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Manager, Energy Access; United Nations Foundation; Washington, DC, USA

The UN Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help drive access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. We build momentum and high-level support for energy access with our unique set of partners, including the United Nations, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), and practitioners from around the world. We do this by creating and leading pioneering initiatives that support new ways of expanding energy access – particularly through clean distributed power – while ensuring that they address the needs of vulnerable and hard to reach people. The UN Foundation has invested and mobilized tens of millions of dollars in support of these causes and is assisting – through thought leadership, partnerships, communications, and our convening power – thousands of practitioners and stakeholders to expand energy access.Position Overview
The UN Foundation is seeking a motivated energy professional to contribute to the success and growth of its Energy Access program. As a Manager, you will work as part of a dynamic international team to contribute to several programmatic initiatives, particularly the Foundation’s Energy Access Practitioner Network and Mini-Grids Partnership, both of which support the development of the off-grid energy sector. In this role, you will be responsible for providing day-to-day management of and substantive input to both initiatives, including helping identify new areas of growth. The Manager may also get involved, on a more limited basis, in other initiatives, including our work to advance energy access in health care and humanitarian settings.

The Manager reports to the Senior Director for Energy Access, and works closely with other members of the Energy Access team.

Duration: This is a full time, 12-month position, with the possibility for extension. Candidates should be available to start by March 1, 2018.

Responsibilities

  • Assist the Senior Director for Energy Access in setting the overall strategic direction of the Energy Access Practitioner Network and Mini-Grids Partnerships, including identifying and cultivating new areas of work.
  • Oversee member relations for both the Energy Access Practitioner
  • Network and Mini-Grids Partnership, including recruiting and cultivating strong working relations with (new) members, partners and Sustainable Energy for All.
  • Plan and execute market intelligence and knowledge sharing activities, such as webinars, market surveys and case studies.
  • Plan and execute a range of recurring communications activities, including newsletters and membership emails and calls.
  • Plan and execute domestic and international conferences, workshops and networking events.
  • Manage the Practitioner Network’s website, including keeping the website and its content up-to-date and relevant.
  • Work with the UN Foundation’s Public Affairs team to amplify the work of both initiatives through social media.
  • Hire and manage contractors to support the initiatives, including website developers, graphic designers and consultants.
  • Undertake domestic and international travel in support of activities relevant to one or both initiatives.
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact and performance of both initiatives.
  • Represent the UN Foundation at external meetings and professional gatherings.
  • Assist the Senior Director for Energy Access in developing strategies and proposals for the Energy Access program.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria

  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience, 3 years of which should be in energy access. Familiarity with energy access issues and stakeholders, particularly those related to renewable distributed power solutions (stand-alone and mini-grid solutions).
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Graduate degree in a relevant field (e.g. international affairs, energy, political science or business) strongly preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including strong drafting ability.
  • Strong attention to detail and organization is a must.
  • Familiarity with international development issues, and the role of the UN, the World Bank and other multilateral and bilateral institutions.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Proficiency in languages other than English, namely French, Portuguese, Swahili and/or Spanish, preferred.
  • Team player who is also able to work independently and is a self-starter.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and SalesForce. Website management experience, including familiarity with HTML/CSS preferred.
  • Personal commitment to UN Foundation’s vision.
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 25%.

For more information and to apply, please visit http://bit.ly/2F4RXf6


Senior Operations Engineer, Rafiki Power, Arusha, Tanzania

Contract term: 12-24 months, starting at earliest availability

Location: Arusha, Tanzania

Working hours: Full time

Payment: Competitive

Reports to: Microgrids Operations Manager

Rafiki Power is a German company that operates in Tanzania. It is a vibrant and dynamic start-up company that consists of an international team bringing off-grid energy to rural locations in East Africa. We develop, engineer, finance and operate sites in developing world communities as well as provide reliable backup to business customers in the region.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide clear engineering leadership in the definition and resolution of technical issues as they occur.
  • Support Operations team locally with detailed technical issues and queries as requested and required regularly locally
  • Where appropriate define and implement new processes and ways of working to ensure learnings are captured and to ensure future issues are avoided.
  • Where necessary travel to sites to undertake maintenance activities and troubleshooting
  • Liaise with contractors to ensure work is delivered on time and to the required, high standards.
  • Undertake detailed testing and analysis of new engineering solutions (Mechanical, Electrical and electronic to test for robustness and applicability to the local environment

