Technical advisor _ re/ee market development and investment preparation

Job Summary

Perform duties of a Technical Advisor _ RE/EE Market Development and Investment Preparation

  • Minimum Qualification: MBA / MSc
  • Experience Level: Executive level
  • Experience Length: 3 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. This position assumes responsibility in action areas 1 and 2.

Job Title: Technical Advisor _ RE/EE Market Development and Investment Preparation

Job Location: Accra, Greater Accra

Job Description

  • Managing the area of market development and regulation for renewable energy (RE) - in particular distributed generation - and energy efficienc (EE) that is part of the project objectives in collaboration with the Energy Service Center
  • Liaison between the Energy Service Center and the GIZ RE Office, eg. be the GIZ focal person for the Service Center, assist the Center in development of its workplan and activities, monitor and report on the Center’s progress to the GIZ Programme Manager
  • Providing professional advisory services to and cooperating with the relevant sector stakeholders, in particular Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) and the Energy Commission, the Ministry of Power, the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission, the public utilities and the private sector RE and EE associations and companies
  • Innovation and knowledge management


Advising the partner institutions

  • Assists and monitors the development and implementation of project plans and activities related to the area of responsibility in close consultation with Programme Manager and counterparts at the Energy Service Center
  • Provides organisational support to AGI and Energy Commission with regard to the establishment of a RE/EE Information/Service Hub which will serve as ‘honest broker’ between RE/EE service providers and potential clients

Networking and cooperation

  • Supports cooperation, regular contact and dialogue with partners, assists with PR work and cooperates with relevant organisations, non-governmental agencies and individuals in the project environment and with other projects, in particular the Renewable Energy Project Development Programme (PDP) and the Capacity for Successful Implementation of the RE Act (C-SIREA) or its successor, to improve and maintain good working relationships
  • Communicates local interests and efforts, forwards these and encourages sharing ideas and information for the benefit of the project

Knowledge management

  • Ensures knowledge transfer of project information, in particular ensuring transfer of knowledge from work undertaken by consultants to the partner institutions
  • Draws up reports and presentation documents
  • Assists with research activities and studies on renewable and energy efficiency market development and regulation in Ghana

Coordination tasks

  • Assists with general project planning and develops project concepts including preparation, organisation and moderation of planning exercises and their implementation, management, monitoring, quality management, evaluation, communication and documentation
  • Handles procurement management on behalf of GIZ as relevant to area of responsibility (e.g. preparing local and international consulting contracts, project proposal preparation, impact monitoring, project progress review, reporting)

Qualification and Requirements

  • Minimum of masters/MSc in an area that is related to the project objectives (energy, renewable energy, environmental management, economics, international development cooperation, electrical or electronic or mechanical engineering, project/market development)
  • Experience in a technical capacity in the energy sector is an asset with a view to the technical nature of the area of advisory services
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in a comparable position
  • Very good working knowledge of ICT technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office)
  • Fluent in English language in the spoken and written form. A working knowledge of German is an asset
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Work experience in an intercultural environment is an asset
  • Willingness to update skill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management

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