Country Manager, Africa Clean Energy (Malawi)

  • Full time
  • 10 months ago
  • Lilongwe
  • Salary MWK 000 / Monthly

Job Description

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).

As it currently stands, the programmes scope does not extend to community-wide and larger mini-grids, for which other Department for International Development (DFID) programmes are providing assistance.

Further to this, the programme will also exclude single solar light sources, which have less potential than solar home systems to be transformational. Increasing the affordability of solar systems for poorer people is also an important focus of the programme.

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 Country Manager based in Malawi to support the programme.  

In Malawi, the CM will be responsible for developing and implementing a pipeline of activities aligned with government stand-alone solar sector priorities and the overall ACE TAF strategy.

They will generate and maintain an excellent working relationship with the respective Ministry of Energy, other government authorities (e.g. MREA), industry associations, amongst others.

The Country Manager will act as a facilitator between ACE TAF and key stakeholders, including but not limited to; DFID local offices, government ministries and institutions, private sector, business associations and ACE Implementing Partners to ensure continued buy-in and alignment of ACE TAF objectives to country priorities.

The Key Responsibilities of the Country Manager are to:

  • Responsible for developing intervention plans and terms of reference to allocate funding to in country activities.
  • Lead the day-to-day ACE TAF programme implementation and the overall coordination of programme delivery in Malawi.
  • Ensure effective, timely and high-quality delivery of interventions and deliverables, including overseeing and supervising the work of short-term technical experts working on Malawi interventions.
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationship with Ministry of Energy and other government authorities.
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationship with industry associations.
  • Support coordination and collaboration across stakeholders, ensuring that key stakeholders are well informed about the programme’s activities and goals; and ensuring ACE TAF is implemented effectively.
  • Deliver monthly reports on key programme activities, problems and action points for Malawi.
  • 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.
  • Responsible for being the contact point for the London and Nairobi Risk and Security Teams for any security-related matters in Malawi.
  • Identify, register and report risks and potential risks on an ongoing basis to the Deputy Team Leader
  • Perform any other duties that might arise within the project activities.

Special Requirements:

  • Work independently and remotely from the project team.
  • Travel to the Kenya office and other regional countries will 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.
  • Demonstrated practical experience of effective stakeholder relationship building, engagement and coordination, ideally across a broad range of stakeholders including; donors, government departments and private sector.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing, delivering and leading on energy strategies for donor-funded projects.
  • Understanding of the off-grid energy sector in their respective Country.
  • Practical experience of advising and guiding consultants to ensure effective implementation of programme activities.
  • Working knowledge of approaches to economic development and inclusive growth.
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills
  • Excellence in networking and advocacy
  • Willingness to work remotely from colleagues and demonstrate ability to be self-motivated and drive a complex range of activities.


  • 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.
  • Experience leading and delivering policy research.

Work type: Contract
Location: Malawi, United Kingdom
Categories: Energy

Africa Clean Energy (ACE) Technical Assistance Facility (TAF)

  • Driving DFID’s ACE TAF activities in (Malawi)
  • 1-year contract in the first instance, rolling extension
  • Malawi-based, reporting to the Deputy Team Leader
  • Immediate start

Applications close:  14th May 2020

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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