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

Energy sector summary

SNV implements several market-transforming projects in Cambodia that focus on enabling the private sector to improve and increase energy service delivery for base-of-the-pyramid (BoP) consumers. Our projects are focused on several clean, efficient, and affordable energy technologies such as solar home systems and solar lighting kits, advanced biomass cookstoves for domestic cooking, renewable biomass fuels, and household biogas digesters. The underlying approach to our projects is market-based and private sector focused, and we employ a range of innovative financing solutions to support sustainable market development.  

Project portfolio summary

SNV Cambodia has significantly expanded its energy sector project portfolio in Cambodia in recent years, has built a track-record in multiple energy sub-sectors, and has demonstrated capacity to deliver high-quality sustainable development results. Our energy sector portfolio currently consists of the following projects:

  • Market Acceleration for Advanced Biomass Cookstoves

Market acceleration project that applies an innovative Results-based Financing (RBF) mechanism to spur private sector introduction of next-generation clean cooking devices, to strengthen nascent supply chain actors, and to kick-start a sustainable local market for these products.

  • Off-grid Solar Market Development

Off-grid solar market development project to promote modern off-grid lighting and pre-electrification solutions among rural off-grid households. The project applies SNV’s comprehensive approach to sustainable energy market development with a series of interventions to alter market behaviour and remove structural market barriers for off-grid solar products in Cambodia.

  • Biogas Enterprise Development Program

SNV’s approach for sustainable biogas market development in Cambodia that focuses on newly emerging commercial biogas enterprises for the proliferation of factory-made biodigesters and trials the application of a Results-based Finance (RBF) approach.

SNV Cambodia has completed policy-, institutional-, and project level interventions that integrate gender dimensions in climate change mitigation and access-to-energy activities; developed innovative financing concepts around the forward-purchase of improved health outcomes from clean cooking interventions, developed carbon emission trading mechanisms, addressed energy efficiency needs of small- and medium-sized agricultural producers, and has been involved in various research and market development activities to foster sustainable supply of renewable biomass fuels.      

Overview of the Position

The Country Sector Lead Energy will guide the overall implementation and strategic development of the SNV Cambodia Energy sector programme. 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, and support resource mobilisation. S/he will lead strategic portfolio development to expand SNV Cambodia’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 Lead reports directly to the Country Director, and collaborates closely with the SNV’s Global Energy Sector team.

The Sector Lead serves as Project Manager of select projects in the portfolio and is responsible for ensuring all energy projects are implemented within scope, budget, timeline and acceptable quality levels.


Key Responsibilities

Sector Leadership

  • Strategic Leadership: develop country-level Energy sector strategy aligned with corporate Energy sector strategic frameworks;

  • People Management: lead, manage, and coach the team of SNV Energy Project Managers and Advisors, local service providers and consultants;

  • Representation & Promotion: develop and maintain relationships with sector stakeholders to enhance SNV’s market position and actively participate in external and internal networks;

  • Business Development: develop proposals and secure funding for future Energy projects;

  • Country Office Management: Contribute to SNV Cambodia Country Office Management as a member of the Country Management Team.

    Project Manager

  • Ensure implementation of the project work plan, as per the SNV project management procedures, accounting principles and donor requirements.

  • Contract Management & Project Accounting - Manage administrative, finance and procurement aspects of projects.

  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting - Formulate and implement M&E plan; ensure data collection, risk monitoring and reporting.

  • Knowledge, documentation and communication - Ensure full synthesis, analysis and documentation and sharing of project insights and results, signal potential for positioning, innovation, upscaling and potential follow up projects.

  • Network and Relationship building - Build and maintain effective relationships, with the government and local authorities, other programme countries, external partners and the donor.


  • Relevant advanced academic qualification in Energy, Business Administration, International Development, Project Management or related field;

  • 7+ years of relevant experience in access-to-energy programme design and implementation, including at least 5 years in a project management role, preferably with a focus Energy in Asia;

  • Proven track record in project management, specifically in project planning, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and financial management for large-scale development projects;

  • International work experience and the ability to effectively coach and lead a team of advisors in a multi-cultural setting;

  • Strong background in resource mobilisation; demonstrated programme design, proposal writing, business development, and international donor relationship management;

  • Strong relationship management skills;

  • Proficiency in English required;

  • The successful candidate will be a self-motivated achiever with excellent intercultural leadership, teamwork, coaching, communication, networking and organisational skills.

Additional Information

Contract Type: International

Contract Duration: 6-month initial term, with strong possibility of extension, contingent on funding availability.

Expected Start Date: 01 December 2018


Key Steps in the Selection Process

1.    Please submit your application in English via SmartRecruiters until Septermber 16, 2018 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.

Working at SNV:

SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, an internal global network of Energy experts. For more information, please visit our website:




16 September 2018