Head of Unit AREI Independent Delivery Unit

Position Grade: PL1
Position Number: 50098121
Posting Date: 16-Nov-2022
Closing Date: 15-Dec-2022


The Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) is a transformative, Africa-owned and directed effort to harness the continent’s huge renewable energy potential for universal energy access and sustainable development. Under the mandate of the African Union, the initiative is set to achieve at least 300 Gigawatts (GW) of new and additional renewable energy generation capacity by 2030 with an initial 10 GW by 2020 which has been achieved.

AREI constitutes a framework intended to provide guidance and coordination across institutions and all African countries to facilitate action towards AREI’s goals, and ensure additionality to existing activities and support. The initiative addresses interrelated challenges at the national, continental and global levels, including those relating to inclusive development, energy access, and climate change. At its core AREI is about developing and promoting a vision of people-centered, distributed and other renewable energy systems that aims to influence all relevant actors on the continent.

The AREI Independent Delivery Unit will work on the tasks assigned to it by the AREI Board to support the overall implementation of the AREI Action Plan. The Independent Delivery Unit will be fully accountable to the AREI Board of Directors in accordance with the AREI Governing Instrument, which ensures its independence and African leadership.

The Head of Unit of the AREI Independent Delivery Unit (hereafter “the Head of Unit”) will be recommended by the AREI Technical Committee and appointed by the AREI Board of Directors following a competitive and transparent recruitment process to be approved by the AREI Board of Directors.

The Head of Unit will follow a competitive and transparent recruitment process to recruit staff and consultants in accordance with the organigram, work programme, and budget, approved by the Board of AREI.

The Head of unit will implement the activities on AREI in accordance with the AREI work plan and budget approved by the Board, the AREI Governing Instrument and applicable rules of the African Development Bank (AfDB) as host of the IDU and trustee of the AREI funds.

The Head of unit will work in close cooperation with the AREI Technical Committee and report to the AREI Board of Directors on all substantive matters and to the IDU Host (the Vice-President for Power, Energy, Climate Change and Green Growth of the AfDB) on administrative matters.

Responsibilities of the Head of unit

The Head of Unit will be expected to undertake the following responsibilities and perform the following duties:

Strategic Responsibilities

  • Clearly express the vision of AREI to internal and external stakeholders;
  • Help develop and implement the strategic direction of AREI;
  • Monitor and supervise the preparations of the annual AREI Work programme;
  • Lead, monitor, evaluate and report progress against the AREI work programme and AREI Framework and Action Plan.


External Relationships

  • Facilitate working relationships with stakeholders and international partners in relation to the overall initiative;
  • Ensure that AREI has an appropriate profile in the debate on climate compatible development and on renewable energy through presence at key events, networking and publications and
  • Propose, explore and engage AREI in strategic partnerships with African and non-African governments, as well as inter-governmental organizations, private sector, NGOs and civil society, in both North and South.


Organizational Responsibilities:

  • Lead a flexible, scalable Independent Delivery Unit, which can effectively address the tasks for AREI as outlined in the IDU work plan;
  • Identify needs and recruit the required expertise on both short-term and permanent basis to deliver in accordance with the work plan, including from members of the interim IDU to ensure continuity;
  • Motivate, manage, and mentor the AREI Independent Delivery Unit team;
  • Manage financial performance against budgets and plans and
  • Ensure that reporting is carried out in accordance with required standards.


Responsibilities in relation to interaction with other AREI entities

  • Interact closely with the Chair of the Board and ensure IDU functions as the secretariat serving the Board;
  • Work closely with the AREI Technical Committee (TC), in particular its chair and take part in the meetings of the TC;
  • Work closely with the AREI Trustee in developing modalities for the implementation and operations of the AREI Trust Fund.


General Responsibilities in relation to the AREI operations/Action Plan

  • Provide direction and guidance in the planning, development and implementation of all AREI IDU activities in accordance with the AREI Framework, Action Plan and current Work Plans and AREI nine Activity areas, i.e. Mapping; Policy, regulatory and support frameworks; Capacity mobilization and building; Funding and financing; Project development and support; Technology assessment and safeguards; Multi-stakeholder engagement; Wider context; and Communications and outreach;
  • Promote synergies with existing initiatives at the national, sub-regional and regional levels and coordinate collaboration on substantive matters with both African and international institutions.


Tasks across all work areas

  • Guide and support the planning and organizing of conferences, meetings, and workshops related to the work of the AREI;
  • Ensure the development and implementation of social and environmental safeguards;
  • Provide direction and guidance on the implementation of capacity building, knowledge; generation, management, networking and dissemination activities in line with the AREI Framework and
  • Ensure easily accessible and updated communications material on the progress of AREI.


Qualifications of the Head of Unit

The Head of the Independent Delivery Unit should:

  • Be a citizen of an African country with well-established qualities in terms of asserting African ownership and independence;
  • Be a professional of highest standing and recognition in the fields of renewable energy policy, development and climate change;
  • PhD in energy, engineering, economics, sustainable development, or business. A master’s degree in these fields will also be accepted.
  • Have at least nine (9) years of work experience and strong technical/scientific credential in energy, development and climate change, with a minimum of five (5) years work experience in the energy sector and particularly in the field of renewable energy;
  • Have a strong, well- documented track record in promoting people-centered, equitable development for the common good;
  • Have well established personal networks across sectors and levels, both in Africa and internationally;
  • Have well documented experience from leading organisations, including establishment or build-up of new institutions;
  • Have excellent credentials as team leader and organiser of well-functioning workplaces;
  • Have relevant experience from interaction with non-governmental stakeholders, including civil society;
  • Multi-sectoral experience including the private sector and notably in the energy field is considered an asset;
  • Fluency in English and French (oral and written) is required. The knowledge of a third language would be an asset.


Duration of contract

The Head of Unit will be recruited on a three-year contract with a one-year probationary period after which an evaluation will be performed. If both parties are content, the Head of Unit will continue for the remaining period, with the possibility for extension.


Remuneration/grade level of the Head of Unit

The Head of Unit shall be appointed at a level equivalent to the level of Head of Unit in the African Development Bank system as a host institution. Remuneration will be paid based on the Head’s qualifications and the salary grid of the African Development Bank as a host institution.

To apply for this position, you need to be national of one of AfDB member countries.

Applicants who fully meet the Bank’s requirements and are considered for further assessment will be contacted. Applicants should submit a concise Curriculum Vitae (CV) and any additional documents that may be stated as required. The President of the African Development Bank reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level.  The African Development Bank is an equal opportunities employer. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) does not ask for payments of any kind from applicants throughout the recruitment process (job application, CV review, interview meeting, and final processing of applications). In addition, the Bank does not request information on applicants’ bank accounts. The African Development Bank Group declines all responsibility for the fraudulent publications of job offers in its name or, in general, for the fraudulent use of its name in any way whatsoever 

“Please note that the Bank does not accept dual nationality. Therefore, you are required to declare the nationality you would like to be considered by the Bank throughout your career, if hired. Please upload supporting Government issued IDs such as passport, National Identity Card or Certificate etc.”