Practical Action Project Manager (Energy) Career Opportunity in Kenya

Practical Action

Position Title: Project Manager – Energy

Practical Action is a global innovator, inspiring people to discover and adopt ingenious, practical ways to free themselves from poverty and disadvantage.

With over 50 years of expertise, Practical Action has a strong heritage, and track record of bringing communities and experts together to find practical, sustainable solutions to enable people to meet their needs, which work for both people and the planet.

We are committed to advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment through all our work.

This includes programmes, knowledge sharing, advocacy, external communications, and our own organisational development.

At a minimum, we ensure that all our work is gender sensitive, seeking gender transformative approaches as our overall ambition and in accordance with context.

Practical Action has been implementing interventions to address the inequalities that exist in the energy sector and empower women since 2014, in partnership with ENERGIA and others.

The Women in Energy Enterprises in Kenya (WEEK3) Phase 3 project is a 4-year project (October 2022 – 30th September 2026) funded by ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy as part of the larger programme dubbed: Women Driving Energy Transition and Climate Justice.

The programme’s main goal is to ensure that women have an equal opportunity to lead, participate in and benefit from energy access and a just and inclusive energy transition, as an essential right to development.

The WEEK3 project is being implemented in five counties in Kenya, including Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Embu, Kitui and Nairobi.

The project focuses on promoting gender equality and empowering women economically through engagement in clean energy value chains and in productive use of energy.

The project aims to increase access to clean energy solutions, enhance economic opportunities, and improve the livelihoods of women entrepreneurs in Kenya.

The project’s key intervention areas include, Women Economic Empowerment, Advocating and Influencing for Enabling Energy Markets and Policy Environment, Integration of Gender-Transformative Approaches in Energy Policies and Programs and Thought Leadership (Acquiring, generating and disseminating robust data, evidence and knowledge to enhance the gender responsiveness of energy policies and practices).

Practical Action is therefore looking for a Project Manager whose primary responsibility will be to oversee all aspects of project delivery including development of work plans and budgets, contract management and donor liaison, partner relationships and coordination of field activities.

To be successful in the role, you will have a Master’s degree in a relevant field e.g. Energy, Gender Studies, Development Studies, International Development, Rural Development, Community Development)

At least seven (7) years demonstrated experience and expertise in gender-responsive project design and implementation particularly in the energy sector, experience in fundraising and building networks with relevant stakeholders including County and National Governments, private sector, CSOs and development partners.

Experience in private sector engagement and market development, experience in capacity building, financial inclusion and behavior change communications (BCC).

Experience in BDS curriculum development, experience working in gender and energy programs and immediate availability is desirable.

How to Apply

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If you are ready for an exciting challenge with an organisation whose mission and values are particularly relevant in these rapidly changing times, please forward your application, curriculum vitae and cover letter to:

Practical Action, Kenya Office

by email:

no later than 26th April, 2023

indicating ‘Practical Action: Job Title Position’ in the subject line of the email.

Your cover letter should outline why you feel this is the position for you and you are the right candidate.

Please include the names of 3 referees in your CV.

Additional Information

Practical Action is an equal opportunities employer and we encourage applications from under-represented groups.

We stay committed to cultivating an inclusive and diverse working environment and believe that people from different backgrounds or cultures give us different perspectives, and the more perspectives we have, the more successful we will be.

By building a culture where everyone feels heard, respected and valued we give everyone working with us the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Practical Action is committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks.

The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to both live and work in Kenya.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.