The WRI Energy program is seeking a Director, Africa Energy Access, to lead an expanding portfolio of partnerships and research. Currently, 1.2 billion people lack access to affordable, clean electricity and population and economic growth are outpacing electrification efforts. Unless there is a paradigm shift in how countries plan their electricity systems, it is likely that global energy access goals will not be met – hampering the health, economic development and sustainability efforts. WRI’s energy access experts engage with the public sector, investors and civil society, building capacity to support energy access investments that alleviate poverty and promote development.
WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices. You will be expected to identify and advance opportunities to strengthen attention to gender and social equity within your work to ensure WRI elevates solutions to climate and other urgent environmental issues through approaches that improve human well-being.
This Director will be part of the global energy program leadership team, which supports three pillars of work: 1) accelerating the deployment of clean, affordable reliable energy, 2) advancing energy efficiency and energy productivity, and 3) addressing the urgent challenge of energy access and energy poverty. The Energy program works closely with other WRI programs and centers and the Energy Access project work is co-led by the Governance Center in WRI.
Specifically, the Director is responsible for leading a strategy and projects to accelerate the deployment of clean energy in support of the sustainable development goals. This includes providing strategic oversight to the overall energy program’s growing engagement in East Africa. In particular, the Director will also have a hands-on role in project management of the Energy for Development project, engage and establish in-country partnerships, support communications and fundraising, and help advance data collection efforts on energy demand, renewable energy finance, and building energy consumption. We are committed to ensuring gender equity across our program portfolios and this individual will help advance gender and inclusiveness in our Africa project work. Finally, this role will engage government agencies, international organizations and global institutions as well as the private sector in support of policy analysis and engagement efforts. The Director will work with WRI Africa’s International Office Director based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.