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Sector Leader Energy at SNV May, 2024

Sector Leader Energy opportunity at SNV

Sector Leader Energy at SNV. SNV is a mission-driven global development partner working in more than 20 countries across Africa and Asia. Building on 60 years of experience and grounded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we work on the core themes of gender equality and social inclusion, climate adaptation and mitigation, and strong institutions and effective governance.  Together with our team of over 1,600 people, our mission is to strengthen capacities and catalyse partnerships that transform the agri-food, energy, and water systems, which enable sustainable and more equitable lives for all.

Our core values of people-centeredness and respect, equity and equality, and diversity and inclusion, are fundamental to who we are, and what we do. This is reflected in our vision and mission, and strategy, which sets out our aspirations and commitments as our compass towards 2030.

To delve deeper into SNV’s initiatives, explore our website at There, you’ll find comprehensive information about our projects, impact, and ongoing efforts to drive sustainable development worldwide.

SNV Tanzania: A Legacy of Impact and Innovation
SNV has been a trusted partner in Tanzania’s development journey for over 50 years, empowering communities through impactful projects in the energy, water, and agri-food sectors. We’ve spearheaded initiatives in biogas, off-grid electrification, and solar power, with a particular focus on clean cooking. Our Jiko Matawi program is a shining example – one of the largest and most sustainable clean cooking initiatives. Over 140,000 efficient Jiko Matawi stoves have been sold, improving the lives of one million Tanzanians annually. We’re now building on this success with a carbon finance initiative to amplify our impact.

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In a country experiencing one of the highest population growth and deforestation rates globally, the demand for clean and sustainable energy solutions has never been more urgent. Now is the time to seize the opportunities presented by SNV’s innovative approaches, the dynamism of the private sector, and the momentum generated by initiatives such as the African Women Clean Cooking Support Programme. Launched by the Tanzanian President at COP28 and co-led by Tanzania, Norway, the International Energy Agency (IEA), and the African Development Bank.

Visit our website for detailed information about our Tanzania office and ongoing projects:

Job Description

We are currently looking for a:  Sector Leader Energy 

  • Full-time position (initially on two years contract basis, with strong possibility of extension)
  • based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Join our legacy of innovation and be the driving force behind capitalizing on existing initiatives and forging a path towards a clean and sustainable energy future for Tanzania.

As the Sector Leader Energy, you will wear many hats, all focused on driving innovation and impact. You’ll be at the forefront of SNV Tanzania’s mission, leading, managing, and overseeing our energy projects and advocacy. As a key representative of SNV’s interests in the Energy sector, you’ll play a pivotal role in shaping policy, forging strategic partnerships, and driving the adoption of clean energy technologies across this incredible country, engaging with government entities, donors/clients, and other key partners, while also serving as a core member of the SNV Tanzania Country Management Team and Strategy Group. You will report directly to the Country Director and maintaining a direct functional line with the Global Energy Sector Head.

Here’s how you will make an impact:

  • Positioning & Strategic leadership: You’ll be the driving force behind our Energy portfolio, ensuring it aligns with SNV’s global strategy for impactful and coordinated efforts. This will involve spearheading collaboration with government, donors, and key stakeholders.
  • Sector expertise & Project Management: Leveraging your deep understanding of the energy sector, you’ll provide valuable sector and country-specific insights while effectively managing subcontractors and consortium partners to ensure project success.
  • Innovation champion: SNV has a strong legacy of innovation, and you’ll build on that by exploring cutting-edge approaches. This includes replacing diesel mini-grids with solar power, integrating renewables in unreliable grid areas, generating carbon credits through biochar production, and promoting solar-powered agricultural cooling systems. Your role is to identify, pilot, and scale up these solutions for the benefit of smallholder farmers, communities, and the environment.
  • Knowledge cultivation & Cross-sector collaboration: Cultivating a culture of continuous learning is essential. You’ll maintain and update the sector knowledge base, fostering knowledge exchange and collaboration with donors and colleagues across sectors to unlock exciting multi-sectoral initiatives.
  • Empower your team & Lead by example: Empowerment starts with you! You’ll guide and inspire our team of experts, fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and continuous learning
  • Business Development: From cultivating relationships to proposals, you’ll be instrumental in securing resources for future projects. Lead the exploration of innovative approaches to expand and diversify our portfolio and unlock new opportunities in climate funding and renewable energy.

