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Technical Expert, Solar Energy & Horticulture Nexus


Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

To identify, implement and evaluate pilot activities of solar energy use in the horticulture sector in Uganda. This includes working with the horticulture farmers, the solar companies, financial institutions, business development providers and other relevant stakeholders. Tangible outcomes and quantifiable results are expected. Focus regions are to be defined in the first months after the start of this assignment.


• Identifying the target groups and focus regions
• Prioritizing energy needs of horticulture smallholders in relation to feasible technologies and services
• Exchange with solar companies on technologies, business cases and financing schemes
Business case development
• Identifying PUE Technologies & business cases with highest impact on livelihoods
• Set-up and facilitate demonstration sites for selected technologies together with local implementation partners, Organize demonstration events with beneficiaries
• Support the development of a targeted results-based finance support scheme aimed at increasing access to PUE products for smallholder farmers in the horticulture value chain
Implement pilot business cases for solar energy for smallholder horticulture farmers
• Coordinate trainings for smallholder farmers, entrepreneurs and cooperative structures to be able to operate & own PUE technologies and businesses
• Accompany smallholder farmers in the process of implementing solar technologies and piloting the business cases
• Develop relevant awareness materials and coordinate implementation of awareness activities
Financial support schemes development
• Support the development of adapted financing schemes targeting horticulture smallholders and pilot their implementation
• Establish a systematic cross-country exchange & learning between Uganda, Ethiopia, and Kenya on innovations established
Other Duties/Additional Tasks
• Coordinating the involvement of relevant stakeholders in the off-grid and agricultural sectors
• Supporting monitoring and evaluation efforts and documenting lessons learnt
• Supporting knowledge exchange with projects in Kenya & Ethiopia, including exchange visits
• Supervise and guide consultants
• Comply with procedures within GIZ, such as tenders, contracts with third parties, site visit.
• Carries out other tasks at the request of the superior.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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