About Energy 4 Impact
Energy 4 Impact (E4I) is a non-profit company which seeks to alleviate poverty in sub-Saharan Africa through accelerated access to sustainable, renewable energy, particularly in off-grid areas. Supported by a small head office in London, most of our staff are based in our African country offices in Kenya (our regional HQ), Tanzania, Rwanda, and Senegal.
We support the development and growth of privately owned micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (mSMEs) which deliver renewable energy products and services to the poor, mainly in rural and periurban areas. We do this by advising mSMEs on commercial, financial and engineering matters, helping them to secure the resources they require, and running pilots on new products, business models and expansion into new markets.
Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
Reports to: Programmes Director
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Start date: ASAP
Under the supervision of the Programmes Director, the successful candidate will lead E4I’s monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) team and will work closely with E4I’s knowledge management and dissemination specialist.
Working with the E4I Programmes, Communications, Business Development teams and the country offices, the successful candidate will support the delivery of E4I’s programmes through the adoption and continuous improvement of appropriate MEL tools and practices. They will also manage a small team of monitoring and evaluation officers.
MEL and knowledge management
· Lead on designing, developing and implementing MEL systems, including plans, frameworks, processes, targets, key performance indicators and data collection tools for all the programmes and projects in the organization;
· Supervise the development of programme monitoring and reporting systems, tools and templates in order to generate evidence-based data on the impact of programmes and promote use of such data for decision-making;
· Support Programme Managers in the formulation of baseline measures, targets and results during programme implementation;
· Supervise field officers and other staff on the use of standard indicators, tools and forms and the integration of good MEL practices across programmes, making field visits where necessary;
· Develop research tools for conducting qualitative and quantitative surveys, and organise training for the use of such tools;
· Work closely with the Head of Communications in identifying, developing and disseminating the results of programmes eg key lessons, best practices and success stories;
· Review the quality of existing social and economic data in E4I’s target programme areas, the data collection methods and the degree to which the data allows for results-based evaluation; and
· Keep abreast of the latest industry developments in MEL and network with other organizations for best practices and technical assistance.
Data analysis and database management
· Design and maintain programme databases to inform decision-making, enhance data quality assurance, identify trends, measure impact, and generallly improve data analysis and learning;
· Ensure all relevant programme staff are able to utilise the databases to analyse programme data.
Develop tools for the field teams to feed data into the databases in a way that minimises entry errors
· Validate data collected by identifying and fixing problems with data entry or integrity and ensuring regular synchronisation with field level data;
· Oversee data presentation and analysis (tables, charts, narratives, visuals) for programme workplans and reports, and other internal and external reporting requirements;
· Lead analysis of enterprise/business performance using programme data and produce reports on different economic growth variables such as sales, employment and profitability;
· Analyse patterns and trends in data to better understand the economics of providing support to small businesses eg cost per unit of result; and
· Provide ultimate sign off on E4I data and analysis.
· Master’s degree in International Development, Statistics, Economics, Business Management or other relevant analytical field.
· 3-5 years professional experience in complex data analysis, management, reporting and quality assurance.
· Experience in leading, coordinating and managing MEL systems for economic analysis of small businesses. Ideally you will have experience with social enterprises or private sector enterprises in developing countries.
· Experience in developing monitoring and evaluation systems and frameworks for international development programmes, including key performance indicators, data collection and analysis systems and tools.
· Good writing and presentation skills.
· Highly collaborative and able to build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
· Strong analytical skills.
· Certified advanced excel skills. Ability to create excel-based tools using complex formulae, pivot tables, graphs etc.
· Strong skills in data analysis, statistics and presentations.
· Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills.
· Ability to produce high-quality briefs and reports.
· Good understanding of statistical software and data management.
· Ability to see patterns in data and understand the cause and effect.
· Detail-oriented and hard-working.
· Ability to work well in a team while also taking initiative to complete assigned tasks with high competence.
· High level of integrity.
· Ability to communicate respectfully in a multi-cultural environment.
· Ability to work remotely with a geographically dispersed team.
· Good knowledge of French is an advantage.
· Experience with mainstreaming gender indicators into MEL plans/frameworks is an advantage.
