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Advisor (Knowledge and Information Management) EnDev


IT & Telecoms

Freetown, Sierra Leone

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Closing date:

15 March 2022

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The four member states of the Mano River Union (Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) are among the least developed countries in the world. Their political and socio-economic conditions are shaped largely by mineral and natural resources. In this context, it is promising that all four states have begun reforming their minerals sectors in recent years to encourage sustainable development. Although reforms have already been implemented, some of the key elements required to ensure that the extractives sector contributes to sustainable development are still lacking. The objective of the "Regional Resource Governance in West Africa” program is that the extractive sector in the MRU countries is geared to a greater degree towards the principles of social, ecological and economic sustainability. The Program supports partners in their efforts to reduce their dependence on external assistance in the long-term and to mitigate risks arising from the mining sector. To this end, it applies a multi-stakeholder approach to cooperate with governments, civil society and the private sector at the regional, national and local level. The four substantive focus areas of the program are: • Increasing government revenue. • Strengthening public institutions to fulfil their oversight and compliance monitoring role. • Strengthening both communities of mining areas and civil society CSOs, transparency and accountability • Integrating the mining sector into the local and national economy.


Required Qualification • Science orientated bachelor degree in IT systems, and a bachelors/Master degree in International Cooperation or comparable, with good understanding of development and economic aspects of renewable energy. • 3 - 5 years working experience in RE related organizations or companies. • Familiar with the major issues of renewable energy in Sierra Leone, ideally with previous exposure to the Renewable Energy-related private sector in Sierra Leone. • Prior learning and/or working experience outside of Sierra Leone is an asset. • Prior experience in international Research and Development (R&D) institutions is advantageous. • Very good working knowledge of information technologies and computer applications. • Very good working knowledge of RE in the context of development and international cooperation. • Very good communication skills with national stakeholders. • Focused and proactive working attitude. • Very good knowledge of English, including writing capabilities, French language is an added advantage. • Availability to travel within the Mano River Union countries for short-term project visits. • Positive attitude in taking responsibilities and new activities. • Prior experience working for EnDev or GIZ is an added advantage, but not a condition.

About the Role

. Responsibilities • Act as key advisor for knowledge and information management in the energy and climate cluster • Liaise with the project and policy analyst for cooperation and synergies with line ministry, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), project partners, NGOs, and other stakeholders etc. • In close consultation with project management team and Key Team Leaders (KTLs), identify, design and implement a KIM strategy for EnDev project, for internal use and in relation to project partners • Provide analysis on development of renewable energy (RE) in Sierra Leone through news and data analysis in coordination with other advisors and project partners. • Provide advisory services and technical assistance to key players in the Renewable Energy (RE) sector to streamline utilization of data analysis for RE strategy and decision-making purpose. • Facilitate the dissemination of project results and related RE information for increasing public awareness towards climate mitigation through RE. • Liaise with GIZ networks and GIZ headquarter for knowledge exchange on renewable energy and IT related topics. • Develop, design, and implement a project and activity monitoring and reporting tool, in close coordination with the project director. B. Tasks 1. Knowledge management • Conduct project’s knowledge gap analysis and identify key priorities areas. • Together with KTLs, develop and streamline the project’s knowledge management strategy to team members. • Develop and maintain knowledge database of the three country projects (Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea) in coordination with the digital and innovation advisor. • Prepare reports and publications regarding progress and results of the three country projects and contribute to other reports as required by the KTLs. • Prepare contents, i.e., articles and infographic to support counterparts for public awareness campaign on renewable energy. • Prepare regular updates on RE related innovation as reference for project implementation. • Together with the Capacity Development and Gender team, develop a mapping on donor RE capacity building activities in Sierra Leone (GIZ internal and external). • Share best practice on knowledge management from team members or elsewhere with the colleagues. 2. Information/data management and evidence-based analysis • Identify and collect required data and information to support the implementation of project’s activities. • Provide regular bi-monthly media monitoring on renewable energy topics. • Compile electricity planning data and bioenergy potential in an interactive dashboard for project implementation, in coordination with other KTLs. • Prepare an analysis of new technology development in renewable energy, in coordination with other advisors. • Provide analysis on RE development by incorporating data and information, in coordination with other advisors • Design and implement the structured dissemination plan for project’s outputs (publications, guidelines, tools, etc.). 3. Management, Coordination and Networking • Coordinate and up-date all project implementation plans and prepare for bimonthly reporting based on activity milestones and status. • Review technical reports and monitor project progress, determine bottlenecks, and recommend alternative courses of management action to the management team and KTLs • Design and coordinate the quarterly result-based monitoring as well as EnDev results data, in close coordination with the management and KTLs. • Coordinate the quarterly progress reports to counterparts. • Coordinate project’s events and publications with communication officer of GIZ Energy Programme and BMZ cluster. • Develop and maintain contacts with GIZ/EnDev networks and GIZ HQ for knowledge exchange on renewable energy and IT related topics. 4. Project Implementation • Design and develop operational tools and prepare studies for RE deployment strategy in Sierra Leone. • Steer and oversee the database-related activities in close coordination with the supervisor and/or external consultants. • Coordinate national and international consultants and service providers in pursuance of qualified deliverables as mutually agreed. • Devise strategy for scaling-up projects jointly with stakeholders. 5. Other duties/additional tasks • Stay abreast of developments in global and Sierra Leone approaches for RE technologies. • Subject to discussions with the KTLs, the position may be allocated additional tasks and other duties for shorter periods.

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