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East Africa Ag/Energy Advisor, BTG

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International Development Group
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East Africa Ag/Energy Advisor is responsible for supporting productive use models of off-grid energy to strengthen agricultural value chains and rural livelihoods in East Africa. This is a full-time role based in Nairobi, Kenya.  This position reports to BTG Cross Cutting Team Leader.

  • Lead all activities relating to agriculture in East Africa, including conducting assessments, identification of highest impact opportunities, contributing to annual work plans, implementing approved activities, and reporting on progress
  • Map priority agricultural value chains in target East African countries to identify opportunities for improving productivity or reducing costs through the introduction of off grid electricity or solar-powered agricultural equipment
  • Identify and advance opportunities to promote partnerships and facilitate introductions between off-grid companies and agricultural value chain actors, including farmer cooperatives, extension agencies, bulk-buyers, and input suppliers.
  • Identify challenges and opportunities in the agricultural sector that can be unlocked through the implementation of off-grid energy solutions
  • Support off-grid companies in developing, refining and scaling up productive use off-grid solutions and business models in East Africa
  • Provide technical assistance to SMEs in the agriculture sector to understand and implement off-grid energy solutions
  • Advise BTG country advisors in East Africa on issues relating to the ag/energy nexus and agricultural value chains
  • Coordinate with USAID missions in East Africa to align BTG ag/energy activities with other economic growth programs, such as Feed the Future.
  • Perform other duties to ensure accomplishment of relevant project objectives as assigned by direct supervisor

  • Master’s degree in a relevant technical field (agricultural engineering, agricultural economics, agricultural science, etc)
  • Eight (8) years’ relevant experience including substantive field experience in Africa
  • Prior experience working in the agriculture sector, preferably with the agriculture/energy nexus
  • Strong technical and analytical skills on a range of issues related to agriculture
  • Possess excellent organizational and analytical skills;
  • Strong verbal and written English communications skills.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Familiarity with the institutional context of African agricultural development
  • Demonstrated, strong experience with community engagement, consultative processes, community land rights and issues
  • Demonstrated experience with pay-as-you go, microcredit, micro-entrepreneurship models, community credit (such as Grameen bank), establishment of creditworthiness/credit history
  • Demonstrated understanding of economic and business constraints to rural agribusiness

Physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above.  Examples include:  remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between offices and laboratories; frequently conducting laboratory site inspections (if applicable), ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines, ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require, consistent demonstration of mental stability and ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, per RTI procedure 4.2.1. 

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further information is available here.

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