Knowledge Management Specialist
Reports to: Head of Communications
Based in: Nairobi, Kenya
Expected start date: ASAP
Purpose of the Role
The aim of this role is to enhance the profile, reputation and visibility of the organisation regionally and internationally and among our stakeholders and target audiences by identifying, capturing and disseminating knowledge, learning and insights from the implementation of our programmes. In addition the role will identify and distil best practice examples within the organisation to improve the implementation of Energy 4 Impact’s portfolio of work and business development activities.
Working within the Head of Communications, the Director of Programmes, the Programmes and Country teams, the Knowledge Management Specialist will identify, capture, write and disseminate knowledge and learning, as well as external market and development trends on key international development topics of strategic importance to Energy 4 Impact, both inside and outside the organisation.
S/he will turn complex information into compelling articles, craft think pieces, infographics, presentations, fact-sheets, key messages, and briefings. At the same time, s/he will strengthen the profile of the organisation and increase stakeholder engagement through online, social media and other suitable channels.
The Knowledge Management Specialist will also provide advice and support for business development, including on how best to position Energy 4 Impact and on how to package knowledge and insights to produce effective pitches targeting donors.
· Work closely with the Director of Programmes and the Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning to develop a knowledge management methodology and embed knowledge management activities in core processes; and build the capacity of key staff to identify, capture and share knowledge.
· Work across teams to identify learning and facilitate knowledge exchange with E4I’s staff, partners, clients, donors and other stakeholders through knowledge activities and products. This will be done through in-person and virtual events, knowledge products and other activities.
· Lead the production and dissemination of knowledge and learning products in collaboration with the Communications and Programmes team. This includes research studies and reports, success stories, key lessons, best practices, case studies, industry insights; and package information clearly so to produce insightful content for a variety of channels and audiences.
· Identify opportunities for developing newsworthy and trending stories, think articles, opinion pieces, and actively seek opportunities to achieve positive coverage and increase stakeholders’ engagement and awareness of our work.
· Market knowledge products to maximise their visibility among target audiences at events, webinars and through industry networks and online channels.
· Identify speaking opportunities for key staff (at events, webinars, etc.) and prepare talking points/ briefs for speakers.
· Monitor and measure the impact of engagement and dissemination activities.
· Support the production of factsheets, infographics, and presentations and corporate publications (i.e. e-newsletters and the Annual Report).
· Support the Business Development Manager to write and package compelling capacity statements, pitches and presentations aimed at donors and investors.
· Keep fully abreast of trends, news and developments from outside Energy 4 Impact in the renewable energy/energy poverty field, other initiatives by private companies and other NGOs, so that communications efforts can be better streamlined and be more impactful.
· Keep staff informed of positive developments in the organisation, as well as relevant industry developments and events.
· Graduate or Postgraduate in Renewable Energy, Journalism, Communications, Public Relations, English. A degree obtained in Anglophone countries would be preferable.
· Excellent English language skills and proficiency to quickly write and edit complex communications products with clear structure, clarity of ideas, and logical, persuasive presentation. A good knowledge of French would also be an advantage.
· Outstanding research, analytical and presentation skills, a high level of attention to detail; ability to evaluate and to appraise critically quantitative and qualitative information; ability to think strategically and to rapidly analyse diverse information from varied sources.
· Proven experience in writing and publishing well researched, thought provoking, compelling copy for blogs, publications, presentations, websites and social media channels.
· Good all-round knowledge of a broad range of communications and dissemination channels: events, social media and other online/offline media outlets.
· Highly collaborative and able to build and nurture strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
· Ability to take initiative, ownership and accountability to meet deadlines, work under pressure, balance competing demands and achieve agreed-upon results.
· Minimum 3 years’ experience in similar roles.
· Understanding of planning, budgeting, monitoring and reporting.
· Excellent planning and time management skills.
· High level of computer literacy, primarily in Microsoft Office packages and graphic designs softwares (Photoshop, Canva, Prezi, etc).
· Previous experience in energy / climate change in an international development context is an advantage.
· Team player – able to forge productive, collaborative relationships with colleagues internally and externally.
· Approachable, flexible, creative and with willingness to accommodate other people’s ideas.
· Ability to travel in country, regionally and internationally sometimes on short notice.
· Empathy with Energy 4 Impact’s mission, and values, with a high level of corporate commitment, demonstrated by an ability to take decisions and to act in the best interests of the organisation.
How to Apply
To apply please send your CV plus a cover letter (in English) outlining how your knowledge, skills and experience match the job specification to firstname.lastname@example.org to reach us by latest 20th December 2018.
Energy 4 Impact is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.