Job Title: Renewable Energy Specialist

Reports to: GVEP International Regional Manager Africa

Based in: GVEP International Africa Regional Office, Kiganjo House, Rose Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya

Responsibilities and Tasks

Purpose

This is a fixed term contract (16 months) to support the Africa Regional Office in providing technical assistance to SMEs in the ESME programme under the World Bank administered Russian fund.

The fund is for supporting Energy SMEs in Sub Sahara Africa to strengthen their capacity to provide energy services to poor communities in the SSA region.

GVEP International has $5m in funding to provide technical assistance, business development services and assistance in accessing finance for SMEs in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Mali and Senegal. Government agencies in these countries also receive funding from the Trust Fund to support SMEs through specific programmes which GVEP International has helped to design.

The primary focus of the GVEP International programme is on assisting eligible SMEs and projects to access the support being provided through government agencies and ensuring they become sustainable and successful enterprises.

Activities also extend to assisting similar SMEs and projects to qualify for finance from other sources, e.g. other government initiatives, donor programmes, banks and/or investors.

Follow up with these various enterprises to enable them to realise their potential is a key part of the GVEP International work plan agreed with the World Bank.

The Role

The Renewable Energy Specialist will be responsible for analyzing projects being assisted under the programme and advising on their technical viability. He/she will report to the ESME programme Manager based in the Africa Regional Office in Nairobi.

Main responsibilities include:
 
  • Developing frameworks and tools for analyzing projects in small/mini/micro/pico hydro, solar, biomass and other renewable technologies which involve electricity generation;
  • Analyzing individual projects for technical feasibility and advising project developers, financiers and other stakeholders on the same;
  • Procuring technical consultants where specific expertise is required to support a project or SME;
  • Making recommendations on how the projects may be redesigned to make them viable, where possible;
  • Developing standards and benchmarks for project implementation;
  • Monitoring projects as they are implemented to ascertain that they are proceeding as per specifications and that they meet industry standards and best practices;
  • Providing advice and support to projects to ensure their success and viability;
Requirements:
  • Educated to a post graduate degree (MSc/MA) level in a related field such as Renewable Eneregy or Engineering.
  • Knowledge and experience in design, implementation and/or operation of small hydro plants, and experience in analysis of such projects for technical feasibility;
  • Knowledge and experience in other renewable energy technologies, including solar, wind, and biomass;
  • Project management skills and experience of hiring and managing specialist consultants;
  • Knowledge of the renewable energy sector in the East Africa region;
  • High level of inter-personal skills and ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing;
The position will require some travel within East Africa.

To apply please send your CV plus a covering letter (in English) outlining how your knowledge, skills and experience match the job specification to E-mail: recruitment@gvepinternational.org

Deadline for applications submission is 22 August, 2011.

GVEP International 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: ESME SME Development Specialist (EA)

Reports to: ESME Manager

Based in: GVEP International East Africa Regional Office, Nairobi, Kenya

Responsibilities and Tasks

Purpose

This is a fixed term (16 months) contract (with a possibility of extension) to support the East Africa Regional Office in managing the ESME programme under the World Bank administered Russian Fund.

The fund is for supporting Energy SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen their capacity to provide energy services to poor communities in the SSA region.

GVEP International has $5m in funding to provide technical assistance, business development services and assistance in accessing finance for SMEs in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Mali and Senegal. Government agencies in these countries also receive funding from the Trust Fund to support SMEs through specific programmes which GVEP International has helped design.

The primary focus of the GVEP International programme is on assisting eligible SMEs and energy infrastructure projects to access the support being provided through government agencies and ensuring they become sustainable and successful enterprises.

Activities also extend to assisting SMEs and projects to qualify for finance from other sources, e.g. other government initiatives, donor programmes, banks and external investors. Follow up with these various enterprises to enable them to realise their potential is a key part of the GVEP International work plan agreed with the World Bank.

In East Africa the focus is on supporting small electricity generation projects (<3MW) sponsored by private sector developers and on working with solar lighting companies to expand the market for low cost solar lighting solutions.

A small number of businesses, selected through a careful screening process, will be assisted with project development and business planning, and will be helped with accessing grants and other funding.

The Role

The ESME SME Development Specialist will be an integral member of the team supporting the implementation of the ESME programme.

The post holder will provide general business support and preparation for grants/investment to SMEs in the programme.

