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GVEP is an innovative and forward-thinking organisation committed to delivering improved energy choices for people in developing countries, whose energy needs are unserved. Our vacancies and internship opportunities are advertised below. GVEP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.

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Job title: Consultant
Reports to: Tanzania Solar Agribusiness Project Manager
Based in: Dar es Salaam or Mwanza (with regular in-country travel)
Duration: 1-2 year contract - part-time role

Role
GVEP is in the process of launching a new project, funded by an international donor fund, with a company
that has developed a “solar farm in a box” it is planning to lease to businesses in Tanzania. This provides
an affordable, hybrid solution which is very competitive for both on grid companies that experience
unreliable power supply, and off grid companies dependent on diesel generators. These installations
also facilitate increased energy access to adjacent populations “under the grid” or “off grid”. The client is
looking to diversify into the agriculture/food processing sector in Tanzania, and GVEP is working with the
company to operationalize this plan.

GVEP requires an energetic and motivated self-starter to be the eyes, ears and brains on the ground.
The individual will engage with key stakeholders to develop marketing approaches, drive sales, and
support other activities required to establish a pipeline of potential clients.

Responsibilities for the role include:
• Sales/pipeline development: You will drive the sales process on the ground, including identification, assessment, and pursuit of potential clients/sites. You will also need to support and guide an agent network spread across Tanzania.
• Marketing: You will need to organise and manage marketing events, and attend certain conferences/events to promote the client’s product and generate a sales pipeline.
• Networking: You will be responsible for engaging with national and local stakeholders (national
and local government agencies, businesses, trade associations, etc.) to gather information and prioritize certain geographies and agricultural sectors to target for sales.
• Monitoring & Evaluation: You will gather data (including information related to economic, environmental and social impact) and perform analyses for the purposes of donor reporting, as well as to inform and refine the sales process.

Requirements
• Experience:
- At least 5 years experience working with rural and agriculture businesses, and/or renewable energy business models and technologies
- Experience in engineering, sales, and/or entrepreneurship.
- Experience working outside of East Africa and/or within an international organization
• Attributes:
- Motivated and driven, a self-starter, with the ability to work independently and meet targets.
- Fluent in both Kiswahili and English; very strong English skills, both oral and written.
- Ability to see the big picture and connect the dots – a strategic thinker.
- Strong organisational skills and the ability to manage your own time effectively.
- An understanding of the power-related challenges faced by businesses in rural Africa.
- Passionate about working in the impact/energy access sector.

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter to gregory.miller[at]gvepinternational.org no later than
30th April 2015. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates
will be contacted.

For more information, please download the job description.

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Job Title: Business Development Manager (BDM)
Reports to: The Africa Regional Director (ARD) and Head of Business Development (HBD)
Based in: Nairobi, Kenya
Expected start date: ASAP

 

Purpose of the role

Under the guidance of the Head of Business Development (HBD), the aim of this role is to identify and secure new projects for GVEP, focusing on conceptualising and developing high quality bespoke proposals consistent with GVEP’s strategy, goals and objectives.

The BDM role will be central in securing income from donors that fund some of our most critical work. The BDM will be expected to support and lead on the identification of new funding opportunities for GVEP, ensure GVEP is well-positioned to bid, and play an important role in the submission of Expressions of Interest and Proposals.

The post holder will have to work with other teams across the organisations when developing proposals, such as the Communication team, Programme Management team, Country Managers and The Advisory team, as well as with GVEP’s potential bidding partners and implementing project partners. This is to ensure we are exploiting synergies within other functions in the organisation and ensure we are presenting the highest priority and most strategic work to our donors.

The BDM will have a double reporting line to both the HBD for technical support and guidance and to the ARD for coordination with the regional and country teams.
 

