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  • Off-Grid Renewable Energy Enterprise Development Specialist At SSG Advisors

  • Posted on: 10 October, 2016 Deadline: Not Specified
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    SSG Advisors is an international development consulting firm headquartered in Vermont, USA. We work with a variety of government and commercial clients on market-driven sustainable development solutions around the world. Since 2005, we have completed assignments in over 50 countries spanning a wide range of sectors, including climate change, agricultural development, private sector engagement, and digital inclusion. SSG is a leader in developing and managing catalytic international development partnerships and facilitating investments for SGBs.

    SSG is now accepting applications for an Off-Grid Renewable Energy Enterprise Development Specialist, to be staffed on an anticipated 5-year USAID-funded activity focused on transforming the power sector in Nigeria. The position would be full-time and based in Lagos.

    Off-Grid Renewable Energy Enterprise Development Specialist, Nigeria




    SSG is now accepting applications for an Off-Grid Renewable Energy Enterprise Development Specialist, to be staffed on an anticipated 5-year USAID-funded activity focused on transforming the power sector in Nigeria. The position would be full-time and based in Lagos.

    The Specialist will work with project partners and off-grid energy access entrepreneurs in Nigeria to foster the development of enterprises that advance project goals. S/he will be responsible for working with SSG and the project partners to identify and support promising energy access enterprises. This includes providing these enterprises with development services such as capacity building and assisting them in raising capital.

    The Renewable Energy Specialist will be responsible for the following

    • Work with the project and SSG home office teams to develop a process to seek out energy access enterprises operating in Nigeria;
    • Develop operational processes for originating, screening, and supporting companies in the project's pipeline;
    • Identify and apply existing, relevant methodologies (i.e. USAID's OCAT, UnLtd's Social Entrepreneur's Toolkit, etc) to help energy access enterprises assess their business development, financing, and operational needs;
    • Provide strategic advisory and mentorship to selected enterprises;
    • Support capital raising through technical assistance for investment proposal preparation, feasibility studies, introduction to potential investors, and more;
    • Organize promotional events to foster engagement between energy access enterprises and investors;
    • Lead investor outreach and engagement, identifying potential sources of public and private financing and to connect energy access enterprises with potential investors;
    • Work with the project team to monitor and evaluate the process of selecting and supporting enterprises over time;
    • As requested/needed, perform other tasks to support project activities.


    • Bachelor's Degree in energy-related engineering policy, business, finance, economics or related field, advanced degree is strongly preferred
    • At least 8 years of relevant professional experience in Africa;
    • A strong understanding of the Nigerian and regional small-scale renewable energy sector;
    • Experience planning, developing, or financing, off-grid projects in the developing country context
    • Familiarity with the design and/or implementation of energy access business models focused on Base of the Pyramid (BoP) clients in emerging markets;
    • Experience delivering capacity building and training sessions for entrepreneurs;
    • A proven ability to negotiate and work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders;
    • Ability to work independently and effectively within tight deadlines;
    • Willingness to travel up to 30% time;
    • Nigerian work authorization required
    • Native proficiency in written and spoken English, as well as strong knowledge of one or more of the following: Hausa, Igbo, or Yoruba.

    Method of Application

    Qualified candidates should submit their CV to Please include "Off-Grid Renewable Energy Enterprise Development Specialist" in the email subject line, and save documents as 'Last Name_First Name.pdf' (e.g., Smith_Jane.pdf). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please. SSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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