Required Qualifications

  • Good university degree in science, engineering or similar and a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience.
  • Technical knowledge in energy systems, preferably involving solar PV, batteries and diesel generation is required
  • Hands-on experience in electrical power systems or similar technical field is required.
  • Experience managing contractors and working with external parties
  • Ability to identify a problem, define how a problem is to be resolved and to see the resolution carried out all independently with limited supervision.
  • Ability to work with multidisciplinary, international team in multiple locations
  • Fluent in English, in speech and writing. Swahili in addition is preferred.
  • Familiar with Tanzanian / East African cultures; work experience in Tanzania or neighbouring countries preferred
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license ·

Bonus Skills and qualifications:

  • Entrepreneurial thinking and excellent communication skills as well as strong team orientation
  • Experience in managing a team or direct line management a plus.

If interested, please submit your cover letter and CV with references to tzcareers@eon-offgrid.com with the subject “Application for Senior Engineer”.


Senior Director of Renewable Energy, PACT, Washington DC, USA

The Senior Director, Renewable Energy (SDRE) provides leadership for Pact’s newest Signature Program, working with companies, foundations, governments and people to expand access to energy within the communities Pact serves. The SDRE will oversee implementation of the initial Program strategy, review, assess and improve the Program strategy over time, and be accountable for achieving the goals of the Program.

The SDRE will lead all related efforts including, fundraising, donor relations, and partnerships for Pact’s work in the Renewable Energy sector, and will be responsible for developing and leading a network of staff around the world that can provide technical assistance, and quality oversight of all Renewable Energy projects, in close coordination with professionals across the organization.

As a leader in the organization, the SDRE will serve as a champion for Pact’s broader transformation efforts. While honoring Pact’s deep commitment to community partnerships and the trust of communities, the SDRE will pursue new opportunities along the renewable energy value chain that result in traditional contracts and grants or new business models such as social enterprises and joint ventures.

The SDRE, will ensure that Pact evolves and adapts its technical capabilities not only to keep abreast of opportunities, regulations, actors, and best practices in the renewable energy sector but also to position Pact as a thought and practice leader in the field of Renewable Energy and integrated development.

Key Responsibilities

Program Management

Ensure the Signature Program is delivered on time, on budget, and on target.

Help identify key personnel (draft JDs, review CVs, conduct interviews, etc.) as needed.

Support implementation of the Signature Program portfolio by sourcing consultants, interviewing program staff as relevant, developing or reviewing SoWs/ToRs, and reviewing reports and project documentation.

Contribute to due diligence to ensure Pact’s engagement with potential corporate partners is appropriate.

Lead a robust internal community of practice that ensures continuous learning across field offices as well as across all levels of Pact.

Ensure that integrated programming is maximized for impact and documented across Pact. Share global best practices with project staff on regular basis using multiple communications channels and mechanisms.

Strategy and Business Development

Lead fundraising efforts for the Signature Program and work in close coordination with Corporate Engagement and Business Development to identify and retain donors.

Represent and promote Pact’s technical capabilities and programming at donor meetings, internal events and national/international conferences.

Serve as an organization-wide expert on Renewable Energy, networking with donors to gather intelligence on up-coming funding opportunities, responding to donor questions, and presenting Pact’s work within the Signature Program to donors, when appropriate.

Forge corporate partnerships at the programmatic level, building on Pact’s existing relationships, and by identifying new potential partners.

Periodically review and revise the Signature Program strategy to incorporate lessons learned, and provide periodic updates to the Board of Directors and senior management.

Thought Leadership and Technical Assistance

Provide technical assistance to field offices so that they are able to pursue renewable energy related projects with a high degree of autonomy, and are equipped to meet donor expectations.

Serve as a subject matter expert, overseeing the technical design of proposed projects by multi-disciplinary teams within Pact’s Program Advancement group to ensure that all relevant proposals are technically sound, and capitalize on Pact’s local knowledge and relationships.

Participate in scoping trips, proposal design meetings, and support recruitment of project-specific partners.

Provide intellectual leadership to Pact and externally by staying abreast of trends and research findings regarding corporate responsibility, regulatory frameworks, industry standards and best practices, and disseminate key information to country offices and relevant communities of practice.

Document and disseminate case studies externally – in writing and through conference participation.

Oversee the development of articles, reports, and communications materials for delivery to the general public and specific audiences through multiple media channels.

