Company Description

Practical Action has over 40 years of experience in the energy access space. Over this time we have been involved in over 500 mini-grids projects, created thousands of jobs, published extensively on rural electrification technologies and approaches, and are now pioneering new approaches to building markets for energy access services, both on the ground and through our political and financial advocacy work and innovative partnerships such as Power for All. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more information.

Job description

Role brief

We are looking for a dynamic individual to support the Head of Energy to drive Practical Action’s strategy on Energy That Transforms and support our teams across the world to make it a reality. You will work closely with our teams to catalyse strategic activities across the organisation (and sector), to speed up progress on energy access amongst the key public, private, and civil society players. You will provide research and coordination support around topics such as productive uses of energy (especially with a focus on agriculture and improving rural livelihoods), humanitarian energy, clean cooking, last-mile distribution and exploring new potential areas of focus for the organisation. In addition, you will be the coordinator of the Energy Change Hub, which is the energy internal platform for sharing learning and developing innovation.

This role would be the ideal opportunity for a recent graduate to gain experience and participate in a broad range of practices and activities within a leading international development organisation.


About the role

Key Working Relationships:

  • Reporting to the Head of Energy, you will be provided with training, guidance and support in various aspects of research applied to projects and business development and coordination of work across international offices.
  • You will have regular engagement across the Influence & Impact team, working closely with the Head of Energy to provide daily support to the thought leadership arm of the organisation.
  • The role will also have ad hoc engagement with regional and country offices and the consulting team.

Job Functions & Accountabilities:

  • You will support the Head of Energy to develop a compelling offer for our priority areas of agriculture-energy, humanitarian-energy, clean cooking and last-mile distribution.
  • Your contribution will be mostly through research, communication activities, and coordination of the energy change hub.
  • You will support mapping and intelligence-gathering across our networks and beyond, within our energy priorities.
  • You will provide demand-driven project delivery support through technical research and analysis, production of project reports and briefing papers, design and facilitation of online events such as webinars and other events, knowledge capture and dissemination of project work and support to project management.

Learning and Development:

  • You will be supported to develop your skills and knowledge in energy and international development.
  • There will be a focus on mentoring/coaching and learning-by-doing, but there will also be an opportunity to access some specific formal training in liaison with your Line Manager, we also have an in-house ‘academy’ where you will have access to a host of courses and resources.
  • You will be encouraged, supported, and provided with space to develop your technical expertise on one of the focus areas of our energy change ambition.
  • You will have the opportunity to learn from colleagues in Influence and Impact, and other offices across the world.


About you

Knowledge and Qualifications:

  • A relevant postgraduate degree or equivalent in international development, humanitarian response, engineering, economics, energy, agriculture, climate change or other related topics, no direct professional experience is needed.
  • Ability to analyse, synthesise and summarise complex information, and write succinct and informative reports.
  • Knowledge of relevant international development issues (e.g. rural development in developing countries, sustainable agriculture, climate change).
  • Knowledge of Energy Access, small scale agriculture, micro-enterprise/SMEs/business models, humanitarian energy or clean cooking would be an advantage.

Skills and Experience:

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Excellent research skills.
  • Strong team working and interpersonal skills with the ability to work co-operatively with others.
  • Data management/analytical skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English essential. A second language would be an advantage (e.g. French or Spanish).
  • Self-motivation, commitment and interest in Practical Action’s aim of using technology to challenge poverty and empower poor communities.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to multi-task and prioritise workload.
  • Interest/motivation to work with multi-cultural teams and engage with our global offices.
  • A sound understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion across all dimensions.
  • Some experience of administrative/co-ordination roles would be an advantage (this can be in the voluntary sector).



30 June 2021