Rwanda: Technical Energy Specialist – 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.

This post is for a full-time Rwanda Technical Energy Specialist for the project. The holder of the position will work under the direct supervision of the Rwanda Project Manager in Kigali and with technical backstopping support from the East Africa regional energy and PAC teams. As the energy access specialist resource for the project in Rwanda, this role will provide the technical strategic direction for delivery of high quality programme interventions, monitor performance, document and disseminate learnings, innovations and good practices. The role will require working with multiple actors, sources of information and using economic, quantitative and qualitative methods to develop Practical Action’s renewable energy plans and activities for refugees in Rwanda. This is a senior role within a large international project and applicants are expected to have considerable experience in the off-grid and renewable energy sector. The project will inform and influence the sustainable energy policies, priorities and operations of donors, host governments, national and international organisations.

The Technical Energy Specialist, under the supervision of the Project Manager, will primarily be responsible for the following:

  1. The technical strategic direction and coordination of Practical Action activities in Kigeme, Nyabiheke and Gihembe refugee camps.
  2. Overseeing the delivery and development of high quality energy interventions in Rwanda, taking into account aspects of age, gender and diversity mainstreaming.
  3. Data collection and analysis for the RE4R project on the ground in Rwanda, including supporting survey analysis, qualitative data collection, markets analysis and designing renewable energy interventions.
  4. Monitoring programme quality, initiating and taking technical leadership in energy focused studies, documentation and dissemination of innovations and good practices by working together with other members of Practical Action team.
  5. Specifically for this project, the technical specialist will be expected to take leadership in the following activities:

  6. Review the technical viability of a range of energy access technologies in the specific context of each refugee camp ( including host community).

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

  8. Assist with gathering operational and technical data to feed into the intervention plans being produced for the three Rwanda camps.

  9. Bringing together energy access and markets analysis components of the data collection to produce Intervention Plans for Refugees in the selected Rwandan Camps. Includes developing outline costs, timelines, work plans and include staffing requirements and responsibilities. Drafting the final intervention plans and donor material ready for approval in Mach 2018.

  10. Researching the range of technological and market mechanisms available for delivery. Producing information on energy access and models of delivery for the project, including involvement of private sector, government and local NGO partners.

  11. Design renewable energy interventions for 3 Rwandan camps, including markets and socio-economic assessment information, gender and protection concerns to deliver successful long-term renewable energy activities.

  12. Continued technical management of the renewable energy activities in the Rwandan camps, including dealing with maintenance and repair issues, ensuring on-going sustainability of the project and community buy-in over the long-term.

  13. Liaise with UNHCR staff responsible for coordination and communication to ensure effective synergies between partner organisations and UNHCR’s protection, livelihoods, shelter, environment, programme and supply sections, in addition to synergies between other humanitarian agencies, government and private sector actors. Collaboration with local NGOs, refugee governance committees and community-based organisations.

  14. Work closely with the UK technical team, East Africa regional office, and Rwanda colleagues to ensure the timely and appropriate monitoring, evaluation and learning from project activities.


  1. At least a Masters’ degree in engineering, economics or other technical discipline
  2. At least 8 years of relevant experience, including experience in developing countries, and in a professional environment delivering results to clients.
  3. Proven programme design ability, including technical work on large-scale energy programmes and experience of working with complex energy technologies, including off-grid and decentralised renewable energy technologies.
  4. Proven relationships and contacts within the energy sector in Rwanda, including proven experience working with NGOs and local communities.
  5. International experience outside of Rwanda desired, including working with remote teams and international colleagues.
  6. Fluency in written and spoken English and Kinyarwanda essential. French proficiency is desirable.
  7. Understanding of decentralised energy solutions and energy access issues.
  8. Knowledge of energy markets, enterprise models and bottom-of-the-pyramid delivery, value chain analysis and energy markets systems would be an advantage.
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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 Technical Energy Specialist” on the email subject.

Note: This position is open to RWANDA NATIONALS ONLY

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