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Policy and Regional Representation Intern - Kenya

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Job description

Recruitment for this position is part of a very special project called the Off-Grid Talent Initiative, run by Shortlist in partnership with UKAID and the Carbon Trust. If you are hired for the position, not only will you join your new company but you will also become a part of the OGTI Clean Energy Leaders’ Community. This includes mentorship, peer network support, online training and other exclusive resources, as well as follow up over the length of your contract. Apply today, begin a career in the renewable energy industry with your new company, and become a part of the OGTI Clean Energy Leaders.

About the job:

GOGLA is seeking motivated graduate interns related to public policy and international development to support the Policy and Regional Representation Division. You will work in an international and dynamic environment.

  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Reporting to: Head of Policy and Regional Strategies
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Onboarding: as soon as possible

Core Tasks 

  • Supporting the coordination of the GOGLA Policy Working Group(s) and activities falling under the working group’s remit; this includes the development of industry opinions
  • Support coordination of various projects falling under the remit of the policy and regulatory program, including monitoring, reporting and evaluation of projects to donors 
  • Organization of events and meetings such as public and private sector dialogues or topical workshops
  • Facilitating and coordinating information sharing with sector partners
  • Carrying out research on specific topics of relevance to the program, such as collation of background information, development of overview documents on specific topics, or stakeholder mapping
  • Research and analysis in the fields of enabling environment as well as business development. 
  • Support the coordination of the working groups (policy, social impact, business development), 
  • Drafting of reports, and development of content for GOGLA communication. 
  • Support to the organization of GOGLA events and the general administration of the Association.

GOGLA Values:

All staff at GOGLA are required to work in line with our organization’s values. This means working boldly, enthusiastically, pro-actively, transparently and collaboratively with each other whilst treating others in a fair and equal way. Please see our website for more details about our values. 

Does this sound like you?

The ideal candidates will have:

  • A high level of passion for GOGLA’s mission and objectives.
  • Bachelors’ degree in development cooperation, public policy, political science, economics or other related fields.
  • An inquisitive mind, strong analytical skills, good written and verbal communication skills and a keen eye for details
  • A high-level passion for the energy access sector.
  •  Previous experience is not required but previous experience or an internship is an added value. 

Candidate Attributes:

  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills in English
  • Proficient knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and Power Point.
  • Preferably some understanding in the energy access space and on market-based solutions
  • A clear understanding of the importance of the right government policies
  • Strong strategic and management skills
  • Good prioritization and people skills with a focus on continual professional development
  • The ability to take ownership of problems and demonstrate a flexible, adaptable approach to work 
  • The ability to work in a demanding, fast-paced, entrepreneurial and international environment
  • Confident working in multi-cultural teams.

Whats in it for you?

  • An international work environment in a fast-growing, innovative industry
  • A paid internship
  • A dynamic team and strong global network of members and partners in the off-grid energy and international development sector
  • A workplace that provides flexibility and freedom, and expects initiative, passion and drive from motivated self-starters
  • The knowledge that you help build an impactful sector and contribute towards a better world


GOGLA is the global association for the off-grid solar energy industry. Established in 2012, GOGLA now represents over 180 members as a neutral, independent, not-for-profit industry association. Our services assist the industry to build sustainable markets and profitable businesses delivering quality, affordable off-grid electricity products and services to as many customers as possible across the developing world.

We believe that with the right support, the off-grid solar market can scale to provide affordable solar power products and services to provide electricity to the 840 million people currently living without energy by 2030, in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7. Off-grid solar products and services are also a solution for the estimated 1 billion people with weak grid connections.

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