This will include but is not limited to working with SMEs to prepare business plans, identifying opportunities for growth and creating expansion plans, implementing growth and operational efficiency initiatives, helping SMEs absorb and best utilise new funding, and other business advisory services as appropriate.

These services will be provided in cooperation with other ESME SME support staff including those with technical (engineering) and financial (structuring, analytical) expertise. The post holder will focus on Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania.

For this reason the post is based in Nairobi.

The post holder will report to the ESME Manager, based in the Nairobi.

Main responsibilities include:
 
  • Assist in all stages of the ESME grant investment process:
  1. Pre-investment: assistance in creating and refining business plans, technical feasibility and support, and operations, market and value chain analyses.
  2. Post-investment: oversight and ongoing support of SMEs including strategic planning, operational and process development and support, tax and legal support, and monitoring and reporting (particularly operational and SRI).
  • Developing implementation plans for portfolio companies, ensuring that all recipients of capacity building support achieve strategic and financial targets. For portfolio companies that are having difficulty, work with them to strengthen, scale down or modify their activities.
  • Close and effective coordination and communication with ESME programme staff in Nairobi and staff in the GVEP London headquarters.
Requirements:
  • 3-7 years experience in business development services, impact/SME investing, strategic or management consulting, or business technical assistance. Candidates with a strong client- or operations-focused background in finance will also be considered. Prior experience working with SMEs in Africa (or another developing region) is preferred.
  • Experience in the energy sector including renewable energy project development, operations, and financings (grant, equity or debt investments).
  • Knowledge of basic production processes and principles of quality control.
  • Experience in the evaluation of SMEs operations and creation and implementation of growth, expansion and operational efficiency plans.
  • Experience working with rural or small businesses, and an understanding of unique challenges faced by African SMEs.
  • Extensive experience creating and refining business plans, financial statements, and cash flow models.
  • Refined communication and personal presentation skills.
  • A can-do and collaborative mindset – comfort with the ambiguities and demands of a rapidly evolving environment.
  • High level of inter-personal skills and ability to communicate and collaborate with colleagues, SMEs and other stakeholders.
  • Fluent in English.
The position will require regular travel within East Africa.

To apply please send your CV plus a covering letter (in English) outlining how your knowledge, skills and experience match the job specification to E-mail: recruitment@gvepinternational.org

Deadline for applications submission is 22 August, 2011.

GVEP International 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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TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) is an initiative funded by a range of development agencies to promote regional trade and economic integration in East Africa by working closely with East Africa Community (EAC) institutions, national governments, business and civil society organisations.

TMEA seeks to support East African integration by unlocking the economic potential through:
  • increasing efficiency of transport corridors and trade facilitation;
  • improving efficiency and effectiveness of EAC institutions;
  • strengthening national capacities for policymaking and implementation;
  • increasing participation of private sector and civil society;
  • improving monitoring and evaluation systems; and
  • focusing on cross cutting issues.
In order to ensure that TMEA delivers on these strategic objectives, we now seek to recruit a high calibre, results oriented and self driven professional to assist in implementing our programme in Burundi in the position detailed below.

Programme Manager
Ref: TMEA/Burundi/PM/02

Reporting to the Country Director, the Programme Manager will support the Country Director in managing the country programme.

This will include
  • developing and maintaining work plans and budgets;
  • rolling out programmes and developing appropriate project planning and implementation mechanisms and systems for all projects;
  • preparing analytical reports on developments by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Private Sector and Civil Society Organisations in response to regional integration;
  • supporting key stakeholders in critically examining capacity needs and developing proposals in line with TMEA's strategic objectives;
  • liaising with the Regional Trade and Integration Director to analyse national strategies for regional integration, developments at the East African Community (EAC), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) and their implications and advising accordingly;
  • liaising with the Knowledge and Results Director to monitor and evaluate TMEA activities;
  • and supporting media and communications activities to ensure visibility of TMEA at the national level.
The ideal candidate will possess a first degree in Business Administration, Economics, Development Studies, International Trade, Planning, Finance or related field and a minimum of 5 years management experience in regional integration, trade facilitation, development or advocacy.

A relevant masters degree and qualifications in project planning and management will be an added advantage. The Programme Manager should preferably be a national of one of the 5 East African Partner States.

Application details

Bi-lingual language skills (English and French) are essential for this position.

This is a demanding environment and requires a candidate who has strong organisational and interpersonal skills with the ability to multi-task, prioritise and work under pressure amidst competing demands.

