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NRECA International projects require a diverse range of technical and operational expertise—which may include GIS planning, distribution system design, cooperative development and operation, and lineman training, among others—so there are ample opportunities for interested applicants to apply their respective skills to the challenge of rural electric system development in countries around the world.

NRECA International is currently providing expertise in electrification program design; rural utility development; legal, regulatory, financial and economic analysis; and engineering design and analysis, in many countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and maintains its headquarters in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Our focus is on resolving the issues that are critical to successful rural electrification program design and implementation.


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NRECA International is co-financing the Zambia Electric Cooperative Development Program (ZECDP) with the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The ZECDP has the objective to increase access to electricity in rural areas through development of viable, thriving electric cooperative enterprises. The program will demonstrate the value that electric cooperatives yield as viable service providers and an integral component of electrification expansion in Zambia.

Zambia Electric Cooperative Development Program Objective and Outcomes

Achievement of the program objective will lead to several outcomes:

  • Increased access to electric service in multiple rural communities.
  • Demonstrate a sustainable and robust service provider model that is community-based, will draw in more local investment, and whose success is not dependent on profitability.
  • Increased income generating activities for cooperative members through productive uses.

ZECDP Activity 1: Identification of electric cooperative candidates (October 2021–March 2022) is focused on the analytical steps needed to determine which Zambian communities hold the most potential for viable electric cooperative utilities.

ZECDP Activity 2: Community engagement; business plans; financing (April 2022–March 2024) is focused on detailed financial and engineering design to produce business plans and an investment prospectus for five electric cooperative utility enterprises, then securing financing for the infrastructure components of these new enterprises.

ZECDP Activity 3: Supporting cooperatives from design to operations (April 2024–March 2025) is focused on cooperative formation and establishment.

ZECDP Activity 4: Mentor cooperatives in operations and expansion (April 2025–September 2026) is focused on guiding and mentoring the newly established cooperative communities, boards, management, and staff during operations and while expanding to serve new members.

ZECDP Activity 5: Legal and regulatory framework (October 2021–September 2026) is a cross-cutting activity focused on supporting Zambian stakeholders to improve the enabling environment for the development and successful operation of viable electric cooperative enterprises.

ZECDP Activity 6: Community of practice collaboration (October 2021–September 2026) is a cross-cutting activity focused on engaging in research on the impacts and benefits of cooperative enterprises.

About the Position

The Administrative Specialist will be a full-time position located at the ZECDP program office in Lusaka Zambia. The Specialist will perform a variety of accounting, financial reporting, procurement and office management duties. The position requires knowledge in accounting, financial management, office administration and business administration as applied in the Zambia environment. Familiarity with labor practices, non-profit organization and accounting practices and financial reporting will be preferred for successful candidates.

Duties and Responsibilities will include:

  • Management of ZECDP office accounting and financial reporting;
  • In consultation with the NRECA team leader, development ZECDP office polices and administrative procedures that comply with Zambian laws and regulations.
  • Maintain office, finance, and purchase order files and databases, and assist with recording the purchasing of supplies.
  • Support procurement actions and day to day office supplies and materials requests.
  • Submit monthly financial reports to the NRECA Finance Department.
  • Arrange for and oversee information technology support for NRECA office and staff.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business administration or related field.
  • Five years experience in office management and/or accounting.
  • Ability to gather, recommend and summarize data for reports; find solutions to various administrative problems; and prioritize work.
  • Strong computer skills including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Strong communication skills. Working knowledge of English is required.

Reporting Relationships:

  • Reports to the NRECA Electrification Investment Specialist

Job Location:

  • Lusaka, Zambia

Applicants should send an up-to-date CV, contact information and a cover letter describing relevant experience, to nreca.international@nreca.coop

NRECA International is co-financing the Zambia Electric Cooperative Development Program (ZECDP) with the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The ZECDP has the objective to increase access to electricity in rural areas through development of viable, thriving electric cooperative enterprises. The program will demonstrate the value that electric cooperatives yield as viable service providers and an integral component of electrification expansion in Zambia.

