Regional Specialist for Green Energy & Market Systems in SE Asia

  • Contract
  • Cambodia
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Salary: TBD

People in Need

Contract Length: 12 months with the possibility of extension

Starting date: March/April 2023

Base: Phnom Penh, Cambodia with regular trips inside Cambodia and regionally

Reports to: Country Director PIN Cambodia

Background Information:

People in Need (PIN) is a Czech nonprofit, non-governmental organization that has been providing relief and development support in both developing and conflict regions around the globe since 1992. In Asia, PIN has a growing portfolio of projects focused on accelerating the uptake of green technologies in agricultural value chains through innovative applications of market systems approaches.

In Cambodia, PIN works closely with the private sector in promoting productive uses of solar-based solutions in the country’s thriving agri-fishery market. In the Philippines, PIN works on coffee value chains. Recognizing this growing body of interventions and the key role renewable energy will play in strengthening the climate resilience of communities and market systems across the region PIN will strategically develop its green energy programming in the coming years.

About the role:

PIN is seeking to fill the position of Regional Specialist for Green Energy and Market Systems covering the programming portfolio in Asia. He/She will work closely with PIN country offices to ensure the quality of ongoing projects and support program development and strategic positioning across the region. This will include the identification of new business opportunities stemming from currently implemented initiatives; liaising with external stakeholders and building new partnerships; developing new concept notes and funding proposals; building technical capacities of key staff across the region; and developing PIN’s broader strategy for green energy and market systems in Asia, including internal resource mobilization and investment priorities, in liaison with relevant PIN HQ departments.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

Program Quality

  • Work closely with PIN country programs in Asia and technically support national teams leading green and market-based projects. Promote and drive adaptative management practices, critical thinking around value adds generated by ongoing initiatives at the outcome and impact levels, and devising strategies for evidence-based learning and business pipeline transitioning;
  • Liaise with MEAL departments to ensure generation of best practices and SMART indicators showcasing impact on climate resilience;

Program Development

  • Together with country focal points identify new business opportunities, including long-term pipelines, and coordinate donor engagement and positioning efforts at both national and regional levels;
  • Lead or technically advise on development of new concept notes and funding proposals in coordination with national focal points, HQ-based Institutional Fundraising Unit and Knowledge and Learning Department;
  • Develop a new programming strategy for green energy and market systems in Asia through analysis of individual country priorities, positioning and donor landscape; potential for multi-country regional approaches and synergies with PIN global strategy, especially links with the climate resilience pillar;
  • Work closely with MEAL on developing evidence-based learning and best practices to raise awareness of programming accomplishments and generating materials to support new business development and exploring new partnerships;
  • Identify new themes and innovations, both from within existing project portfolio and based on analysis of key growth sectors domestically and regionally, and propose strategic engagement pathways, including resource mobilization needs;
  • Represent PIN vis-à-vis external stakeholders, partners and prospective donors in different stages of positioning, networking and program development;

Capacity Building

  • Develop capacity-building plan by assessing the capacities of key staff who lead green energy and market-based projects across PIN’s Asia portfolio;
  • In line with the PIN’s country-specific and regional programming strategy, support senior management in producing materials, presentations and talking points to drive effective and evidence-based partnership and prospective donor engagement;

Main requirements:

  • Advanced degree in subjects related to climate change, international development, international trade, international relations, business studies, renewable energy or similar
  • Minimum 5 years of experience on managing and developing programs in one or more of the following areas: renewable energy, market systems development, climate resilience (both mitigation and adaptation), agriculture, private sector development or similar
  • Demonstrated track-record working on one or more of the following themes: use of renewable energy in agri value chain development; impact-oriented private sector development; development of market and/or food systems in agriculture; impact-based and green financing; work with start-ups; value chain assessments and research
  • Previous experience in project cycle management and proposal development for international ODA donors strongly preferred
  • We are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic individual who is a strong team player, possesses sound analytical and problem-solving skills, maintains a proactive “can-do” attitude, displays respect for diversity and cultural awareness, and identifies himself/herself with the guiding principles of humanitarian work, values and work ethics
  • Strong English skills (both speaking and writing) essential
  • Previous working in experience in Cambodia or Southeast Asia will be a significant asset

PIN Offers:

  • Work experience with professional and flexible INGO, the largest in Central and Eastern Europe;
  • Starting salary as per PIN salary scale (subsistence allowance of 1 350 EUR is already included): between 3400 – 3600 EUR super gross depending on previous experience;
  • Housing allowance;
  • 25 days of paid holiday per year;
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses with travel to the country of residence once every 6 months of work
  • Reimbursement of costs of visas and vaccinations; assistance with the visa application procedure
  • Reimbursement of the medical check-up before and after the deployment;
  • Free 24/7 medical helpdesk and psychological consultation available online;
  • A supportive HQ that provides expertise and guidance on everything from finance and procurement to proposal development and strategic positioning;
  • Personal and professional growth as a leader in the highly competitive development sector;
  • Extensive Capacity Building program – global PIN Induction Training, internal e-learnings, Knowledge and Learning Department onboarding, and individually tailored capacity-building opportunities

People in Need is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct and is committed to promoting the welfare of children and adults with whom People in Need involves. People in Need expects all staff to perform job duties and responsibilities in accordance with People in Need code of conduct and key policies (available at: People in Need Staff will undertake the appropriate level of training.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organization and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

How to apply

Are you interested in this position? Send us your CV and short cover letter (no longer than 4 pages altogether) via our application form.

Please note only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on rolling basis and the vacancy will be closed when filled.

People in Need staff are expected to perform job duties and responsibilities in accordance with People in Need Code of Conduct and key policies (available at: