Short Term Contract Opportunity: Market Assessment Research Assistant/Instructor


Wind Empowerment have been contracted by the Scottish Government to carry out a market assessment for small wind turbines in Malawi in partnership with Community Energy Malawi. This will be carried out between December 2015 and March 2016 and will involve a week long training and planning session in Malawi with Community Energy Malawi staff. The project will be lead by Aran Eales and Jon Sumanik-Leary, who are looking looking to recruit two further research assistants/instructors to assist with the design and delivery of this research project.

A proposal containing further information about the project can be found here.

Please send any questions relating to this opportunity to To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to the same address by midnight UK time (GMT) on Monday 14th December.

Time commitment & payment:

  • Preparation: 10 days
  • In country training (most likely in late January 2016): 6 days
  • Market Assessment research and write up: 10 days
  • All days will be paid at the standard Wind Empowerment rate of £100 per day
  • Total: 26 days @ £100/day = £2600 (GBP)

Main responsibilities:

  • Working as part of the Wind Empowerment team to plan a 6 day training and planning session in Malawi for Community Energy Malawi staff members.
  • Delivering a 6 day training and planning session in Malawi on market assessment for small wind turbines and datalogging for wind resource assessment.
  • Working as part of a Wind Empowerment team to carry out a market assessment for small wind turbines in Malawi in partnership with Community Energy Malawi.

Essential qualities:

  • Must have experience with market assessment methodologies.
  • Must have university level training in social science, engineering, or equivalent research methods.
  • Must have experience with working in developing country contexts.
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Must be an effective communicator that is easily contactable and quick to respond.
  • Must speak English fluently.
  • Must be familiar with the work of Wind Empowerment and its member organisations.
  • Must have small group teaching experience.
  • Must be able to write reports to a high standard to set deadlines.
  • Must be able to collaborate effectively with other team members.
  • Must be affiliated with a Wind Empowerment member organisation.

Desirable qualities:

  • Should have experience with applying Wind Empowerment’s market assessment methodology in other country contexts.
  • Should have experience using dataloggers to conduct wind resource assessments.
  • Should have experience with working in Sub-Saharan Africa, ideally Malawi.
  • Should have experience with GIS software.
  • Should be engaged with the wider context of international development, in particular, the issues surrounding the provision of the supply of electricity in remote areas.
  • Should have a desire to contribute to the Wind Empowerment Market Assessment Working Group (and other working groups) following the completion of the project.
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