Rwanda: Field Officer – Rwanda National (Re-advertisement)

Organization: Practical Action
Country: Rwanda
Closing date: 04 Jan 2018

Practical Action is an international non-governmental organisation (INGO) with 50 years of expertise in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We have a strong heritage and track record of bringing communities and experts together to find practical, sustainable solutions which work for both people and the planet; solutions that enable people to meet their needs and lead dignified lives. Technology features in everything we do. We partner with people whose lives are transformed by these efforts and ensure local ownership and solutions that work in the longer term, without us.

Practical Action is implementing a four year Renewable Energy for Refugees (RE4R) project in Rwanda. This project will be led by Practical Action and UNHCR to deliver renewable energy investments through an innovative approach in humanitarian settings, working directly with refugees and host communities in Kigeme, Nyabiheke and Gihembe refugee camps. The project will provide access to affordable and sustainable sources of renewable energy, and improve the health, wellbeing and security of target populations. It will draw on Practical Action’s considerable existing experience of renewable energy programmes in developing countries – working directly with communities to deliver the best energy services and products possible for local people.

There is one post available for a Field Officer for the project directly reporting to the Rwanda Project Manager based in Kigali. The post will be located in the field office in the South near Huye. As a key delivery position, this role will collect data and information, undertake technical analysis on access to sustainable energy for displaced persons and provide field support for the implementation of project. The role will require working with multiple sources of information and using economic, quantitative and qualitative methods to develop Practical Action’s renewable energy activities for refugees in Rwanda. The role is focused on field level delivery of the project and so experience of working with local communities is necessary for the role, experience of working with refugees or within the humanitarian system is desirable.

The Field Officer, under the supervision of the Project Manager, will primarily be responsible for the following:

  1. Assist in the implementation and oversight of Practical Action field activities including data collection in the refugee camps in the south near Huye.
  2. Assist in developing and maintaining relations with refugee and host communities, local authorities and other local actors.
  3. Assist in planning, monitoring and evaluation of field activities, and in identifying needs and gaps in delivery.
  4. Represent and participate in relevant meetings and field level partner coordination.
  5. Assist with field specific partnerships and legal requirements for implementation in the camps.
  6. Directly support to the following activities:

  7. Lead field inputs on planning for sustainable and appropriate energy options for cooking, lighting and electricity for refugees, taking into account protection, financial, environmental and livelihood considerations.

  8. Gather operational and technical data to feed into the Total Energy Access Intervention Plans being produced for the three Rwanda camps.

  9. Assist in analysis and data collection on energy needs and evaluation of existing energy systems in camp locations: developing technical energy plans for effective implementation of energy programmes.

  10. Reviewing, amending and improving data analysis tools to make them locally appropriate and fit for purpose.

  11. Collecting data for community energy access planning and using existing UNHCR data to develop a comprehensive picture of the solutions needed to meet energy access priorities. Running focus groups and consultations with financial and markets stakeholders on the conditions required for providing the funding and the steps which might be taken, nationally and internationally.

  12. Contribute to research on energy technologies and markets for energy products and services.

    Required Skills and Experience

  13. A degree in social sciences, natural resource management or other relevant field. Diploma holders with relevant experience may be considered.

  14. At least 4 years of relevant experience, including experience in the humanitarian sector delivering results for displaced people and/or in a professional environment delivering results to clients.

  15. Analytical and numerical skills, familiarity with the data collection and research process and the ability to synthesize data, present results and draw meaningful conclusions.

  16. Confident in dealing with survey data from socio and economic research in developing countries, including working with incomplete data sets.

  17. Proven proficiency in Microsoft Excel and data analysis techniques.

  18. Excellent communication skills, including proven technical writing and presentation and communication skills.

  19. Fluency in written and spoken English, French and Kinyarwanda essential. Other and local language experience an advantage.

  20. The applicant should be a Rwandan national, resident in Rwanda and able to relocate to near to Kigeme camp.

  21. Problem solving ability combined with capacity for research and analysis: Ability to think creatively, and to explore, harness and translate innovative concepts and current practices into sustainable projects.

  22. Experience working on the design and installation of renewable energies and related technologies.

  23. Ability to apply knowledge from contemporary research in the field of energy, and translate this into humanitarian settings.

  24. Strong interest and exposure to development and humanitarian issues, especially in the area of energy and sustainability.

  25. Ability to meet reporting deadlines, manage budgets and complete quarterly and yearly reporting. Experience with donor programming and reporting.

  26. Experience working with government authorities, development partners, civil society and public-private sector.

  27. Ability to work independently and deliver high quality work under demanding timelines

How to apply:

If you have the experience, skills and the ability we are looking for, please send your cover letter and updated CV by email to: no later than 4th January 2018. Indicate: “Application for the role of Field Officer” on the email subject.

Note: This post is open to RWANDA NATIONALS ONLY

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