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Sector Team Lead – Renewable Energy & Climate Technologies (REACT)

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

Reporting to the Director, Investments Portfolio, The Sector Team Lead - Renewable Energy & Climate Technologies (REACT) is responsible for technical programme development and overall management of AECF REACT across Africa. The Sector Team Lead - REACT provides the strategic vision and technical direction for the portfolio to promote rural development and foster more equitable and sustainable economic growth in Africa, within the quickly evolving framework of the economic program. The Sector Team Lead consults regularly with the Director, donors and engages with senior government officials, other donors and international organizations. The role holder is also responsible for building and leading a team of Portfolio and Programme Managers/Officers that will provide technical and relationship support to managing, monitoring and reporting REACT portfolio activitiesincluding performance assessments. As a team lead, the prospective candidate must demonstrate excellent technical skills, subject matter expertise and serve as a coach to the team. They must ensure overall employee satisfaction and productivity, in order to deliver strategic and operational business excellence


  • Leadership and Strategic Direction (10%). Develop and coordinate the overall AECF strategies and implementation approaches to achieve resultsfor the renewable energy and climate technologies portfolio.
  • Lead development of REACT Investment Portfolio, aligning it to the AECF strategy and continental sector priorities, development and growth agenda; Coordinate efforts and strategies with other departments, multilateral and bilateral donor agencies, and international NGOs working in the sector;
  • Design, develop and implement appropriate policies and procedures for operations within the renewable energy and climate technologies portfolio; Provide guidance and support to team members on portfolio leadership and relationship management. Support the review and implementation of AECF’s strategy and technical operations;
  • Develop overall operating plans, management plans, work plans and budgets for the renewable energy and climate technologies (REACT) portfolio;
  • Actively solicit input from team members and key stakeholders, recognize and acknowledge the contributions of team members. Ensure that activities achieve their intended results. Provides technical and organizational leadership on the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of activities.
  • Ensure that investees meet their obligations in accordance with agreements and relevant regulations; Prepare briefing papers for senior management on technical outlook and delivery of the programs within the portfolio;
  • Relay feedback from AECF’s partners, especially the government and development partnersto other parts of the organization. Relationship Management & Business Development (20%) Establish and maintain productive working relationships and linkages with donors, and other development partner organizations, government departments, private sector partners etc.
  • Establishes close links to sector leaders, international organizations, associations or businesses;
  • leadership for resource mobilization and guide teams towards achievement of resource mobilization targets; Capitalize on opportunities to demonstrate superior customer service during communication with investees, donors and other partners;
  • Participate in external meetings and events to raise awareness about AECF programmes and ensure institutional visibility; Lead AECF team in development of technical bids and proposals to prospective funders.
  • Participate in the dissemination of AECF periodic progress and impact reports; Leverage expertise and networks to support fundraising and business development efforts of AECF. This includes contributing to proposal development and pitches to donors; Develop and maintain relevant and useful networks within the renewable energy and climate change sectors.
  • Sector Management (40%) Provide technical expertise to assure alignment of the REACT portfolio with evolving sector development policies, government development objectives, other donor programs, and foreign policy priorities; Provide technical leadership for the marketing, application review and selection of REACT projects;
  • Responsible for the overall planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of REACT portfolio, including multiple contracts, cooperative agreements, interagency agreements, and host country contracts;
  • Coordinate and manage effective competition design and implementation; Contribute to planning and achieving quality growth of REACT portfolio;
  • Develop effective strategies the enable recovery of outstanding repayable grants as due from portfolio investees
  • ; Provide periodic reports on REACT portfolio, information trends and other relevant information as requested.
  • Lead development and implementation of portfolio risk framework, in line with the overall AECF Risk and Compliance Management Framework; Provide oversight to planning and execution of portfolio activities on a periodic basis to ensure that: implementation is on track; performance targets are being met;
  • progress reporting is timely and accurate; and resources are utilized in an appropriate manner; Lead in the preparation of REACT portfolio reviews, annualreports and periodic portfolio progress updates; Facilitate and support portfolio audits and performance reviews;

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 7 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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