Can you energise Africa? (3 Posts)

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We at Practical Action have an exciting ambition to bring power to millions of poor people across Africa.

We, together with our partners, are already making great progress on this journey but we now are ready to make a big step change – to take our ideas and experience to real scale we are looking for a number highly motivated and capable individuals to join us to strengthen our regional teams in East, West and Southern Africa.

If you have significant experience in the energy sector at a senior level and are able to innovate, collaborate and deliver to an international standard then do read on...

Practical Action is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) that works through programme, consulting and advocacy channels to deliver large scale change that transforms the lives of people living in, or vulnerable to poverty.

Working throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America, Practical Action delivers a National, Regional and Global role in the renewable energy sector.

This role facilitates access to modern, off-grid energy for low-income consumers through research, analysis and policy advice, technology development and adaptation, piloting new delivery models and catalysing development of energy access markets. We deliver this through managing a large portfolio of on the ground projects working with partners and in consortia, through delivering technical assistance through consultancy teams into governments, private sector and institutions and through driving an advocacy and influencing agenda focused on achieving total energy access for the poor.

Date of expiry27th Nov
LocationAfrica (East, West and Southern Africa)
Full/Part timeFull Time
Employment statusFixed Term
Other terms

We are now looking for a number of qualified and capable individuals who are excited by our ambition to join our Practical Action teams in the East, West and Southern Africa regional offices to support the respective regional leadership in delivering our energy ambitions:

Senior Energy Advisor: 2 posts – Kenya (East Africa) and Senegal (West Africa)
Energy Systems and Innovation Lead: 1 post – Zimbabwe (Southern Africa)

Senior Energy Advisor
The regional senior energy advisors will be responsible for driving our energy change ambitions through the management of projects, provision of technical advice, leading innovation in new work generation, building the network of associates, line-managing project staff and facilitating joint working with Practical Action's other regional and country offices in Africa and United Kingdom. As a member of the Practical Action global energy team, the advisors will contribute to development of the organization's energy thematic work worldwide.

Minimum Requirements

  • A Master degree in energy, economics or other relevant discipline
  • At least seven (7) years' relevant work experience in designing and implementing energy access projects or consultancy assignments within the NGO or private sectors, in Africa and internationally (relevant experience in the region of choice is highly preferable)
  • Fluency in written and spoken English (for both regional roles) and French (for West Africa only) is essential.

Energy Systems and Innovation Lead
Reporting to the Regional Director, the Energy Systems and Innovation Lead plays a leadership role within the Senior Management Team (SMT) accountable for providing innovative and impactful thought leadership in Zimbabwe, Malawi and the Southern Africa region. The post holder will shape all our regional energy work and provide senior leadership focused on delivering the impact we desire through our energy change ambitions, learning and evidence building, collaborative approaches for change at scale and fundraising. 

Minimum Requirements

  • First degree in an energy related field and a Master’s degree in an energy related field;
  • At least 15 years of working experience of which at least 5 years in the rural energy access thematic area in Southern Africa and/ or other developing countries;
  • In-depth understanding of the energy development priorities of Zimbabwe and Malawi, as a strategic thinker, energy policy environment and analytical ability to unfold systemic issues will be essential;
  • Fluency in English.

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The above vacancies are on national terms and conditions. Qualified candidates with proven capabilities are encouraged  to apply and to indicate where they have a legal right to work and also if they have a location preference.

If you have the knowledge, experience, skills and the ability we are looking for, please send your cover letter and updated CV by email to: no later than 27th November 2017.  Please indicate the position being applied for and a preferred location on the email subject e.g. Application for Regional Senior Energy Advisor – East Africa

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