GIZ seeks Head of Secretariat for Africa EU Energy Partnership
Head of Secretariat (m/f/d)
Africa EU Energy Partnership (AEEP)
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The Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) is a long-term framework for structured political dialogue and co-operation between Africa and the EU on energy issues of strategic importance, reflecting African and European needs. Through the Partnership, Africa and Europe work together to develop a shared vision and common policy answers, and to stimulate specific actions that address the energy challenges of the 21st century.
In line with the UN’s decade for sustainable energy reflected in the Sustainable Development Goal number 7, AEEPs overall objective is to facilitate the achievement of universal access to affordable, sustainable and modern energy in Africa, including in rural areas, as a necessity and pre-requisite to generate inclusive development and jobs. This builds on the Joint Africa EU Strategy (JAES) strategic objective to create the jobs that the continent needs and to seize the opportunities the cooperation offers to Europe. Following the conclusions of the Nov. 2017 AU-EU Summit, AEEP will focus on effective results oriented strategic dialogue and broader framework for energy sector transformation and lead to improved coherence and traction of joint African-European energy initiatives.
AEEP is under the governance and political guidance of a Steering Group composed of Egypt, the European Commission, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Germany, Italy and the African Union Commission. In addition, the Partnership engages very closely non-state actors under focal points of private sector, academia and civil society. The Secretariat of the AEEP is currently hosted by GIZ headquarters in Bonn, Germany.
Reporting to the Steering Group of the AEEP, the Head of Secretariat has the strategic responsibility to oversee the implementation of the work of the Partnership as decided upon by EU and African leaders. The individual tasks will include:
- Information and advisory to the Steering Group members
- Development and maintenance of relations between European and African actors in the energy sector
- Coordination and communication with political bodies, international cooperation partners and other relevant stakeholders
- In the context of the JAES process, overseeing the representation and contribution of the AEEP in the meetings
- Initiating and maintaining the communication and cooperation with EU Delegations in Africa as well as AU Delegations in Europe
- Support policy dialogues, thematic workshops, peer-to-peer exchanges and studies
- Acquisition and budget management
- Moderation, reporting and knowledge management
- Master in energy, political sciences, economics, environmental sciences or international relations/governance or a related social science
- Many years of experience experience in senior level energy or climate related position and in bilateral relations
- Very good level of diplomatic skills and a good sense of handling of politically sensitive issues in thematically oriented partnership discussions
- Very good knowledge on policies and enabling environments in the energy sector and of global governance and policy development, especially in Africa
- Familiarity with workings within African and European administrations
- Good overview and understanding of the current international political architecture and agenda affecting the energy sector in Europe and Africa, for instance climate discussions, international agreements e.g. Paris Agreement
- Knowledge on collaboration with private sector, infrastructure investors, civil society organisations, subnational governments
- Sound knowledge of project management, very good analytical skills and experience with related procedures of international organisations
- Excellent communication, social, and teamwork skills and ability to work under pressure on demanding content, intercultural skills
- Excellent mastery of English, French and German would be an asset
Application deadline: 08/19/2018
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