SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that applies practical know-how to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our top-notch expertise in agriculture, energy and WASH to local contexts. SNV has over 1350 staff in 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.
In its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for systems change during project preparation and implementation – by strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects. We will continue to position ourselves as a premium organisation and invest in making knowledge flow to and from the frontline.
Our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.
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The Global Technical Advisor (GTA) Electrification (Off-Grid) provides Technical Assistance in the implementation of ongoing projects in the energy sector, focusing on sustainable market-based solutions for rural electrification, using stand-alone (solar home) systems and mini-grids. The projects focus on increasing demand and facilitating supply for off-grid energy solutions, as well as improving enabling environment conditions and access to finance for enterprises and consumers. Productive use of energy is an important aspect in these projects, with a particular focus on integrating renewable energy solutions in agriculture. In addition to backstopping ongoing projects, the GTA will act as a Technical Lead in business development, and facilitate internal and external knowledge exchange, feeding into product development. This job will include travelling (30%) to locations of projects, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Backstopping of Project Implementation
Supports the implementation of off-grid electrification projects, with an aim to increase access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy technologies and services by supporting the development of sustainable markets. Different business models, financial mechanisms and TA support are needed to develop and implement localized solutions, including productive use of energy (PUE) applications in agriculture, amongst others. The backstopping will be delivered in close coordination with the project managers and other related staff, realising synergies between projects if and where possible.
Advises to project managers and country directors on demand and supply of staffing and expertise for the implementation of off-grid electrification projects.
Strategic Positioning and Product Development
Identifies and interprets opportunities/barriers in off-grid electrification and further develops SNV’s approach and tools in this area. Participates at international events for profiling and positioning of SNV.
Develops, expands and maintains effective and efficient (global) networks with relevant stakeholders, identifies possible new clients and partners, and functions as the interface between SNV and these stakeholders.
Leads the initiation, development and submission of new electrification projects, with a particular emphasis on off-grid solutions and productive use of energy applications. Provides technical input to other project proposals including reviews.
Coaches less experienced colleagues, both professionally as operationally, and coaches associated partners and sub-contractors on quality within context of assignments. Ability to stimulate and inspire project teams.
Coordinates the portfolio of existing interventions in off-grid electrification as well as the initiation, development and submission of new projects including productive use of energy components.
Knowledge Development and Innovation
Leads on the coordination of internal and external knowledge development and innovation in the area of off-grid electrification, including the drafting and review of publications. Participates in knowledge development and innovation groups and in external and internal networks, ensures knowledge products and lessons learned are shared. May be appointed as SNV’s focal point in expertise networks.
Cross Sectoral and Corporate Work
Provides inputs into corporate priorities including product development and engages in relevant cross-sectoral products and approaches
· Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline;
· Proven track record with over 5 years of experience in the sector in an international, multi-country context, including advisory services in the implementation of energy access projects, with a particular focus on off-grid electricity and/or cross-cutting topics including gender and social inclusion;
· Strong interpersonal and influence skills and experience of working in a matrix organisation;
· Proven experience with knowledge development, innovation and organizational learning on energy access;
· Excellent communication (writing and oral), presentation and debating skills with experience in profiling and organization in an international setting;
· Focus on quality and driving for continuous improvement of deliveries in the sector;
· Track record in business development;
· International networks within the off-grid energy sector;
· Entrepreneurial, result-oriented and driver for change;
· Proficiency in both written and spoken English is required. Proficiency in French is desirable.
Solid sector background and international track record and network in off-grid energy and business development
Strong portfolio and project management experience and project implementation oversight
Experience in leading organisational knowledge and learning agenda
Experience in advisory work related to off-grid energy in multi-cultural settings
Experience of mobilising resources from the public and private sector
Presentation skills, Persuasion and negotiation skills, Organisational ability, Quality orientation, Conceptual thinking
Contract Type: Local, Parttime (0.8 FTE)
Reports to: Global Sector Coordinator Energy
Contract Duration: Initially for one year, with possible extension for another two years
Expected Start Date Q1 – 2020
Information Duty Station The Hague, Netherlands
Working at SNV
SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, an internal global network of WASH experts. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.snv.org
How to Apply
If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and letter of motivation indicating salary expectations by clicking on the “I’m interested” button before February 15th, 2020
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