Senior Renewable Energy Advisor

SNV - Kigali (Rwanda)

Type of Contract CDD

Duration of Contract 2 ans ou plus

Education Bac + 5 et Plus

Work Experience Au moins 7 ans

Application Deadline 05/03/2014

Position n° 128

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About the employer / working context

Are you interested in joining an organization with a long term commitment to fighting poverty? Would you like to work in a challenging environment and develop an international career focused on demonstrating shared core values that achieve results?

SNV Rwanda is looking for a:

Senior Renewable Energy Advisor

Duty station: Kigali, Rwanda

(International contract)

SNV is an international not-for-profit development organisation working in over 38 developing countries for more than 50 years. 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. In the renewable energy sector, SNV aims to accelerate access to energy in mostly rural, off-grid areas with solutions varying from biogas and improved cooking stoves to sustainable fuels and solar PV for lighting SNV has been working in Rwanda since 1980 and is active in all of SNV’s three sectors (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Renewable Energy; and Agriculture).The overall goal of SNV Rwanda Renewable Energy sector is to contribute to the improvement of the livelihoods of rural and peri-urban people in Rwanda by accelerating the dissemination and use of renewable energy products and services. SNV Rwanda is involved in three sub-sectors: Domestic Biogas, Improved Cook Stoves, and Solar. Throughout these sub-sectors, SNV looks for market-based solutions to increase access to cooking and lighting energy for domestic and productive use.

SNV Rwanda is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Senior Renewable Energy Advisor to further strengthen the RE team in the development of market based RE solutions for households and SMEs. He/she will be responsible for the overall quality of the Renewable Energy program content, business development and resource mobilization, steering the quality of technical advisory services, and overall management of the SNV Rwanda Renewable Energy programmes (biogas clean cook stoves and solar). The Senior Advisor will enhance the quality and visibility of our Renewable Energy programs and position SNV within the Renewable Energy sector in Rwanda. The successful candidate should have demonstrated experience and the ability to combine technical, resource mobilisation and programme leadership roles.

More information about SNV

SNV is an international not-for-profit development organization. We believe that no-one should have to live in poverty and that all people should have the opportunity to pursue their own sustainable development.

Starting out in the Netherlands more than 40 years ago, we now work in over 30 of the poorest countries worldwide. Our global team of local and international advisors work with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organizations 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.

By sharing our specialist expertise in Agriculture, Renewable Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, we contribute to solving some of the leading problems facing the world today – helping to find local solutions to global challenges and sowing the seeds of lasting change.

SNV aims to make a lasting difference in the lives of 40 million people living in poverty over the period 2011-2015.

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Closing date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Overall responsibility for the SNV Rwanda RE sector : ensure quality programming, deliver effective development results, planning & monitoring, financial management and reporting to donors
  • Business Development and Project Acquisition: develop proposals and secure funding for innovative RE programmes; lead the discussions and negotiations with potential donors and development partners
  • Develop and maintain a network of key stakeholders including donors, development practitioners, Government officials and private sector development actors.
  • Project management (planning, budgeting, M&E framework, organization, progress reporting, oversee finance and logistics, etc.)
  • Procurement of major goods and services, incl. Local Capacity Builders (LCBs) / Consultants
  • Developing market-based solutions and Public Private Partnerships in the RE sector
  • Advisory Services: lead complex assignments, set benchmarks for results, and monitor quality of advisory services of the RE sector team;
  • People Management: lead and coach the team of SNV advisors, local service providers and consultants;
  • Monitoring & Evaluation: ensure uniform understanding and practice in planning, reporting, monitoring, and evaluation of RE programs in line with SNV’s internal frameworks;
  • Ensure documentation of the knowledge developed and the experiences/achieved results in SNV’s advisory practice and the practice of our clients.
  • Promote a ‘Governance for Empowerment’ (GfE) approach.

Job Qualifications & Skills / Selection Criteria

Candidate Profile:

  • Masters’ Degree in Renewable Energy Technologies/Economics/ Business studies or equivalent in related field;
  • At least 7 years of relevant working experience in renewable energy with an outstanding track record in Biogas, Improved Cook Stoves. Experience in the solar sector is a plus.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in inclusive business development with private sector actors. Out of the box thinker for innovative business ideas/business case development.
  • Proven experience with project development and management: project planning, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and financial management;
  • Proven experience with business development, programme development, knowledge development, proposal writing, international donor- and private investor relationship management;
  • Proven experience in capacity building, facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes, change processes and good governance;
  • Proven experience in the development and promotion of renewable energy related policies and regulatory frameworks, ;
  • A self-motivated achiever with excellent intercultural leadership, teamwork, coaching, communication, networking and organisational skills
  • Experience in writing practice-based knowledge documents
  • Knowledge of gender concepts and promotion of women entrepreneurship
  • Proficient in English, and preferably working knowledge of French


Other requirements:

  • Strong negotiation skills, leadership, team spirit and results orientation
  • Entrepreneurial skills and attitude, networking skills
  • Client-oriented attitude
  • Creative networker, and proactive personality
  • Excellent communication skills and writing skills in English
  • Willingness to travel inside the country
  • Strong computer skills

Duty station: Kigali, RWANDA

Contract period: 2 years with possibility of extension

Desired start date: April 2014

How to apply?

Please apply by clicking on the above and completing your application in our in-house recruitment system before 5 March 2014.

Additional Information about the position

Position Type: Temps plein

Working Hours: Horaire normal

Working Language: Français

Second Language: Anglais

Salary: Voir annonce

Closing Date: 2014-03-05