Key responsibilities

• To support organizational efforts to identify and pursue new prospective funding from a variety of donor targets while building and developing relationships with donors.
• Support and/or lead when required on the development and writing of convincing technical funding proposals with a lucid and compelling style of writing, illustrating technical rigor with donor friendly language and demonstrating a thorough understanding of objectives and requirements of the tenders/donors.
• Support and actively participate in the execution of overall BD and proposal development lifecycle which include: intelligence gathering/research/landscape analysis/gap and competitive analysis, mapping, relationship building, teaming agreements, gathering of administrative documentations, proposal writing, budget development and submission
• Write, proofread and finalize support documents for proposals including budgets, logframes, GANNT charts etc.
• Provide detailed and strategic analysis of Request for Proposal solicitations, instructions and other proposal-related information and ensure the proposal fit with donor guidelines and international standards.
• Work under the leadership of the HBD to support the development and execution a comprehensive BD strategy for the organization.
• Put a particular focus in enhancing BD in East Africa to maintain and expand our operation in the region by building a pipeline of funding opportunities and donor relationship.
• Keep the organization advised with maximum forewarning of upcoming calls for proposals from relevant donor funding programmes.
• Keep fully abreast of Trends, news & developments from outside GVEP in the renewable energy/energy poverty field, other initiatives by private companies and other NGOs so that BD efforts can be better streamlined and have more likelihood of success;
• Support and lead when required the development of strategic partnership or consortia for joint bids.
• Develop and create the necessary tools and infrastructure to support proposal and business development (proposal plan, proposal develop process, organization history, qualifications, executive summary sections and other relevant information and energy access data base)
• Support other staffs who currently work on resource mobilization in addition to their other responsibilities (such as country managers) in generating business for the organization by providing them the required support to develop winning bids and write high quality proposals.
• Support in maintaining our capacity to manage information about the BD process with regards to our: the status of current live pipeline of proposals/funding opportunities and a track record of successful and unsuccessful bids and existing and past donors relationship in order to support reporting status of pipeline to board & Senior Management Team, at global & country levels
• Develop presentations for external stakeholders and donors as required;
• Represent the organization in appropriate professional and prospective donor networking opportunities with the objective of generating new funding opportunities.
• Support and coordinate when required the proposal hand-over process from the proposal development team to the project implementation team.
 

Required qualifications

• Graduate or Postgraduate in International Development studies/ Energy and Environment, Climate Change studies or other relevant subject
• Experience in Energy / climate change proposal development in an international development context, for bilateral, multilateral donors and/or foundations including clients such as DFID, EU, World Bank and USAID; especially on large projects (>£500k)
• Proven experience in proposals writing (including log frames) with track record of developing proposals that attract significant funding from major donors
• Good understanding of international development programmes including terminology and language. Effective at liaising with multiple stakeholders, meeting deadlines and budgeting.
• Excellent communication, writing and research skills
• Knowledge of donors and networks in the energy sector in particular at national and regional (Africa) level.
• Experience in summarising synthesising outcomes of energy projects/research/studies in a very user friendly language. Skilled at presenting complex project information in a clear and engaging way.
• Experience in preparing budgets for donor proposals particularly understanding of budgeting and financial requirements and reporting processes; and good skills in spreadsheet/budget preparation.
• High level of computer literacy (primarily in Microsoft Office packages).
• Excellent planning and time management skills and ability to meet deadlines
• Ability to work calmly under pressure to deliver as part of a team
• A high level of attention to detail and accuracy in working with numbers; strong analytical ability, able to evaluate and to appraise critically quantitative and qualitative information.
• Experience in formatting large documents in MS Word.
• Approachable, flexible, creative and with willingness to accommodate other people’s ideas
• Fluency in spoken and excellent written English is a must. Fluency in in French is desired.
• Ability to travel in country, regionally and internationally sometimes on short notice
• Empathy with GVEP’s mission, and values, with a high level of corporate commitment, demonstrated by an ability to take decisions and to act in the best interests of GVEP

To apply please send your CV plus a cover letter (in English) outlining how your knowledge, skills and experience match the job specification to recruitment[at]gvepinternational.org to reach us by latest 20th April 2015.

For more information, please download the job description.
 

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Job Title: Advocacy /Country Manager Senegal
Reports to: Africa Regional Director
Based in: Dakar, Senegal
Expected start date: ASAP

 

Purpose of the role

GVEP International works to increase the effectiveness of energy product/service providers by supporting micro, small and medium enterprises to strengthen, expand and diversify their businesses and improve their ability to raise capital and scale-up. To do this, GVEP provides high-quality financial, technical and project management services as a means of driving economic prosperity and contributing to clean energy access in a way that is inclusive of people living in poverty.

In Senegal, GVEP, in partnership with SEM fund, is leading on the implementation of two initiatives funded by the ENERGIA Network, under their Phase 5 programme.

The first initiative, “Energy opportunities for women in Senegal”, aims to support the development and growth of 250 women MSEs across the value chain, and to increase productive use of energy by women across the value chain. The growth of the MSEs will improve access to energy for 400,000 people over three years.

The second initiative, “Genderising Energy Policies in Senegal” aims to a) advocate for the integration of clear gender objectives within the SE4ALL national action plan and investment prospectus and to increase awareness of the importance of gender and energy amongst key regional SE4All stakeholders and b) to implement a national campaign on Energy, Women, Children & health, and other key events. This campaign will reach 3 million people.


The Country Manager for Senegal will be responsible for ensuring delivery of both projects. While the first project will be managed by a project manager, the Country Manager will be directly responsible for the implementation and delivery of the objectives of the second project. The Country Manager will further be expected to manage the entire country team, and also build and manage external networks and visibility for GVEP International in Senegal, working with all relevant stakeholders and the government as may be necessary.

