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South Asia Business Development & Programme Manager : Detail

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Fri, 05 May 2017

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About the Company
Job Overview
  • Development
  • Full Time / Contract
  • 5+ years
  • 1
  • Post Graduate / Masters in related field.
  • Kathmandu

Detailed Job Description / Requirements

Role: South Asia Business Development and Programme Manager

Location: Kathmandu

Reporting Line: Chief Operating Officer (UK) About Renewable World

Renewable World is a UK led global NGO that tackles poverty through the provision of affordable renewable energy systems through innovative business models to communities in South Asia, East Africa and Central America. By connecting remote communities with clean energy technology, and training them to use it productively, our projects raise people’s incomes, keep their homes smoke- free, create time for education and ultimately help power people out of poverty Our global goal is to enable 100,000 out of poverty within five years through the delivery of our renewable energy programme.

Our South Asia programme is our largest programme to date, and is actively engaged in delivering programmes in Nepal and Bangladesh. In both countries, our focus is on delivering renewable energy technology centred programmes, developing suitable business models, while ensuring communities realise the productive end uses of access to energy. Currently we have a team of ten full time employees in the region.

Overall purpose

Renewable World are looking for a passionate development professional/leader, to lead our pioneering South Asia programme to scale within Nepal, Bangladesh and beyond. This role will be key to taking the programme to the next level, building the programme pipeline through strategic partnerships and aligned funding opportunities, and strengthening core business models already being delivered. The South Asia programme is targeted to directly impact 50,000 or more beneficiaries through our programme in the next four years.

This role takes on two core responsibilities. First, to lead on the business development and the strategic direction of the programme. Developing the programme pipeline within our current project areas of Nepal and Bangladesh while building on Renewable World’s core strengths of renewable energy technology delivery and effective energy business models. Second, to manage the South Asia regional office, overseeing the delivery of the existing programme pipeline including consultancy and consortia projects, ensuring regional teams achieve the organisation’s vision and goal.

The successful candidate will be an integral member of Renewable World’s global management team (alongside the Fundraising Manager, Senior Programme Manager and East Africa Regional Programme Manager). They will work directly with the programme team in East Africa, sharing programme knowledge and businesses development ideas, and will report directly to the Senior Management in the UK as well as reporting to the Programme Committee of the Charity Board. Further as regional representative external communications (visibility, understanding and engagement with our key audiences) is an integrated part of the role to promote the RW brand. 


Lead on programmatic business development, building partnerships with aligned organisations to form consortia to grow the programme pipeline in Nepal and Bangladesh;

  • Lead on SA programme design, innovation, and strategy development;
  • Develop a clear fundraising strategy for the long term sustainable delivery of regional programmes in partnership with the Fundraising & Business Development Manager.
  • Ensure that the development of RW’s SA programme is well-informed and balanced and that growth in partnership funding is both achievable and sustainable;
  • Ensure that all RW projects meet the requirements set out within RW’s unique project community implementation model designed to optimise sustainable impact of renewable energy for poverty alleviation
  • Working closely with the regional team, and UK team and local partners to grow and leverage resources in a wide network and build a robust partner network capable of improving the quality and quantity of RW impacts;
  • To represent RW in a wide range of key stakeholders and develop a large, active and robust network within donors, private sector energy companies, commercial banks, government bodies, academic institutions to strengthen RW programs in SA region;
  • Support technical team to introduce/pilot a high quality and appropriate new technologies in the region;

Maintain the quality of programme delivery and build on the core strengths of business model development and sustainability

  • Ensure that the South Asia regional programme team implement and maintain RW’s high standards for project accounting, project management, financial management, monitoring and evaluation and that project development tools are used consistently across all existing and prospective projects;
  • Ensure that the relevant and appropriate organisational policies are in place and adhered to both in relation to the design, contracting and management of projects, and in the workplace, such that health and safety is integral to all decision making and working practices;

To utilise the RW network in the regions to identify fundraising opportunities (national and international), leverage skills expertise and resources and secure funding in partnership with the Fundraising Manager.

  • Empower all members of the South Asia regional programme team to undertake aspects of local fundraising and financial management of projects

To collaborate as part of the global Renewable World network, sharing learning to refine, develop and enhance approaches to delivering effective sustainable development initiatives through renewable energy;

Guide and supervise regional team to achieve organisational vision and goal;

  • Develop a regional business plan collaboratively with the team aligned to the global strategy and plan.
  • Provide supportive line-management and leadership to the South Asia team,
  • Work closely with other regional counterparts to shape the implementation of RW’s global programme strategy and deliver a shared programme deign, and implementation methodology.
  • Ensure that relationships with key project and programme stakeholders are managed effectively;
  • Provide clear requirements and guidance to the programme team on the measurement, analysis and reporting internally and externally of RW projects
  • Problem solve as situations arise, in consultation with other regional programme managers and UK based management team.
  • When necessary and in agreement with the business plan recruit additional team members to support delivering of RW’s regional programmes

To ensure statutory compliance with regional operating requirements and law;

  • Ensure that local administrative, financial, HR, logistics and IT areas function in line with both RW’s global principles and with relevant local laws in each of the regions;
  • Be self-servicing in day-to-day administrative requirements 
  • Adhere to statutory requirement
  • Ensure that RW is optimally and cost effectively established in the region as appropriate for its programme

Reporting and communication

  • As regional representative, represent the regional offices and work closely with the various Boards of Trustees, Fundraising & Business Development Manager and Chief Operating Officer on governance, legal, financial and strategic issues and operations
  • Ensure the Senior Management team and relevant Committees of the Boards of Trustees are kept informed of key program development and financial developments of SA region.


  • Travel within Nepal and Bangladesh, to the UK (at least annually) and/or other RW key regions will be required.
  • This role will be based in Kathmandu though there will be an expectation of frequent travel within region, notably to Dhakka, and internationally.


As specified above plus:

  • Hours of Work:Full time, 37.5 hours per week over 5 days. Some weekends will need to be worked and will be reimbursed as time off in lieu. No overtime payments available. 
  • Annual Leave: Leave year runs January to December. During each year of service, full time staff are entitled to 20 days holiday per annum plus 12 days national holidays. Additional annual leave accrues on service.
  • Benefits: Employer pension contribution, health care and social security contributions as required by law.

Person Specification

  • Master’s degree in relevant field;
  • Minimum 5 years’ prior experience working at a senior level within the development sector, ideally within an INGO; or a relevant social enterprise
  • Experience in developing programme concepts, fundraising through large bi-lateral funding bids, and developing strategic partnerships;
  • Experience of managing the delivery of Bi-lateral funded projects;
  • Experience in implementing community or participatory programmes from design to implementation and evaluation;
  • Well-developed understanding of project management cycle including proposal development, implementation and monitoring;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a multi-cultural environment;
  • 3 years or more experience of working in Nepal or Bangladesh;
  • International business or development experience; and
  • Fluency in oral and written English;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with ability to facilitate and design trainings and workshops; ability to represent RW in high-level meetings with donors, and government officials;
  • Willingness to travel and spend a minimum of 20% of time in the field;

Application Process

Please send a CV and a cover letter to

Application deadline: 5th May 2017

Interviews: These will be held in Kathmandu over two stages for successful candidates in weeks commencing 15th May (first round) and 29th May (second round)

Expected start date: from June 2017

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