Programme Manager (Scaling up Off-Grid Energy in Rwanda)

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GVEP International (Global Village Energy Partnership) is a UK charity seeking to reduce poverty in Africa through accelerated access to modern energy products and services. To do this we support the development of a broad range of micro and small businesses and project companies in the energy economy, by providing them with high-quality financial, technical and business management support services so that they can grow and deliver access to energy in off grid areas.

In Rwanda, GVEP has developed a new programme which goal is to support the growth of a sustained market for off-grid renewable energy by helping the private sector to deliver access to energy to 120,000 people in rural areas, in a way that is inclusive of people living in poverty called Scaling up Off-Grid Energy in Rwanda (SOGER)

This programme will comprise of three project components, designed and developed to respond to the country’s challenges and the government’s priorities with regards to poverty reduction and energy access in rural areas:

Component 1: Renewable Energy Small Projects (RESP) Development Facility: to accelerate the development of small grid-connected or isolated mini-grid RESP projects,

Component 2: Pico-hydro project development: to support the development of pico-hydro micro-utilities

Component 3: Energy and Farming: to increase productivity for small farmers through access to appropriate solar powered irrigation systems.

The programme implementation is expected to start in 2016 and in this context GVEP is seeking a Programmes manager to lead the delivery of SOGER programme.

The programme will be based on an integrated approach, with a comprehensive package of services to address barriers to development and growth of businesses trying to deliver off-grid energy access in rural areas. This is in particular targeting small, medium and micro enterprises (MSMEs), where the range of challenges faced by these businesses is so big and diverse, that a tailored package of interventions is generally required for each enterprise. Our business model is based on the idea that, with the right support and opportunities, a private sector delivery model based on market mechanisms is the most effective and efficient way to deliver energy services which are appropriate to the needs of poor communities.

The Role

The SOGER programme Manager will lead a team of project managers in each component and coordinate the delivery of the 3 components defining the programme overall strategy and strategic direction. He/she will be responsible for the overall programme staff, budget, assets, drawing annual work plans, overseeing implementation and also managing key relationship in Rwanda where the programme is being implemented. The programme manager will sit in the SOGER board.

Key responsibilities

  • Planning, directing and co-ordinating 3 component of SOGER programme in Rwanda
  • Directly lead SOGER component 1, 2 and 3 project managers and programme technical manager
  • Building relationship with partners involved in the programme inception phase and implementation phase
  • Defining project scope, staffing, resources and the deliverables as well as formulating risk management plans
  • Managing the reporting and contract relationships with Swedish embassy  on one hand, and with the project partners on the other
  • Developing project plans scheduling of project timelines and scope
  • Coordinating multi-disciplinary project teams
  • Managing and controlling a multi-million dollar budget
  • Maintaining communication with (& managing expectations of) project stakeholders including government officials, other humanitarian agencies and private sector actors
  • Leading monitoring, evaluation and research activities within the project – leading learning & quality assurance initiatives
  • External representation of the project including participation in media/publicity related events
  • Regularly producing high quality reports/documents/articles to the donor(s) and external stakeholders
  • Provide strategic guidance to team members and partners and is able to address unexpected challenges and issues effectively
  • Ability to travel in country, regionally and internationally for short or longer period of times and sometimes on short notice

Required skills and experience

  • Master level degree (preferably in engineering, environmental science, or business/economics/finance)
  • Expertise in renewable energy, and other cross cutting theme such as climate change with hands on experience managing and coordinating multiple projects
  • Experience of senior project management, in a developing country context, preferably in East Africa with demonstrated capacity to manage large-scale projects effectively.
  • At least 6 years experience of  implementing donor-funded  and/or  technical projects
  • Strong financial management skills, with proven experience managing large budgets, including accurate and timely reporting to donors
  • Proven experience managing complex projects with a track record in delivery
  • Comfort with the entrepreneurial culture of a fast growing organization in an ever-changing industry
  • Experience of working with  small businesses, and/or energy SMEs, and  an understanding of renewable energy technologies and business models and/or of infrastructure management commercial arrangements is required.
  • High level of inter-personal and presentation skills and an ability to communicate clearly and collaborate at a senior level with colleagues, SMEs, public agencies and other stakeholders;
  • A can-do and collaborative mind set – comfort with the ambiguities and demands of a rapidly evolving environment.
  • Excellent written and analytical skills is crucial
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English; Knowledge of French is a plus.

Additional Information

Please send your CV plus a cover letter (in English) outlining how your knowledge, skills and experience match the job specification to to reach us by latest 24th June 2016.

GVEP International is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.