Leader for Energy Systems and Innovation

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Do you want to work for a charity with significant people ambitions and can offer innovative learning solutions? 

Practical Action, an international technology development organization head quartered in the United Kingdom and with offices in Asia, Bangladesh, East Africa, Southern Africa, Latin America and Sudan, seeks to fill this senior level position to support and drive the new strategy.

Our Mission is to develop and demonstrate practical, technology based solutions that enable women and men living in or vulnerable to poverty, to lead dignified lives, to partner with people whose lives are transformed by these efforts and with a range of other organizations: ensuring local ownership, and that the solutions work in the longer term without us and to inspire change through the widespread adoption of sustainable technologies that work - socially, economically and environmentally, so that more people living in or vulnerable to poverty benefit from our learning. 

Date of expiry25th Sep
Full/Part timeFull Time
Employment statusFixed Term
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The Leader for Energy Systems & Innovation will lead a team of subject matter specialists in energy and advocacy and work closely with specialists in the consulting team, and closely collaborate with coordinators in Gender and Knowledge Management.  The core purpose of this role is to identify the systemic causes of the strategic problem, to articulate Practical Actions change ambition and to provide effective thought leadership on the technical design and innovation within projects.  The post-holder and their team will manage  strategic relationships with donors, partners, governments etc. As a member of the SMT, s/he will collaborate closely with senior colleagues to ensure integration of approaches.   

The Leader for Energy Systems & Innovation will provide leadership and management across all five core areas of the strategy:  to achieve change and impact, to strengthen organisational profile, lead and manage people, generate funds and manage relationships, and deliver performance.  Accountabilities are indicated below with approximate level of effort against each.


  • 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
  • Experience working with energy technology and innovation will be an added advantage
  • In-depth understanding of the energy development priorities of Zimbabwe and Malawi, energy policy environment and analytical ability to unfold systemic issues will be essential as a strategic thinker
  • Ability to design short term and long term and cross sectoral programs
  • Ability to effectively represent the regional office, the organisation and Practical Action’s work
  • Excellent report writing, analytical and communication skills
  • Excellent oral presentation skills and in-depth knowledge and experience in major donor reporting requirements
  • Excellent ability to work with virtual cross-functional teams
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks and set priorities
  • Fluency in English
  • Commitment to development principles and Practical Action’s vision, mission and ambition

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Please submit a 3 page CV along with names of five professional references and a supporting statement of not more than two pages outlining how your qualifications and experience will equip you to succeed in the specific role.

Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Applications should reach The Human Resources and Administration Officer at: Human.Capital@practicalaction.org.zw on or before 1700hrs of 25th September, 2017

N.B:  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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