Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation. Founded in the Netherlands more than 50 years ago, we have built a long-term, local presence in over 30 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors work with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.


Job description

SNV is currently tendering for the Africa Clean Energy Business (ACE) programme, component 1: TA and Knowledge Management. Our consortium brings almost 30 years of experience in delivering results in the off-grid energy market, benefitting the urban and rural poor (with a focus on women and girls) in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our ability to deliver in an effective, value-for-money manner is underpinned by our continuous in-country presence and infrastructure in over 20 African countries.

Overview of the position

We are looking for a Team Leader to lead the implementation of the ACE programme, respectively in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The programme supports the implementation of policies, regulatory and other actions developed by the Energy Africa Compacts. These aim to improve the enabling environment for a market-based approach to private sector delivery of solar home system (SHS) products and services, and to ensure that the potential of off-grid solar energy to increase electricity access is recognised. We will support governments in putting in place appropriate policies and regulations, as well as to focus on other aspects of the broader enabling environment. The proposed new programme will tackle market barriers, catalysing private sector delivery and facilitating a market-driven approach to increased access to off-grid renewable energy. 

Key responsibilities

  • Lead and coordinate overall project management;
  • Build, strengthen and manage strategic partnerships with regional governments, key partners, institutions and stakeholders;
  • Ensure learning within the project team and among stakeholders and steer knowledge management;
  • Ensure timely reporting and good relations with the donor;
  • Guide the project set-up nationally and regionally;
  • Manage and monitor performance of the project management team to ensure that all milestones set in the annual work plan are met, develop mitigation plans to reduce setbacks and take corrective actions to remedy any deviation from the work plans;
  • Account and report to SNV, donor and clients on project performance; 
  • Guide knowledge development, documentation and communication and branding in close collaboration with the donor and SNV's Energy sector.


  • A Masters's degree in business, international development, renewable energy and/or economics or similar; 
  • A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible work experience in managing and implementing multi-faceted development programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Proven abilities in developing and managing programmes in market development in Renewable Energy;
  • Proactive and entrepreneurial to explore and develop innovative approaches;
  • Demonstrated experience in managing large and complex donor programmes;
  • Familiarity with DFID programmes;
  • Ability to deliver programmes on time, target and budget;
  • Excellent social and networking skills in (the required) contexts, ability to engage with governments, the private sector and civil society;
  • Excellent communication (written and oral), reporting and presentation skills; 
  • Willingness to travel to all project locations.

Additional Information

SNV offers an international contract with a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. The location of the position has not been determined yet, but would either be in one of the project countries or based at our headquarters in The Netherlands. 

We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Our Energy sector staff benefit from an internal global network of Energy experts. For more information, please visit our website:

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11 December 2017