A third of the world’s population – 2.5 billion people – rely on the traditional use of solid biomass to cook their meals – 600 million in Sub-Saharan Africa alone. 1.1 billion people, of which almost half in Sub-Saharan Africa, does not have access to electricity.
NORCAP is now building a team of energy experts to work with humanitarian organizations and UN agencies to improve access to energy for vulnerable populations and populations in emergencies.
We need both senior experts with many years of experience, as well as more junior experts that can deliver innovative ideas and technology on the ground. Most of our missions are 12 months, but they can also be shorter or longer.
With this team of energy experts working on the ground where energy access is most lacking, NORCAP aims to increase safe access to cleaner, more efficient, and more sustainable energy.
Our experts will mainly be based in Africa, working closely with humanitarian and development organisations, such as the UN, NRC or other organisations.
We are particularly looking for experts with bioenergy experience – household gasifiers as well as larger bioenergy systems. We are also looking for experts with experience in fuel solutions for household energy – briquettes, bio charcoal, woodlots, alternative fuel (waste and other).
Please indicate in your application whether you are applying for a junior or senior expert position.
Analyse energy use and needs in given contexts, and device solutions that can reduce fuel use in households, communities and community buildings. Promotion of clean, innovative solutions are important.
Work with colleagues on the ground to develop energy strategies that also consider health, safety, livelihoods, and well-being of the targeted populations
With an innovative mind-set, bring in new technology and new approaches to making a solution popular, as well as bringing in market-based or cash-based solutions.
Provide training and support to staff in host agency, and to people of concern, on the energy solutions, safety and awareness.
Collaboration with innovative companies and private sector entities is encouraged.
Qualifications and required experience:
BSc in engineering, environmental science, agriculture/forestry or similar
Junior experts: At least 3 years of experience with household energy solutions/bioenergy. Humanitarian experience is an asset
Senior experts: At least 10 years’ experience in household energy solutions/bioenergy. Humanitarian experience is a requirement, preferably from Africa. Experience with project development and energy strategies is a strong asset.
Experience from any of the following areas will be an asset:
Solar energy; like minigrids, microgrids and solar home systems.
Protection, Gender based violence, Livelihoods, Deforestation, Agriculture.
Experience conducting energy needs assessments or similar assessments would be an asset.
Excellent English verbal and writing skills.
Fluency in French or Arabic or other relevant languages would be an advantage
- Ability to work in a collaborative manner with team members and multiple stakeholders at various levels
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively in highly stressful situations and contexts
- Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills
- Cultural sensitivity
- Strong analytical abilities
Being a NORCAP expert gives you:
- A great opportunity to work in an international setting for a global organisation
- Significant life experiences through challenges and self-development
- Access to a unique network of humanitarian, peace and development professionals
- A meaningful job working with the world’s challenges on location
- Typically six (6) months duration, but may be extended
- R&R and leave according to terms and conditions of the hosting agency
- No family duty stations
- Protection is at the heart of the work NORCAP does; candidates selected for interview can expect for this aspect of their profile to be explored in some detail.
- Selected candidates are expected to be available for mission within the first three (3) months of having been accepted to the roster.
- Shortlisted candidates may need to pass an English language test as part of the selection process.
- All candidates will get feedback within three weeks after the closing of this advertisement.
Application procedures and CV registration:
- Kindly submit your CV and application in English and include your full name as written in your passport.
- Please note that you are required to enter the geographical location for all your previous positions while registering your CV. There is no specific field for this information in our CV form, but you can use the “Company name” field for both company and location.
- NRC reserves the right to conduct a full background check on shortlisted candidates.
- Approved Health Certificate will be required prior to contract commencement and deployment.