Organisation:
REEEP

Location:
Austria

Experience:
3-5 years

Deadline:
14 April

2 April, 2024

Senior Analyst



Job description

As part of the REEEP Programme Team, the focus of your work will be on technical analysis related to programme implementation of the Beyond the Grid Fund Africa (BGFA) programme. The role will also require technical support to other REEEP programmes.

The BGFA programme (https://beyondthegrid.africa/) is a multi-year, market-based energy access programme implemented in Zambia, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mozambique, DRC and Uganda and currently funded by the governments of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany. The programme is based on the successful implementation of this approach in Zambia (https://www.bgfz.org/), which has shown that innovative results-based financing can be a powerful instrument in incentivising private sector, early movers, to scale business ventures in frontier off-grid energy markets.

The position is focused on providing technical assistance to companies supported by the BGFA programme. You will also contribute to due diligence of shortlisted applicants and market analysis in the context of development of new funding windows and provision of technical support in contracting and implementation phase. For more context and information on related work and role of REEEP under.

About the role

  • Lead and contribute to the provision of technical assistance to SMEs according to your skills and expertise, ranging from technical assistance needs assessment, financial modelling, business development, customer service and consumer protection, credit management, operations, ESG and other technical matters as relevant in the context of off-grid energy companies in early stage markets.
  • Research, analyse and present information gathered from diverse sources to support the delivery of technical assistance, market scoping studies for new target countries.
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and monitoring of BGFA (or other programmes), including contributing to, or leading, activities defined by the Line Manager (such as due diligence, selected aspects of contract negotiations, technical assistance to SMEs etc.)
  • Document lessons learnt; propose and co-develop improvements to programme implementation and design.
  • Perform management and programmatic and administrative assignments in collaboration with the Team and national and international partners, including work planning and report drafting, planning and facilitation of technical activities, preparation of ToRs for external experts, and financial budgeting.
  • Prepare and revise various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, translations, etc.
  • Participate in field missions, including preparation, coordination with in-country stakeholders, and mission documentation.
  • Contribute to the design, development and implementation of new programmes.
  • Contribute to the development and articulation of high-level strategy and day-to-day best practices at the organisation.
  • Support maintaining the relationship with the donors as necessary.

About you

  • University/Masters’ degree in a relevant field (e.g. economics, development studies, business administration, engineering, renewable energy, finance); or a strong record of work experience pertinent fields.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience: exposure to development cooperation and/or policy development, and/or technical/economic/business analysis in either international development or energy/infrastructure. development
  • Knowledge of relevant technologies (mini-grids, SHS, clean cooking, productive use appliances) and business models used to deliver energy access.
  • Demonstrated motivation to focus and learn about a wide range of technical aspects related to the field and ability to engage in a multi-disciplinary manner.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Demonstrated interest in sustainable development, including relevant work or voluntary experience in a developing country.
  •  Strong analytical and organisational skills; ability to think creatively and strategically and work pro-actively to assist in planning and problem solving.
  • Experience in drafting materials such as studies and reports, talking points and substantive documents for meetings and events.
  • Ability to work independently but as an integral member of larger teams; ability to work efficiently under pressure and prioritise; reliable and committed.
  • Team player and ability to work as part of a diverse team.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.

Desirable Criteria

  • Work experience in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Experience in renewable energy, off-grid energy access, or infrastructure planning/financing in the context of development cooperation.
  • Good understanding of the energy sector including institutional, policy, legal and regulatory aspects.
  • Experience of working with companies, associations, governmental bodies or regulatory.
    entities in the field of clean energy (especially those operating in sub-Saharan Africa) is a definite advantage.
  • Knowledge of programming, statistical analysis and/or econometrics (e.g. Stata, R, SPSS, etc.)
  • Language skills: French and Portuguese

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