Key Responsibilities for this Role

As the Country Manager you will responsible for the following:
i) Management of the local office in Dakar to ensure sound operations that support the project implementation team
ii) Oversight of country programme delivery
iii) Lead the project team in effective project planning and execution in Senegal; ensure delivery of project objectives
iv) Plan and manage the country budget, including the office and individual project budgets, in compliance with the GVEP operations manual, and donor requirements
v) Ensure that all required reports for the projects in Senegal, both technical and financial, are delivered to a high standard and on time
vi) Establish and maintain good relations of GVEP with relevant government agencies
vii) Maintain a good working relationship with the local partner SEM and ensure they deliver specific project objectives assigned to them, in adherence to the sub-grant contract
viii) Provide leadership to the team and manage performance
ix) Help identify funding opportunities and support the business development team in creating high quality proposals for funders
x) Maintain regular contact with funders and relevant government staff to ensure GVEP understands the wider strategic environment and ensure GVEP takes advantage of emerging opportunities

As the Gender and Advocacy specialist, you will be responsible for the following:

i) Being accountable for the design and implementation of the Advocacy and Communication strategy in relation with the “Genderising Energy Policies “ project in Senegal and ensure its integration with the first initiative “Energy opportunities for Women In Senegal”
ii) Playing a leading role in achieving the project’s objectives and target as specified in the project document which includes: providing inputs to the key national SE4ALL documents so that they integrate clear gender objectives and actions and influence government and donor agencies to allocate investments to energy programs that are gender informed

iii) Working with other local, regional and international governmental and non-governmental organizations to form key partnerships to help the project achieve its objectives.
iv) Develop and lead a public awareness and media campaign on the importance of gender mainstreaming in energy policies and programmes to achieve the SE4ALL objectives and reduce poverty This will include building formal partnerships with relevant key actors in the energy sector and being responsible for meeting the project campaign goals.
v) Represent GVEP at senior level, amongst key influencing targets (bilateral donors, UN / SE4ALL, regional and national authorities, erc.) ; and build and maintain a network of international allies, including NGOs, government bodies, donors, the private sector and other key decision-makers active in relevant sectors
vi) Develop and set up a formal coalition/task force with at least 3 key national partners to play an active role in the national campaign and in advocating for the integration of gender issues in the SE4ALL national agenda and investment prospectus.

vii) Media and Visibility: support the communication team in getting the word out far and wide (at national and regional level), in the media and through other channels. Opportunities for visibility will include releasing reports, writing and developing communications materials including, case studies and press releases, developing talking points, showcasing results from the Energy opportunities for women in Senegal project. This also include speaking and representing the organization at various conferences, on panels, etc.
viii) The role involves generating learning and deepen the evidence base on women economic empowerment in the energy value chain

The selected candidate will especially be required to be strong on the energy and /or gender and advocacy role. Key person specifications will include:
• Degree in relevant subject such as economics, energy or environmental studies, policy, gender; Knowledge and relevant qualifications in gender and/or energy issues is highly preferred
• At least 5 years of direct work experience with international donor programmes, with strong project management skills and a track-record of delivering programme results, ideally in Africa.
• Knowledge of energy landscape and issues in Senegal and in West Africa
• Substantial experience and knowledge in policy development and processes on issues related to energy access and /or gender. Understanding of the process and objectives of the UN SE4all initiative is preferred.
• Proven experience of successful high level representation, communication and advocacy with a range of high level actors, including donors, government, and the private sector.
• Experience developing and maintaining partnerships; working knowledge of national and international government structures and multi-lateral institutions.
• Excellent communication and networking skill. Candidates that can show an existing network of key relevant actors in Senegal will be preferred.
• Excellent presentational skills, including written and oral communication. Able to communicate to a variety of audiences, including senior policy makers, practitioners and the general public
• Excellent strategic thinking skills, able to develop innovative influential strategies to deliver policy and practice changes amongst a range of actors at international, regional and national levels
• Developed leadership skills and strong ability to manage a team, develop work plans, monitor progress and provide targeted feedback
• Empathy with GVEP’s mission, and values, with a high level of corporate commitment, demonstrated by an ability to take decisions and to act in the best interests of GVEP
• Fluency in English and French (spoken and written) is a must.
• Good computer skills, including Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.
• Ability to travel to field sites and other locations in and out of Senegal at very short notice and as and when need arises.

To apply please send your CV plus a cover letter (in English) outlining how your knowledge, skills and experience match the job specification to recruitment[at]gvepinternational.org to reach us by latest 10th April 2015.

For more information, please download the job description.

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Position: Deputy Regional Director
Based: Nairobi, Kenya
Reporting to: Africa Regional Director

The African Regional Director (ARD) is responsible for the five country teams, a regional Programme Management Unit, plus various specialist functional staff, all of whom, in various ways, contribute to the delivery of projects.

