West Africa Ag/Energy Advisor, Power Africa Off-grid Project (PAOP)

  • Mid-level
  • Posted on 25 September 2019

Job Description

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 any of the West African countries in which the Power Africa Off-grid Project has a full-time advisor (Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Niger, or 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, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), 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.

  • 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 knowledge of off-grid technologies and companies operating in the off-grid space in West Africa.

  • Wide network of agriculture and rural cooperatives, as well as agribusinesses, and agri-technology vendors, and other SMEs that would benefit from improved energy access.

  • 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.

  • Fluency in English and French is a must for this position.

    Please note CVs will not be considered if they are not in English and all interviews will be conducted in English.

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