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Project Manager (ប្រធានគំរោង)

Summary of Position

SNV Cambodia is looking for a: Project Manager, ‘Off-grid Solar Market Development’ Based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Are you passionate about tackling global energy poverty? Are you experienced in market development initiatives that deliver life-changing products at the last mile? The international development organisation SNV is offering an exciting opportunity to support access-to-energy for off-grid consumers in Cambodia.

Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation, working in Agriculture, Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. Founded in the Netherlands in 1965, we have built a long-term, local presence in more than 30 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

In Cambodia, SNV currently implements several market-transforming projects that focus on enabling the private sector to increase energy service delivery for base-of-pyramid (BoP) consumers. Our projects are focused on several clean, efficient, and affordable energy technologies such as solar home systems and solar lighting kits, advanced biomass stoves for domestic cooking, and household biogas digesters. The underlying approach to our projects is market-based and private sector focused, and our projects work with and support a number of enterprises that deliver these energy technologies to consumers at the last mile.

Main Duties

With funding from the French Development Agency (AFD) and the European Union (EU), SNV is implementing the largest off-grid household solar market development initiative in Cambodia to date. Building on a comprehensive approach to remove market barriers – such as low consumer trust and awareness and market spoilage created by poor products, consumer and enterprise financing constraints, and limited routes to market – the intervention aims to support rapid growth of the local off-grid solar sector.

With rural consumers buying solar appliances from last-mile solar enterprises, using newly developed solar loans from microfinance partners, the project is designed to be market-led. The interaction between market participants drives dissemination of off-grid solar products – with the projects supporting the interaction between market actors, and addressing market barriers through a series of interventions to alter market behavior, as well as a Results-based Financing Fund (RBF) to further spur the growth of solar distribution structures at the BoP.  

The 4-year projects is now entering into its final year. A new set of activities and application of the RBF Fund has been designed for the final year of project implementation, to run until end of 2018. This also includes a Challenge Fund for product and business model innovation to catalyze new off-grid solar sector developments, for instance in PAYG, grid-connected solar home systems, and solar water pumping.

We are looking for a Project Manager with prior experience in BoP market-making initiatives to lead the implementation of the project throughout its final year through activity, staff, and budget management to achieve the envisaged project results. The Project Manager is specifically recruited to oversee the implementation of a set of newly-designed project activities as well as the Challenge Fund, and to close the project by December 2018. This role reports to SNV’s Country Sector Leader Energy while coordinating a team of national staff. The incoming candidate will work through a two months hand-over period with the current Project Manager.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee project activity planning and implementation with focus on steering newly-designed activities for the final project year
  • Lead, manage relationships, and motivate the project team, partners and relevant stakeholders for optimal achievement of results
  • Oversee Result-Based Financing Fund (RBF) disbursements, and coordinate scheduling and methodology development for verification work with an external RBF Verification Agent
  • Produce timely and quality narrative and financial reports for donor and country management; Report progress to donors and to relevant stakeholders including host government
  • Profile and position SNV towards interested donors to mobilize resources for the implementation of a second project phase
  • Ensure administrative compliance and accountability with SNV and donor rules & regulations
  • Complete project’s closing according to donor’s and SNV’s requirements

Languages Required


Other Requirements

  • The position is open for national and international candidates
  • Degree level education in Business Management, Project Management, International Development, Economics, or related field
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in BoP market development projects, with focus on business development advisory services for last-mile distribution enterprises, consumer and enterprise financing, and rural and social marketing
  • Strong proven project management capacity in international development projects
  • Prior experience in Results-based Financing (RBF) approaches is an advantage
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with numerous project stakeholders simultaneously
  • Excellent communication (writing and oral), presentation, networking and facilitation skills in English. Command of French or Khmer language is an advantage
  • Proven people- and results-oriented leadership with excellent management skills with teams of national and international experts
  • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance
  • Experience leading and developing funding proposals
  • Work experience in Cambodia or South-East Asia is a plus

Contract Type: Commensurate with applicant profile

Contract Duration: 1-year contract with possibility of extension contingent on resource mobilization for implementation of a second project phase. 

Desired Start Date: 01 December 2017 at the earliest, 01 January 2018 at the latest

How to Apply:

Suitable applicants should submit their Cover Letter and CV by 5:00pm (Cambodia time) on 31 October 2017 to with email subject line: Project Manager Solar

Application Deadline

Tuesday 31 October 2017

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