
  • Lead consultations on multi-disciplinary issues relevant to the project implementation, such as community consultations, participatory approaches and planning for renewables, energy efficiency and rural electrification resulting in consensus and empathy of perspectives and recognition mutual/complementary interests.
  • Deploy strategies to secure collaboration/garner buy-in and support from a diverse range of stakeholders to ensure local ownership of the outputs




  • Independently organizes activities for output delivery with tight deadlines and manages a small technical team (consisting of GGGI staff members, consultants and Government staff)
  • Provides analysis and technical input into the review and development of new energy roadmaps, energy policy and other strategic planning documents
  • Supports the review of existing legislative and institutional frameworks including identification of gaps, necessary changes or additional legislation(s) needed to implement the revised or new energy plans and policies
  • Prepares briefing notes, concept notes and analytical reports to support GGGI’s energy sector work in Tonga.
  • Effective and efficient management and ability to adapt project cycles in anticipation of multiple challenges and bottlenecks in service delivery.
  • Monitors the planning of resources and timeframes relevant to the energy projects and ensures timely delivery of outputs to the Government of Tonga
  • Clear and timely reporting on project delivery to Pacific Regional Representative and GGGI HQ
  • Organizes relevant training workshops and focal group discussions with key national and community stakeholders.
  • Ensures that experiences and best practices are documented and shared across GGGI and to relevant partners in the Pacific.







  • Advanced university degree (Masters or PhD) in an energy-related field or equivalent energy-sector professional background is a requirement; preferably a specialty in renewable energy / energy efficiency / rural electrification economics, engineering or policy or a combination thereof

  • Preferably 7-10 years of professional experience in the renewable energy / energy efficiency sector in policy, planning, techno-economic analysis or engineering with managerial and budget responsibilities

  • Experience in leading/carrying out policy development and strategic planning, evidence-based decision-making, research and analysis and project design for the energy sector
  • Familiarity and recent experience in energy sector analysis, planning, policy development, with a particular focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency and/or rural electrification is a requirement
  • At least five years Project management experience (all phases of project cycle), including experience identifying, prioritizing, scoping, and implementing clean energy opportunities in renewable energy, energy efficiency and/or rural electrification
  • Experience of requirements and procedures of bilateral donors/organizations or multilateral organizations.
  • Familiarity with operating in developing countries is a requirement; experience in SIDS is an asset
  • Excellent written and spoken English is a requirement;




  • Leadership, team-work and creative problem-solving abilities essential
  • Outstanding stakeholder engagement, client relationship and consensus building skills, including experience in day-to-day engagement with Government ministries and agencies
  • Experience in engaging with other stakeholders (private sector, NGOs, development partners, etc.) would be an asset
  • Excellent communication skills, ability to communicate complex economic and development issues in a clear and simple way to a diverse audience
  • Proven project delivery experience, i.e. managing the delivery of results on time and on budget
  • Experience applying participatory, consensus-based approaches, gender, environmental and social inclusion safeguards would be an asset.
  • Experience engaging with government officials and development partners in countries to assist in the development of national roadmap developments, policy development and strategic planning
  • Ability to work independently and manage a complex project while following agreed Scope of Work, Project document or terms of reference
  • Ability to provide necessary technical and content-based support, anticipate issues and plan ahead and able to find and implement solutions
  • Excellent multi-cultural literacy and interest in being a part of an international team working in an evolving and entrepreneurial environment
  • Innovative thinker, able to see opportunities across different sectors/disciplines
  • Attention to detail
  • Willingness and ability to travel




  • Understand and actively supports GGGI’s mission, vision and values.
  • Promote the best use of public resources
  • Promote an organizational culture of trust, transparency, respect and partnership.
  • Process and share information easily.
  • Manage emotions and stress positively, builds rapport and resolves conflict easily.
  • Promote creativity and innovation among staff and consultants.
  • Be able to lead and manage a project independently, while knowing when to seek advice and liaise closely with the Pacific Regional Representative to make sound decisions.


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