Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation. Founded in the Netherlands more than 50 years ago, we have built a long-term, local presence in over 30 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors work 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.


Job description

SNV Tanzania is recruiting a full-time Advisor/Technical Specialist to provide technical leadership of the RBF PU Project under EnDev III Programme, a new project currently in inception phase. The Advisor will set the strategic vision for the new project, tailor the design of the results-based financing (RBF) fund through analysing market assessment data, launch the new fund and provide technical expertise in the ongoing management of the fund. The Advisor will also act as the SNV Tanzania sector representative for our work in productive use of energy both locally and regionally.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Fund Design: Utilise a market assessment report and existing off-grid solar data from previous SNV RBF projects to tailor the design of a results based financing scheme that will be delivered to the private sector to accelerate the market entry and expansion of the productive use of renewable energy technology.
  • Fund Management: Develop the final operational guidelines and verification manual of the fund including key elements such as incentive structure and valuation, firm application process, due diligence and contracting, claim submission process, and verification roles and structure, amongst others. Utilise tools and structures from past and current RBF interventions managed by SNV as references and build off of these to create a next generation RBF fund. Determine the best solution for a fund management, verification and monitoring tool and launch the tool internally and with fund participants.
  • Technical Advisory: Manage all the mechanics of the RBF PU fund from incentive valuation modelling to claim processing. Apply analytical rigor to complex and uncertain tasks in the development of a new fund.
  • Project Management: Provide technical backstopping to the RBF PU Project Manager to develop a small team through defining project roles and workflows for smooth implementation of the component. Support the management of the budget for the RBF PU project including all procurements, claim payments and internal and external reporting. Work closely with the Programme Manager/Sector Leader to develop presentations, knowledge projects or other donor requirements for the component.
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Verification (MERV): Manage the MERV processes and team, including interns and third part consultants, to ensure results are tracked and learnings are regularly fed back into fund management mechanisms. Take lead on all results reporting and verification for the RBF PU component and support monitoring and reporting across the EnDev portfolio.
  • Gender Integration: Lead the gender integration aspects of the RBF PU fund including the Women’s Employment Stimulus Fund (WESF) that will target to increase female participation in the renewable electricity sector in Tanzania. Innovate new ways to integrate gender into our off-grid energy projects in collaboration with the Sector Leader and EnDev Tanzania Gender Lead.
  • Energy Sector Leadership Support: Act as the lead representive for Tanzania Energy Sector’s productive use of energy work. Attend global, regional and local stakeholder gatherings, and provide input on knowledge products. Prepare and give external presentations and take lead on sector networking for PUE. Support the Energy Sector Leader as needed on quality assurance of donor deliverables across the EnDev portfolio.
  • Capacity Building: Proactively build capacity of SNV staff and other key stakeholders in the areas of productive use financing and innovative RBF approaches.



Required skills and qualifications:

  • 3-4 years of experience in top tier consulting firm, development organisation, impact investing firm or similar.
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field, MBA or other advanced degree required. Specialisation in Energy Finance or similar will be regarded favourably.
  • Strong quantitative skills and finance background.
  • Experience working in the renewable energy sector preferred. Off-grid energy and productive use of energy experience is regarded favourably.
  • Demonstrated excellent analytical ability and discipline; ability to think clearly, structure problems logically, and then design and implement solutions that focus on the core issues.
  • Strong sense of ownership and ability to design and lead projects and support and mentor more junior colleagues.
  • Excellent presentation skills; ability to communicate clearly and effectively with diverse audiences.
  • Advanced proficiency in MS Excel.
  • Full professional proficiency in English - written and spoken with high caliber English writing ability and track record.

Desired skills and attitude:

  • Experience working in developing countries; experience in Tanzania or the broader East Africa region is regarded favourably.
  • Experience in energy finance and results-based financing is regarded favourably.
  • Experience in capacity building and working with the private sector with a proven track record in pro-poor growth approaches taking into consideration social inclusion, gender and sustainability.
  • Experience working with a range of stakeholders (including impact investors, development finance institutions, and development agencies) to support investments in high impact sectors.
  • Good team player, pragmatic, negotiator with solution orientated approach.
  • Readiness to live, work and travel in rural districts with minimal amenities.


Additional Information

  • Contract Type: International
  • Contract Duration: One year initial term, with possibility of extension
  • Expected Start Date: 1st December 2020
  • Information Duty Station:  Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


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.

Please submit your application via SmartRecruiters. All information will be in the strictest confidence. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

We will require that you provide us with full details of three people who are willing to act as a referee. We will not contact these referees without your explicit permission.

Should SNV wish to proceed with your application, two interviews with the Selection Committee will take place. 





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