Senior Energy Adviser

£40,228 - £44,737
Closing date: 10 April 2020
Job Type: Paid
Practical Action Consulting is ambitious to foster growing energy access provision and to influence energy access stakeholders for the benefit of poor, vulnerable and marginalised populations.

About the role

Practical Action Consulting is ambitious to foster growing energy access provision and to influence energy access stakeholders for the benefit of poor, vulnerable and marginalised populations.  To deliver this we need high performing staff who are passionate about managing and delivering high quality and high impact work in the energy and development sectors.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Senior Energy Adviser with motivation and/or experience related to energy access in humanitarian settings, primarily refugee camps in Africa and Asia.  Reporting to the PAC (Practical Action Consulting) International Energy Lead, you will:

  • Lead on providing, co-ordinating and quality assuring the technical components (and related deliverables) of our foremost humanitarian energy project: Renewable Energy for Refugees (RE4R)
  • Shape the technical design and implementation of RE4R, integrating best practices from the sector and integrating with wider Practical Action approaches and principles of our energy access work
  • Support the Project Manager for RE4R in project delivery (including budget issues, people management and other project management tasks where required), to ensure timely, quality delivery within budget
  • Support the capture, use and sharing of learning from these humanitarian energy projects and our wider energy portfolio to create greater synergies and a useable body of knowledge.
  • Support colleagues in our Influence and Impact team (focused on the context of interventions, future trends, policy environment and the effect of our work)
  • Support colleagues in our Energy Change Hub (internal group for sharing learning, knowledge, progress and strategic/business planning for our organizational energy aims) to integrate learning and results from RE4R into our overall measurement of energy impact
  • Co-ordinate with our HEED (Humanitarian Engineering and Energy for Displacement) project, and support one or two business development opportunities to help build our growing humanitarian energy portfolio
  • Provide strategic inputs into advocacy and learning activities and initiatives

The post-holder will sit in the PAC International Team and, as such, will also provide key contributions to team business planning, quarterly reporting and some business development activities (technical and financial aspects). The post-holder will also line manage the RE4R Technical Humanitarian Energy Analyst

About You

You have some knowledge and experience of the international energy sector relating to energy access and international development more broadly. 

To be successful in the role, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Some experience of consultancy, project management, and fundraising (e.g. project management; technical delivery; consultant management; proposal or contract management)
  • Ability to quickly grasp new concepts and issues related to humanitarian energy, and to work across a number of related areas and tasks
  • Familiarity with the humanitarian energy sector, with special understanding of the challenges faced in achieving energy access in a humanitarian context
  • Some experience of working with refugee and host communities, understanding of camps and Internally Displaced People (IDP) environments
  • Good knowledge of humanitarian energy, and energy markets in displaced settings
  • Ability to work collaboratively and in a small team environment
  • Experience presenting to donors and partners at a high level; some experience of business development (financial and technical aspects); experience of project and financial management
  • Experience of working in Africa and/or Asia

Why join us?

The opportunity to work for an organisation that is making a positive difference to the lives of people worldwide, a friendly and supportive culture, working with values driven and highly engaged colleagues, work life balance and flexible working – these are just some of the reasons we think Practical Action is a great place to work.

Our brand new open plan offices are located in the centre of Rugby and near to Rugby train station but we also offer free parking. In addition, we offer the following benefits:

  • Full time roles are contracted at 35 hours per week.
  • Flexible working hours are encouraged and enabled – depending on the role, remote working is possible.
  • 26 days holiday rising with continuous service, in addition to public holidays.
  • A pension scheme that new employees can join from day one of employment - employer contributes 10.5% of salary and the employee contributes 5%.
  • Enhanced family friendly policies, including maternity, adoption, paternity and shared parental leave.
  • Life assurance (3 x annual salary).
  • Cycle to Work scheme.

About us

We are an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.

We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.

We’re a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.

Application notes

Additional information

  • We treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.
  • Practical Action is committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and, as such, candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks.
  • Please note that, should we recruit a suitable candidate before the closing date, we will close applications earlier than the specified date.
  • The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to both live and work in the UK.

How to apply

If you want to work for a charity with significant people ambitions, then we would like to hear from you.  To apply go to and follow the links to submit a copy of your CV and a supporting statement that describes your suitability by Friday 10th April 2020

Provisional interview dates: Tuesday 14th April / Wednesday 15th April 2020

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