• Auto req ID 225BR

Job Description

KAPSARC seeks a passionate, experienced Program Director to lead and contribute empirical work and policy analysis on electric power, electricity sector transitions and technology development. This work will focus on economically efficient policy instruments for incentivizing a transition towards more sustainable power generation mixes, including nuclear, renewable and fossil-fuels, and their role in helping to achieve environmental sustainability.

The successful candidate will provide ongoing thought leadership,guidance and supervision to ensure that research projects result in high quality and actionable policy options. KAPSARC’s research work involves a mix of analytical and policy-oriented research which is conducted in a dynamic, multicultural environment by a team of highly qualified and experienced researchers. The programs are organized by skill set and area of study (a functional organization), while the research portfolio is organized through the lens of research questions and initiatives. The ability to effectively manage a team in a matrixed organization is essential to ensure that project teams consisting of colleagues from several programs can effectively execute the projects and studies.

The Program Director is a member of the Research Leadership Team and contributes to setting a tone of collegiality, intellectual risk taking, teamwork and institutional collaboration. He or she is as accountable to colleagues in the Research Leadership Team as to the Vice-President of Research, in line with our aim to delegate authority down through the organization to the greatest possible extent.

Required qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in economics, energy economics, public policy or a related field. Alternatively, a bachelor’s or master’s degree with significant experience.
  • A minimum of 18 years of confirmed professional experience working in the electricity sector or other related fields of policy analysis, preferably within a research organization, government or international organization.
  • Excellent command of the English language (spoken and written).


  • Widely recognized as an expert within the following economic fields: Energy transitions, electricity sector strategic planning and regulatory policy.
  • Thorough knowledge of international approaches to energy and environmental issues.
  • Strong experience of working in evidence-based public policy – impacting public policy or institutional reforms.
  • Proven ability to draft analytical and evidence-based policy-relevant papers that are clear, concise and reader-friendly; successful peer-reviewed publication is an advantage.
  • Demonstrated quantitative and/or qualitative research skills.
  • Strong ability to gather relevant information and data.
  • Ability to develop the capabilities of junior staff and mentor them in terms of career development by delivering constructive comments and reviews.
  • Ability to manage in a functionally and topically matrixed institutional environment.
  • Good communication skills and an enthusiastic team player.
  • Planning research projects to which members of the program will contribute, and managing progress.
  • Identifying relevant research questions and appropriate methodologies, leading to designing and proposing research initiatives or projects within the approved initiatives, and coordinating with the Research Leadership Team to ensure consistency across the portfolio.
  • Taking ownership of research initiatives that align with the Program Director’s expertise and being accountable to the Research Leadership Team for projects led by members of the Energy Transitions and Environment Program.
  • Providing ongoing thought leadership, guidance and supervision to ensure that research projects result in high quality, concrete and actionable policy options.
  • Making significant contributions to projects or initiatives led by colleagues.
  • Providing intellectual leadership in ensuring the relevance and impact of policy advice in environmental policy, and contributing to the definition of strategic research directions.
  • Designing, conducting and disseminating research through effective communication approaches that meet the needs of different audiences and maximize the impact of KAPSARC’s work.
  • Collaborating effectively across KAPSARC and its stakeholder networks to ensure that KAPSARC’s advice on transitions and electricity sector policy is developed and disseminated in a consistent and coherent way.
  • Carrying out statistical and advanced modeling or econometric work (preferred but not essential).
  • Drafting, editing and producing evidence-based policy papers, working papers, reports and other publications on the above topics that are clear, concise and reader-friendly.
  • Delivering presentations at conferences and workshops.
  • Partnering with Human Resources and Research Strategy Management Office to advance the professional development of new researchers in the energy economics domain.
  • Monitoring the travel and expenses, and travel approvals, in the program area.

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