Company Description

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.

Job description

The Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA) is seeking a part time (50%) Chapter Coordinator for our advocacy, partnership and influencing work in Kenya. This role will be focused on delivering increased government and partner engagement and action in support of the mini-grid sector in Kenya.

Scope of Work: 

The Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA) is an industry association supporting the scaling-up of decentralised energy utility companies building minigrids for rural energy access across Africa. 

AMDA has two central mandates, the first being to address the sector’s financing challenge by building up an evidence base of market information that financiers (donors and lenders) can use to better understand and trust the decentralised utility space with their capital. Our second mandate is to build up a more powerful and coherent industry voice on policy and regulation to decision-makers internationally and at the national level across Africa.  

AMDA’s Kenya Chapter Coordinator will be a part time (50%) role, and have the responsibility of broadly supporting mini-grid developers through advocacy, influencing and partnership building across a variety of key players in the energy space. The Coordinator will co-develop a long-term strategy for advocacy in Kenya and will then be responsible for coordinating the delivery of that advocacy plan with AMDA members and the AMDA team. 

 

What you will make happen - Boosting Kenya’s minigrid sector:

  • Work with the AMDA team to develop an influencer map and long-term strategic advocacy plan for Kenya mini-grid influencing. 
  • Drive consensus building between Kenyan developers and ensure they support messaging and advocacy work within Kenya. 
  • Represent AMDA at government meetings, presenting AMDA’s work and the industry’s positions on key issues.
  • Develop the policy and regulatory influencing agenda – with the support of local developers.
  • Drive advocacy efforts with the Government of Kenya and all relevant ministries on both policy and regulation, with a focus on improving licensing procedures and approvals, transparency of grid expansion plans, import tax collection, and a range of other issues.
  • Specifically engage with Kenya Power to support an understanding that the minigrid sector is supporting and not competing with existing energy companies and EPRA on appropriate regulations and liscencing processes for mini-grids.
  • Engage with World Bank on KOSAP to support improving the existing program and framework. 
  • Engaging with bilateral donors to input into their work, co-develop new support mechanisms and ensure current programmes are address sector needs.
  • Engage KEREA's working group on minigrids and ensure alignment with KEREA. 

What excites you:

  • Being part of an organisation that is changing Africa’s future for the better.
  • Partnership building and advcacy work to influence key decision-makers.
  • 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.
  • Problem-solving, negotiation, and collaborative partnerships.

 

What you already have:

  • Permission to work in Kenya and a Bachelor’s Degree in energy, engineering, business, economics or finance. 
  • At least seven years work experience and at least three years work experience in the energy sector in government, private sector or with an NGO active in the space.
  • Existing professional connections within the energy access community in Kenya, particularly with government. 
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective relationships across a variety of partners – business, government, funders, NGOs, etc.
  • A passion for being a change-maker and for finding creative solutions to problems.

Benefits and compensation 

  • Competitive annual compensation.
  • Annual holiday.
  • Medical insurance.
  • Professional development opportunities internally and externally.
  • Performance feedback and open-door company culture.
  • Opportunity to work with a dynamic team of brilliant people passionate about electrifying Africa!

How to apply:

If you feel this position might be a fit for you, please send your cover  letter  and CV to: careers@africamda.org

Deadline:

As soon as possible