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Afforestation, reforestation and revegetation (ARR) Fellow



Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2024

About Us:

UpEnergy delivers high-impact, emission reducing projects that accelerate decarbonization and create long term benefits in local communities. We do so by making life-improving clean technologies available to local communities and environments across Africa. Whether it’s protecting the local environment, delivering health benefits, or reducing poverty through financial savings and employment, our projects sustainably benefit and enable people to live better lives within climate resilient communities.

To date, UpEnergy has delivered over 95 emission reduction projects, impacted over 4 million lives, and reduced over 4 million tons of CO2 Emissions across 7 countries. UpEnergy prides itself on deep local knowledge and established teams on the ground to ensure the highest impact and results. The UpEnergy team continues to grow, across multiple countries and continents, and seeks diligent, entrepreneurial, fun, and motivated talent who are excited to join us in delivering even more impact. Learn more here:

About the role:

This Fellowship will have an initial 12 month contract, with potential for extension. As we look to expand UpEnergy, there may also be opportunities for exceptional candidates to join the team on a full time basis once the initial fellowship is completed. This role can be Remote, or in ideally in one of UpEnergy African markets - to be discussed with the hiring manager.

This fellowship is available in part-time regime, ideal for current PhD students.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. ARR market development: Provide technical expertise for the development of innovative ARR projects. Monitor market developments in the ARR world, to ensure competitive advantages through utilization of data on ARR credit prices and buyers, technological advancements, emerging standards, etc.
  2. Business development/ Project expansion: Through research and insights gathering, share suggestions on geographical expansion for ARR projects. Identify and assess project expansion opportunities in and outside of Mozambique through networking and relevant research on available land, species and climate conditions, infrastructure, demand, etc.
  3. Funding: look for and apply for grants that can support the development of this project
  4. Project management: Be the main point of contact for ARR related questions for local partners, run key strategic initiatives from ideation to completion and manage day-to-day interactions between UpEnergy, local NGOs, farmers, research institutions, our local partner and other stakeholders.
  5. Problem solving and educational campaigns: help the local team expand the ARR knowledge, run stakeholder consultation sessions with locals, including for local farmers, NGOs etc

Does that sound like you?

  • An MBA, PhD, MA graduate or in pursuant of in the areas of environmental science, regenerative agriculture, sustainability, Agricultural Engineering or related
  • Experience working in a high performing environment
  • Experience building systems and processes to support organizational growth
  • Experience designing well-considered strategy (strategic), as well as successfully delivering projects
  • Ability to use data, insights to map out effective strategies
  • Rigorous and analytical
  • Entrepreneurial, curious and iterative, willing to be experimental by trying and testing new ideas
  • Resilience
  • Authentic and trustworthy
  • A love for the work we do at UpEnergy
  • Professional fluency in English is required. Portuguese or French would be a plus

Why Join Us?

Not your average 9-to-5

UpEnergy encourages teamwork, creativity, and we’re not afraid to get our hands dirty. We stay close to our market, understand our customers, and have a lot of fun while doing our work! If you’re looking for a conventional 9-to-5, you’d be missing out on our adventures!

Opportunity to do things in a new way

As one of the largest compliance credit issuer in Africa, we need to be constantly improving and rethinking our way of work. This means endless opportunities for a self-starter to initiate new ways of doing things or experimenting ways to help us improve.

Personal and Career Growth

Wouldn’t it be a pity to spend so much time working but not growing and learning? At UpEnergy we value both personal and professional growth, and we want to grow as a team. From classroom training to coffee chats to performance review, we want to support every team member to grow into the best version they can.

Create Lasting Impact

Our clean energy products bring positive impact to both our planet earth and for the low-income communities we work in. We don’t just focus on sales – we follow up and truly understand our customers to make sure that they continue to benefit from our products. Your work will create much longer-lasting impact than what you can see!