UN Energy Access Coordinator, FIPA Career Jobs – United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Organization: United
Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Regional
Technical Advisor – UNCDF Uganda
About US:
United Nations
Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is the UN’s capital investment agency for the
world’s least developed countries. It creates new opportunities for poor people
and their communities by increasing access to microfinance and investment
capital.  UNCDF focuses on Africa and the poorest countries of Asia and
the Pacific, with a special commitment to countries emerging from conflict or
crisis.  It provides seed capital – grants and loans – and technical
support to help microfinance institutions reach more poor households and small
businesses, and local governments finance the capital investments – water
systems, feeder roads, schools, irrigation schemes – that will improve poor
peoples’ lives.
About UNCDF’s Energy Access Initiative: CleanStart
UNCDF, through the
CleanStart Programme (2012-2020), supports low-income consumers to transition
to cleaner and more efficient energy. By 2020, CleanStart aims to have over
500,000 households and micro-entrepreneurs make the switch to clean energy,
which translates into 2.5 million people benefitting altogether. To this end,
the CleanStart Programme promotes access to finance across the energy value
chain from customer to enterprise by investing in early stage, innovative
business ideas from SMEs that have the potential to make a step-change in
improving the accessibility, affordability, and reliability of modern energy
for people, especially those at the last-mile. Business ideas should have
strong commercial-viability potential.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Manages the
implementation of programme activities in Uganda:
all aspects of the CleanStart Programme in Uganda according to the annual work
plan. Monitors progress against work plan from both activity and financial
management point of view.
direction to the implementation team for Uganda with a view to implement
activities in a high-quality and timely manner.
reports to the CleanStart Programme Manager about the status of activities and
strategic direction of energy access related work in Uganda.
progress reporting obligations to donors, CleanStart Programme Board, and UNCDF
Executive Board are met with high standards and in a timely manner.
timely procurement of goods and services for the implementation of programme
Provides technical
guidance to programme activities:
enterprise financing process front to end. Manages contracts with partner
companies, and regularly monitors performance of partner companies to ensure a
high-performing investment portfolio.
technical assistance to portfolio of companies to boost achievement of contract
obligations and become more investable to other funders during/post-UNCDF
linkages to people/organizations outside the companies’ usual remit (e.g.
funders, local governments, women/youth-serving organizations, agribusinesses,
mobile network operators).
or supports other team members in implementing market development activities
that aim to improve the capacity of the overall sector, beyond UNCDF’s direct
investees. Market development activities include customer insights research,
market awareness campaigns, and capacity building of national associations.
technical advice and implementation support to other UNCDF initiatives that
have energy access as components of their activities.
relationships and financing deals with banks, investors, and other providers of
capital to energy enterprises:
investment briefs and other promotional material about UNCDF’s energy access
close rapport with banks and funders in and outside of Uganda to keep them
informed about the portfolio companies and scope out prospective deals.
closely with LDC Investment Platform to bring non-grant financing deals to a
capacity building activities for banks and other funders on how to finance the
solar and clean cooking market.
Contributes to
monitoring, knowledge sharing and advocacy activities:
data into M&E tools for the programme, UNCDF corporate, and UNDAF in a
timely manner.
partner reporting obligations and analyzes portfolio progress on a regular
and verifies achievement of milestones and targets, and works closely with
Programme Management Team to ensure disbursements are made to partners in a
timely manner.
closely with Data and Research Team on portfolio monitoring and impact
updates national advisory group and government partners on programme progress.
Key government stakeholders include the Ministry of Energy and Mineral
Development, Rural Electrification Agency, and Uganda Energy and Credit
Capitalization Company.
·Organizes learning and experience sharing
opportunities for government officials, private sector representatives,
national associations, and other relevant stakeholders.
closely with Communications and Partnerships Team to share Programme results
and lessons learned as well as ideas/positions on relevant topics with a wider
group of stakeholders in Uganda and abroad.
UNCDF in meetings/events that are relevant to promoting topics / agenda
relevant to the Programme.
Manages and
develops strategic partnerships:
abreast with key changes in policy/regulatory environment, strategic focus of
development partners and market developments.
areas of cooperation and coordination with other UNCDF initiatives, UN
agencies, and other development partners and market facilitators that will help
create an enabling environment for businesses in the energy access sector.
partnerships with new funders to ensure continuity of UNCDF’s work in energy
access, green economy and climate change; draft proposals; and manage contracts
especially reporting obligations.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
ideal applicant for the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Energy
Access Coordinator, FIPA job placement should hold a Master’s degree in
business administration, engineering, social sciences, or a related discipline;
or a Bachelor’s degree in business administration, engineering, social
sciences, or a related discipline with an additional two years of relevant work
At least
two (2) years (with Masters’ degree); at least 2 years of which should be in
Uganda’s renewable energy sector in areas of market development and
project/programme management in progressively senior & responsible
managerial positions.
and technical expertise in below-listed areas will be considered a distinct
in renewable energy financing;
in providing business development services to energy enterprises;
in managing country operations, projects and/or programmes and supervising
working with multi-national and bilateral organizations and government bodies;
track record with proposal development and fund raising;
experience with an Energy sector/ industry association an added advantage.
understanding that challenges that Ugandan enterprises in the energy access
sector face and able to design and implement practical interventions to improve
enterprise capacity
to make new and useful ideas work
to persuade others to follow
to improve performance and satisfaction
to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
to get things done while exercising good judgement
Expertise in Energy Sector Management & Clean Energy
in-depth knowledge about energy access financing and market development
& Partnerships (Able to play neutral broker role between Government,
enterprises and market facilitators by facilitating information sharing and
technical advice)
UNDP is committed to
achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.
Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities
are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the
strictest confidence. The United Nations does not charge any application,
processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the
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How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates who so desire to join the United Nations Capital
Development Fund (UNCDF) in the aforementioned capacity should endeavor to
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Deadline: 6th September 2018
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