Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT 2019/08
FULL-STACK SOFTWARE ENGINEER WITH FRONT-END FOCUS, ENERGY ANALYTICS (40 H/WEEK)
We are seeking a creative and inventive software engineer to join our Energy Analytics team at REEEP
The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) is an impact-driven international organization that builds markets for clean energy in developing countries, primarily in Africa and Asia.
Our goals: increase energy access, reduce poverty, create economic opportunities, and combat climate change.
We are a unique bunch: a combination of (erstwhile) engineers, economists, lawyers, bankers, operations experts and development specialists who are bringing start-up energy and blue sky ideas to tackle big challenges.
REEEP's head office is in Vienna, Austria, but we work hand-in-hand with partners based in our countries of implementation.
The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) is a Swedish government-funded multi-annual market-based energy access programme covering Zambia, Burkina Faso, Liberia and Mozambique. The program is based on the successful implementation the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia (https://www.bgfz.org/) which has shown that innovative results-based financing can be a powerful instrument in incentivising private sector early movers to scale business ventures in frontier markets for off-grid energy.
BGFA is managed by the Nordic Environment Finance Company (NEFCO), based in Helsinki, Finland, and implemented by REEEP.
ABOUT THE ROLE
We are looking for a creative and ambitious software developer, preferably with abilities across the development stack but with a focus on the front-end, to help us develop the next generation of our Energy Data and Intelligence System for Off-grid Networks (aka EDISON).
You should be a self-starter, and be able to work well together with a range of folks, including the data science and economics people in your Energy Analytics team, our IT and Ops teams, our Programme design teams, and other contracted developers working on the system.
You should be looking for a unique role, and one where you will be instrumental in designing and guiding not only the product itself, but also how we/you/REEEP - as a non-profit international organization - builds this team and product offer to meet internal and external demand.
The role will focus primarily on working at the front of our technical stack (Angular/Java Spring/MySQL), but we're hoping you are able to jump in wherever needed across the stack - which may also change according to new requirements (something you will help us with!)
We are also looking for you to contribute to, in no particular order:
Strategic development and design of approaches, processes and systems to collect energy related data from multiple sources
Ongoing development of REEEP's next generation software system EDISON (Energy Data and Intelligence System for Off-Grid Networks), utilised by internal and external clients for data collection, storage and related processes and related documentation
Account management of external service providers where required
Gap analyses and scenario development for systems and approaches to continuously improve and optimise REEEP's existing data collection and energy analytics efforts
Liaising, outreach and support where needed to internal and external partners and stakeholders as it pertains to our software - this can also focus on intelligence-gathering, need and gap analyses, capacity building and technical assistance on energy data projects, including field visits to BGFA programme areas (notably to sub-Saharan Africa)
In addition to the above responsibilities, you will be supporting your team and the Director of Energy Analytics in contributing to programme implementation within time and budget by
Reviewing, assessing and refining deliverables in order to identify best practices and lessons learned and regularly share them with all relevant stakeholders to stimulate continuous improvement at all levels
Budget monitoring and pro-active contribution to project progress reporting and documentation in line with donor requirements, as well as organizational reporting (notably Governing Board, Annual Report etc.)
Coordinating and monitoring of external experts, consultants and contractors to ensure top service delivery, avoiding underperformance, and budget overspending
Identifying new funding opportunities and contributing to the development of related projects and proposal writing
WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR
We think you should have the following skills and qualifications for this role - if you don't have all of these, we are ready to be convinced if you have some strong arguments:
At least a first-level degree related to the area of work, i.e. Computer Science, Information Technology or similar; Advanced degree an advantage. Coursework or other exposure to machine learning/AI is considered an advantage
At least one to three years of directly relevant professional experience, ideally as a "full stack" software engineer - i.e. having experience in the complete development stack (server/network, data and logic models, API and user interfaces)
Experience designing, developing and executing software systems that handle large volumes of data for the purpose of near-time analysis and visualisation
Demonstrated experience with front-end languages (angular, java, html) as well as server languages (Python, SQL, PHP, Ruby). Expertise in MySQL and Angular are huge advantages.
Expertise in working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and in developing (REST) APIs and web service tools, as well as working with various types of data and visualisation tools
Sound expertise in plotly.js, PrimeNG or Tableau are considered a distinct advantage
Understanding of software development for the off-grid energy sectors (e.g. mini-grid metering, Pay-As-You-Go platforms, mobile money, etc. is an advantage
Experience in setting priorities, in designing, coordinating and implementing complex activities in a pro-active, responsible, self-organized manner
Strong ability to work under time and budget pressure, managing competing deadlines
Stakeholder relationship management experience involving a high degree of intercultural sensitivity
Willingness and ability to travel
Solid command of MS office
Excellent written and spoken English (REEEP's working language)
WHAT WE OFFER
For this 40h/week full time position, REEEP is required by Austrian law to specify a minimum salary, which is EUR 3.500 monthly (gross, paid 14 times per year, subject to Austrian social security deduction, currently free of income tax due to REEEP's status as "Quasi-International Organisation"). This translates to around EUR 40K NET p.a. after all social insurance contributions.
We also offer five weeks paid leave (pro-rated to part-time) as well as an average of 14 Austrian and UN holidays per annum. The envisaged starting date is as soon as possible, ideally in the third calendar quarter 2019.
The work location is the Vienna International Centre ('UNO City') in Vienna, Austria. REEEP is not in the position to cover relocation expenses or travel costs.
Due to its special legal status, applicants will be required to have a residency permit for Austria/EU, but do not require a work permit.
REEEP is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard for age, gender, race, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants are kindly requested to address their CV, motivation letter and any supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that only complete and timely submitted applications will be considered and that only short-listed candidates will receive individual communication. The selection procedure may include a written test. Please be informed that the project funding for this position is limited to one year, extension subject to alternative or additional funding sources.
Application deadline: 15 July 2019 (midnight CET)