Sector Leader- Energy

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Sector Leader- Energy
Sub-Saharan Africa
Type of job
permanent contract
Energy Access
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Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that applies practical know-how to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our expertise in agriculture, energy and WASH to local contexts. SNV has over 1300 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence. In its new Strategic Plan period (2019–2022), SNV aims more explicitly for systems change during project preparation and implementation - by strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects. We will continue to position ourselves as a premium organisation and invest in making knowledge flow to and from the frontline. Our global team of local and international advisors works 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. For more information on our operations in Mali and SNV generally, visit our website:

Job Description

Background Within the Energy sector, SNV is a facilitator of commercially viable markets for renewable energy products and services for households and SMEs. SNV provides advisory services to private, public and non-governmental organizations for improved access to energy for underserved populations within rural, peri-urban as well as urban areas. Nexus solutions, including renewable energy applications in agricultural value chains, are of increasing importance in SNV’s work. SNV's interventions in Mali began in 1979. We are a key partner for local authorities and other development actors, and we are now active in five regions: Bamako, Sikasso, Gao, Segou and Mopti. Overview of the position SNV seeks a talented, qualified, result-oriented and experienced professional for the position of Sector Leader Energy in Mali. · The Sector Leader will be responsible for the overall quality of programme development and implementation, actively contributing to business development efforts, and steering the quality of technical advisory services of SNV’s energy programme in Mali, and will contribute to growing the energy portfolio in the Sahel. · The Sector Leader will ensure quality and visibility of SNV’s energy programme in Mali and the Sahel as relevant, ensure gender equality and social inclusion in programme design and implementation, invest in making know-how flow to and from the frontline and position SNV with key stakeholders. · The Sector Leader will also play a project manager role and be responsible for the implementation of the EnDev “Market Development of Clean Cooking” project, which aims to enhance access to ‘improved’ and ultimately ‘clean’ cooking technologies in secondary towns of Mali. Responsibilities ·Strategic Leadership: lead strategy development for SNV’s engagement in the energy sector in Mali and the Sahel more broadly, aligned to corporate frameworks. · Programme Management: deliver effective development results, planning and monitoring, financial management, and donor reporting. ·Business Development: ensure strategic positioning and synergies for impact, ; lead quality project design of proposals in French and English, and contribute to secure funding for innovative programmes; build relevant partnerships with global/national energy stakeholders, and identify funding opportunities in line with (government) guidelines and SNV’s Business Development policies and procedures; steer pipeline management, review quality and coherence of proposals on SNV’s cross-cutting themes and analyse success ratio. ·People management: lead and coach the team of SNV advisors, consultants, partners and service providers, monitoring and coaching them to increase performance. ·Advisory services: lead the implementation of complex assignments according to agreements with donors; set benchmarks for results and monitor quality of advisory services. ·Monitoring & Evaluation: ensure uniform understanding and practice in planning, reporting, monitoring and evaluation of energy programmes in line with SNV’s internal frameworks. ·Communication, representation and positioning: guide knowledge development and develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders to improve SNV’s market position; present and represent SNV at workshops, network events and prepare (social) media publications actively participate in external and internal networks. ·Knowledge and learning: facilitate learning, documentation and evidence-based knowledge development, in collaboration with SNV’s global team and partners. ·Monitoring & Evaluation: ensure uniform understanding and practice in planning, reporting, monitoring and evaluation of energy programmes in line with SNV’s internal frameworks


Master's degree in a relevant field. ·Minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible work experience in managing and implementing multi-faceted, donor-funded development programmes. ·Solid background and understanding of decentralised renewable energy (DRE) and improved cookstoves (ICS) market development in the Sahel. Specific experience in Mali preferred, inclusive of working with the private sector, public sector and other key stakeholders. ·Knowledge and experience of different renewable energy applications, value chain development, private sector development and innovative financing solutions. ·Experience in concept and proposal development, and proven results in contributing to business development efforts. · Able to strategically lead, inspire and energise programme teams. · Experience in collaborative and adaptive monitoring, evaluation and learning. · Demonstrated experience in managing various programme partners. · Excellent social, networking and presentation skills, able to engage with the private sector, civil society, governments and donors at all levels. ·Highly motivated self-starter, with strong organisational skills, who takes individual accountability seriously. ·Strong strategic decision-making and excellent (written and oral) communication skills, as well as reporting and presentation skills. ·Readiness to work and frequently travel in rural areas with minimal amenities. · Fluency in both written and spoken French and English.

Additional Information

This is a full-time position with an international contract, based in Bamako, Mali. The successful candidate will be contracted for 2 years initially, with the possibility of renewal. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, including a competitive secondary benefits package. · Application Deadline: 18 October 2021 · Contract Duration: 2 years, with possibility of extension · Desired Start Date: January 2022 How to Apply Please submit your application via SmartRecruiters by 18th October, if you wish to be considered for this position. All information will be in the strictest confidence. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 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 experts across sectors. For more information, please visit our website: SNV is an equal opportunities employer and female candidates are encouraged to apply. NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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