Apr 10, 2018

Researcher Job Announcement

Power for All is seeking to engage an energy researcher with mini-grid expertise to conduct sectoral research. Prospective candidates will have an MSc in an energy-related field and at least one year of working experience.  


About Power for All

Power for All is a global campaign to accelerate the market-based growth of decentralized renewable energy (DRE) as the best solution to universal energy access. The campaign serves as a collective voice for businesses and civil society focused on off-grid solutions, including solar, micro-hydro, biomass, small-scale wind and mini-grids.

Power for All aims to support the lifting of 1 billion+ people from energy poverty. Power for All believes that decentralized renewables are the fastest, most cost-effective path to modern energy services in emerging markets; a potent growth engine for economies and jobs; and an impact multiplier that creates more resilient, self-sufficient and healthy communities.


Project Description

Power for All’s research team is compiling data and evidence on energy access, its finance and impacts, and on distributed renewable technologies. Our Campaign believes that access to such data is critical to support widespread adoption of distributed technologies. Our research and evidence curation are overseen by Dr. Rebekah Shirley, Power for All Director of Research and Strathmore University Visiting Scholar.


Job Description

Power for All is seeking to develop a body of research specifically around mini-grids. This body of work will draw on existing literature and available data to explore and synthesize mini-grid best practice for policy, incentive, tariff design, business models, and technology. The goal of this work is to synthesize known data to uncover important evidence and key actionable knowledge for the sector. This researcher will analyze data according to specific themes developed by Power for All and will produce multiple rigorous, high caliber content products directly for dissemination and communication with broad audiences.  This position is an applied way to learn about current distributed renewable energy sector development.


Job Responsibilities

  • Review of international and regional publications and reports on mini-grid technology (e.g. market reports)
  • Synthesis of easily digestible proof points from resulting findings
  • Analysis of quantitative data (e.g. cost and performance data)
  • Development of readily shareable research content products or deliverables
  • Support in the conduct of primary research or data collection (e.g. interviews) as needed


Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduated with MSc in an energy-related discipline
  • At least one-year work experience in the energy sector
  • Must have strong quantitative skills, comfort with excel, other programming languages (e.g. R) and statistics
  • Must have strong literature review and synthesis skills. Ability to extract key evidence from detailed reports and create concise, digestible content
  • Strong, demonstrable writing skills. Design skills are a bonus for finding ways to communicate robust data to non-technical audiences  
  • Basic knowledge of off- and on-grid energy systems and technologies, especially mini-grids
  • Comfort with, or willingness to learn about, energy technology, policy, and impacts
  • Ability to work well in a team and as an individual: collaborative, strong work ethic, self-motivated, passionate and able to be self-managed.

Application Details

Please send a cover letter introducing yourself and why you would be a good fit for this position, plus your CV and a short writing sample (e.g. a recent paper or report you have written) to Dr. Rebekah Shirley, Power for All Research Director, at Applications are currently being accepted and hiring decisions will be made on a rolling basis as soon as possible.


For more information about Power for All and its mission, visit the website:


Contact Details

Strathmore Energy Research Centre
Madaraka Estate, Ole Sangale
P.O. Box 59857 00200
City Square, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel.: +254 (0) 703 034 000
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