Monday, 10 October 2016

Off-Grid Renewable Energy Enterprise Development Specialist at SSG Advisors

SSG Advisors is an international development consulting firm headquartered in Vermont, USA. We work with a variety of government and commercial clients on market-driven sustainable development solutions around the world. Since 2005, we have completed assignments in over 50 countries spanning a wide range of sectors, including climate change, agricultural development, private sector engagement, and digital inclusion. SSG is a leader in developing and managing catalytic international development partnerships and facilitating investments for SGBs.

SSG is now accepting applications for an Off-Grid Renewable Energy Enterprise Development Specialist, to be staffed on an anticipated 5-year USAID-funded activity focused on transforming the power sector in Nigeria. The position would be full-time and based in Lagos.

Job Title: Off-Grid Renewable Energy Enterprise Development Specialist, Nigeria

Description

  • SSG is now accepting applications for an Off-Grid Renewable Energy Enterprise Development Specialist, to be staffed on an anticipated 5-year USAID-funded activity focused on transforming the power sector in Nigeria. 
  • The position would be full-time and based in Lagos.
  • The Specialist will work with project partners and off-grid energy access entrepreneurs in Nigeria to foster the development of enterprises that advance project goals. 
  • He/she will be responsible for working with SSG and the project partners to identify and support promising energy access enterprises. 
  • This includes providing these enterprises with development services such as capacity building and assisting them in raising capital.

Responsibilities 

  • Work with the project and SSG home office teams to develop a process to seek out energy access enterprises operating in Nigeria;
  • Develop operational processes for originating, screening, and supporting companies in the project's pipeline;
  • Identify and apply existing, relevant methodologies (i.e. USAID's OCAT, UnLtd's Social Entrepreneur's Toolkit, etc) to help energy access enterprises assess their business development, financing, and operational needs;
  • Provide strategic advisory and mentorship to selected enterprises;
  • Support capital raising through technical assistance for investment proposal preparation, feasibility studies, introduction to potential investors, and more;
  • Organize promotional events to foster engagement between energy access enterprises and investors;
  • Lead investor outreach and engagement, identifying potential sources of public and private financing and to connect energy access enterprises with potential investors;
  • Work with the project team to monitor and evaluate the process of selecting and supporting enterprises over time;
  • As requested/needed, perform other tasks to support project activities.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in energy-related engineering policy, business, finance, economics or related field, advanced degree is strongly preferred
  • At least 8 years of relevant professional experience in Africa;
  • A strong understanding of the Nigerian and regional small-scale renewable energy sector;
  • Experience planning, developing, or financing, off-grid projects in the developing country context
  • Familiarity with the design and/or implementation of energy access business models focused on Base of the Pyramid (BoP) clients in emerging markets;
  • Experience delivering capacity building and training sessions for entrepreneurs;
  • A proven ability to negotiate and work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders;
  • Ability to work independently and effectively within tight deadlines;
  • Willingness to travel up to 30% time;
  • Nigerian work authorization required
  • Native proficiency in written and spoken English, as well as strong knowledge of one or more of the following: Hausa, Igbo, or Yoruba.

Location: Lagos

Closing date
Not Specified

Method of Application

  • Qualified candidates should submit their CV to zoraya@ssg-advisors.com
  • Please include "Off-Grid Renewable Energy Enterprise Development Specialist" in the email subject line, and save documents as 'Last Name_First Name.pdf' (e.g., Smith_Jane.pdf). 
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please. SSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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