Finance Associate – Energy Access

Job Highlight:

In this role, you will lead the analysis of national, regional, and global policies, strategies, and programmes to understand the challenges and opportunities for unlocking investment in the clean energy space. You will analyze investment funds from Development Finance Institutions as well as impact investors. You will lead in identifying mechanisms for unlocking commercial funds, including from local financial institutions. You will investigate different models used to finance investment in productive use sectors, particularly in the agriculture and livelihood sectors, as well as the health sector. The goal is to understand successful models that could be replicated to unlock both public and private funding at scale. You will also collaborate with WRI Africa’s energy team and partner organizations to develop scalable models aimed at attracting investment in the productive use sector, as well as increase end-user finance.

You will closely work with different teams across WRI sisterhood, including WRI China, WRI India, the Global Energy Program team, as well as members of the institute’s finance center.

You will report to the Energy Access Lead for WRI Africa.

What you will do:

Finance (70%):

You will lead in research and analysis on energy finance topics, particularly aimed at unlocking public and private investment in the clean energy and access space
You will undertake an in-depth review of financial data and investment portfolios from Local Financial Institutions (LFIs), Development Financing Institutions (DFIs), as well as global and regional (Sub-Saharan Africa) energy-focused funds
You will support the collection and aggregation of data on opportunities for investment in Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) sector, including Productive Use opportunities, and social services (in health)
You will lead in the development of innovative business and finance models for the successful deployment of DRE interventions, particularly in the productive use space
You will work with and build capacity of LFI (CBs) to establish investment portfolios for renewable energy to accelerate investments in energy access and net-zero ambitions
You will organize convening and engagements with targeted key stakeholders in the energy access and finance space including utilities, Commercial & Industrial (C&I) actors, Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), as well as energy entrepreneurs/investors to conduct analysis on optimal pathway for delivery of clean energy
Integrate inputs from stakeholders to contribute to our research products and engagement strategies
You will facilitate consultations with key stakeholders
You will serve as WRI Africa’s finance analytics expert
Provide ad hoc and ongoing support and recommendations to evolving collaborations between energy access and transition pillars, finance center, as well as with other International Offices (IOs), particularly with WRI China and India teams.


Communications and Fundraising (30%):

You will work with the Africa Lead – Energy Access, WRI Africa staff and global communications staff to contribute to the sustenance of a compelling and consistent message from our work as a key strategy for impact
Develop and co-develop blogs, training materials and other knowledge products (e.g., reports, issue briefs, working papers, and technical notes) on sustainable finance
You will contribute to analysis and review metrics, results, and outcomes from project activities
You will contribute to development of funding proposals to expand the growing WRI Africa energy programme.


What you will need:

Education: You will have a completed Master’s degree, either in energy economics and finance, public policy, or a related field
Experience: You have 5+ years of relevant full-time professional experience, including research and analytics experience in the energy field, and with a focus on African country contexts
Experience working in energy markets, with a track record of working with energy sector stakeholders in Africa
Experience in conducting and publishing research on energy finance in Africa
Demonstrated expertise in structuring and prioritizing a complex, multiple-faceted research work program
Experience in engaging with government, academia and CSOs involved in energy research in Africa
Knowledge of solar energy technologies/systems and financing instruments, energy policy, and energy finance challenges and opportunities
Experience working with international organizations
Languages: You have verbal and written proficiency in English
Requirements:Existing work authorization is required where this position is based. WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization.


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The World Resources Institute is a global research non-profit organization that was established in 1982 with funding from the MacArthur Foundation under the leadership of James Gustave Speth. WRI is a global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being.WRI's mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.