Economic Regulation Specialist

Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA)

A. INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) was established under the Energy Regulation Act No 20 of 2004 with the mandate to regulate the energy sector in Malawi in a fair, transparent, efficient and cost-effective manner for the benefit of consumers and operators.

An opportunity has arisen to engage qualified persons of Malawian origin to fill position of Economic Regulation Specialist tenable at MERA Head Office in Lilongwe. Management therefore invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position on permanent basis.

The following are the required academic and professional qualifications, personnel, and work-related traits for the position:

B. POSITION

Post : ECONOMIC REGULATION SPECIALIST
Grade : M5
Reporting to : Senior Economic Regulation Specialist
Responsible for : N/A

Purpose of the Job
To ensure development and maintenance of a favourable business environment for the energy sector conducive for open and fair competition among operators and consumers.

Key Duties

  1. Implementing and monitoring short-term and long-term economic strategies for energy regulation.
  2. Reviewing and analysing proposals for tariff and price adjustments.
  3. Developing, Implementing, and maintaining licensing criteria / guidelines on economic aspects.
  4. Undertaking economic evaluation in respect of licence applications and monitoring compliance.
  5. Enforcing economic mechanisms to facilitate smooth entry of potential investors, eliminating monopolistic
    tendencies in the sector and promoting open and fair competition for investors to operate profitably without compromising on quality of services.
  6. Implementing economic monitoring mechanisms to ensure that all players in the sector comply with standards set by the Authority.
  7. Liaising with Government of Malawi and other stakeholders and representing the Authority on economic
    matters relating to the energy regulation.
  8. Conducting economic regulatory audits, investigations and surveys in the energy sector and recommending
    appropriate actions to the superiors.
  9. Monitoring and evaluating the economic efficiency and performance of energy operators in respect of agreed key performance indicators.
  10. Collecting and compiling data on economic indices, consumer statistics and associated demand profiles for
    consumers’ information.
  11. Identifying and proposing appropriate incentives for efficiency and improvements in the provision of services by licensees.
  12. Representing the Authority at meetings.

Minimum Education Qualification and Experience
The ideal candidate for the position must:

  1. Have a Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Economics.
  2. Have at least three (3) years relevant work experience.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the energy sector.

Membership with relevant professional body will be an added advantage.

Competencies and Personal Attributes
The ideal candidate for the position must:
a. Be a team player with high level of integrity.
b. Excellent communication skills.
c. Be results oriented and be able to work under pressure and during odd hours.
d. Be decisive, self-motivated and assertive.
e. Be conversant with Microsoft packages.

C. TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
MERA shall offer an attractive employee benefits package to successful candidates in accordance with its emolument structure (commensurate with qualifications and experience) which includes salary, medical insurance, and membership to contributory pension.

D. METHOD OF APPLICATION
Candidates should submit their applications with:

  1. An updated CurriculumVitae.
  2. Names and contacts of three traceable referees, one of them should have been a first or second level supervisor of the applicant within the last 3 years.
  3. Copies of their Professional Membership, Academic and Professional Qualifications.

Please quote the job title being applied for on the envelope. The application should be sent to the address below:

The Chief Executive Officer
Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA)
MERA COMPLEX, Off Convention Drive
Private Bag B- 496,
Capital City
LILONGWE 3.

To reach the Chief Executive Officer not later than 30 November, 2023. Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.

MERA is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply