SNV Burkina Faso is looking for a:

Country Sector Leader for Renewable Energy sector

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.

In order to sustain and scale up our sector activities in the Renewable Energy sector, SNV Burkina Faso is recruiting a dynamic, content strong and inspiring leader to coordinate the activities in the sector.

The critical task of Sector Leader will be to lead, secure resources mobilization, provide sector strategic direction, inspire and guide a team of diverse national and international advisors towards leveraging and building SNV resources dedicated to meaningful impact at scale in the Renewable Energy sector. He will report directly to the Country Director of SNV Burkina Faso and is part of the Country Management Team. Functionally the sector leader will report to the Managing Director of the sector and will collaborate with the Global Energy Sector Coordinator.

Major responsibilities

In line with SNV Corporate Strategy, the Country Sector Leader will:

Provide strategic and operational direction to the sector in terms of content and leadership, including management and development of skilled human resources in the sector;
Identify opportunities, develop innovative program concept and mobilize financial resources in collaboration with the global sector coordinator, Business Development Coordinator and other country sector leaders and plays a key role in getting sufficient resources for SNV services in the sector;
Build relations with external stakeholders including donors, local organizations, government entities and knowledge institutions related to the sector and leverage the network for developing and implementing additional programs and projects
Provide administrative oversight over all programmes/projects related to the sector, monitor and steer human resources and financial performance of the sector to deliver meaningful and effective development result;
Provide guidance and steer on Management for Result and ensure credible Monitoring and Evaluation indicators and results;
Actively draw lessons from managing the projects and programs to improve SNV’s service delivery, quality standards and participate in knowledge development expertise groups/networks so as to contribute to the development of sector products and branding. Share innovative delivery models with the team and utilise the knowledge gained for knowledge transfer and for securing additional resources;
Oversee the projects in the sector and steer other project managers in the sector;
Coaches staff, consultants and Local Capacity Builders in the sector team;
Deliver advisory services/advising in more complex projects in role as senior advisor.

Candidate profile

The candidate should be at least a strong and mature senior advisor with a track record linked to the sector:

Masters’ Degree or equivalent in related field;
Minimum of 10 years of working experience in the sectors with at least 7 years of relevant experience in the sector and 3 years in a managerial position;
Experience of working at senior levels in international development organisation will be preferred;
Proven experience of working with multi-disciplinary and multi-national team and ability to build the capacity of team members;
Strong understanding of the context, issues, policies and strategies in the RE sector in Africa;
Proven track record in organisational and institutional development processes especially in the context of sector development, capacity building, proposal development and resources mobilization;
Proven technical expertise in the sector with a track record in managing programmes;
Demonstrated networking ability, awareness of existing development actors in the sector;
Strong understanding of social services and market development approaches and methods;
Provide vision and inspiration, lead people by example in all areas, and copes with changes;
Evidence of producing knowledge products;
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 21 November 2013.