Zambia Electric Cooperative Development Program Objective and Outcomes

Achievement of the program objective will lead to several outcomes:

  • Increased access to electric service in multiple rural communities.
  • Demonstrate a sustainable and robust service provider model that is community-based, will draw in more local investment, and whose success is not dependent on profitability.
  • Increased income generating activities for cooperative members through productive uses.

ZECDP Activity 1: Identification of electric cooperative candidates (October 2021–March 2022) is focused on the analytical steps needed to determine which Zambian communities hold the most potential for viable electric cooperative utilities.

ZECDP Activity 2: Community engagement; business plans; financing (April 2022–March 2024) is focused on detailed financial and engineering design to produce business plans and an investment prospectus for five electric cooperative utility enterprises, then securing financing for the infrastructure components of these new enterprises.

ZECDP Activity 3: Supporting cooperatives from design to operations (April 2024–March 2025) is focused on cooperative formation and establishment.

ZECDP Activity 4: Mentor cooperatives in operations and expansion (April 2025–September 2026) is focused on guiding and mentoring the newly established cooperative communities, boards, management, and staff during operations and while expanding to serve new members.

ZECDP Activity 5: Legal and regulatory framework (October 2021–September 2026) is a cross-cutting activity focused on supporting Zambian stakeholders to improve the enabling environment for the development and successful operation of viable electric cooperative enterprises.

ZECDP Activity 6: Community of practice collaboration (October 2021–September 2026) is a cross-cutting activity focused on engaging in research on the impacts and benefits of cooperative enterprises.

About the Position

The Community Development Specialist will be a full-time position located at the ZECDP program office in Lusaka Zambia and travelling as needed to communities in rural Zambia under consideration for electric cooperative formation. The primary objective of this position is to provide expertise in cooperative formation and development  in order to inform the selection of candidate communities for viable electric cooperative enterprises. The Specialist will be required to guide selected communities to organize and register cooperative enterprises as member-owned businesses; to provide training and mentoring to newly-formed boards of directors; to assist the board to begin the process of recruiting management and staff of the newly-formed cooperative and to provide guidance to cooperative membership and the board of directors to navigate the process of drafting by-laws and registering the cooperative with the Government of Zambia.  As such, the Specialist will need to be capable of working independently with limited oversight.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support analysis of community structures and frameworks during Activity 1 in the early stages of project implementation.
  • Lead the ZECDP team in the effort to support cooperative communities to register their cooperative enterprise and conduct all founding activities (membership drive, first general assembly , board elections, drafting by-laws and other related duties)
  • Provide mentoring to the new cooperative enterprises in handling community issues.
  • Assist with data collection and development of a busines plan for selected cooperative enterprises.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by the supervisor and the CDP Program Manager

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Development, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated prior experience in participatory rural appraisal methods and in community development in Zambia is required.
  • Experience with community intermediation, public speaking and collaboration with diverse business and community development agencies.
  • Strong computer skills including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Strong communication skills. Working knowledge of Zambian languages and English is required.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, teamwork, and leadership.
  • Capable of working independently with minimal supervision but also a good collaborator and coordinator.
  • Ability to work on a flexible schedule to allow for participation and leadership in community meetings; travel between project sites; etc.

Reporting Relationships:

  • Reports to the Electrification Investment Specialist

Job Location:

  • Lusaka, Zambia

Apply to:

Applicants should send an up-to-date CV, contact information and a cover letter describing relevant experience, to nreca.international@nreca.coop

NRECA International is co-financing the Zambia Electric Cooperative Development Program (ZECDP) with the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The ZECDP has the objective to increase access to electricity in rural areas through development of viable, thriving electric cooperative enterprises. The program will demonstrate the value that electric cooperatives yield as viable service providers and an integral component of electrification expansion in Zambia.

