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West Africa Agriculture/Energy Advisor, Power Africa Off-Grid Project (PAOP)

Project Management
International Development Group
190FZ Requisition #
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Position Summary

West Africa Ag/Energy Advisor is responsible for supporting productive use models of off-grid energy to strengthen agricultural value chains and rural livelihoods in West Africa. This is a full-time role based in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire or Dakar, Senegal. This position reports to PAOP Cross Cutting Team Leader.


  • Lead all activities relating to ag/energy nexus in West Africa, including conducting assessments, identification of highest impact opportunities, contributing to annual work plans, implementing approved activities, and reporting on progress.

  • 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.

  • Support off-grid companies in developing, refining, and scaling up productive use business models in West Africa.

  • Advise PAOP country advisors in West Africa on issues relating to the ag/energy nexus and agricultural value chains.

  • Help off-grid companies to identify and prepare financial applications for grants and other sources of funding; review grant and commercial finance applications.

  • Support investors and financial institutions in designing financial products targeted at productive uses of off-grid energy.

  • Coordinate with USAID missions in West Africa to align PAOP ag/energy activities with other economic growth programs, such as Feed the Future.

  • Perform other duties related to ensure accomplishment of relevant project objectives as assigned by direct supervisor.

  • Master’s degree in a relevant technical field with 6 years of relevant experience or a bachelor’s degree with 10 years of relevant experience, including substantive field experience in Africa.
  • Prior experience with the energy-agriculture nexus.

  • Demonstrated strong experience with community engagement, consultative processes, community land rights and issues.

  • Wide network of agriculture and rural cooperatives, as well as agribusinesses, and agri-technology vendors

  • Preferred 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.

  • Possess excellent organizational and analytical skills.

  • Strong verbal and written English and French communications skills.


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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