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Work type: Contract
Location: Kenya
Categories: International development

  • Driving Africa Clean Energy’s Regional demand-led Facility
  • 1-year contract in the first instance, rolling extension
  • Nairobi, Kenya

The Programme

The Africa Clean Energy (ACE) Technical Advisory Facility (TAF) programme will catalyse a market-based approach for private sector delivery of Renewable Energy electrification technologies, with a specific focus on high quality stand-alone solar systems (including SHS’s and a range of productive use products and services). This will lead to improved access to modern energy services for people and communities in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), with an emphasis on poor people and marginalised groups. The ACE business programme focuses exclusively on developing a market for individual solar systems (this includes multiple lighting solar kits). The programme aims to overcome many of the barriers preventing the development of markets for high quality solar systems, while complementing, not duplicating, DFID’s existing programmes and related initiatives of other donors.

The Position

ACE TAF is seeking a Demand Facility Lead based in Nairobi to head the management of the Demand-led Facility (TAF DF), and to drive effective and strategic delivery of interventions in at least three countries (Kenya, Ghana and Somalia), with oversight of colleagues managing activities in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania and Rwanda. With demonstrated experience of collaboratively working with policy makers to identify pipelines of interventions within solar energy markets, they will oversee ACE DF resources including Facility Co-ordinators and Short-Term Technical Advisors.

The Demand Facility Lead will be based in the ACE TAF Nairobi office, with regular travel to the other oversight countries.

The Key Responsibilities of the Demand Facility Lead are:


  • Working with the Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader, designing the operational structure, governance and processes for the TAF DF.
  • Lead effective management of the ACE TAF Demand-led Facility (TAF DF) and drive effective and strategic delivery of interventions across all target countries, whilst maintaining oversight of finances.
  • Establish and maintain cordial working relationships with key stakeholders including the DfID local office, Ministries of Energy and local off-grid industry associations. Provide overall management of the TAF DF, including managing two regional Facility Co-ordinators with specific country-based objectives.
  • Supervise and provide oversight of ACE DF resources, including, Facility Co-ordinators and Short-Term Technical Advisors (STTA), to ensure that their work is carried out to a high professional standard, within budget, in accordance with agreed work plans and schedules, and to the full satisfaction of the client.
  • Responsible for day-to-day management of the TAF DF activities in at least three countries (Kenya, Ghana and Somalia) and oversight of the Facility Co-Ordinators who will manage Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania and Rwanda.
  • Oversee delivery of activities within the project budget, working closely with the Deputy Team Leader and Project Manager to plan resource requirements and monitor utilisation and availability.
  • Undertake quality assurance reviews of both the pipeline and intervention development in each region prior to interventions being submitted for approval.
  • Organise and oversee DF Panel meetings to approve/reject suggested projects from DF Co-ordinators.
  • Regular communication and liaising with ACE TAF leadership team to provide progress updates and ensuring a close and effective working relationship.
  • Ensure responsiveness to internal and external requests that may be relevant to the project.
  • Ensure effective, timely and high-quality delivery of interventions and deliverables.
  • Develop terms of reference, and task orders for in-country interventions.
  • Develop monthly reports on key programme activities, problems and action points.
  • Contribute to cross cutting activities including knowledge management; monitoring and evaluation; development of terms of reference; or report writing, supporting the Leadership Team in Nairobi. 
  • Ensure to highlight at the first opportunity any issues or risks that may arise.
  • Any other duties as may be required.


The Person


  • At least 10 years of professional experience working with governments on policy and regulatory reform on energy and/or economic development programmes.
  • Practical experience coordinating across donor, government and other stakeholders in the energy sector. 
  • Demonstrated experience designing, delivering and leading on energy strategies for donor-funded projects in African Countries.
  • Demonstrated experience of collaboratively working with policy makers to identify pipelines of interventions to catalyse the solar energy markets.
  • Knowledge of other donor programmes, with demonstrated experience of fostering coordination and collaboration to avoid donor duplication.
  • Practical experience of advising and guiding consultants to ensure effective implementation of programme activities.
  • Working knowledge of approaches to economic development and inclusive growth.
  • Experience managing staff.
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills
  • Excellence in networking and advocacy


  • Prior work experience for DFID or other donors, governments or international think tanks.
  • Experience working on multi-country programmes, and/or work experience in multiple sub-Saharan African countries.
  • Knowledge of M&E systems and how to integrate and capture field based indicators.

Applications close:  31st May 2019

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

Coffey has a 40 year history in successfully delivering international development projects on behalf of donors right around the world, including Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, USAID and the UK’s Department for International Development. Our people work side by side with local partners to support stability, economic growth and good governance, positively changing people’s lives.

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