Horn of African Solar Water Pumping Project Coordinator

Nairobi, Kenya 🇰🇪

Working for Oxfam will open up the world to you in a way that no other single poverty charity can do and it will provide the opportunity to enrich your career across diverse programmes. Joining Oxfam means being a player in making major change inspirational, gaining the satisfaction that comes from creating a real difference in the world, working for a leader in the field that pursues best practice in all area and becoming part of a professional and friendly team united by commitment to a cause and shared values.

Horn and East Africa hosts 11.31 millions of refugees and IDPs with camps’ average lifespan of 17 years.  In majority of these camps, water pumping is powered by diesel generators, thus high fuel consumption and recurrent costs. The Solar Energy Team (Oxfam, IOM, NRC) seeks to increase the number of solar boreholes in the region by at least 20% coverage in the next two (2) years.  The Horn of Africa Solar Water Pumping Project Coordinator will be responsible for solar project implementation, in partnership with IOM and IRC. 

The role

You will play a key role in carrying out techno-economic assessments of the top-priority 60 camps/IDP sites in the region and disseminate results and findings in national, regional and global fora.  As a technical expert you will organize and facilitate workshops in countries where solar assessments take place, keenly monitor solar projects and possibly create online accessible monitoring platforms.  You will map out and proactively engage national and local solar market actors while also exploring different business models to ensure timely solar system service response and fair competition. You will engage decision makers to promote solar solutions and steer Regional Solar working group.

What we are looking for

To succeed in this role, you will have a relevant degree from an accredited University, most preferably a Masters Degree.  You will have proven and substantial technical and hands on experience in solar water pumping systems (both surface and borehole systems) with excellent ability and know-how in technical facilitation of workshops and presentations at national and international fora and conferences.  You will need to be familiar with the economic concept of Net Present Value (NPV) and life cycle costing for analysing solar systems. The ability to present crisp and concise techno-economic assessment reports is essential in this role. You will be flexible enough to travel 60% of the time and be willing to work in remote locations. You will have strong command of the English language; both written and verbal.

A competitive salary package will be negotiated with the right candidate based on skill and experience. This is one opportunity that will offer vast scope, potential and personal satisfaction together with a truly life-changing experience.

If you believe you are the candidate we are looking for, please submit your application and CV including a day time contact by applying online at www.oxfam.org.uk/jobs using REF. 2540. The advert closes on 28 June 2016.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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