Project Manager - HEED project consultancy

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This post is for a Project Manager for the initial implementation phase of the HEED project, initially from December 2018 to April 2019. The Project Manager will be a consultant but work closely with Practical Action PAC UK and International Programmes Teams based in our UK office near Rugby. Practical Action has a considerable portfolio of work on humanitarian energy which is design to innovate, design and implement exciting initiatives that deliver approaches to energy access for, and with, refugee populations. The role will require working with multiple sources of information and using operational and technical skills to develop Practical Action’s delivery of the project in Rwanda and Nepal, and support the associated procurement and contracting processes. The outputs produced by this role will be used to inform and influence the sustainable energy policies, priorities and operations of donors, host governments, national and international organisations. We are initially advertising a 6 month position with the possibility of extension to two years, depending on the needs of the programme.

You will be responsible to the Global and Rwanda Project Managers, Rwanda Technical Programme Lead, and humanitarian energy technical staff, including technical staff in East Africa.

You will also have regular travel to the refugee camps in Rwanda and some travel to Nepal. Expected approximately 6 - 8 weeks.

Date of expiry19th Nov
LocationRugby, UK
Full/Part timePart time
Employment statusFixed Term
Other terms6 months December 2018 to April 2019: 4 days a week, consultancy position.

The Humanitarian Engineering and Energy for Displacement (HEED) project is an innovative response to growing recognition of the need to improve access to energy, particularly renewable energy sources, for populations displaced by conflict and natural disasters. The focus of HEED is on the lived experiences of Congolese refugees living for protracted periods of time in three refugee camps in Rwanda (Nyabiheke, Gihembe and Kigeme) and internally displaced persons (IDPs) forced to leave their homes as a result of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. These two countries provide very different environmental, policy and social contexts within which to research energy uses, needs and aspirations. To achieve our aims the project draws upon social science and engineering expertise to better understand energy needs and identify solutions which produce socio-technical systems that encourage community resilience and capacity building. Practical Action, the University of Coventry and Scene Connect are partnering together to deliver this programme. The Practical Action UK office will oversee the implementation of the overall programme including technical leadership.


Interested applicants should submit their Curriculum Vitae, along with a cover letter outlining their relevant experience and day rate to by 19th November 2018. A short skype interview will be held with the RE4R technical and programme managers to establish suitability for the role and work is expected to commence in early December.

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