Associate / Senior Associate - RMI Africa Energy Program
Are you passionate about our mission to accelerate the efficient and restorative use of resources? Do you wake up eager to solve challenging problems for real impact? Would others consider you “extra” ordinary? Are you ready to grow your career to its full potential? If yes, then join our growing team!
Application Deadline: 5pm MT on May 25th, 2021
RMI is an independent nonprofit founded in 1982 that transforms the global energy system to secure a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future for all. We engage businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to accelerate the adoption of market-based solutions that cost-effectively shift from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables.
With an independent, objective, and fact-based approach, RMI’s Africa Energy Program works with a diverse set of public and private sector partners to solve sub-Saharan Africa’s toughest energy challenges. Fundamentally, we believe that people need and deserve access to clean, reliable, and affordable power, and that historical approaches to energy systems will not enable sustainable economic development for Africa economies in the 21st century and beyond. We are working to change that, leveraging RMI’s global platform and deeply collaborative partnerships across the range of industry stakeholders. Our team is growing, and we seek highly motivated and experienced professionals to join us in this mission.
Our program strategy and team of 20 people focus on three complementary components: 1) expanding the use of holistic energy planning and clean energy portfolios, 2) enabling distributed energy resource (DER) adoption including minigrids to expand access and save costs for stakeholders, and 3) demand-side interventions to drive efficient use of energy that enables local economic development. We act through a “think-do-scale” approach, including: (think) developing transformative business models and influential thought leadership detailing market opportunities; (do) creating partnerships to develop innovative demonstration projects; and (scale) translating results to formalize utility, investor, and development programs.
Currently, the Africa Energy Program works alongside country partners in Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Malawi, with regional scaling activities that include partners across many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Since its inception in 2015, the program has also supported partners in Rwanda, Uganda, and Sierra Leone.
We are seeking a highly-motivated Associate or Senior Associate to join RMI’s Africa Energy Program and help drive cutting-edge solutions to support Africa’s energy transition. As an ideal candidate, you are a creative problem solver who uses your experience, quantitative, and qualitative analytical abilities to conduct compelling research and derive new insights around pressing energy issues. You are collaborative and humble in engaging with local partners to understand market needs and conditions. You don’t settle for the status quo—you actively dig deeper to understand the underlying root of problems and focus on generating new ideas and solutions to those barriers. You have experience working with renewable energy systems, deploying appropriate technologies while working with communities in emerging economies, or both.
As an RMI Associate or Senior Associate, you will collaborate with team members, partner organizations, clients, and stakeholders to craft innovative and practical solutions across the Program’s focus areas and geographies. You will be a core member of the Program and an independent contributor who is a primary driver of research and analysis, working closely with colleagues on projects under the direction of managers and senior staff. You will develop expertise in the Africa Energy Program’s content areas and will provide subject-matter support to other RMIers across the organization.
Examples of your projects might include analyzing least-cost energy solutions as part of a country’s national energy plan, researching DER cost components and assessing priority pathways for reducing costs, visiting rural communities to survey and analyze agricultural productive use electrification opportunities, or interviewing stakeholders to assess the applicability of an innovative utility business model in a new geography.
Your key job responsibilities as an Associate primarily include:
- Structure and independently execute research across a broad range of topics.
- Identify new ways to track and manage reliable data that sheds new light on problems and solutions.
- Lead quantitative analysis and modeling activities within specific project scopes.
- Create innovative problem-solving approaches to drive project insight.
- Synthesize recommendations into clear and compelling presentations and written reports.
- Present quantitative information in a clear, visual format.
- Engage with external experts and partners via phone interviews, conferences, and in-person meetings.
- Travel up to 30%, primarily internationally.
Your key responsibilities as a Senior Associate include the above, and:
- Formulate key questions and design and create approaches and quantitative models to effectively address key questions and challenges posed by our research goals and clients.
- Drive thought leadership.
- Structure and guide the work of junior team members.
- Lead and manage specific projects with support from senior staff.
- Lead and manage stakeholder relationships in relation to specific projects.
- Contribute publicly at conferences, share expertise in response to media requests, discuss RMI’s work with donors, and direct research collaborations.
- A graduate degree in an applicable field such as engineering (mechanical, electrical, civil, energy), business (marketing, finance, international), economics, computer science, mathematics, physical and social sciences, OR undergraduate degree and 2-4 years of cumulative work experience and excellent work references.
- Ability to design, create from scratch, and run advanced Excel-based models.
- Exceptional and concise writing capabilities.
- A high degree of professionalism, thoughtfulness, and respect across interpersonal interactions.
- Demonstrated initiative and accomplishment in previous work.
- Experience working in sub-Saharan Africa on energy access, climate, renewables, and demand-side topics.
- Understanding of basic financial analysis and metrics (e.g., NPV, cash flows), energy analysis (e.g., LCOE), and their application to African energy issues.
- Experience working among diverse groups with varying perspectives and/or facilitating challenging conversations.
- Deep understanding of the electricity industry, including utility and regulatory models.
- Prior experience in consulting, project management, or other related fields.
- Ability to stick with a problem through resolution but also knowing when to ask for help.
- Ability to listen actively, be diplomatic, and share knowledge and information well.
- Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines and take risks by exploring and testing new ideas.
This position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, the candidate is preferred to be located in sub-Saharan Africa, ideally in Nigeria or at our new office location in Addis Ababa. This will be discussed further throughout the interview process.
- The starting Associate level salary range is $68,000-$75,000 with a 5% bonus target. This is based on experience that will be vetted through the interview process.
- The starting Senior Associate level salary is $76,500-$85,000 with a 5% bonus target. This is based on experience that will be vetted through the interview process.
We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:
- Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
- 403b Retirement Options (5% match immediately)
- Life, AD&D, Short Term and Long-Term Disability
- Commuter and Wellness Benefits
- Professional and personal development (including LinkedIn Learning access)
- Generous paid time off
- Parental leave
- Casual work environment
Increasing the diversity of thought, perspectives, ideas, and opinions within RMI is a critical change element supporting our long-term sustainability and mission to build a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future.
We strive for a level of diversity that reflects the communities we serve. Achieving this—regardless of ability, race, ethnicity, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status, socioeconomic class, educational attainment or other social identities—is critical to the success of each RMIer and collectively as an organization. This ensures that we:
- Have the different array of thinking that comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, enabling us to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.
- Strive for a culture of inclusion and belonging by treating others with dignity, respect and appreciation enabling them to feel welcomed, supported and valued.
- Effectively connect, communicate, and build long-lasting relationships with decision makers, stakeholders and constituents within diverse communities
RMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
RMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
RMI is an independent nonprofit founded in 1982 that transforms global energy systems through market-driven solutions to align with a 1.5°C future and secure a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future for all. We work in the world’s most critical geographies and engage businesses, policymakers, communities, and NGOs to identify and scale energy system interventions that will cut greenhouse gas emissions at least 50 percent by 2030. RMI has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Oakland, California; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.