Africa Programme Manager

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Location
    Paris, France
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Feb 08

Position description

The OECD is a global economic forum working with 36 member countries and more than 100 emerging and developing economies to make better policies for better lives. Our mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The Organisation provides a unique forum in which governments work together to share experiences on what drives economic, social and environmental change, seeking solutions to common problems. 


The International Energy Agency (IEA) is an intergovernmental organisation committed to advancing security of energy supply, economic growth and environmental sustainability through energy policy co-operation.  The IEA operates as an autonomous body within the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  Both the OECD and the IEA seek opportunities to work with an increasing number of non-members of growing importance to the world economy. The Agency aims to foster the contribution of the energy sector to economic development and environmental sustainability.

The IEA is working with partners to deliver a three-year work plan in Africa. The objectives are to (1) generate high-level political support in Africa for clean energy transitions and achievement of SDG 7, (2) improve the quality and availability of energy data on Africa, as well as enhance capacity for statistics and long-term energy planning in selected African countries, and (3) deliver analysis and develop tools to map cost-efficient, country-specific pathways for Africa’s energy system to deliver reliable, affordable and modern energy for all. 


The Office of Global Energy Relations (GER) was created to strengthen IEA engagement with key Association and partner country stakeholders. Growing economic interdependence, environmental issues and an increasingly global energy market make IEA relations with partner countries, industry, international organisations and other stakeholders especially important. The Division for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America (EMAL) in the Global Energy Relations Office (GER), is responsible for coordinating and developing the Agency’s engagement with Partner countries in these regions. 

The Clean Energy Transitions Programme (CETP) leverages the IEA’s unique energy expertise across all fuels and technologies to accelerate global clean-energy transitions. The Programme includes collaborative analytical work, technical cooperation, training and capacity building and strategic dialogues.

We are looking for a skilled and motivated Africa Programme manager with experience in project management and liaison activities to join the EMAL Division.  The successful applicant will lead IEA activities with Africa. Under the supervision of the division head, s/he will liaise with counterparts in the region. The Programme Manager will also coordinate with colleagues across the IEA to ensure the flow of information and updates as well as assist teams in the reporting of Africa-related activities. 


Main Responsibilities


  • Manage and coordinate activities in Africa, including those under the CETP, in close collaboration with divisions in charge of different parts of IEA substantive work. 
  • Develop and maintain close relations with counterparts in government, international and regional multilateral organisations, national cooperation agencies, the private sector and research institutions in Africa.
  • Support division head and other senior managers in developing and implementing priority projects for the region, including high level meetings, trainings and capacity buildings, policy papers, analytical work and managing core outputs to ensure their quality and timely delivery.
  • Provide guidance to any local coordinators, ensuring internal coordination and using synergies with broader IEA messages and activities.  

Liaison and Outreach

  • Liaison and coordination with relevant stakeholders, including existing and potential donors for Africa related activities (and when relevant in coordination with the CETP core team) as well as with other relevant agencies (national cooperation entities, other international organizations, etc.). 
  • Continuous monitoring of political and macroeconomic developments related to clean energy in the region, contributing briefings to IEA management and other IEA secretariat staff along with IEA member countries. 
  • Develop and lead strategic planning, progress briefings and reporting documents and other materials related to activities in Africa. 
  • Held lead the organisation, management and logistics of meetings, workshops or conferences, including preparing the documentation for and records of various events in Africa.


Academic Background

  • An advanced university degree in engineering, energy economics, international relations, public administration or related field.  

Professional Background

  • At least eight years’ experience in project management and liaison activities related to Africa in a public or private organisation, a research centre and/or an international organization.
  • Professional experience working in Africa with governments and interacting with key stakeholders across the region.
  • Good knowledge of energy, technology, environment or related fields


  • Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and knowledge of the other, with a commitment to reach a good working level. Working knowledge of languages spoken in Arica would be useful.

 Core Competencies

Contract Duration

  • A two-year fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.

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