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SME Advisor - Nairobi, Kenya

GVEP is a UK-based organization working to accelerate access to energy in East and West Africa, and the Caribbean. Operating as a non-profit organization with funding from major donor agencies including the World Bank, DfID (UK), and Sida (Sweden), we deliver demand-driven, practical, and intensive support to businesses that deliver renewable energy products and services to primarily off-grid communities.

We identify promising, innovative and scalable businesses and project developers and work closely with them to strengthen their team or business model and attract funding to pilot or scale-up. We train micro-entrepreneurs in underserved communities to formalize and grow their businesses, and provide specialized services to larger businesses around technology-related, strategic, financial, operational, and legal issues. Our team comprises a variety of backgrounds and skillsets that support our delivery of business development services to a varied and increasingly sophisticated universe of start-ups and growth stage businesses in the renewable energy sector.

We work with individual businesses deemed compelling for support, many of whom are involved in one or more of our programmes:
1)Capital Access for Renewable Energy Enterprises (CARE2), which supports micro, small and medium energy enterprises in East Africa with a focus on investment readiness. CARE2 provides two interventions    1) providing business, technical and financial advisory, and 2) a finance facility to facilitate local lending by providing financial institutions with partial, shared risk guarantees.

2)The Climate Innovation Centre (CIC), which provides incubation, capacity building and finance to Kenyan start-ups developing innovative models to support climate mitigation and adaptation.

3)Energy SMEs (ESME) programme, which provides technical assistance, project development support, and cash grants to energy SMEs in 5 African countries.

4)Spark Fund, a joint initiative with Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, which provides funding and technical support to cookstove businesses in Kenya.

GVEP is structured as a matrix organization, leveraging two resource units to work with clients. One unit is the Micro-Enterprise Support team focused on supporting small, rural enterprises and through Country Teams based in five countries, while the Advisory Services group is based in Nairobi and is focused on support for the SMEs and larger businesses in GVEP’s portfolio. Both the Advisory and Micro-Enterprise Support teams are responsible for delivering projects managed by the Programme Management Unit.

This role is within Advisory Services, a small, dynamic team providing consulting services to high-growth SMEs, social enterprises, and project developers. We assist clients to write and refine business plans, investor pitches, and grant applications. We manage, and in some cases conduct, project feasibility and development work for electrification projects primarily in the hydro and solar mini-grids sector. We support businesses to prepare for investor or lender due diligence, to develop their own financing strategy and build financial projects, and to identify and engage with appropriate investors, grant-makers, banks, and other financial intermediaries (e.g. insurers, currency hedge providers, etc.).

We also facilitate partnerships with other companies and partners, support strategic planning and market expansion processes, and help companies develop their approaches to in particular related to marketing and distribution, consumer financing, and supply chain management.

Responsibilities for the role include the following:

  • Executing client engagements to support renewable energy SMEs and project developers.

  • Advising clients and supporting them to access concessionary or commercial financing; leveraging knowledge of financiers, investment requirements, and transaction structures.

  • Supporting other members of the team in pipeline development and interacting with clients and potential clients to structure value-added projects that fit GVEP’s priorities and capabilities.

  • Supporting the building of GVEP’s internal knowledge base to use for client engagements and future projects, related to technologies, business models, regulatory issues etc.

  • Maintaining a high standard of support provided; providing high quality input to projects, with attention to detail and a focus on results.


  • 5-7 years of experience in business development services, impact or VC investing, strategic or management consulting, or business technical assistance.

  • Experience in the energy sector whether in project development, corporate operations, and investment/financing.

  • Experience in early-stage entrepreneurship, either as an entrepreneur, investor, or other service provider.

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

  • Good team building and motivational skills with an ability to work with a diverse mix of professionals and deliver.

  • Very strong communication skills, both oral and written.

  • A can-do and collaborative mindset – comfortable with the ambiguities and demands of a rapidly evolving and entrepreneurial environment.

The position is based in Nairobi and will require regular travel within East Africa. Please send your CV and Covering letter to peter(dot)george(@)gvepinternational(dot)org  by 5pm Thursday 31st July.

GVEP International is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.