The position is available on an initial 3-year contract with an attractive salary and benefit package, and is based in Bujumbura with occasional travel around East Africa.

Applications in English including a detailed curriculum vitae detailing your qualifications, experience, present position, current remuneration, names and addresses of three referees, a working e-mail address, daytime telephone contacts and clearly indicating the reference number on the subject line should be sent electronically in PDF file format to: recruitment@trademarkea.com by Friday, 26th August 2011 by 5.00pm East African time.

Interviews will be conducted in English and will be held in the TMEA Office in Bujumbura.

Applications received after the deadline time and date will not be accepted.

We reserve the right to accept or reject any application.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Candidates who applied before need not re-apply.

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The Aga Khan University, invites applications from suitably qualified individuals for the following position:

Director, Fundraising

Reporting to the Director General, Resource Development, and in close consultation with the faculty leadership and our volunteers, the Director, Fundraising will be primarily responsible for planning and implementing all aspects of fundraising in East Africa including annual fund as well as multi-year major gifts initiative as part of an overall University campaign.

Key responsibilities:
 
  • Work with the fundraising committees of the University to develop and implement an annual and multi-year major gifts fundraising plan in East Africa;
  • Develop and direct comprehensive annual and major gift fundraising efforts for the University in East Africa, including the identification, qualification, cultivation, and solicitation of prospective donors;
  • Implement and manage donor database, donor files, development schedule and budget;
  • Coordinate the production and mailing of annual appeal letters;
  • Assist in the creation, management, and implementation of an annual donor stewardship plan and annual fundraiser;
  • Work with the Director General and faculty leadership to develop, implement, report and track grant-funded projects as well as coordinate progress reports;
  • Collaborate with Central Resource Development staff, the Deans, faculty, and staff of the University to establish fundraising goals.
Applicants must have a master's degree, preferably in Business Administration or Communications from an accredited university.

S/he should have a minimum of five years' experience in major and principal gifts fundraising for higher education or commensurate senior management experience in not-for-profit fund development.

S/he should demonstrate an understanding of public and private fund development, annual campaign, budget management, and special events production experience.

To Apply:

Applications together with detailed Curriculum Vitae, names of three referees, telephone contact, e-mail address and copies of certificates and testimonials should be sent to, the

Manager, Recruitment,
P. O. Box 30270-00100,
Nairobi

or by email to hr.recruitment@aku.edu

so as to reach not later than 31st August 2011.

Applications by email are preferred.

Visit our website www.aku.edu for more information.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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The Aga Khan University, invites applications from suitably qualified individuals for the following position:

Director, Fundraising

Reporting to the Director General, Resource Development, and in close consultation with the faculty leadership and our volunteers, the Director, Fundraising will be primarily responsible for planning and implementing all aspects of fundraising in East Africa including annual fund as well as multi-year major gifts initiative as part of an overall University campaign.

Key responsibilities:
 
  • Work with the fundraising committees of the University to develop and implement an annual and multi-year major gifts fundraising plan in East Africa;
  • Develop and direct comprehensive annual and major gift fundraising efforts for the University in East Africa, including the identification, qualification, cultivation, and solicitation of prospective donors;
  • Implement and manage donor database, donor files, development schedule and budget;
  • Coordinate the production and mailing of annual appeal letters;
  • Assist in the creation, management, and implementation of an annual donor stewardship plan and annual fundraiser;
  • Work with the Director General and faculty leadership to develop, implement, report and track grant-funded projects as well as coordinate progress reports;
  • Collaborate with Central Resource Development staff, the Deans, faculty, and staff of the University to establish fundraising goals.
Applicants must have a master's degree, preferably in Business Administration or Communications from an accredited university.

S/he should have a minimum of five years' experience in major and principal gifts fundraising for higher education or commensurate senior management experience in not-for-profit fund development.

S/he should demonstrate an understanding of public and private fund development, annual campaign, budget management, and special events production experience.

To Apply:

Applications together with detailed Curriculum Vitae, names of three referees, telephone contact, e-mail address and copies of certificates and testimonials should be sent to, the

Manager, Recruitment,
P. O. Box 30270-00100,
Nairobi

or by email to hr.recruitment@aku.edu

so as to reach not later than 31st August 2011.

Applications by email are preferred.

Visit our website www.aku.edu for more information.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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