Kenya Country Director, Renewable World

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Kenya Country Director, Renewable World
Renewable World
  • Kenya
Sub-Saharan Africa
Type of job
temporary contract
24 Months
Renewable Energy
Language of description
Job description
Renewable World (RW) is seeking a Country Director to lead our expansion in Kenya and potentially beyond.

This is a 2-year fixed contract, with potential to extend and make permanent. We are a small and rapidly growing International NGO (INGO) helping improve lives and tackle climate change through clean energy. We have doubled in size over the last three years, with an income of over KES 3 million p/a and 30 staff. This growth has been driven largely through programme expansion in Nepal and RW’s voluntary carbon offsetting programme. We aim to continue this growth trajectory through a reinvigorated programme in Kenya and subsequent regional expansion. RW has been active in Kenya since 2013, working through local partners to install 10 microgrids in the Lake Victoria Region and supporting communities to operate microgrids for household and productive use. Through our new strategy, we aim to build on this learning and our community centred approach, moving into a market activation role, bringing together the private sector, government, communities and other actors to improve energy access for the poor. We believe that our extensive experience of community mobilisation, market-driven approaches, technology innovation, and boosting livelihoods and the productive use of energy, means we can play and important and catalytic in improving energy access for the poor. Reporting to the Global Programmes Director, the Country Director will lead a Kenya-based team of three initially (consisting of one engineer, one community engagement expert, and one finance/admin manager). They will work closely with the RW global team (UK and Nepal), particularly the Global Programme Director (UK-based) and Global Technical Lead (Nepal-based). The ideal candidate will be a dynamic leader and a strong team player, with an extensive and current network in the renewable energy sector, including the private sector, government and NGOs. They will have a strong track record in developing partnerships, including with the private sector; developing and delivering international development and energy projects; and, working with communities and end users - ideally in the productive use of energy and climate-smart agriculture. They will be committed to RW’s vision of “A world where renewable energy is readily accessible to all, helping to end extreme poverty and reduce climate change”, with the professional experience and passion to back that up.

The position is advertised as a full-time post, but we welcome applications on a p/t (3-4 days per week) basis, with potential to move into a full-time role once the programme scales. As a new branch, we have not yet established an office therefore remote working will be required for the initial part of the contract (estimated first 6-months) until the office is established.
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