Job Summary

Perform duties of a Component Manager - Market Entry in RE and EE

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Management level
  • Experience Length: 7 years

Job Description

The project "Market entry in renewable energy and energy efficiency for the productive sector in Ghana" provides training, advisory and other support services to strengthen the capacity of key market actors so that private-sector companies can increasingly satisfy their energy needs from renewable energy (RE) or reduce them through energy efficiency solutions. The strategic focus of the project is, on the one hand, on overcoming market entry barriers, which so far discourage the use of RE and energy efficiency by Ghana's private-sector electricity consumers. On the other hand, public utility companies must be prepared for the change in the electricity sector, which is primarily caused by self-generation of electricity from RE by their customers. In addition, the project will help to improve the preconditions for demand-oriented training and further education of required professionals in the sector.

The project works in four fields of action: (1) market development and regulation for RE / energy efficiency solutions, (2) investment preparation for major electricity consumers, (3) business strategies for public electricity utilities and (4) demand-oriented vocational qualification. Action area 1 is aims to ensure that relevant public institutions in the energy sector as well as RE / energy efficiency companies (engineering companies, project developers, installers, maintenance companies) have improved instruments and capacities for the market development of RE and energy efficiency. To increase customer confidence, experience and data on exemplary RE / energy efficiency investments are distributed by an energy service centre as an "honest broker".

This service centre should provide credible information on service providers, suppliers, financial, technical and legal aspects and communicate these to a large number of potential investors via online databases, investment excursions and seminars. Action area 2 provides for improved capacities of large private-sector electricity consumers for their planning of RE and / or energy efficiency investments. The project primarily develops the RE / energy efficiency-specific technical and economic basic competencies of the specialists and executives entrusted with investment decisions at large electricity consumers through strategic skills development trainings. Action area 3 illustrates to public utilities strategic business opportunities to respond to their customers' growing options for self-generating RE electricity and improving energy efficiency. In a process of organizational development, the project helps electricity suppliers to analyse the scope and urgency of the adaptation process. Based on this, strategic reaction options will be identified that can be used by utilities to show new business areas, for example, the technical management of their customers’ backup energy systems. Your component comprises the responsibility for action areas 1, 2 and 3. Action area 4 will have its own component manager.

Job Title: Component manager - Market Entry in RE and EE

Job Location: Accra(Spintex), Greater Accra

Job Description


  • Management and overall coordination of the market entry component
  • Coordinate the overall process of providing technical expertise and advice to partner institutions in action areas (1) market development and regulation, (2) investment preparation/transaction advisory for major electricity consumers and (3) business strategies for utilities; Main partners are Ministry of Energy, Energy Commission, Association of Ghana Industries, RE business associations and public utilities
  • (ECG, NEDCo and VRA)
  • Manage in particular action area 1 with the Energy Service Center to be established between Association of Ghana Industries and Energy Commission
  • Serve as principal back-stopper for staff and consultants working on market entry assignments and ensure that activities are carried out according to the approved work plan and budget
  • Ensure financial and results-based monitoring of the component according to GIZ rules and regulations
  • Manage large international consulting contracts and ensure service delivery and quality of advice provided
  • Identify and mobilise short-term and long-term international and local experts for assignments, oversee their travel and preparation of contracts Facilitate the knowledge exchange within the GIZ energy portfolio in Ghana and with other projects

Qualification and Requirements

  • Completed university studies in economics or business administration, a degree program related to energy economics or international cooperation, or a comparable qualification
  • Several years of work experience in the context of international cooperation or at least 7 years of relevant experience working in the private sector
  • Management experience ideally in projects in the energy sector and / or regional programs as well as knowledge of GIZ procedures are beneficial; This includes leading a team of professional technical staff at various locations
  • Leadership experience in intercultural teams is an asset
  • Work experience in private sector support, private or public utilities, business associations, energy project financing, business advisory services related to renewable energy or energy efficiency would be beneficial
  • International work experience is an asset
  • Experience in the management of administrative processes, organizational skills, ability to motivate your team across cultural boundaries to work independently and to achieve good results
  • Fluent in English, knowledge of German is a strong asset

Timing and Duration of Assignment

  • The duration of the assignment will be from February 2019 to December 2021

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