Multi Country Project Leader Renewable Energy - BURKINA FASO
Are you interested in joining an organisation with a long term commitment to fighting poverty? Would you like to work in a challenging environment and develop an international career focused on demonstrating shared core values that achieve results?

SNV Burkina Faso is looking for a:

Multi Country Project Leader Renewable Energy - PicoPV4Africa programme (solar distribution)

Based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

(International contract)

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation has
worked in Burkina Faso since 1970 (

The emphasis of its work is on poverty alleviation focusses on three sectors: Agriculture, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) and Renewable Energy through multidisciplinary interventions across the country.

The SNV Renewable Energy (RE) sector has one overarching aim to boost low carbon pro poor development while promoting energy efficiency and facilitating access to sustainable, clean and reliable energy sources for households and small enterprises and the development of a vibrant renewable energy sector with an adequate enabling environment.

In pursuing this aim, SNV has expanded the range of RE technologies and strengthened its market-based approach in Asia, African and Latin America. This expansion will continue to focus on Renewable Energy resources targeting 3 interventions areas for domestic and productive use: clean cooking, lighting and communication and agricultural processing. As such SNV Burkina Faso is working with renewable energy technologies such as Biogas (for domestic and productive use), Improved cook stoves (ICS) and fuels, Waste to Energy (gasification) and Off
Grid Solar.

Under the broad banner of RE, SNV also situates its rapidly growing work in REDD+ and REAP and climate financing mechanisms. While this may be seen as not ‘strictly’ RE, it sits together with Climate Smart Agriculture and the rest of SNV’s work in RE, to demonstrate a strong commitment to environmental sustainability and climate change while boosting economic development.

We are looking for an experienced senior professional with BoP marketing expertise with a focus on renewable energy (picoPV units and/or rural electrification) who can lead the expansion and especially the innovation of SNV’s RE practice and portfolio across SNV countries in Africa.

The scope of responsibility includes initially leading, managing, advising and supporting the PicoPV4Africa programme and its activities and advisors in Burkina Faso, Niger, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Programme Leader will report to the Country Sector Leader (CSL) RE of Burkina Faso and will sign a service level agreement with the other country sector leaders of the other SNV countries.


The Programme Leader will be based in Burkina Faso and travel and support the different countries to work with the country teams, distributors, retailers, brands and relevant stakeholders to build internal expertise and create sustainable business models. He/she will be in charge of overall project oversight and alignment between the different countries.

Overall programme lead and management of the PicoPV4Africa programme during 2014 and 2015;
Support the project teams of Burkina Faso, Niger, Uganda and DRC on picoPV last mile distribution;
Support to update market, donor and marketing intelligence for picoPV distribution models;
Lead, manage and identify fundable opportunities for programming in picoPV distribution, beyond SNV’s
current portfolio, taking national contexts and poverty strategies into consideration;
Support business development/fund raising activities for the SNV RE sector;
Support CSLs and their teams to fully explore fundable opportunities for expanding their current solar/picoPV
portfolios and assess what it would take to exploit these opportunities, bearing in mind cross-country synergies;
Coaches staff, consultants and Local Capacity Builders;
Develop concepts for innovative approaches/technologies for solar/picoPV distribution.
Candidate profile

Advanced qualification and expertise in areas relevant to Renewable Energy, Marketing, Sales, Off grid solar, rural electrification, with a minimum of 10 years of experience,
preferably in Africa.
Proven track record business development and relationship management, preferable in the private sector in BoP markets and distribution models.
Verifiable Knowledge and Programme Development track record.
Existing network with private sector, donors and knowledge partners in the solar sector, possibly some years
in the distribution and sales of the solar picoPV sector.
Ability to work in teams and build capacity of senior workforce by providing strategic advisory services.
Dynamic, entrepreneurial, out-going, leadership and coaching skills with a client and team oriented attitude.
Strong writing skills with excellent communication skills in English (SNV’s corporate language) and French (a must).
Contract Duration: 2 years (until 31 December 2015)

Desired start date: 1st of January 2014

Information on duty station

Name: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Medical facilities: Private clinics (French).

Educational facilities: Good education facilities: many international schools available –French and English - for primary and secondary education.

Security situation: Very good.

Accessibility: Good roads between and the main regional cities and neighboring countries;
Good national and daily international flight connections.

Communication: Telephone, e-mail and fax.

How to apply?

Please apply by clicking on and completing your application in our in-house recruitment system before 11 November 2013 (23:59:59 hours GMT).