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Access to Energy Manager

at Mercy Corps
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted June 12, 2019
Category Energy & Mining
Job Type FULL_TIME
Currency UGX

Description

About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.
In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions
into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
Now, and for the future.\

Program / Department Summary

Mercy Corps is exploring a number of strategies to expand access to renewable energy to refugees in Uganda’s west nile region through market-based solutions. Mercy Corps will lead two programs - STARRE (Strengthening Access of Refugees to Renewable Energy) and AMPERE (Access to Modern Energy in Humanitarian Settings Pilot) in West Nile targeting refugees in BidiBidi as well as host community members. In addition, Mercy Corps is implementing a program - Energy in Emergencies, Mitigating Risks of Gender Based Violence (EEMRG), which is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and implemented by Mercy Corps and the Women’s Refugee Commission. The program aims to improve safety and opportunities for refugee women and girls through improved access to energy in emergencies, and Uganda is a focus country for this opportunity which includes assessments and development of capacity building materials on gender and energy access issues. AMPERE will be managed as a consortium led by Mercy Corps, in partnership with Save the Children (Response Innovation Lab) and SNV.

General Position Summary
The primary focus of the Access To Energy Manager will be to oversee all activities and successful implementation of the AMPERE and STARRE programs, as well as acting as a focal point for EEMRG activities within Uganda. The Access to Energy Manager will lead the consortium between Mercy Corps, Save the Children/RIL and SNV to deliver AMPERE. S/he will be responsible for oversight of quality activities and coordination among partners, including Save the Children/RIL and SNV, and responsible for ensuring that the program meets targets, ensures quality, on deadline and within scope. S/he will be overall responsible for budget management. The Manager will lead at both strategic and operational levels, working with staff to develop strategies for effective implementation. S/he will coordinate closely with the MEL Advisor at Mercy Corps to ensure appropriate MEL activities are planned, and supervise the management of MEL activities on the ground, ensuring that analysis of data coming from the ground feeds into the learning agenda for the programs. The position will also lead activities for EEMRG in Uganda, including development and testing of tools to improve energy access for women and girls in emergencies.

Essential Job Responsibilities
Access to Energy Technical Leadership

Conducting ongoing analysis of energy markets and market systems, including documenting and analyzing observations and results as well as drawing relevant conclusions to inform future Intervention strategies
Provide leadership and daily oversight for partnership with PAYGo companies at both Kampala and regional levels, including relationship and trust building, development of shared strategies for market development in refugee settlements, joint activity planning with clear division of roles and responsibilities, and regular monitoring of progress and joint problem solving for market development activities, which may include marketing activities, post-sale services, developing connections between potential in-camp retailer and suppliers, etc
Collect, analyse and systematize lessons learnt and best practices to be shared with the community of practice
Act as primary liaison with private sector actors to enter Bidibidi and engage with clients (including marketing activities, post-sale services, developing connection between potential in-camp retailer and suppliers)
Gauge willingness to pay of clients (e.g. equipment’s’ monthly installments) and private sector actors (e.g. renting space in Innovation Center, inclusive of electricity), and develop intervention strategies accordingly
Recommend access to energy priorities and explore, evaluate and present new opportunities that have high potential for impact
Develop, test and refine a tool on improving market access for women to high quality solar energy products in refugee market settings

Skills

Demonstrated experience in business development and partnerships with private sector actors, including demonstrated ability to achieve results for low income populations through effective market facilitation activities
Demonstrated experience managing energy access programming in off-grid context, preferably in Africa
Sensitivity to gender dynamics, GBV risks and energy needs of women and girls in emergencies
Demonstrated analytical skills and dexterity in data collection, verification and documentation.
Proven skills in networking, team-building, community consultations and organizational development.
Excellent reporting, communication and representation skill

Experience Requirements

At least 3 years of related professional experience, with minimum 2 years’ management experience.s.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in energy or business development a plus