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Short Term Adviser Position on Energy Planning and Project Management

- 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 energy policy that support the integration of large shares of renewable energy and to support the implementation of the programme.The adviser 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 oversee, monitor and report on progress in the ongoing South African Danish Energy Programme. This includes:

  1. To serve as expert in energy planning and renewable energy integration under the development engagements with the DoE
  2. To coordinate, support and report on the implementation and progress of the Energy Partnership Programme between South Africa and Denmark
  3. To coordinate between the three outputs under DE1 and secure relation to RSA energy sector and the political agenda within the DoE

The adviser is expected to:

  • Transfer lessons learned from countries with high penetration of fluctuating RE and advice on overall policy and strategic issues pertinent to the programme.
  • Advise on and coordinate the Partnership Programme implementation in a cohesive manner that aligns with South Africa´s National Development Plan as expressed in DoE’s Strategic Plan and Annual Performance Plan.
  • Participate in the working groups under the programme as advised and prepare for Steering Committee meetings.
  • Identify needs for and facilitate delegation visits to Denmark.
  • Advice the implementing partners on – and actively participate in – dissemination and stakeholder consultations processes, including with civil society of results from the programme.
  • Stay updated on energy sector development and establish a personal network with key energy government organisations, civil society organisations, private sector actors and other development partners.
  • Provide input to and participate in policy dialogues relevant for the partners and the entire Energy Partnership Programme as agreed with the programme partners.

3. Scope of work

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

  • Capacitate DoE in best practices within energy sector modelling and planning and communicate results as concrete policy inputs and assistance to DoE.
  • Coordinate implementation of the programme for DE1 according to the work programme and particular ToRs for DE1.
  • 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, including other donors when needed.
  • Assess and evaluate selected projects and report results to a wide range of actors in South Africa, Denmark and abroad.
  • Engage proactively with a wide range of actors across government, business and organizational sectors to ensure ownership, legitimacy and effectiveness of programme activities.

4. Expected qualifications 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.
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience with project management, including coordination and delivery of technical assistance, exchange visits and technical secondments.
  • Extensive experience from energy systems with high penetration of fluctuating renewable energy
  • Extensive experience working with one or more related fields such as: energy regulation, energy policy, energy sector planning.
  • Experience from working in developing countries in relation to the energy sector, preferably Africa.
  • Experience of working with Danida will be an advantage.
  • 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 or as early as possible.  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 qualifications.


 5. Application and Deadline                      

Applications can be submitted through PNET or the Embassy, with the subject title being ‘Short Term Adviser Position on Energy Planning and Project Management 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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