Background
GVEP International (Global Village Energy Partnership) is a non-profit organisation that works to increase access to modern energy and reduce poverty in developing countries. We do this by supporting the development of small and medium sized renewable energy businesses, in part through entrepreneurship development programs providing technical, financial and business development advice.

GVEP has a number of research projects lined up over the next couple of months and is looking for additional research capacity to supplement the team. The assignments include the following topics for research:
a) Economics of access to energy and rural electrification
b) Market based incentives and development finance
c) Solar PV, biogas and other renewable energy technologies
These projects are carried out in cooperation with relevant country partners and an associated firm in the UK on behalf of the World Bank.

Role
The role will involve researching specific case studies in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, primarily on the solar PV sector and rural electrification based on independent private sector led supply through stand-alone micro/mini- grids. Possibly also biogas technologies will be included, although most of the research will cover the economics of development interventions rather then the technology as such.
The post holder will work under the supervision of the Sustainable Markets Advisor and the UK-based Programme Manager.

Responsibilities
1. Work on specific case studies on market development approaches in energy access in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
2. Contribute to the preparation of research reports and other types of communication materials as required.
3. Support to develop a toolkit on renewable energy for conservation areas
4. Fulfil other duties as can reasonably asked.

Remuneration
A living stipend of £500 per month, as well as an economy class ticket from the current location to Nairobi will be offered. Also expenses during business visits in the region will be covered by GVEP. Health insurance and health related expenses as well as necessary vaccinations need to be covered by the post holder.

Person specification

Essentials
  • Post graduate level in economics, environmental sciences or similar.
  • An understanding of development economics, market based approaches and private/public partnership models of service delivery.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Ability to work with collaboratively with others and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrable interest in poverty alleviation, environment and energy issues.
  • Willingness to travel within East Africa.

Desirables
  • Knowledge of energy issues in sub-Saharan Africa, the range of technologies, and general sector trends are a big advantage.
  • Work experience in sub-Saharan Africa.

Interested candidates should send a brief email introducing themselves
and a short CV to david.disch@gvepinternational.org.

Deadline for applications is Sunday 15th July 2012 at 9pm EAT.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Organisation website: http://www.gvepinternational.org/