Practical Action NGO Energy Advisor - East Africa Jobs

Practical Action NGO Energy Advisor - East Africa Jobs


We have an exciting opportunity for an Energy Advisor.

Reporting to the Head of Technical and Consulting the role contributes to the delivery of Practical Action's energy strategy for the East Africa regional office and primarily delivers impact for Practical Action through the consulting approach (PAC) of technical assistance delivery.

Full/Part time

  • Full Time

    The Energy Advisor will be responsible for:

  • Project development and resource mobilization.
  • The post-holder will develop high quality concept notes, expressions of interests and proposals to win new energy assignments in the region (often to very tight deadlines).
  • This will involve identifying and reviewing opportunities, leading, and coordinating proposal development activities, identifying the capabilities, activities and roles needed to deliver projects' contacting potential partners and external associates and agreeing partnering arrangements, developing technical proposals and methodologies for project delivery and collating organizational information and relevant project references
  • Project implementation and quality. The post holder will manage the day-to-day delivery of long-term and short-term energy assignments in the region and will be responsible for all aspects of assigned projects including technical inputs, budget and contract management, client relationships, partner coordination/facilitation, production of reports/knowledge products and team management
    Liaison and networking.
  • The post holder will represent PAC and Practical Action at international meetings and events, particularly those which will support PA’s influencing strategy, raise PAC’s profile and generate networks and contacts in the energy and development sector.
  • Moreover, he/she will author and commission articles for publication in international media and journals based on a synthesis of project experience while building and maintain relationships with Associate Energy Consultants to enable PAC to effectively deliver assignments in the region.
  • The post-holder will work with the Practical Action global energy team and liaise with the other Practical Action offices in Africa and the UK in order to ensure that Practical Action's energy strategy and specific assignment goals and objectives are achieved.
  • Assignments will be delivered directly by the Energy Advisor or through project management of other Practical Action staff and external consultants, and the job holder may also be called on to input to assignments managed by other members of the team, and/or led by Practical Action offices in other regions. He/she shall also liaise with staff in other RCOs and PAC UK where the nature of assignments so demands.
  • Externally the job holder will interact with associate consultants, service providers, and clients.

    Accountabilities

    Project Development and Resource mobilisation (30%):

  • Develop high quality Concept Notes, Expressions of Interests and Proposals to win new
    energy assignments in region (often to very tight deadlines).

    This will involve:

  • Identifying and reviewing opportunities
  • Leading, and coordinating proposal development activities
  • Identifying the capabilities, activities and roles needed to deliver projects' contacting
    potential partners and external associates and agreeing partnering arrangements
  • Developing technical proposals and methodologies for project delivery
  • Collating organizational information and relevant project references
  • Developing project budgets
  • Networking with relevant energy stakeholders and potential clients/funding agencies in the
    region with a view to securing new work.
  • Gathering market intelligence on new and upcoming opportunities and understanding the hanging donor market to inform PA’s positioning.

    Project implementation and quality (60%):

  • Manage the day-to-day delivery of long-term and short term energy assignments in the region where necessary in close collaboration with PAC UK, other PA regional offices, external partner organizations and consultants.
  • Be responsible for all aspects of assigned projects including technical inputs, budget
    and contract management, client relationships' partner coordination/facilitation, production of reports/knowledge products and team management (with responsibility

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Energy, Environmental Sciences, Climate change, or relevant field
  • A Master’s degree in energy, economics or other relevant discipline
  • Other relevant training such as project management, gender, rural development, etc., will
    be an added advantage

    Other Competencies/Abilities/Skills Required

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in both English and Kiswahili
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Excellent networking skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Good communications skills and telephone manner
  • Ability to work to own initiative
  • Ability to manage time efficiently with a varied workload
  • Interest in international development
  • Experience of using industry standard IT systems (e.g. MS Office, Email, Internet etc.)

    Technical Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum of seven (7) years relevant work experience in the energy sector.
  • Sound knowledge and experience of off-grid energy access technologies, preferably
    around mini-grids and solar home systems and clean cook stoves
  • Knowledge and experience within energy-agriculture-WASH nexus
  • Demonstrated understanding of energy access issues in developing countries and
    knowledge of energy policy and regulatory approaches.
  • Knowledge and experience of one or more of the following: energy economic analysis and least-cost energy access planning; energy markets, enterprise models and bottom-of-the-pyramid delivery; rural development, community engagement, environmental impact assessment, social impact assessment and participatory methods.
  • Experience working with donor funded projects and/or in renewable energy will be an added advantage.

    How to Apply

  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 21st December, 2018

  • For more information and job application details, see; Practical Action NGO Energy Advisor - East Africa Jobs

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