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SME Advisor Job in Nairobi, Kenya - Renewable Energy

Job title: SME Advisor – Renewable Energy
Reports to:Programme Manager 
Based in: Nairobi, Kenya 
Salary: Competitive based on experience

Our client supports businesses that provide energy to off-grid communities across Africa. 

They seek to fill the position of an SME Advisor who will be responsible for providing support to the organization’s energy initiative and work with clients from the private sector to develop appropriate and sustainable solutions to improve access to energy products and services. 
Key Responsibilities
  • Working with humanitarian organizations and the private sector to develop a pipeline of projects that could address current energy needs in humanitarian settings.
  • Working with project developers to refine the technical and financial scope of their proposals.
  • Leading the design of funding mechanisms for energy projects in humanitarian settings based on consultations between potential donors and project developers.
  • Managing the design of the fund structure, institutional arrangements, evaluation criteria, project specifications etc.
  • Conducting feasibility into businesses model and technical solutions that can address current energy challenges in camp settings including non-wood based fuel and infrastructure management contracts.
  •  Conducting consultations with stakeholders to design the required support mechanisms and contracts.
  • Developing procurement processes and contracts that could be used for tendering energy services.
  • Coordinating the review and evaluation of project proposals and preparing the necessary documentation for disbursement of small grant awards.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of grants that have been awarded to project developers
  • Provision of technical assistance during the implementation of the projects.
  • Supporting the design and implementation of market based interventions under the programme including proposed activities and partners for implementation. Inputting into project documents, work plans and budgets.
  • Supporting the design of tools for use by humanitarian actors to improve energy data management and camp level planning of energy interventions.
  • Inputting into programme reports to communicate activities with partners and donors and toolkits disseminating findings from the programme.
  • Managing relationships and communication between MEI and the private sector to ensure their effective involvement and input throughout the programme.
  • Supporting monitoring and evaluation activities across the programme to ensure data and evidence on programme interventions are accurately captured.
  • Support in other programme management and operational activities as required.
Qualifications & Skills Required
  • 5+ years’ experience as an SME advisor preferably in energy project development, operations, or financing
  • Experience in management or strategic consulting or financial advisory
  • Experience working in the energy sector in East Africa with a strong focus on private sector engagement and development
  • Experience in project management, management of small scale grants and monitoring and evaluation of projects
  • Experience working with rural and off-grid business models and technologies, and an understanding of the unique challenges faced by businesses operating in Africa
  • Exposure in procurement and contracting for energy projects and services is a plus.
  • Good team building and motivational skills with an ability to work with a diverse mix of professionals and deliver;
  • Very strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to interact with a range of stakeholders at the private sector, NGOs and community level
  • A can-do and collaborative mindset – comfortable with the ambiguities and demands of a rapidly evolving and entrepreneurial environment with a team from diverse backgrounds
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to put frameworks and structures in place for effective implementation and monitoring of projects
How to Apply

If you are up to the challenge, posses the necessary qualification and experience, please send your CV only quoting the job title on the email subject (SME Advisor- Renewable Energy) to before Tuesday 13th December 2016

Kindly indicate Current/last salary on your CV

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