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.
Energy sector summary
SNV implements market-transforming projects in related to energy (renewable energy in particular), energy efficiency and climate change in different countries in Asia, Africa, and Central/South America that focus on enabling the government, private sector, civil societies and other stakeholders to improve and increase energy service delivery for both rural and urban communities. Our projects are focused on several clean, efficient, and affordable energy technologies such as household biodigesters, solar home systems and solar lighting kits, advanced biomass cookstoves for domestic cooking, renewable biomass fuels, and waste-to-energy. The underlying approach to our projects is market-based with a strong focus on local capacity building, and we employ a range of innovative financing solutions to support sustainable market development.
Energy portfolio Zambia
SNV has been implementing the Energy for Agriculture (E4A) project funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) through the Embassy of Sweden in Zambia. The aim of the project is to develop viable markets for productive biodigester in Zambia that leads to improved livelihoods for small holder farmers through increased savings on fuel and income generation from the productive use of biogas and bioslurry. It focusses on building capacity in the public and private sectors to construct and operate biodigesters across Zambia. Upon the successful completion of the first phase of the project, SIDA has agreed to extend the project. Besides E4A, SNV Zambia is aiming at diversifying the energy portfolio with the inclusion of Integrated Decentralised Energy Solutions such as Solar Mini/micro grids, waste to energy and medium scale biodigesters.
Overview of the Position
The Country Sector Leader Energy will work as Chief Technical Advisor for E4A project and also guide the overall implementation and strategic development of the SNV’s Energy sector program in Zambia. S/he will assure the quality of project portfolio implementation, provide effective line management of energy sector staff, provide technical content leadership, steer the quality of technical advisory services, provide technical back-stopping and coaching to project staff, liaise with donors and support resource mobilisation. S/he will lead strategic portfolio development to expand SNV Zambia’s energy work in new areas and enhance the visibility of our Energy programme and position SNV within the national Energy sector. The Country Sector Leader reports directly to the Country Director, and collaborates closely with SNV’s Global Energy Sector team.
The Sector Leader may serve as Project Manager (PM) or Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) of selected projects in the portfolio and will be responsible for ensuring all energy projects are implemented within scope, budget, timeline and acceptable quality levels.
Strategic Leadership: develop country-level Energy sector strategy aligned with corporate Energy sector strategic frameworks;
Specific Role as Chief Technical Advisor for E4A
Provide strategic policy advice to the project and other partners on issues related to speedy dissemination of biodigester technology.
Promote the identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt from the project for organizational sharing and learning as well as external information.
Participate in knowledge and learning events and take advantage of best practices and lessons learnt that are available in the region and globally; create a culture of knowledge sharing and learning in the project.
Render technical assistance to the staff in the field and help them in problem solving.
Ensure that the key biodigester sector functions (marketing, quality assurance, training, extension) are sustainably imbedded in national policy and practice.
Support to enhance core competencies of staff and stakeholders for required works, including leadership development, action planning, program development and implementation, evaluation, social marketing, and fundraising.
Increase the chance of successful implementation and sustainability of biodigester product and services by striking a balance between scientific evidence of effective programming and local communities' knowledge of what would work in their specific context.
Involve in specialised research and development initiatives such as efficiency assessment of biodigesters, energy-from-waste, medium scale biodigesters for electricity generation, diversification of end use applications of biogas and bioslurry, efficiency testing of biogas appliances.
Support in formulation of bioenergy policy and strategy and to establish biodigester-testing protocols.
Collect insights on the prospects and challenges to package E4A and ongoing climate smart agriculture project entitled Sustainable Integrated Land Management Solutions (SILMS) in a possible follow on phase and contribute to its development.
Contract Type: International
Contract Duration: One year initial term, with strong possibility of extension, contingent on funding availability.
Expected Start Date: 01 February 2019
Key Steps in the Selection Process
1. Please submit your application in English via SmartRecruiters if you wish to be considered for this position. All information will be in the strictest confidence.
2. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application and your profile match with the specific position requirements to be considered..
3. During the recruitment process, 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. Please note that reference checks may be conducted prior to your face-to-face interviews.
5. Should SNV wish to proceed with your application, selection process will be communicate to the shortlisted candidates.
6. After your interviews with the Selection Committee, we will advise you of the Committee’s decision as soon as possible. Please note that the successful candidate will be required to furnish SNV with original copies of their qualifications prior to an offer being extended
How to Apply:
If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV in English at this link
15 January 2019