SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGER/ADVISOR
You will be a senior member of our African Programmes and Advisory team, which includes professionals from a range of private sector backgrounds, including entrepreneurship, engineering, project development, banking and investment, micro-finance, management consulting and law. You will manage and lead the implementation of SME advisory programmes and be expected to mentor junior members of the E4I team. You will provide business, financial and other advice to SMEs, including solar home system companies, mini-grid developers and productive use businesses. You will manage relationships with donors and ensure that programmes are delivered on time and in a quality manner. You will represent E4I at industry events and, for up to 20% of your time, support on business development and fundraising. You will have a strong private sector and transactional background, ideally in energy, financing or a related business. We particularly welcome candidates with a background in capital raising with SMEs.
Accountabilities & Responsibilities
Programme Management and Advisory Responsibilities
●Manage and implement donor-funded SME advisory programmes, including budgeting and reporting, both internally and externally.
●Provide business and financial advice to early and later stage SME companies, including mini-grid developers, solar home system distributors, stand-alone solar appliance suppliers and other service providers.
●Provide support to SME clients on their business models, partnership facilitation, project development, investment readiness, financial modelling and capital raising.
●Develop relationships with local investors, financial institutions and donors active in the energy access sector.
●Manage and mentor junior advisory team members to help them deliver on programme objectives and grow their skills and experience.
●Work closely with the Business Development team, leading and supporting proposals.
●Work closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation team to ensure expected results for advisory activities are measured and evaluated.
●Help E4I to develop its internal processes and institutional knowledge of energy access financing, business models, regulatory issues etc.
●Represent E4I and make presentations at conferences and networking events. Provide thought-leadership around the gaps in the market and how E4I can help fill those gaps. Stay up-to-date on market news, regulations, and trends in the field of energy access and productive use of electricity in Africa, particularly in relation to private companies, suppliers, funders, donors and other NGOs
Business Development (<20% time)
●Support organizational efforts to identify and secure new funding from potential donors in East Africa and other parts of Africa.
●Working together with the Business Development team, prepare bids, concept notes and proposals for donors consistent with the objectives and requirements of the potential donor.
●Build and develop relationships with potential donors focused on East Africa, including development agencies, development financing institutions, trusts and foundations, and other potential targets.
●Build and develop relationships with potential bidding and implementing partners and lead development of strategic partnerships as required.
Knowledge, Skills & Experience
●7-12 years’ experience in at least one and preferably several of the following areas: ○Energy project development, operations, financing or appliances ○Financial advisory, management or strategic consulting ○Early-stage business building as an entrepreneur, investor (PE/VC/impact investing) or incubator ○Management of donor programmes, preferably in an African energy access context ○Business development and fundraising for NGOs, preferably in an African context
●Experience working with rural and off-grid business models and financing and an understanding of the unique challenges faced by businesses operating in Africa.
Academic and Professional Qualifications
●Graduate Degree in Business Management, Economics, Finance, International Development, Energy, Environment, Climate Change or other relevant subject