Provide technical support and ongoing oversight to projects in the Renewable Energy portfolio to ensure program quality.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field such as business, economics, international relations, or engineering. Post-graduate degree preferred.
  • 15 years of experience working in international development, renewable energy development/finance, and/or corporate responsibility (6 years of experience if candidate has a Master’s or higher degree).
  • Demonstrated expertise in the renewable energy industry and/or with innovative business models, and an accomplished thought leader with a track record of published papers or articles, and/or speaking engagements on an international basis.
  • Strong experience with strategic planning, budget development and monitoring, financial analysis, development of metrics, and reporting.
  • Excellent management and leadership skills, with a track record of leading multi-disciplinary and cross-functional teams on a global basis. High proficiency in supervising staff, including providing honest feedback and meaningful development opportunities.
  • Experience with fundraising including: foundations, corporations, and individual gifts.
  • Ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with Pact staff, donors, local partners, host governments and other implementing organizations.
  • Documented success in raising philanthropic capital from various donors, including national agencies, foundations, and/or corporations.
  • Knowledge and understanding of donor policies and regulations including corporate giving and partnership mechanisms (both philanthropy and business-case engagement).
  • Excellent written and oral communications, including strong public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office programs.

Ability and willingness to travel up to 30% of the time in diverse cultural environments.

Please see https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/479482833/ for more details.

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SME Advisor, Energy 4 Impact, Nairobi, Kenya; Kigali, Rwanda; Kampala, Uganda and Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania

This role is within Advisory Services, a Nairobi-based team of professionals from a range of private sector backgrounds including investment banking and private equity, management consulting, law, entrepreneurship, infrastructure project development, micro-finance and engineering. 

 Our clients are primarily based in East Africa and range in the stage of their development from ideation/pre-pilot to scale-up. We work with companies employing a range of business models and technologies. Many are developing small-scale assets for power generation and distribution (e.g. through mini-grids) using solar, biomass gasification, or hydropower, while others produce or distribute solar lights or home systems, clean cook-stoves or biomass-based fuels.

Academic Qualification & Experience

·        5-7 years of experience in energy project development, operations, or financing; or experience in early-stage entrepreneurship

(and/or)

·        5-7 years of experience in management or strategic consulting or financial advisory

(and/or)

·        Experience as an early-stage business building as an entrepreneur, investor (PE/VC/impact investing), or other service provider e.g. incubation.

·        2-3 years experience working with mini-grids project developers

Energy 4 Impact works to alleviate poverty in Africa through increased access to sustainable, renewable energy. To achieve this goal, we support the development and growth of privately owned micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (mSMEs) which deliver renewable energy products and services to the poor, mainly in rural and peri-urban areas. We do this by advising mSMEs on business and technical matters and enabling them to secure the financing and resources they require. For more information, please go to www.energy4impact.org/jobs.

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Senior Analyst, Energy 4 Impact, Nairobi, Kenya; Kigali, Rwanda; Kampala, Uganda and Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania

This role is within Advisory Services, a Nairobi-based team of professionals from a range of private sector backgrounds including investment banking and private equity, management consulting, law, entrepreneurship, infrastructure project development, micro-finance and engineering.  

Our clients are primarily based in East Africa and range in the stage of their development from ideation/pre-pilot to scale-up. We work with companies employing a range of business models and technologies. Many are developing small-scale assets for power generation and distribution (e.g. through mini-grids) using solar, biomass gasification, or hydropower, while others produce or distribute solar lights or home systems, clean cook-stoves or biomass-based fuels.

Academic Qualification & Experience

·        3-5 years of experience in energy project development, operations, or financing; or experience in early-stage entrepreneurship

(and/or)

·        3-5 years of experience in management or strategic consulting or financial advisory

(and/or)

·        Experience as an early-stage business building as an entrepreneur, investor (PE/VC/impact investing), or other service provider e.g. incubation.

·        2-3 years experience working with mini-grids project developers

Energy 4 Impact works to alleviate poverty in Africa through increased access to sustainable, renewable energy. To achieve this goal, we support the development and growth of privately owned micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (mSMEs) which deliver renewable energy products and services to the poor, mainly in rural and peri-urban areas. We do this by advising mSMEs on business and technical matters and enabling them to secure the financing and resources they require. For more information, please go to www.energy4impact.org/jobs.