Nigeria Energy Lead - SEED Program (Contract Position)
Abuja or Lagos, Nigeria
About Rocky Mountain Institute
Rocky Mountain Institute transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. That is our mission. That is our passion. And every day, every member of our team of nearly 200, works tirelessly to achieve that mission. We are driving the global energy transition from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables by working in partnership with governments, businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to advance market-based solutions. We achieve this by developing breakthrough ideas, testing and refining them, reshaping markets, and bringing solutions to scale. RMI is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an annual budget of $50 million and offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing. www.rmi.org
With an independent, objective, and fact-based approach, RMI brings experience gained from engagements with governments and utilities in developing economies to solve the toughest energy challenges. In 2015 the Islands Energy Program kick-started RMI’s work in developing economies. The Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (SEED) Program is part of the newly formed Empowering Clean Economies initiative, which includes the Islands Energy Program and has the potential for expansion into Southeast Asia. The SEED Program works with sub-Saharan African countries to expand electricity access and drive economic development utilizing clean energy technologies. The Islands Energy Program is currently working with select island partners in the Caribbean to support cost-effective energy transitions to benefit all national stakeholders.
The SEED program strategy focuses on four complementary and mutually reinforcing pillars, which implemented in an integrated and strategic manner facilitate successful energy transitions in developing economies: 1) whole-systems energy planning, 2) project development and implementation, 3) capacity building, and 4) global influence.
RMI is seeking a talented and experienced Nigeria Energy Lead to support RMI’s work to improve and expand energy access and cost-effective use of distributed energy resources in Nigeria. This professional will play a leading role in programmatic efforts in Nigeria, with the opportunity to also support work on the energy transformation across sub-Saharan Africa.
The Energy Lead will firmly establish the organization as an independent thought and implementation leader by driving energy transitions from traditional and often polluting and expensive energy infrastructure to clean, affordable, and resilient energy resources.
This position reports to the Nigeria Country Manager of RMI’s SEED program and collaborates closely with the program’s leadership to execute RMI’s programmatic strategies in Nigeria. The Energy Lead will engage with all members of the SEED team to develop content, share learnings, and clearly communicate in-country developments to non-Nigeria-based teammates to shape country strategy and support adaptation to local needs. The ideal candidate will be based in Nigeria, although they may initially be based in the U.S. The Energy Lead will serve as RMI’s primary representative to stakeholders in Nigeria, including leaders from across government, development partners, and the private sector. They will also support project work across Nigeria, including by providing technical expertise, content development, and potentially management of small teams. The Energy Lead may also play a role in pursuing funding, through philanthropic, government, and collaboration revenue.
RMI has a well-established reputation and extensive capabilities in designing and executing collaborative problem solving and solution scaling teams. We seek a highly creative, entrepreneurial yet deeply and broadly experienced energy professional to join our team and shape the fastest growing energy sectors in the world.
This is a full-time contractor position with an initial contract term of 12 months.
Specific Roles and Responsibilities
- Contribute to project execution and lead workstreams across a variety of topic areas
- Build and manage relationships with key senior stakeholders in Nigeria
- Develop new ideas for achieving programmatic goals to ensure large-scale impact in Nigeria
- Support conversations with prospective and existing donors and funders
- Synthesize research and lessons learned to influence key stakeholders
- Collaborate with the Country Manager and across all levels of the SEED team to support project selection and planning, and to develop the organization’s expertise and reputation in energy systems in Nigeria
- Build RMI’s network and identify new projects, and shape and deliver collaborative efforts with governments, development partners, and the private sector in sub-Saharan Africa
- Serve as a subject matter expert and thought leader to develop innovative approaches for holistic energy system development, new business models for energy and energy service providers, and respectfully challenge current approaches
- Identify and shape specific program initiatives and projects, likely in combination with other senior professionals, focusing on topics such as national-level energy planning, minigrid cost reduction, energy efficiency for increased access, and targeted capacity building
- Demonstrate organizational leadership, helping set a culture of impact, accountability, and entrepreneurship
- Travel up to 25% of the time, including occasional travel within sub-Saharan Africa and to RMI’s offices in the United States
Initially an independent contributor, with potential expansion to supervise local staff
- Undergraduate degree from a well-respected university
- Multiple years of energy work experience with an emphasis on energy efficiency and renewable energy
- Independent work style, comfortable self-managing multiple priorities and workstreams concurrently, with the ability to drive projects forward despite ambiguity
- Proven track-record of delivering against deadlines and reliably delivering outcomes
- Excellent interpersonal communication abilities in written, verbal, and presentation forms, demonstrating humble confidence
- Proficient with Microsoft Office, including experience writing reports, building decks, and developing spreadsheet models
- Graduate degree in science, engineering, policy, economics, or other relevant field
- Deep understanding of energy systems on a technical, financial, and political basis, ideally grounded with experience in developing economies
- Established network in Nigeria’s energy sector, particularly with senior stakeholders working on off-grid and renewables
- Ability to engage with leaders from local and international partners in a respectful and appropriate manner, including eloquent and compelling speaking and writing
- A strong creative streak with proven ability to find new and impactful approaches, influence others’ thinking, and demonstrate entrepreneurial leadership
- Ability and interest in working with colleagues across a broad range of energy-related topics in sub-Saharan Africa and developing economies worldwide