Location:                                WASCAL Competence Centre in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Duration of contract:            3 years fixed term renewable contract, with possibility of renewal

 Date of publication              20th June, 2020

Closing date                           20th August, 2020

Supervisor                             Research Director


WASCAL seeks to hire Regional Thematic Coordinator to work directly on its Renewable Energy Priority theme, to complement the existing four (04) priority themes under the ongoing action research Plan (WRAP2.0. This is an international position and shall be based at the WASCAL Competence Centre in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

WASCAL is a research and education-focused institute designed to provide knowledge and climate services that should help tackle the climate change challenge and thereby enhance the resilience of human and environmental systems. It does so by strengthening the research capacity and infrastructure in West Africa related to climate change by pooling the expertise of ten West African countries and Germany. The West African countries include: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d‘Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo.

WASCAL with support from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany (BMBF) implementing a Renewable Energy priority theme in the West African sub-region. WASCAL therefore seeks to fill the position of Regional Thematic Coordinator. The successful candidates will be expected to:

  • Coordinate all Renewal Energy Priority theme and related initiatives
  • Identify enabling factors and facilitate the scaling up of the countries pilot projects across the subregion
  • Develop Renewable Energy theme related services to respond to countries needs
  • Conceptualize the needs of the countries and the region in partnerships with ECREEE in a comprehensive review report
  • Support the strategy of sustainable renewable energy supply for West Africa including research-development and capacity building
  • Stakeholders consultation within countries
  • Organize feasibility studies in WASCAL member countries
  • Monitor and evaluate program/project performance against contract requirements, keep tracks of deliverables, and other performance goals, participate in the analysis and reporting for impact assessment
  • Lead the drafting and the submission of grant proposals and coordinate recruitment and manage integration of a new staff members as needed
  • Synthetize output from programs and or projects and identify salient results
  • Lead the development of Renewable Energy priority theme information relevant for WASCAL member countries sectors and communities as well as regional political bodies
  • Identify, develop and implement ways of improving access to, and use of CES for sectors, communities and regional political bodies
  • Develop tools, approaches and products for effective delivery of CES and integration to day-to-day activities with support from the data management department of WASCAL
  • Establish training guidelines on technical aspects of CES, organize stakeholder engagement workshops and prepare communication materials for dissemination
  • Provide scientific analysis and interpretation to support the timely delivery of the results and output
  • Contribute to knowledge products (reports, briefs, data products, scientific publications)
  • Carry out research, when relevant (e.g. in the framework of the project), and deliver science that can be used in practice by the West African adaptation community
  • Any other duties that may be assigned from time to time

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Ph.D. or equivalent in renewable energy or related field
  • At least five years post qualification experience
  • Knowledge of green hydrogen value chain desirable
  • High Decree of initiative and self-motivation
  • Good track record in resource mobilization and research proposal development
  • Experience in developing training materials and organizing and conducting trainings
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experience in working and interacting effectively with a variety of stakeholders, and demonstrated ability to collaborate well across disciplines and with key collaborative institutions and agencies
  • Research experience in interdisciplinary working environments
  • Strong publication and record in peer reviewing journals
  • Excellent written and spoken communication in English and French
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to generate new ideas and implement them
  • Ability to work as part of a dynamic and multicultural team

Application procedure:

Applications including a covering letter (no more than two pages) with a statement of motivation, and highlighting the candidate’s experience against the criteria listed above (desired skills and experience), and a curriculum vitae including a list a publications, with names addresses and e-mail addresses of three professional referees should be emailed to Please indicate the job title in the subject line. Applicants must come from ECOWAS member countries.

Applications will be accepted up to the 20th August,  2020. Applications will be acknowledged, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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