The decentralized utility companies developing minigrids across Africa are at a crossroads. There is incredible demand and support at the international level for decentralized utilities to deliver productive power via minigrids yet most companies are struggling to get financing to build their first grid or to move beyond pilot phases even if they have good track records and teams. One of AMDA’s central mandates is to help address this financing challenge by building up the evidence base and market intelligence that donors and lenders need to better understand and trust the decentralized utility space with their capital.
AMDA’s second core mandate is to build up a more powerful and coherent industry voice for the decentralized utilities developing minigrids across Africa. To date, input from industry on the development of funds, policies, regulations and national energy plans has too often been piecemeal or lacking entirely. This is unacceptable for a sector that has repeatedly been shown to be the least cost option to bring power to potentially millions of rural communities. We are here to bring the needs of minigrid developers and operators to the table. Both at the international level through our core team and at the national level by the building out of national and regional AMDA chapters and representatives.
Please get in touch if you if you represent a company focused on scaling the sector that is already operating at least one minigrid complying with national regulatory requirements (see further requirements here), and are committed to representing the interests of our members to governments, financiers and donors.
AMDA is seeking an energy access finance associate to help build understanding of best practices in providing access to appropriate, large scale finance to the minigrid sector across the continent and donor community. You will be supporting AMDA to un-block billions of dollars in committed funding, increase access to debt financing for the minigrid sector, and find sustainable solutions for FOREX risk in the minigrid space.
On finance for the sector, AMDA’s objectives that you will be helping us deliver on are to:
AMDA’s Energy Access Finance Associate role will be based in Nairobi, with the potential for international travel. The main focus of the role will be analysis and synthesis of data from AMDA’s membership to help inform AMDA’s policy and sector finance advocacy work. This role will report to AMDA’s CEO and COO.
What you will make happen on energy finance:
Work with the AMDA team to draft best-practices for financial support and investment into the minigrid sector.
Coordinate work on the creation of the Results Based Financing (RBF) funding facility that is currently being created
Occasionally represent AMDA at external events, presenting AMDA’s work and the industry’s positions on key issues.
Collaborate with key AMDA members and partners (donors, NGOs, governments, companies) on best practices in investment and financial support for the sector.
Coordinate AMDA’s internal finance working group, and co-develop financing recommendations with the group
Support on matchmaking for developers and financers
Act as a resource for members who need support in accessing finance / developing financing pipeline & raising capital
Work in collaboration with the rest of the AMDA team to develop white papers and financing briefs to support the policy and advocacy objectives of the association
Work with key stakeholders on developing tariff calculation methodologies and recommendations
What you will make happen on energy data from the minigrid sector
Support on establishing, framing, and achieving research objectives
Support on the evaluation and synthesis of trends in the data for review and use by AMDA and its research partners, both in terms of statistics but also in writing up summaries of key
indicators and trends.
Support work with research partners, donors, and policymakers to help them understand and use the data themselves
What excites you
Being part of an organization that is changing Africa’s future for the better
Action research that will be used by key decision-makers almost immediately
A fast-paced environment where constant change is the norm and individual initiative-taking is encouraged
Having autonomy to implement your creative solutions – not just coming up with ideas, but possessing the commitment and skill to implement them
Passion for research and analysis, organization, details, and precision in all you do
As soon as possible