Practical Action is seeking a self-motivated Senior Energy Expert to play a key role within the global energy team.

This role provides a unique opportunity to use your in-depth knowledge of the energy access sector and your experience working in international development to deliver on our business plan and contribute to the achievement of SDG7.

You will work within the Impact, Influence and Innovation team, providing technical inputs to our global strategy and flagship programmes across the areas of humanitarian energy, clean cooking, energy for agriculture and energy powering adaptation.

We are looking for an energy access technical expert, who is an excellent communicator and collaborator, with strong analytical skills and direct experience delivering programmes and/or consultancies.

You are someone who is both inspired and inspiring about Practical Action’s work who can build and maintain strong working relationships and networks.

Why join us as a Senior Energy Expert at Practical Action?

The opportunity to work for an organisation that is making a positive difference to the lives of people worldwide, a friendly and supportive culture, working with values-driven and highly engaged colleagues, work-life balance and flexible working – these are just some of the reasons we think Practical Action is a great place to work.

Our open plan offices are in the centre of Rugby near to the train station.

In addition, we offer the following benefits:

  • Flexible working/hours – full-time roles are contracted at 35 hours per week.
  • It is our practice normally that we operate a hybrid policy, where flexible working hours are enabled as well as remote working (between 6-15 days per month).
  • 27 days holiday in addition to public holidays which increases with length of service.
  • A pension scheme that new employees can join from day one of employment – (rules apply) employer contributes 10.5% of salary and the employee contributes 5%.
  • Life assurance (3 x annual salary).
  • Bike to Work scheme.

About us – Practical Action

We are an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.

We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality.

We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.

We’re a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service.

We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.

Additional information – Senior Energy Expert, Practical Action

Practical Action believes that having a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture based on respect will enable us to be an effective organisation. We seek to create an inclusive workplace in which people are accepted as individuals, regardless of their differences and where they feel their contribution is valued.

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 including criminal checks and terrorist financing.

Please note that should we recruit a suitable candidate before the closing date, we will close applications earlier than the specified date.
The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to both live and work in the UK.

Closing date for applications: Thursday 11th May 2023
Interview Process: A two stage interview process.

HOW TO APPLY – Senior Energy Expert

If you want to work for a international development organisation with significant people and programme ambitions, then we would like to hear from you. Please submit a copy of your CV and a supporting statement that describes your suitability for the role to [email protected]

Position details

Date of expiry:11th May 2023
Salary:Salary Grade B -£38,039 – £44,388
Location:Rugby, UK with flexible working options
Employment status:Permanent

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