Energy Associate

Closing date
16 Sep 2019
Vienna, Austria
Duration of assignment
Limited Term Appointment of one year with possibility to extend
Contract type

Context of Assignment

SEforALL engages at the country level through its regional hubs, country focal points as well as other public, private and civil society partners to support access to energy for the more than 840 million people who lack electricity and 3 billion people who lack clean fuels and technologies for cooking. SEforALL’s global team works with private sector, civil society and public sector partners to support countries to develop enabling policy frameworks, unlock finance for energy access, and grow markets for energy access solution providers.

SEforALL engages and supports key partners at international and regional level, for example through the G20, African Union political processes and other fora, to seek political commitment, broker partnerships and unlock finance necessary to achieve SDG7.  SEforALL plays a significant role in collecting and sharing knowledge and best practice across its wide, multi-stakeholder partnership base.

One of SEforALL’s priority workstreams is focused on expanding electricity access for all in Africa; the continent that is undeniably furthest behind in its progress towards achieving SDG7.


Title of Supervisor: Director, Policy & Programmes

Content and methodology of supervision: The Energy Associate will be supervised through individual meetings with the supervisor, regular team meetings and through periodic performance appraisals.

Functional Responsibilities

Reporting directly to the Director, Policy & Programmes and as part of the Policy team, the Energy Associate will be a dynamic and highly motivated professional providing effective research, work program support and delivery capacity to the Electricity for All in Africa intervention, as well as to the wider Policy team as needed. The Energy Associate will support stakeholder convenings, conduct stakeholder analysis, research best practices and marshal data and evidence to support SEforALL’s work.  The position requires excellent problem solving capability backed with analytical skill, political awareness, sound task management, good judgment, well developed communication skills, and demonstrated capacity to deliver.

The Energy Associate will work alongside and in close coordination with the Intervention Lead and team members responsible for the Electricity for All in Africa intervention.

 Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Support the Electricity for All in Africa Intervention Lead and team members to coordinate day-to-day work and engagement with key public sector stakeholders and intergovernmental institutions, Electrification Accelerator partners, Mini-grid Partnership members, other external stakeholders and colleagues within the SEforALL Global Team. Tasks include: scheduling and coordinating meetings and workshops; preparing and circulating meeting agendas and minutes; drafting correspondence; assisting in coordinating work programs; managing contact databases and updating SEforALL’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system; and tracking relevant developments in Sub-Saharan Africa and by key development partners.
  • Provide research support to the Electricity for All in Africa intervention as well as other key SEforALL programmes and activities. Tasks will include research and analysis of energy sector governance and institutional structures, best practices in energy access policies and stakeholder mapping; gathering of data and evidence; support to team members in knowledge capture and dissemination.
  • Support implementation of SEforALL led and other events taking place in Sub-Saharan Africa to enable capacity- and coalition- building in support of SDG7.
  • Support SEforALL Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning processes, tracking progress and implementing learnings to improve the efficacy of SEforALL interventions.
  • Liaise with the Communications team and provide content support related to the Electricity for All in Africa intervention and other SEforALL interventions as necessary.
  • Participate as a key team member in developing and implementing SEforALL interventions to accelerate energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency partnerships and programs.  
  • Provide input for briefs on country engagement/ access to support the SRSG/ CEO as required.
  • Provide operational support to assist with procurement and other administrative processes, such as shared file drive organization and maintenance, as needed.
  • Participate in regular Policy Team meetings.
  • Other tasks that emerge in a fast-moving high-level policy environment, as needed.

The position will require international travel.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, economics, sustainable development, energy, or a closely related field.
  • A minimum of 3 years relevant experience in international public policy or international development, with specializations in energy access or energy policy highly desirable.
  • Prior experience working with broad partnerships highly desirable.
  • Experience in a fast paced environment that requires high flexibility and a commitment to results.
  • Experience in operating across multiple time zones and with distributed teams.

Technical Competencies

  • Experience working in the energy or climate sector and understanding of general stakeholder landscape. Practical experience of engaging with stakeholders in international and/or developing country contexts highly desirable.
  • Knowledge management: Proven ability to work with others to create, synthesize and/ or share relevant knowledge and to stimulate its use.
  • Project management: Demonstrated experience in successful task/ project management, working with multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Event management:  and event coordination: Experience supporting the design and implementation of workshops and multi-stakeholder dialogues.


Complete fluency in English with strong written and verbal communication skills. Knowledge of and ability to work in one or more additional languages desirable.

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