Technical Advisor: Norms and Standard

Salary: Band 4T
Reports to: Component Leader
Duration: Until 31 December 2023

BACKGROUND

Globally, the demand for green hydrogen (H2) and green hydrogen-based products such as ammonia and synthetic jet fuels (PtX) is rising. To fulfill decarbonization targets, many off-takers (e.g., Germany, EU or Japan) are willing to pay a premium price and to sign long-term supply agreements to stimulate H2/PtX market development. Hydrogen, however, also offers domestic use opportunities to South Africa.

Due to the outstanding potential of renewable energy sources and existing hydrogen production facilities, South Africa is regarded as one of the main future suppliers of green hydrogen products. An essential pre-condition for green H2/PtX market development would be the massive development of low-cost RE capacities and to this end, existing market barriers would need to be removed, the political and regulatory framework would need to be adjusted and a far-reaching capacity building, skills development and training initiative implemented. Building a hydrogen economy could open-up promising new export markets for South African companies as well is domestic use opportunities. It can also lead to significant economic development and job creation and play a role in supporting a just transition in the South African energy sector.

Based on discussions with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and representatives of the South African government in late 2019, GIZ developed a project concept for a future green hydrogen project (H2.SA) in South Africa, to be implemented between July 2021 and December 2023. The project has four focal areas:

  1. Supporting policy and regulatory framework conditions for a green hydrogen economy,
  2. Supporting actors to build a green hydrogen export economy,
  3. Enhancing capacity and knowledge of South African stakeholders in the H2/PtX sector,
  4. Mitigating the potential implications of a H2/PtX economy on the environment, society, and the economy.

The H2.SA programme forms part of the Energy and Climate Cluster of programmes implemented by GIZ in cooperation with a variety of South African public sector partners. H2.SA cooperates with the Presidency, as well as other relevant Government Departments.

The position of the Technical Advisor will be in Component 1. “Supporting policy and regulatory framework conditions for a green hydrogen economy”. Component 1 aims to improve the strategic and regulatory framework for a hydrogen economy in South Africa. It is assumed that improved political and regulatory conditions will lead to a reduction of currently existing market barriers for renewable energies and thus create a conducive environment for a green hydrogen economy in South Africa. The advice on framework conditions and strategies leads to finding a good balance between attractive investment conditions for international H2/PtX investors on the one hand and the South African government's goal of creating jobs, strengthening the national industry and increasing government revenues on the other hand. This assumes that the partner institutions involved recognise the strategic importance of a hydrogen economy for South Africa and initiate cross-sectoral measures for H2/PtX market development.

The following activities are planned under Component 1:

  • Advise on the structure and tasks of an interagency H2/PtX committee (policy level) and an H2/PtX council (e.g., private sector, civil society, and research).
  • Conduct international benchmarking and derive recommendations for refining strategic planning documents based on existing South African strategies and scenarios.
  • Advise on improving conditions for substantial renewable energy (RE) expansion and cost reduction as a prerequisite for green hydrogen exports (e.g., regular auctions, grid infrastructure, simple procedures for licensing).
  • Analyze the suitability of the legal and regulatory framework for a hydrogen economy and develop proposals for adaptation (e.g., special economic zones, electricity wheeling, permits, licenses, taxes and duties, opening the RE market to hydrogen producers).

Note that the list is not exhaustive and will be further developed.

TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Technical Advisor has the following key tasks and responsibilities:

  • Support the overall implementation of the H2.SA programme’s activities focussed the establishment of a green hydrogen export economy in South Africa. This includes planning and coordination of all implementation activities, liaising with relevant stakeholders, supporting all procurement processes for goods and services to deliver the required outputs and ensure the fulfilment of programme objectives and indicators. This work will be done in close cooperation with and with assistance from the H2.SA Head of Component and the H2.SA Programme Manager(AV).
  • Conceptualize and manage required inputs and activities in cooperation with relevant stakeholders.
  • Plan advisory projects and initiatives and coordinate the implementation with external service providers, supervising and coordinating assignments of national and international consultancies.
  • Manage the cooperation between stakeholders, support steering structures and provide input to partner dialogues.
  • Establish and strengthen channels of collaboration and communication by building effective working relationships with relevant H2/PtX stakeholders, including experts, private sector partners, policymakers, and international stakeholders.
  • Provide support to the implementation of green hydrogen pilot projects.
  • Implement communication and knowledge management activities, incl. the organisation of workshops, seminars, study tours and other means of information sharing among government decision-makers, industry representatives and other experts.
  • Contribute and participate in substantive meetings and strategic planning for the H2.SA programme.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, COMPETENCES AND EXPERIENCE

Qualifications:

  • University degree (bachelor or higher) in economics, law, political sciences or related subjects.

Professional Experience

  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience in the fields of hydrogen/PtX and / or in the fields of renewable energy, and / or energy markets and / or energy project development and or energy policy or related field.

Other Knowledge, Additional Competences

  • Demonstrated success in project and process management.
  • Proven experience in political decision-making processes.
  • Experience in the development and implementation of measures to promote sectoral economic development.
  • Good understanding of international green hydrogen markets and market development support activities.
  • Good networks and relationships with international stakeholders involved in green hydrogen energy/PtX.
  • Familiarity with the South African energy sector, renewable energy, and related policies. Good networks in the South African ministry and energy landscape will be an advantage.
  • Knowledge of public law will be an advantage. Experience in the conceptualisation and management of partner communication and writing (website articles, blog posts) on complex topics.
  • Strong interest in issues related to the green hydrogen, PtX and the energy transition and proven willingness to further develop and enhance technical skills and competencies.
  • An ability to work in a multi-disciplinary, diverse and complex environment.
  • An ability to work in a team and autonomously in a structured, methodical manner.
  • Relevant computer skills (Microsoft Office, Microsoft Teams etc.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • The position will be based at the GIZ Offices in Hatfield, Pretoria.
  • Positions dependent on the lifespan of the programme where they are located.
  • The H2.SA programme phase is until 31 December 2023.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Suitable candidates should apply by submitting a motivation letter stating why they should be the preferred candidate.This should be accompanied by a detailed CV indicating their nationality with the job title quoted on the email subject line for the attention of Head of Unit: Human Resource.

  • Applicants submit your application to: recruit-pretoria@giz.de 
  • Closing date for applications: 08th of October 2021.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be informed!
  • Applications without a motivation letter will not be considered!