GIZ Uganda: 2 new job positions for national staff

Job TitleTechnical Advisor – Energy Investment
GIZ PREEEP – Green People’s Energy
Reports to:Head of Programme
Duty stationKampala/Uganda with frequent travels to Northern Uganda
Ref. NoGIZ- PREEEP/TA/071957

Background

Green People’s Energy is an initiative launched by the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Mr. Gerd Müller, in June 2017 as part of the Marshal Plan with Africa. The initiative is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in eight focal countries: Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Senegal, Uganda and Zambia. The country project Uganda aims improving the access to decentralized renewable energy systems for farmers, enterprises, cooperatives and social institutions in rural areas. In Uganda, the project will consist of three components:

1) Training and skills development

Trainings and curricula for renewable energy (RE) technologies will be developed (solar water pumping etc.) and applied in partnership with two training institutes in Northern Uganda.

2) Access to Clean Energy for SMEs, Cooperatives and social institutions

SMEs, cooperatives and social institutions off the grid as well as in the reach of mini-grids, will receive technical and financial support to acquire and operate off-grid solar systems and energy efficient appliances for productive use such as agro-processing, other income generating activities and improved services.

3) Investments

The component promotes investments into decentralized renewable energy systems (for example grid-connected solar systems, solar for captive power, off-grid solar etc.). Larger energy consumers with operation facilities in rural areas will be supported to develop bankable renewable energy projects for lower energy costs and higher competitivity.

GIZ Uganda seeks to recruit a Technical Advisor – Energy Investment to support the implementation of this project, particularly for Component 3 and partially for Component 2.

  1. Key Responsibilities
  • Implementation of activities regarding the development of bankable renewable energy projects for larger energy consumers in rural areas
  • Preparation, design and implementation of trainings for enterprises, SMEs and project developers on business development, bankability, RE related project development as well as RE technologies and energy-efficient appliances
  • Linkage of selected enterprises and SMEs with financial institutions and funding schemes, investors, project developers and suppliers
  • Regular engagement with business associations, other GIZ projects, development and private banks and related funding schemes
  • Monitoring of project progress for all activities under the investment component
  • Always uphold GIZ’s values of sustainable development, transparency, efficiency and anti-corruption towards public, partners, government, private sector and institutions.

 

The Technical Advisor – Energy Investment will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  1. Specific Tasks

Assessments

  • Gather and analyze information to guide project interventions, including:
  1. a) Selection of motivated enterprises and SMEs for project support
  2. b) Assessing capacity building needs of enterprises and SMEs in order develop bankable decentralized RE projects and maximize the impact of improved energy access and energy-efficient appliances through business development
  3. c) Analyzing the financial resources and avenues available to the target group
  4. d) Identification of opportunities for cooperation with other GIZ projects, development banks and funding schemes.

Interventions

  • Establish sound and transparent relations with the involved stakeholders
  • Cooperate within the project team to design efficient modes of support
  • Regular monitoring visits to the supported enterprises and SMES, project developers as well as other implementation partners
  • Design and implement trainings for enterprises and project developers on bankability, project and business development, RE technologies and energy-efficient appliances
  • Design, coordinate and monitor consultancies
  • Maintain equitable, transparent and fair delivery of support services to all partners.

Project administration

  • Documentation of project activities and support to the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
  • Ensure correct visibility for the project and contribute to communications materials
  • Adherence to GIZ regulations and standards
  • Regular communication with project manager and development advisor.

Other duties/additional tasks

  • Perform other duties and tasks at the request of management.
  1. Required qualifications, competences and experience

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in business administration, management, finance, industrial engineering, electrical engineering, business and engineering or similar
  • Minimum 5 years working experience, at least 3 years in renewable energy or similar
  • Relevant trainings and postgraduate qualifications are an added advantage.

Professional Competences and experience

  • Ability to meet commitments, plan ahead of time, observe deadlines, achieve results
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both orally and written
  • Polite and professional manner in conduct, in person, by phone and email
  • Strong ability to work within a team and follow a common goal
  • Computer literacy with excellent knowledge of MS Office and optional experience in using energy software design tools
  • Excellent English language skills

Other knowledge, and additional competences

  • Experience in the design, costing and profitability analysis as well as financing of renewable energy projects for enterprises and SMEs
  • Practical experience in trainings on project development, bankability, RE technologies and energy-efficient appliances.
  • Experience with RE solutions relevant for enterprises and SMEs such as solar captive power, solar and solar hybrid off-grid systems and grid connected systems
  • Sound understanding of the Ugandan banking and finance sector and opportunities for financing of RE projects for enterprises and SMEs
  • Experience in stakeholder consultation and coordination
  • Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed.

How to Apply

All interested and qualified persons are strongly encouraged to apply by submitting their application and CV along with the contacts of three professional referees to The Director, Future Options Consulting Ltd, 4th Floor, DTB Centre, Kampala Road, P.O. Box 34934, Kampala, Uganda by email: hr@futureoptionsug.com; Tel: +256 414 231204/6. Applications should be received by 5.00pm on the 15th July 2019. Please note: This is a national position. Application and CV should be in one document including the relevant attachments. Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

We encourage women, people with disabilities and minority groups to apply for this position. GIZ is committed to equal opportunities and diversity of perspective at the working place.


