Over 900 million people live without any access to modern energy services and double this number lack adequate, reliable access. Globally, energy poverty is recognized as a key impediment to countries’ and individuals’ potentials to lead fulfilling, healthy and productive lives. The Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA) is an industry association supporting the scaling-up of decentralized energy utility companies building mini grids for rural energy access across Africa. AMDA has two central mandates, the first being to address the sector’s financing challenge by building up an evidence base of market information that financiers (donors and lenders) can use to better understand and trust the decentralized utility space with their capital. Our second mandate is to build up a more powerful and coherent industry voice on policy and regulation to decision makers internationally and at the national level across Africa. On finance for the sector, AMDA’s objectives that you will be helping us deliver on are to:
- Unblock billions of dollars in committed funding that is currently not moving because donors are unsure how to spend money in the mini grid space.
- Increase access to debt financing for the mini grid sector, by better matching their products to the risk profile of mini grid companies.
- Find sustainable solutions for business risk in the mini grid space (insurance, guarantees, etc).
For more information about AMDA, please refer to their website – https://africamda.org/about-us/
About the role
The Research Advisor role reports to the Director – Energy Access Financial Advisory and the incumbent will work in close collaboration with the CEO. The research advisor will project manage AMDA’s annual report Benchmarking Africa’s Mini Grids and will work in collaboration with the rest of the senior team in developing and managing a report on national policy and regulatory performance related to the sector.
This role must closely follow trends in the mini grid sector, identify data and information gaps and advise the senior team on qualitative and quantitative research needs that will support the growth of the sector and sector health, work with developers to understand their interests, market information gaps and needs and contribute to local advocacy work by leveraging the local and Pan-African data that AMDA produces in combination with other sector reports and data. Furthermore, this role will incorporate working with the Communications team to craft narratives supported by qualitative data and research that build a story around the importance of mini grids along cross cutting issues.
What you will make happen?
The Research Advisor will be responsible for:
- Leading AMDA’s research work under the Data & Research workstream aimed at closing market information gaps within the mini grid sector.
- Managing the Annual Minigrid Benchmarking report: revising data collection tool, metrics, and methodology stakeholder alignment, data collection, analysis and report writing study.
- Designing and executing improvements on data collection, integrity, and management.
- Support work with research partners, donors, and policymakers on sector-relevant issues.
- Peer reviewing third party reports and studies pertaining to the mini grid sector.
- Building comparative research frameworks for mini grids and public utility economics.
- Leading on policy and regulatory research.
- Representing AMDA at external events, presenting AMDA’s work and the industry’s positions.
- Working in collaboration with the rest of the AMDA team to develop white papers, blogs, articles and other thought-provoking content to support the policy and advocacy objectives of the association.
- Strengthening the systems and processes needed for data collection and analysis; systems and processes must be contextual, thoughtful, grounded, and streamlined.
Location: Nairobi, Kenya (with an option of remote working)
What you already have?
- 8-10 years of experience with 3 years’ experience in decentralized renewable energy, data analysis within the renewable energy sector, monitoring and evaluation or related.
- 5+ years of experience in project management.
- Bachelor’s degree in Energy Economics, Economics, Data science or any other relevant course.
- Strong analytical skills, and excellent stakeholder and project management skills.
- Ability to identify what matters and how to prioritize measurement approaches.
- An investigative mind and an ability to synthesize disparate data to draw conclusions and propose recommendations.
- Ability to create actionable insights from raw data.
- Strong project management skills and experience managing teams towards a common objective. That means, you orient people to the work, develop shared agreements, keep them focused, and deliver on time.
- Ability to manage subcontractors and project manage a third-party vendor.
- Organized and able to set up efficient, streamlined systems for managing data, processes and information.
- Ability to move things forward across a multiregional organization and portfolio companies, across time zones and cultures.
- Strong writing skills: you communicate clearly and simply.
- Ability to work as part of a remote team.
Why work with AMDA?
- AMDA is a unique organisation that blends traditional association work with qualitative and quantitative research and financial advisory services.
- AMDA is influencing decision making across the continent and working with large corporations, donors and researchers to ensure that we are building the energy system of the future.
- Be part of an organisation that is changing Africa’s future for the better.
- AMDA is a fast-paced environment where constant change is the norm and individual initiative-taking is encouraged.
- You will have autonomy to implement your creative solutions – not just coming up with ideas, but possessing the commitment and skill to implement them.
- Passion for research and analysis, organisation, attention to details, and precision in all you do.
Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA) is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.