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Short term Adviser Position on renewable energy data collecting and reporting

- for the South African – Danish Energy Partnership Programme

Energy Sector

1. About the South African – Danish Energy Partnership Programme

The Energy Partnership Programme is a 3 year programme from July 2017 - June 2020, financed through the Danish government’s Climate Envelope. This programme includes a partnership between South Africa and Denmark that has been allocated a total of DKK 18 million.

The SA-DK programme consists of two development engagements (DEs). The objective of DE 1 is to facilitate the development of a less carbon intensive electricity sector in line with the South African government policies. The South African Department of Energy (DoE) and the Danish Energy Agency (DEA) are working together to develop more comprehensive energy planning capabilities that include the efficient deployment and integration of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

A short-term adviser is required to provide technical assistance to the programme within the field of renewable energy data collecting and reporting to support the integration of large shares of renewable energy, and to support the implementation of the programme. The advisor will assist the implementation of DE1.

2. Job description

The objective of the adviser will be to assist DoE with the immediate challenges in regard to the South African RE transition and to assist The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) and the Danish Embassy in South Africa (EDK) to implement and report on progress in the ongoing South African Danish Energy Programme. This includes:

  1. To serve as expert in renewable energy data collecting and reporting, including the use of Renewable Energy Database and Information Service (REDIS).
  2. To strengthen DoE capacity for collecting, processing, analysing, using and reporting on RE data through the use of REDIS.
  3. To promote cooperation between DoE and stakeholders on the collection, processing and reporting on data from renewable energy generation.
  4. To support and report on the implementation and progress of the Energy Partnership Programme between South Africa and Denmark.

The adviser is expected to:

  • Facilitate the implementation of a strategy and work plan for further development of REDIS
  • Develop staff competences for maintaining, regular updating and analysing underlying data
  • Transfer lessons learned on the use of renewable energy data from countries with high penetration of fluctuating RE, and advice on the issues relevant to the programme.
  • Participate in the implementation group relevant under the programme as advised and prepare material for management group.
  • Identify needs for and facilitate delegation visits to Denmark.

3. Scope of work

  • The work will include, but not necessarily be limited to the following activities:

  • Coordinate and manage the implementation of the strategy and work plan for further development of REDIS according to the work programme and particular ToRs.
  • Coordinate and manage capacity building in DoE in REDIS, including maintaining, regular updating and analysing underlying data
  • Document and communicate progress and results based on assessments of impact of programme activities according to requirements for documentation.
  • Assist in the development of progress reports, work programme for year 2 and TORs for specific activities relating to the programme activities.
  • Coordinate with EDK, DEA and other partners and stakeholders.All inputs and documents qualifying the implementation and documentation of the Work Programme should be submitted to DoE and DEA in timely manner according for DoE and DEA to deliver timely progress reporting.

4. Expected qualification and requirements

  • A master level degree of corresponding qualifications in energy/environmental management, engineering, economics, political science and/or subjects relevant to energy policy, planning and renewable energy.
  • Extensive energy data management skills in renewable energy data, incl. data collection, database design, data platform development, data analysis, modelling and reporting
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience with data-driven analysis and reporting (in this case REDIS update - newsletter)
  • Knowledge on legal principles regarding management of commercially sensitive data
  • Project management experience in coordination and delivery of technical assistance, exchange visits and technical secondments.
  • Experience from energy systems with high penetration of fluctuating renewable energy
  • Experience with institutional capacity building, skills transfer and training
  • Fluency in English, written and spoken.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Capacity to manage and facilitate working processes involving parties at different levels.
  • Capacity to work in a different cultural setting and a high level of initiative and diplomacy.

The short-term adviser will be a full-time advisor based in South Africa, Pretoria for a period of 12 months, commencing March 1st 2019. The short-term adviser will refer to the Deputy Director General of the Department of Energy: Policy and Planning, with the Danish Embassy and the Danish Energy Agency involved in all steps of the working process.

The salary will follow the remuneration scale for short-term advisers from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and will be regulated on experience and qualification. 

 5. Application and Deadline

Applications can be submitted through PNET or the Embassy,, with the subject title being ‘Short term Adviser Position on renewable energy data collecting and reporting for the South African – Danish Energy Partnership Programme’.  An application should contain a motivational letter, curriculum vitae, documentation of your educational qualification and any recommendations.

Applications must be submitted by January 10th 2019.



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