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PPO energy efficiency – The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) is a specialized agency of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with a public mandate to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency markets in the ECOWAS region.

The Ouagadougou Declaration, adopted at the ECOWAS conference for Peace and Security on 12th November 2007 in Burkina Faso, articulated the need to establish a regional center to promote Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. In 2008, the 61st Session of ECOWAS Council of Ministers adopted regulation C/REG.23/11/08 to give the ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency a legal basis. The ECREEE Secretariat was subsequently set up in November 2009 in Praia, Cape Verde.

This post is located at the Secretariat of the ECOWAS Centre on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) based in Praia, Cape Verde. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the duties of the:

PPO energy efficiency (1 Position) Internationally recruited position

  • Department: ECREEE Executive Secretariat
  • Directorate: ECREEE
  • Grade: P5
  • Annual Salary: USD 53,025 – USD 59,950
  • Supervisor: Director PDFM
  • Reference: ECW-ECREEE-P/008/2016
  • Duration: (Two years – renewable)
  • Duty Station: Praia, Cape Verde

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide support and leadership on all EE programmes and projects of ECREEE that seek to establish markets for EE technologies and services in the ECOWAS Region within the framework of the ECOWAS/UEMOA Regional White Paper Policy on Energy Access;
  • Promote teamwork and collaboration by providing the ECREEE EE Unit staff with clear direction, objectives and guidance to enable them to perform their duties responsibly, effectively and efficiently;
  • Foster a positive work environment, respectful of both men and women, and ensure that the highest standards of conduct are observed in the EE Unit;
  • Contribute to the identification and implementation of innovation and continuous improvement in support of organizational excellence and world-class performance;
  • Update the ED, on a regular basis, on the progress and challenges faced by the EE Unit in the implementation of the programs and projects as well as on technical, policy or strategic EE issues;
  • Plan, follow-up and monitor ECREEE EE Unit activities, particularly in coordinating the Unit’s work program, providing technical and policy input and quality assurance within the appraisal framework of ECREEE;
  • Provide technical and policy inputs to the ECREEE Business Plan, annual Work Plans and Status Reports considering in particular strategic orientations for the EE sector of West Africa, as well as internationally;
  • Coordinate, support and monitor identification and implementation activities of all EE programs and projects of ECREEE, including but not limited to identification and preparation of feasibility studies, project preparatory activities, business proposals and introduction and monitoring of quality standards for review of investment and technology-related projects and programs to mobilize support from development partners for:
  • Electricity distribution, cooking, buildings, etc.;
  • Electrical appliance and equipment (lamps, air-condition, refrigerators, etc.);
  • Coordinate, support and monitor the identification and implementation activities of all EE programs and projects of ECREEE. Harmonize the interventions, identify and build on synergies with other Units of ECREEE;
  • Coordinate, facilitate and oversee the development and harmonization of EE policies, strategies and quality assurance frameworks within the region, including with ongoing activities and programmes;
  • Identify complementary activities and opportunities to avoid overlap, where the support from ECREEE would facilitate/accelerate the development of RE activities, for example through the introduction of Standards & Labeling initiatives
  • Maintain/strengthen institutional relationships with and develop and implement a strategy to mobilize support from development partners and other stakeholders from the public and private sectors (including NGOs and CSOs) and facilitate the introduction of tailored financial mechanisms and appraisal methods;
  • Identify, promote and initiate EE projects and actions to accelerate the development and replication of EE activities and co-ordinate with donor agencies to mobilize resources;
  • Produce technical project reports and regularly provide policy briefs on topical issues to development partners, and bring to the attention of stakeholders;
  • Actively participate in EE discussions in the region through compilation of technical and policy briefs, and publication of relevant material (including books, opinion articles etc.);
  • Facilitate, coordinate and supervise the identification and preparation of feasibility studies, project preparatory activities and business proposals for EE projects aiming to maintain a constant and manageable ECOWAS EE pipeline;
  • Review and recommend EE projects presented to ECREEE for funding to the Director, and provide technical and policy input to projects funded by ECREEE throughout the project cycle;
  • Undertake advocacy, public information and communication activities in coordination with the Capacity Building and Knowledge Management Units of ECREEE. Support the preparation of training material, training programmes and awareness raising materials for stakeholders (including the general population, academia, NGOs and CSOs, etc.);
  • Establish and oversee a monitoring mechanism and evaluation framework for the implementation of the projects and programmes to ensure quality and impact.


Educational Qualification

  • First Level University Degree (Bachelor’s Degree) in Engineering or Economics, with a strong focus on energy efficiency (or equivalent);
  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field will be considered an advantage and will reduce required years of experience by up to 2 years (depending on the field);


  • At least 10 years post-qualification experience (including two years in a managerial or supervisory position) in the field of energy efficiency, preferably in the ECOWAS region, including demonstrated experience in coordinating and implementing EE programs, managing financial services, managing and leading successful teams, working with diverse stakeholders, and managing relations with development partners;
  • A least 5 years demonstrated experience in EE policies;
  • Work experience in a regional/international organization in a related capacity will be an advantage;
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and analytical skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multinational environment as well as with a diverse group of people and organizations at the national, regional and international levels;
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated capacity to prioritize activities and deliver results in a timely manner, without compromising on the high standards of the institution;
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle politically and culturally sensitive issues;
  • Advance knowledge of a wide range of software (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, e-mail, internet, etc.), and automation equipment.


Candidates should not be over 50 years old at the point of recruitment and must be a citizen of one of the ECOWAS member states.


Must be fluent in one of the official languages of the Commission; English, French and Portuguese. A working knowledge of another would be an advantage.

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