Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)



The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is a regional grouping of 21 African States which have agreed to promote regional integration through trade development and trade facilitation.

The Regional Association of Energy Regulators for Eastern and Southern Africa (RAERESA) is a Specialized Agency of COMESA and its energy regulatory arm. It is an association of fourteen (14) countries in the COMESA region

Applications are invited for the position below from suitably qualified and experienced professionals from all Member countries that are party to RAERESA, in Lusaka, Zambia.




Job description


Interested candidates should note the following:

      A. Job Purpose

 To assist in the coordination and implementation of the objectives of RAERESA as spelled out in its Constitution; and the decisions of Governance Structure of RAERESA.

     B. Main duties and Accountabilities

  1. Strategic leadership and management of the RAERESA Secretariat;
  2. Plan and direct RAERESA Secretariat’s performance and its external obligations;
  3. Membership advocacy; public relations, members’ and stakeholders’ liaison;
  4. Act as secretary to all meetings of RAERESA’s governance structure;
  5. Undertake the day-to-day co-ordination and implementation of the agreed and set plans by RAERESA members;
  6. Design and formulate policies and plan for facilitation of energy supply industry;
  7. Set standards, and measurement instruments for facilitation of energy supply industry;
  8. Initiate and coordinate energy programmes for energy supply industry with Member States;
  9. Initiate and coordinate capacity building and information sharing programmes;
  10. Initiate, prepare and/or coordinate the preparation of projects for donor funding and facilitate their implementation;
  11. Facilitate regional energy regulatory cooperation and beyond and inter-regional cooperation; and
  12. Any other related duties that may be assigned from time to time by the Executive Committee of RAERESA (the Board).


      C. Minimum Academic Qualifications

  1. At least a master’s degree in any of the related fields: Economics, Engineering, Law or any energy related discipline.
  2. A PhD will be an added advantage.


      D. Professional Experience

  1. A minimum of fifteen (15) years of relevant experience including at least ten (10) years of proven senior managerial experience in the mentioned fields.
  2. Extensive and solid knowledge of the energy industry, including energy regulation, energy policy, legal and regulatory frameworks.


     E. Desirable competence

  1. Ability to lead teams with diverse expertise and cultural backgrounds;
  2. Ability to work effectively in collaboration with others, especially other sister organizations; and
  3. A high degree of personal integrity and professionalism.


     F. Working language requirement

  1. Applicants must be fluent in English and/or French and/or Arabic (speaking and writing). A combination of any two or all these languages will be an added advantage.

Eligibility for application 

Applicants must be citizens of RAERESA Member States and should not be more than fifty-five (55) years of age at the time of submitting their application. Applications submitted directly to the Secretariat will not be considered unless nominated through the coordinating Ministry i.e. Foreign Affairs Department.

Mode of Applications

Interested candidates should contact or send their documents (i.e. Completed COMESA application form, curriculum vitae, certified copies of educational qualifications) to Mrs. Nisha Chengo, Second Secretary, Regional Affairs Division at the Foreign Affairs Department on Email: or Tel: 4283590 for more information. Additional information on the posts may be obtained on the Foreign Affairs Website:

The Department would appreciate receipt of all documents by Monday 8th July 2024 for review before the names of the short-listed candidates are communicated to  COMESA RAERESA. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


The information contained in this advert has been provided to the Foreign Affairs Department by COMESA RAERESA and should not be construed as being information provided by the Foreign Affairs Department. The Foreign Affairs Department is not liable for any loss that may arise from any decision by the applicant to apply for the above role or from any action taken by the applicant as a result of the information set out in this advert. International organizations usually keep the Foreign Affairs Department informed of exchanges with applicants. Therefore, for reason of security, applicants are advised to keep the relevant officer at the Foreign Affairs Department in copy of all correspondence with the organization concerned. In our experience, international organizations will not request for payment of any sorts from applicants.