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Hydrocarbon Planning Specialist


About SMEC

SMEC International is an Australian consultancy firm working in different social and physical infrastructure projects in Afghanistan. Overall, SMEC International is having more than 40 years of experience in International developments. In these 40 years, SMEC has delivered thousands of projects in over 100 countries in the areas of transport, hydropower and energy, water and environment, urban and social development and mining, and gas. SMEC’s success is largely attributed to the company’s ability to address the needs of its clients and people in diverse locations.

Job Summary


Job Details

Date Posted: 05 Sep 2017 Reference: 007
Closing Date: 25 Sep 2017 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Engineering Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Long-term Years of Experience: 5 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: No
Probation Period:

Duties and Responsibilities

(i) Assist the International Hydrocarbon Planning Specialist to undertake review of current and existing diagnostic work in hydrocarbon sector in Afghanistan.
(ii) Assist in analyzing of the existing institutional framework of Afghan hydrocarbon sector; its linkages with power sector and the overall energy mix, and import options. Review of evaluate existing and proposed transmission expansion and distribution plans.
(iii) Assist in undertaking benchmarking study comparing lessons on current market conditions, system bottlenecks (upstream and midstream) in Afghanistan with comparable countries in the region and suggest progress towards developing a domestic hydrocarbon market with the trajectory followed by the target countries in achieving similar objectives.
(iv) Assist analyzing medium-term gas supply/demand balances while assessing the present and future average and peak demand requirements which would take into account growth in industrial production, power generation, transport, commercial and household sectors (what will the market look like in 2040).
(v) Assist analyzing technical and financial feasibility and economic benefits of alternative hydrocarbon development and utilization scenarios.
(vi) Support in Exploring the opportunities of public private partnerships and other innovative financing mechanisms for development of hydrocarbon sector in Afghanistan. Develop forecast of employment creation and required capacity building/training, and sustainment.
(vii) Assist in recommending a suggested regulatory structure for growth and future investments in Afghan hydrocarbon sector. Assessment of current situation and recommended roadmap for institutional and capacity development issues, including changes required to hydrocarbon sector structure as well as the legal/regulatory framework to ensure accountability, predictability, transparency and efficiency in sector operations.
(viii) Assist in advising the Client on matters related to hydrocarbon supply chain and lead meetings and workshops, liaise with key stakeholders, and in partnership with them, develop key information linkages, institutional support, and data gathering.
(ix) Assist in conducting the review on proposed and ongoing downstream developments (investment and policy reforms) in hydrocarbon sector, undertake comprehensive analyses of the Afghanistan’s hydrocarbon sector resources (indigenous and potential imports) along with its development potential, including the development of all hydrocarbon resources.
(x) Assist in identifying key institutional, legal and regulatory, pricing, utilization, and market-related gaps that need to be addressed; major load centers including gas demand forecast for a 25-year period till 2040; develop allocation priorities and strategy for downstream economic sectors; produce a series of investment projects identified to sustain Afghan hydrocarbon sector and its linkages with power sector investments; and formulate capacity development plan to sustain hydrocarbon sector master planning in Afghanistan.
(xi) Support in recommending an economic pricing model and model gas purchase and sales agreement.
Help in identifying impediments to the fast track development of the domestic hydrocarbon market and recommend solutions to alleviate and/or remove such impediments.

(xii) Assist in evaluating and enumerating key policy and regulatory issues on development of gas sector, and identify challenges and possible solution.




The hydrocarbon planning specialist will be an energy economist/engineer/manager with a degree in the above and should possess a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience and specialization in upstream and midstream gas development. The person should be technically able to assess and understand reservoir/basin reports and gas supply scenarios (indigenous resource potential and import options) including review of current market conditions and bottlenecks, and identifying investment programs that are technically and financially feasible and ranking them economically

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul


Bachelors Degree,

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The email subject line must include vacancy # and the position title. Failure to do so will result in rejected applications. Due to the large volume of applicants, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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