The purpose of the position

The Deputy Regional Director (DRD) role is a senior level position responsible for supervising, strengthening and managing the operations portfolio in the organization. Reporting to the Africa Regional Director, the incumbent will be responsible for planning, supervising and controlling the delivery of HR and Admin, Finance, ICT and Procurement services. The (DRD) will provide senior level support to the ARD, with both internal- and external-facing responsibilities. Internally, the DRD will help drive change within the organization, develop the human resources strategy for the organization, and support the development of a strong finance management system in the regional and country offices

The DRD will from time to time be asked to represent the organization in meeting key regional stakeholders (donors, partners, and governments), supporting Country Managers in their business development efforts, and providing support on media and communications activities.

Key roles and Responsibilities of this position

  • A member of GVEP’s senior leadership team who will play a key role in shaping the organisation’s culture;
  • Supports ARD in development of strategy for and delivery of organisational change, including capacity development of country and regional teams, mentoring of country managers, delivery of changes to functional processes;
  • Manages the day-to-day operational activities of the Support Functions (i.e. Human Resources, IT, Finance and Procurement Functions), with close collaboration with the functional heads in London as necessary;
  • Directly responsible for managing the Support Functions’ operational budget, including developing annual budgets, and managing expenditure in line with budget, and supporting the ARD in managing the wider Africa regional budget;
  • Will ensure finance, procurement and HR policies are kept up to date and are understood and followed by Africa-based staff;
  • Able to deputize for the Africa Regional Director in any context
  • Help manage growth and change within GVEP, as new projects come on stream and others end;
  • Help build a coherent culture and sense of mission in GVEP based on the organisation’s values;
  • Provide support to ARD as directed, to enable ARD to fulfill her direct responsibility for management of regional activities and budget;
  • Direct responsibility for performance of Support Functions staff;
  • Ensure systems of knowledge sharing and professional development exist within and across teams.

Requirements/Competencies

  • Experience with leading, growing and changing an organisation in Africa;
  • Prior exposure to matrix management desirable;
  • Demonstrable success in managing a large team of staff to achieve results;
  • The ability to manage in diverse cultural environments and bring people together;
  • Energetic, enthusiastic , positive outlook;
  • Experience of operating context in Africa;
  • Qualifications in energy or business management, MBA or equivalent;
  • Commercial experience preferred; high level of financial competence
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and influencing skills;
  • Strategic problem solver, pragmatic and results oriented;
  • Committed leader with strong people management skills;
  • Strong ethical and professional values;
  • Team player, capable of working effectively and productively with other managers


How to apply

Qualified candidates should apply via email with a detailed CV highlighting relevant experience, details of current and expected salary, a daytime phone contact and the names of three professional referees to recruitment[at]gvepinternational.org not later than 15th April, 2015.

For more information, please download the job description.
 

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Job title: SME Advisor
Reports to: Director, Advisory Services
Based in: Nairobi, Kenya (with periodic travel in East Africa)

This role is within Advisory Services, a Nairobi-based team of professionals from a range of private
sector backgrounds including investment banking and private equity, management consulting, law,
entrepreneurship, infrastructure project development, micro-finance and engineering.

Responsibilities for the role include:

• Conducting advisory engagements (which span strategy consulting, investment readiness,
partnership facilitation, project development support, and “customized projects”) with renewable
energy SMEs, social enterprises and project developers.
• Supporting clients to access financing, and using GVEP institutional knowledge and
relationships with financiers, investment requirements, and transaction structures to advise
clients and help them be successful in closing transactions.
• Developing pipeline projects that fit GVEP’s priorities/capabilities with current or new clients.
• Helping to develop GVEP’s internal processes and knowledge of technologies, business
models, regulatory issues, financing process, etc.
• Delivering high quality work product and providing high quality inputs to colleagues, with
attention to detail and a focus on results.

Requirements

• Experience:

  • 5+ years experience in management or strategic consulting or financial advisory,

(and/or)

  • 5+ years experience in energy project development, operations, or financing; or experience in early-stage entrepreneurship,

(and/or)

  • Experience as an early-stage business building as an entrepreneur, investor (PE/VC/impact investing), or other service provider e.g. incubation.

• Attributes:

  • Very strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Good team building and motivational skills with an ability to work with a diverse mix of professionals and deliver.
  • Ability to see the big picture and connect the dots – a strategic mind.
  • A can-do and collaborative mindset – comfortable with the ambiguities and demands of a rapidly evolving and entrepreneurial environment with a team from diverse backgrounds.
  • Passionate about working in the impact space.

• Preferred:

  • Experience working with rural and off-grid business models and technologies, and an understanding of unique challenges faced by businesses operating in Africa.


To apply, please send your CV to peter.george[at]gvepinternational.org.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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