Project Development Lead Job Vacancy in Kenya

CFAO Kenya

Position Title: Project Development Lead

Division: Energy and Infrastructure

Department: Utility Energy

Location: Nairobi

Reports to: General Manager – Utility Energy

Direct Reports: N/A

Indirect Reports: N/A

Job Purpose: This role will be responsible to expand the renewable energy business by working closely with CFAO Kenya Subsidiaries and partners to:

  • Conceptualize and implement renewable energy projects targeting consumers in the Commercial & Industrial energy sector AND E-Mobility
  • Coordinate the implementation of the renewable energy related Carbon Neutral Initiatives among CFAO group in Kenya and any other assigned countries.

Main Responsibilities

  • Identify and approach energy consumers in the commercial and Industrial sector:
  • Develop renewable energy solution concepts and pitch them to customers:
  • Deal negotiation and closure:
  • Set and meet annual target installations of renewable energy systems.
  • Coordinate with internal Technical, Financial, Legal teams and other stakeholders to enable timely and informed decision towards project implementation as per internal procedures.
  • Make proposals and implement renewable energy related carbon neutral initiatives within CFAO group companies assigned.
  • Develop and implement monitoring and reporting framework on the impact of executed renewable energy related carbon neutral initiatives in the group.
  • Provide support to the division’s team responsible for the development of utility scale renewable energy projects.


(Minimum level of academic and professional qualification required to perform effectively in the role)

  • Degree in Project Management or any other related field

Minimum level of experience required to perform effectively in the role

a) 5 Years’ experience with at least 2 years in project development and management in renewable energy sector.

b) Experience in Solar energy for commercial and industrial use will be an added advantage


Internal customers

a) Infrastructure Division – CFAO Group

b) Corporate Division – Shared Services

External Customers

a) CFAO Kenya & CFAO SAS subsidiaries in the region

b) Customers/Stakeholders in Renewable Energy Sector



  • Accurate data collection, analysis, and evaluation
  • Preparation and pitching of solution concepts reflecting recommendations from the data collected
  • Land acquisition, licensing and permitting
  • Utility Energy regulatory processes in Kenya
  • Customer profiling and segmentation
  • Deal closing including contracting process
  • ICT Savvy with Ms Excel, Ms PowerPoint, and Ms Word skills


  • Negotiation Skills
  • Communication and Presentation skills (Proficiency in English and Kiswahili language required)
  • Prioritization skills
  • Networking skills
  • Task planning and execution within defined procedures and timelines


  • Love for the sun rays – You are relentless in your pursuit to promote adoption of solar energy to reduce energy cost while promoting environmental sustainability.
  • Business acumen– knows how business works; knowledgeable in current and possible future policies, practices, trends, technology and information affecting the business; knows the competition; is aware of how strategies and tactics work in the marketplace
  • Strategic agility – Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods
  • Perspective – Looks toward the broadest possible view of an issue/challenge; has broad-ranging personal and business interests and pursuits; can easily pose future scenarios; can discuss multiple aspects and impacts of issues and project them into the future
  • Technical learning – Is good at learning new industry, company, product or technical knowledge
  • Quality decisions – Makes good decisions (without considering how much time it takes) based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; most of your solutions turn out to be correct and accurate when judged over time
  • Problem solving – Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; is excellent at honest feedback; looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at the first answers; probes all fruitful sources for answers
  • Interpersonal skills – Is self-aware, and has ability to relate with people across all levels of hierarchy as appropriate, to ensure achievement of personal targets
  • Organisational positioning skills – Understanding of organisation structure both formal and informal, is sensitive to how people and organisations function; anticipates where the landmines are and plans his/her approach accordingly; views politics as a necessary part of organisational life and works to adjust to that reality.
  • Energy and drive – Has speed and agility: taking quick and timely action; seizes more opportunities than others, pursues everything with energy, drive and a need to finish; seldom gives up before finishing especially in the face of resistance or setbacks.
  • Love for the sun rays – You are relentless in your pursuit to promote adoption of solar energy to reduce energy cost while promoting environmental sustainability.
  • Integrity and trust – Trusted individuals who can present the unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner, keeps confidence, admits mistakes, and doesn’t misrepresent themselves for personal gain.

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