Zambia Electric Cooperative Development Program Objective and Outcomes

Achievement of the program objective will lead to several outcomes:

  • Increased access to electric service in multiple rural communities.
  • Demonstrate a sustainable and robust service provider model that is community-based, will draw in more local investment, and whose success is not dependent on profitability.
  • Increased income generating activities for cooperative members through productive uses.

ZECDP Activity 1: Identification of electric cooperative candidates (October 2021–March 2022) is focused on the analytical steps needed to determine which Zambian communities hold the most potential for viable electric cooperative utilities.

ZECDP Activity 2: Community engagement; business plans; financing (April 2022–March 2024) is focused on detailed financial and engineering design to produce business plans and an investment prospectus for five electric cooperative utility enterprises, then securing financing for the infrastructure components of these new enterprises.

ZECDP Activity 3: Supporting cooperatives from design to operations (April 2024–March 2025) is focused on cooperative formation and establishment.

ZECDP Activity 4: Mentor cooperatives in operations and expansion (April 2025–September 2026) is focused on guiding and mentoring the newly established cooperative communities, boards, management, and staff during operations and while expanding to serve new members.

ZECDP Activity 5: Legal and regulatory framework (October 2021–September 2026) is a cross-cutting activity focused on supporting Zambian stakeholders to improve the enabling environment for the development and successful operation of viable electric cooperative enterprises.

ZECDP Activity 6: Community of practice collaboration (October 2021–September 2026) is a cross-cutting activity focused on engaging in research on the impacts and benefits of cooperative enterprises.

About the Position

The Electrification Investment Specialist position is for two years, and will be based in Lusaka, Zambia with the primary objective of leading the ZECDP project team to establish a rural electric cooperative institution and to secure capital investment required to establish the cooperative from local and international financial institutions. The purpose of the capital resources will be to finance infrastructure of electric cooperative enterprises to include generation and associated distribution infrastructure. The cooperative enterprises will very likely use solar photovoltaic-battery hybrid generation mini-grids with low-voltage distribution systems. The Investment Specialist  will lead all ZECDP in-country activities to achieve the outputs of ZECDP Activity 1 and ZECDP Activity 2. The Electrification Investment Specialist will need to develop strong working relationships with Zambian power sector stakeholder institutions and financial sector enterprises and members of communities in Zambia, and work closely with the program management team, engineers, and investors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership to ZECDP team members including the Cooperative Development Specialist, the Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist and administrative staff.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Energy Regulation Board and other Zambian power sector institutions, financial sector enterprises, and , NRECA International partners in Zambia.
  • Develop, analyze, evaluate, and recommend electrification investment options and proposals.
  • Identify primary economic and financial risks and develop mitigation strategies to address these risks.
  • Develop presentations for investors and management updates/discussions. Liaise with potential project investors and community leaders.
  • Promote NRECA International’s services to develop new business/investment opportunities.
  • Assist with project phases or tasks as directed by the CDP Program Manager.
  • Support and drive process improvements in areas of electrification investment, community project management, and operations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required with Finance or Economics major, professional qualification or MBA preferred.
  • 5-7 years of experience in transaction advisory activities for development investments.
  • Successful track record in accessing investments for development projects and/or businesses.
  • Energy market experience in one of the following sectors is preferred: distributed generation, energy services or retail electricity.
  • Outstanding analytical skills and demonstrated expertise in developing and utilizing detailed, Excel-based financial models.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills (verbal and written) to be able to engage with all stakeholders.
  • Ability to make decisions by assimilating multiple sources of information and applying experience, judgment, and logical reasoning in an ambiguous, changing, and fast-paced environment.
  • Solid business acumen and ability to identify and succinctly communicate electrification investment issues, opportunities, or threats to the program performance.

Reporting Relationships:

  • Reports to the CDP Program Manager in the NRECA home office
  • Supervises three Zambian staff

Job Location:

  • Lusaka, Zambia

Apply to:

Applicants should send an up-to-date CV, contact information and a cover letter describing relevant experience, to nreca.international@nreca.coop

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