Job Opportunity – Market Development Manager – Nigerian Alliance For Clean Cookstoves

Open Date: June 11, 2013

Close Date: June 28, 2013

Summary of Consulting Opportunity

Nearly 30 million households and more than 100 million Nigerians depend on wood as a source of fuel for cooking. Smoke from open fire result in over 95,000 deaths annually; after Malaria and HIV/AIDS it is Nigeria’s biggest killer. Moreover, the traditional cooking method is expensive, burning up to 90% more wood than is necessary and costing poor families money that could be put to better use on education, health and nutrition. The use of firewood also contribute to deforestation and climate change.

Despite the benefits of clean cookstoves, the market to supply them is undeveloped in Nigeria. This stems from both policy and market failures: a lack of education about the benefits of clean cookstoves, weak government policies, poor stove quality and insufficient access to finance.

The Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership to introduce 10 million clean cookstoves to Nigerian homes and institutions by 2020. The Nigerian Alliance seeks to achieve this outcome through the following activities:

a. Policy: Work with Federal and State Governments to develop policies to support the clean cookstove and fuel market; b. Quality Certification: Work with research centres, stove companies, Standard Organisation of Nigeria and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to ensure that only high quality clean stoves are certified for the Nigerian market; c. Financing: Structure finance models so that Nigerians can afford to buy clean cookstoves; and d. Advocacy: Communicate the value of fuel-efficient stoves at the grassroot.

The Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is an affiliate of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. The Global Alliance works closely with the Nigeria Alliance in facilitating the growth of the clean cookstoves market in Nigeria. The Nigeria Alliance is the in country representative and the Market Development Manager will serve as the main point of contact for Global Alliance activities on the ground in Nigeria.

Responsibilities of the Market Development Manager

To develop and implement the Nigerian Alliance’s market enabling approach and activities, delivering tangible and measurable benefits to the cookstove sector within Nigeria. Specifically:

• Work closely with Global Alliance staff to provide updates on Nigerian activities, learn global best practices and from other Global Alliance priority countries, and gather strategic guidance and input from Global Alliance topical experts. • Lead development and implementation of the Nigerian Alliance Action Plan and annual operating plans • Support engagement with executive and legislative arms of government at federal and state levels to identify and support an effective enabling environment for the clean cookstoves and fuels market; • Cultivate establishment of champions/ambassadors and identify opportunities for engagement • Support the development and implementation of a financial framework to support stove entrepreneurs and users • Understand the needs of players in the clean cookstove and fuel value-chain (e.g. stove entrepreneurs and businesses, NGOs, investors) and keep abreast of new developments in the global cookstove market. • Maintain an updated understanding of all Global Alliance global activities and represent the Global Alliance at Nigerian meetings, as appropriate. • Clearly define roles and engagement priorities within the Nigerian Alliance, Alliance partners, local and national government actors and other critical stakeholders. • Develop and implement strategies for expanding and strengthening the partnership • Develop suitable outreach and communication activities to important stakeholder groups to increase support to the Nigerian clean cookstoves market • Robustly monitor and evaluate all Alliance market enabling activities and evolve them based on a constant feedback loop with key stakeholders; • Ensure seamless communication between the Nigerian Alliance and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, including regular calls with Global Alliance DC staff and Regional Market Managers, attending strategic planning meetings at the Global Alliance DC offices

Location: Abuja

Length of Engagement: The projected length of engagement is 1 year with an option to renew.

Interested applicants are asked to submit a short summary (no more than 3 pages) outlining core competencies, prior experience, and proposed approach to fulfilling the project needs.

Reporting Relationships

The Market Development Manager will report to the Executive Director, International Centre for Energy, Environment & Development, Abuja. The Consultant will be part of the Nigerian Alliance Secretariat and work closely with the Global Alliance Secretariat staff.

Selection Criteria

• Master’s degree in a relevant subject e.g. business or international development. At least 10 years professional experience in both business and international development, including significant experience working on-the-ground. • Experience with markets at the Base-of-the-Pyramid promoting clean cookstoves and fuels and/or products at a similar price point and facing similar challenges, e.g. solar lanterns or water purifiers. • Flexibility to handle varied and demanding tasks and ability to balance priorities, thrive under pressure and juggle a multitude of details in a fast-paced environment, significant experience developing and managing complex, multi-stakeholder initiatives directly delivering change. • Ability to work independently, as well as member of a team, and to be flexible to accommodate the needs of stakeholders. • Ability to lead in-country and regional programming with remote supervision. • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. • Fluency in English, as well as relevant national and local language(s), both oral and written if applicable. • Detail-oriented with strong project and time management skills, including ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously. Motivated self-starter with positive attitude • Ability to travel extensively within the region. • Experience working in the household energy sector and a detailed understanding of clean cooking technologies and fuels. Compensation and Benefits This is a consultant opportunity, compensation will be based on experience.

Method of Application: Interested candidates may send in their CVs with a one-page letter of application to not later than 16.00 on June 28, 2013.