Job TitleTechnical Advisor – Energy Skills Development
GIZ PREEEP – Green People’s Energy
Reports to:Head of Programme
Duty stationGulu/Uganda
Ref. NoGIZ- PREEEP/TA/071958

Green People’s Energy Uganda

Green People’s Energy is an initiative launched by the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Mr. Gerd Müller, in June 2017 as part of the Marshal Plan with Africa. The initiative is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in eight focal countries: Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Senegal, Uganda and Zambia. The country project Uganda aims improving the access to decentralized renewable energy systems for farmers, enterprises, cooperatives and social institutions in rural areas. In Uganda, the project will consist of three components:

1) Training and skills development

Trainings and curricula for renewable energy (RE) technologies will be developed (solar water pumping etc.). The capacities of technical teachers shall be improved enabling them to train technicians on the proper design, installation and maintenance of RE systems. The project will partner with 2 vocational training institutes (VTIs) in Northern Uganda for this purpose. Further VTIs will receive support to acquire solar systems and training and demonstration installations. The project will also support the training of users of RE appliances such as farmers.

2) Access to Clean Energy for SMEs, Cooperatives and social institutions

SMEs, cooperatives and social institutions off the grid as well as in the reach of mini-grids, will receive technical and financial support to acquire and operate off-grid solar systems and energy efficient appliances for productive use and improved services.

3) Investments and framework conditions

This component aims at promoting investments into decentralized renewable energy systems such as grid-connected solar systems, solar for captive power, off-grid solar etc.

GIZ Uganda seeks to recruit a Technical Advisor – Energy Skills Development to support the implementation of this project, particularly for Component 1.

  1. Key Responsibilities
  • Implementation of activities regarding the development of RE curricula, course modules, training materials and concepts
  • Preparation, design and implementation of trainings of trainers (ToT) as well as trainings for technicians and RE appliance users such as farmers
  • Creation of tailor-made support packages for VTIs incl. solar power supply, training materials and demonstration sites
  • Regular engagement with the selected VTIs and other partners to identify opportunities, address challenges and maintain sound relations during implementation
  • Maintain communication with other GIZ energy and rural development projects for coordination and implementation of synergetic and joint activities
  • Monitor project progress for all activities under the skills development component
  • Always uphold GIZ’s values of sustainable development, transparency, efficiency and anti-corruption towards public, partners, government, private sector and institutions.

 

The Energy Skills Development Advisor will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  1. Specific Tasks

Assessments

  • Gather and analyze information to guide project interventions, including
  1. a) Selection of motivated and strong partner training institutes as well as trainees
  2. b) Assessing the needs of the partnering VTIs in order to become competent RE training centers (capacity building, curricula, equipment and materials)
  3. c) Analyzing the financial resources and avenues available to the beneficiaries
  4. d) Identification of opportunities for cooperation with other GIZ projects.

Interventions

  • Establish sound and transparent relations with partnering VTIs and all other partners
  • Cooperate within the project team to design efficient modes of support
  • Conduct regular monitoring visits to partnering VTIs and other implementation partners
  • Conceptualize and implement user trainings to assure proper usage and maintenance of all provided trainings materials, equipment and demonstrators
  • Design, coordinate and monitor consultancies
  • Develop joint activities with other GIZ projects for the training of RE appliance users (farmers etc.)
  • Design sustainability strategies for the partnering VTIs
  • Maintain equitable, transparent and fair delivery of support services to all partners

Project administration

  • Documentation of project activities and support to Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
  • Ensure correct visibility for the project and contribute to communications materials
  • Adherence to GIZ regulations and standard
  • Regular communication with project manager and development advisor.

Other duties/additional tasks

  • Perform other duties and tasks at the request of management.
  1. Required qualifications, competences and experience

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in RE, electrical engineering or similar disciplines
  • Minimum 5 years working experience, at least 2 years in vocational training and/or RE.

Professional Competences and experience

  • Ability to meet commitments, plan ahead of time, observe deadlines, achieve results
  • Ability to express him/herself clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing
  • Polite and professional manner in conduct, in person, by phone and email
  • Strong ability to work within a team and follow a common goal
  • Computer literacy with excellent knowledge of MS Office and experience in using energy software design tools
  • Excellent English language skills.

Other knowledge, and additional competences

  • Experience in the design and implementation of RE curricula and trainings
  • Practical experience in vocational training and teaching
  • Experience with RE technologies and agricultural equipment such as pumps, mills, driers, cooling and other appliances
  • Sound understanding of the Ugandan vocational training sector
  • Ability to convey complex technical matters in a comprehensive manner
  • Experience in stakeholder consultation and coordination is an advantage
  • Appreciation of the social, gender and youth aspects of energy and rural development
  • Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed.

How to Apply

All interested and qualified persons are strongly encouraged to apply by submitting their application and CV along with the contacts of three professional referees to The Director, Future Options Consulting Ltd, 4th Floor, DTB Centre, Kampala Road, P.O. Box 34934, Kampala, Uganda by email:

hr@futureoptionsug.com; Tel: +256 414 231204/6. Applications should be received by 5.00pm on the 15th July 2019. Please note: This is a national position. Application and CV should be in one document including the relevant attachments. Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

We encourage women, people with disabilities and minority groups to apply for this position. GIZ is committed to equal opportunities and diversity of perspective at the working place.

 


 

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