The position being offered is Project Manager - Energy. The Project Manager will be reporting to the Head of Programmes Delivery in Kenya, and will not have any matrix management responsibilities. Direct reports for the position will be Project Officers, and the Project Manager will be a member of the Energy that Transforms Change Ambition and Global Gender Group. The Project Manager will not be involved in any matrix reporting and will be required to work internally with Delivery Teams, Impact Team, Business Development, Communications, and quality team. Externally, the Project Manager will be responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with strategic partners relevant to PA strategies including National and County Governments, Donors/Development partners, project partners, and private sector actors.
The Project Manager's primary responsibility will be Project Budget Management. The job is located in Nairobi, Kenya, and will require frequent travel within the geographic scope of the project. The position will be for one year and is renewable.
To be considered for the position, the ideal candidate should have a Master's degree in a relevant field such as Energy, Gender Studies, Development Studies, International Development, Rural Development, or Community Development. The candidate should have at least seven (7) years of demonstrated experience and expertise in gender-responsive project design and implementation, particularly in the energy sector. Additionally, the candidate should have a proven track record in fundraising and building networks with relevant stakeholders, including County and National Governments, the private sector, CSOs, and development partners.
The ideal candidate should possess excellent analytical, report writing, and communication skills. Furthermore, the candidate should have demonstrated work experience in private-sector engagement and market development, as well as experience in capacity building, financial inclusion, and behavior change communications (BCC). The candidate should have excellent networking and communication skills, good presentation and adult training skills, excellent advocacy and influencing skills, demonstrated through prior work experience, and leadership capacity and an ability to make decisions and participate in setting strategic direction.
The Project Manager should also possess a willingness and enthusiasm to sometimes work in challenging situations with vulnerable communities living in remote parts of the country. Program management skills with supporting skills in finance management, contract management, communication, negotiation, and representation are also essential. The candidate should be committed to development principles and Practical Action's vision, mission, and ambition. Working experience in mainstreaming gender in project interventions and the ability to prioritize tasks and meet strict deadlines are also desirable. The candidate should also have experience in BDS curriculum development and working in gender and energy programs. Immediate availability is required.