Project Team Leader for Sustainable Energy for Rural Communities (SE4RC) Project

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Practical Action, an international technology development organisation head quartered in the United Kingdom and with offices in Asia, Bangladesh, East Africa, Southern Africa, Latin America and Sudan, seeks to fill the position of Project Team Leader for Sustainable Energy for Rural Communities (SE4RC) project.  

Experience, Knowledge and Skills:

  • First degree in an engineering field, project/programme management or related field and a relevant Master’s degree;
  • Knowledge and experience of rural electrification, and particularly solar generation and mini-grids will be regarded as an advantage;
  • At least 10 years relevant working experience of which at least 5 years in the rural energy access or agriculture thematic area in Southern Africa and/ or other developing countries;
  • In-depth understanding of programme delivery issues in Zimbabwe and Malawi;
  • Ability to manage delivery of short term and long term and cross sectoral programs;
  • Ability to manage project delivery through partner organizations;
  • Ability to train and develop field staff;
  • Ability to effectively represent the regional office, the organization 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 teams;
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks and set priorities;
  • Fluency in English, capability in ICT based reporting and filing systems;
  • Commitment to development principles and Practical Action’s vision, mission and ambition.
Date of expiry15th Feb
Full/Part timeFull Time
Employment statusFixed Term
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The Project Team Leader is a member of the programmes delivery team at Practical Action based in Harare, Zimbabwe, reporting to the Programmes Delivery Leader, s/he directly manages and ensures the effective, quality and timely delivery of the Sustainable Energy for Rural Communities (SE4RC) project. The SE4RC project seeks to enhance access to renewable energy among marginalised communities by demonstrating solar mini-grids and engaging private sector, governments and civil society, in order to stimulate local economic activities. The project is being implemented in Gwanda district of Zimbabwe, as well as in Chikwawa and Nsanje districts of Malawi, working with 5 partner NGOs.

The Team Leader’s responsibilities:

  1. SE4RC project overall management and leadership  including direction, overall implementation and budget management.
  2. Leads the project team which includes partner staff to ensure all components of the project are effectively implemented.
  3. Responsible for oversight of partner activities and ensuring that they are well-coordinated and aligned with project objectives and well implemented;
  4. Ensures, with the support of the Energy Systems Innovations Lead, that the energy infrastructure built for the project is well designed and installed, fit-for-purpose and represents value for money;
  5. Manages relationships with partners, the donor and national and local stakeholders;
  6. Represents the project team in the Steering Committee, which is made up of partner directors.
  7. Ensures timely preparation of good quality, accurate, reports (internally and to the donor) and compliance with other donor commitments;
  8. Ensures that all project staff and activities and any changes to the project comply with both Practical Action policies and procedures and donor commitments and regulations;
  9. Manages project finances and procurement activities effectively (with the support of the Finance Team), agrees annual activity plans and budget allocations with partners and ensures the project activities are delivered within budget and cost-effectively;
  10. Represents the project team and Practical Action at relevant, appropriate stakeholder and donor platforms and forums, and ensures that learning from the project is shared and used to influence national policies;
  11. Responsible for effective and proactive Risk Management and ensures the set up and maintenance of an up to date  project-specific risk register.
  12. Responsible, with the support of the  MEL Coordinator, the Programmes Delivery Leader and the Energy Systems Innovations Leader, for ensuring an effective project monitoring, evaluation and learning framework is in place and  implemented.
  13. Responsible for the effective line management of Practical Action project staff in Zimbabwe and Malawi.


Submit a 3 page CV along with names of at least three 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 Project Team Leader role.

Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply. 

Applications should reach The Human Resources and Administration Officer at: on or before 1700hrs of 15th February, 2018.

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N.B:  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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