REEEP Senior Analyst

Providing technical support to the implementation of the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) programme and other REEEP programmes.

Open till: 14 April 2024

POSITION: Senior Analyst

REPORTS TO: Head of Programme

HOURS: 40 hours All-in

DURATION: Initial 6-month fixed term contract, which shall become a permanent contract if it is continued by the parties beyond the fixed term

LOCATION: Vienna

About REEEP

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) invests in clean energy markets in low- and middle-income countries to generate energy access, improve lives and economic opportunities, build sustainable markets, and combat climate change. REEEP is a Quasi-International Organisation under Austrian law operating in a growing international environment, rapidly expanding in influence and impact. REEEP values innovation, cooperation and commitment and has a young and results-oriented team of 22 staff at its International Secretariat in Vienna, Austria, working hand-in-hand with partners based in our countries of implementation.

About the Role

As part of the REEEP Programme Department, the focus of your work will be on technical analysis related to the implementation of the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) programme. The role will also require technical support to other REEEP programmes.

BGFA is a multi-year, market-based energy access programme implemented in Zambia, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mozambique, DRC and Uganda and currently funded by the governments of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany. The programme is based on the successful implementation of this approach in Zambia (BGFZ), which has shown that innovative results-based financing can be a powerful instrument in incentivising private sector early movers to scale business ventures in frontier off-grid energy markets.

The position is focused on providing technical assistance to companies supported by BGFA. You will also contribute to due diligence of shortlisted applicants and market analysis in the context of development of new funding windows and provision of technical support in contracting and implementation phase. For more context and information on related work and role of REEEP under the BGFA programme, please review the Annual Impact Report.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead and contribute to the provision of technical assistance to SMEs according to your skills and expertise, ranging from technical assistance needs assessment to financial modelling, business development, customer service and consumer protection, credit management, operations, ESG and other technical matters as relevant in the context of off-grid energy companies in early stage markets.
  • Research, analyse and present information gathered from diverse sources to support the delivery of technical assistance and market scoping studies for new target countries.
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and monitoring of BGFA (and/or other programmes), including contributing to, or leading, activities defined by the Line Manager (such as due diligence, selected aspects of contract negotiations, technical assistance to SMEs, etc.)
  • Document lessons learnt; propose and co-develop improvements to programme implementation and design.
  • Perform management and programmatic and administrative assignments in collaboration with the REEEP team and national and international partners, including work planning and report drafting, planning and facilitation of technical activities, preparation of ToRs for external experts, and financial budgeting.
  • Prepare and revise various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, translations, etc.
  • Participate in field missions, including preparation, coordination with in-country stakeholders and mission documentation.
  • Contribute to the design, development and implementation of new programmes.
  • Contribute to the development and articulation of high-level strategy and day-to-day best practices at the organisation.
  • Support maintaining the relationship with the donors as necessary.

About the Profile

Essential Criteria

  • University/Master's degree in a relevant field (e.g. economics, development studies, business administration, engineering, renewable energy, finance); or a strong record of work experience in pertinent fields
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience: exposure to development cooperation and/or policy development, and/or technical/economic/business analysis in either international development or energy/infrastructure development
  • Knowledge of relevant technologies (mini-grids, SHS, clean cooking, productive use appliances) and business models used to deliver energy access
  • Demonstrated motivation to focus and learn about a wide range of technical aspects related to the field and ability to engage in a multi-disciplinary manner
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Demonstrated interest in sustainable development, including relevant work or voluntary experience in a developing country
  • Strong analytical and organisational skills; ability to think creatively and strategically and work proactively to assist in planning and problem solving
  • Experience in drafting materials such as studies, reports, talking points and substantive documents for meetings and events
  • Ability to work independently but as an integral member of larger teams; ability to work efficiently under pressure and prioritise; reliable and committed
  • Team player and ability to work as part of a diverse team
  • Willingness and ability to travel

Desirable Criteria

  • Work experience in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Experience in renewable energy, off-grid energy access or infrastructure planning/financing in the context of development cooperation
  • Good understanding of the energy sector including institutional, policy, legal and regulatory aspects
  • Experience of working with companies, associations, governmental bodies or regulatory entities in the field of clean energy (especially those operating in sub-Saharan Africa)
  • Knowledge of programming, statistical analysis and/or econometrics (e.g. Stata, R, SPSS, etc.)
  • Language skills: French and Portuguese

About the Package

For a 40 h/week full-time position, REEEP offers a monthly salary of EUR 3,600 (gross, paid 14 times per year, subject to Austrian social security deduction, currently free of income tax due to REEEP’s status as “Quasi International Organisation”). It further includes five weeks of paid leave per year (prorated for the 6-month position), as well as an average of 14 Austrian and UN holidays per annum.

The envisaged starting date is 1 May 2024.

The REEEP offices are located in the Vienna International Centre (‘UNO City’) in Vienna, Austria. REEEP employees reserve the right to work from home; however, the successful candidate must reside in Vienna. REEEP is not in a position to cover relocation costs or any other travel costs incurred, e.g. for job interviews. Any selected candidate from a non-EU country will receive a legitimation card (equivalent to a residency and working permit) for the duration of the employment. The receipt of a legitimation card is also possible for spouses/registered partners and children of the selected candidate.

REEEP is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard for age, gender, race, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation.

About the Application

Applicants are kindly requested to address their CV, motivation letter and any supporting documents to jobs@reeep.org. Please note that only complete and timely submitted applications will be considered and that only shortlisted candidates will receive individual communication. The selection procedure may include a written test.

Application deadline: 14 April 2024 midnight CEST

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