Qualifications For Sector Leader Energy

Your profile

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in energy, international development, or a related discipline.
  • Energy sector development expertise (8+ years): Deep experience in energy sector development, particularly renewables and climate change mitigation.
  • Leadership & Project Management capacity: Demonstrated leadership capacity in program design, project management, and policy advisory, including steering diverse energy sector activities and strategic country-level approaches.
  • Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) & Learning expertise: M&E and learning best practices, utilizing M&E platforms, and addressing large-scale monitoring challenges.
  • Business Development & Relationship building skills: Strong skills in business development, building relationships with donors and partners, and proposal development.
  • Private sector engagement & SME de-risking experience: Experience in engaging the private sector and de-risking for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
  • Innovative financing experience: Experience with innovative financing approaches like blended finance and carbon finance.
  • Knowledge of Gender Equality & Social Inclusion: Knowledge and practical experience with applying these principles in development work.
  • Experience in navigating development complexities: Experience working in development contexts, especially middle-income countries.
  • Fluency in English & Effective communication: You’ll need to be able to clearly and concisely present complex information to a variety of audiences, from donors to local communities. Fluency in written and spoken English is assumed to be essential for international communication at SNV.

To thrive in this role, you’ll also bring:

  • Strategic vision & Passion for impact: You can define, articulate, and implement a strategic vision for a sustainable energy approach in Tanzania. You’re open to innovative solutions and committed to driving real impact at scale.
  • Collaborative spirit: & Leadership: You thrive in cross-functional teams, inspiring and empowering others to achieve their full potential. Your strong leadership skills will be instrumental in fostering collaboration to achieve impactful results.
  • Conceptual thinking & Effective problem-solving: You excel at analyzing complex situations in Tanzania’s development landscape. You’ll craft effective solutions with clear thinking and a results-oriented approach.
  • Operational excellence: You prioritize tangible outcomes and high-quality standards. You’ll foster a culture of continuous improvement, driving excellence within the organization.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset: You’re an innovator who identifies opportunities for growth and development. This entrepreneurial mindset will be key to driving forward-thinking initiatives within the organization.
  • Adaptive leadership: You can effectively navigate change, fostering a culture of innovation and learning to address evolving challenges in Tanzania’s sustainable energy landscape.

Additional Information

Other Information

  • Contract Type: Full-time
  • Duty Station: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Contract Duration: Two years contract, with strong possibility of extension
  • Expected Start Date: As soon as possible
  • Travel: Frequently to project locations in the country (approximately 25%)

How to Apply for Sector Leader Energy
If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and a letter of motivation on or before 29th of May 2024. Please submit your application only via Smart Recruiters. All information will be processed in the strictest confidence.

If we see that your experience and skills match the requirements of the position, we will contact you to advise you of the next steps in the recruitment process. Should SNV wish to proceed with your application, two interviews with a Selection Committee will take place.

SNV is an equal opportunities employer and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Working at SNV  
SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer an exciting work environment with opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working space. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, an internal global network of experts. For more information, please visit our website:

At SNV, inclusivity is at the heart of our ethos. We celebrate the diversity of our workforce and uphold a policy of non-discrimination based on factors such as disability status, religion, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, and more.

SNV carries out rigorous background and reference checks concerning possible safeguarding incidents for all candidates applying for International determined positions. As SNV participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme, all reference checks include a request to past employers to fill in a questionnaire regarding Misconduct (sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment), the “Statement of Conduct”. This Statement of Conduct adopts the definitions used in the Scheme.

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