Manager – Green Hydrogen Africa

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The Green Hydrogen Organisation (GH2) is seeking a manager to help rapidly accelerate the production and use of green hydrogen in Africa.  

We are looking for a highly motivated colleague passionate about fighting climate change and making the energy transition happen in Africa through the accelerated production and use of green hydrogen. You need to be a dynamic, detailed-oriented and research-savvy individual with ability to support the activities of the Green Hydrogen Organisation and provide coordinating support to the Africa Green Hydrogen Alliance (AGHA).  

You should have some experience in managing a wide range of relationships across companies, governments and civil society. The support of AGHA will include the development of an agenda led by member countries, regular coordination of meetings, undertaking analysis to address member needs and regular engagement and outreach to member countries.   

We offer a competitive salary and flexible working hours. The position is a full time, 12-month consultancy role with the possibility of extension. It will be based in an African country, ideally in a location with ease of access to regional hubs (e.g., Abidjan, Addis Ababa, Nairobi or Johannesburg).  

Background 

The Green Hydrogen Organisation (GH2) is a newly established non profit Swiss foundation working to accelerate the production and use of green hydrogen. Through the Global Green Hydrogen Charter it is bringing together governments to share good practices and policies that will support the growth of global green hydrogen markets. To support the continued engagement and growth of AGHA, GH2 will be supporting the coordination of AGHA and ensure that African countries have a strong voice in the global and regional policy dialogue on green hydrogen. 

The Africa Green Hydrogen Alliance (AGHA) is a group of leading African governments collaborating on public and regulatory policy, financing and certification to mobilise green hydrogen production for domestic and international use. AGHA currently comprises government officials leading the development and implementation of green hydrogen policies in Egypt, Kenya, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia and South Africa. The convening of AGHA has so far been largely undertaken by the UN Climate Champions Team.  

About the role 

The objective of the role of Africa green hydrogen manager is to support the accelerated production and use of green hydrogen in Africa. In support of AGHA, the objective is to help take the alliance to the next stage by 1) deepening the engagement of the group to date and 2) expanding membership beyond the core members.   

The manager will be contracted by GH2. The manager is expected to work closely with GH2 and the UN Climate Champions team in coordinating AGHA activities. 

The position offers the chance to work in an international and vibrant working environment, helping avert the climate crisis by promoting green hydrogen production and use. The role provides opportunities to engage with a diverse range of stakeholders globally and to develop policy expertise related to green hydrogen and climate finance. 

Key tasks 

  1. Support the activities of the Green Hydrogen Organisation in Africa, including the activities of the Green Hydrogen Development Plan, the Green Hydrogen Charter and the Africa Green Hydrogen Alliance.  
  2. Facilitate the convening of AGHA through regular meeting and events. This will entail consulting members on priority areas for AGHA related to public and regulatory policy, financing and certification to mobilise green hydrogen production for domestic and international use, work with AGHA members to set their agenda and handle meeting logistics. It will also entail organising peer-exchange activities and regular bilateral engagement with AGHA members to mobilise and maintain high-level political support for green hydrogen production and use in Africa. 
  3. Undertake analysis and research with key partners to inform discussion within AGHA members and facilitate peer exchange and sharing of lessons learned. 
  4. Develop communications materials about green hydrogen in Africa, to convey shared positions by AGHA members and support advocacy efforts to ensure a strong African voice in global policy fora on green hydrogen. 
  5. Undertake outreach to prospective member countries to grow AGHA membership.  
  6. Organise activities aimed at facilitating engagement between AGHA members and key regional and national industry and non-state actors with an interest in green hydrogen. 
  7. Organise events and support the preparation of sessions on green hydrogen in Africa at COP sessions and the Green Hydrogen Global Assembly. 

Desirable Skills  

  • A passion for fighting climate change and making the energy transition happen in Africa. 
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills.  
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail. 
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills. 
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency in written and spoken French or Arabic is a strong advantage. 

Required Qualifications 

  • Relevant advanced university degree. Bachelor’s degree is required. Master’s degree in a relevant subject is highly desirable. 
  • Experience with the energy industry and policy in the African region. 
  • Experience with renewable energy markets and industry is highly desirable. 
  • Experience working in an international environment and liaising with government representatives, development partners, renewable energy industry and civil society actors is an advantage. 

GH2 is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and consider all applicants based on merit without regard to race, gender, sex, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. 

Application 

Please send a cover letter of no more than one page and CV to team@gh2.org with subject line “Manager – Green Hydrogen Africa”.

The deadline for applications is 5 April 2022.