Technical Advisor: Transition and participation

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 4. “Mitigating the potential implications of a H2/PtX economy on the environment, society and the economy”. Component 4 improves knowledge about the potential impacts of a hydrogen economy on the environment and society. The actors involved in the development of a hydrogen economy have a basis for decision-making that allows them to design hydrogen production and the associated massive expansion of solar and wind power plants in an environmentally and socially compatible manner. Affected groups actively participate in the discussion. This minimises environmental and social problems and improves the acceptance of large-scale hydrogen projects

The following activities are planned under Component 4:

  • Analyze the environmental and social impacts of a green hydrogen economy (e.g., land use, water demand and availability, seawater desalination, biodiversity, job creation, negative impacts on affected people/communities) for selected lighthouse projects.
  • Strategic advice to relevant ministries (e.g. on the expansion planning of renewable energies and the necessary infrastructure based on the results of the environmental and social studies carried out).
  • Identification of employment opportunities for coal industry workers and identification of training needs in close cooperation with trade unions (e.g. National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa, NUMSA), Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).
  • Develop a concept for participation of affected populations in lighthouse project regions (e.g., improved water supply through oversizing of desalination plants, profit-sharing opportunities).
  • Develop a communication strategy and appropriate tools (e.g., brochures, website, social media) to raise public awareness of H2/PtX issues.

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 political sciences, social sciences economics, sociology, law 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 mining sector, and/or labour market policy and/or spatial planning, and/or energy policy or related field.

Other Knowledge, Additional Competences

  • Experiences in working in the context of participation/stakeholder engagement and/or social policy.
  • Demonstrated success in project and process management.
  • Experiences in communication and writing (website articles, blog posts) on complex topics. Experiences in developing a communication strategy is advantage.
  • Familiarity with the South African energy policy, mining sector, labour policy and related policies. Good networks in the South African ministerial, NGO and labour union landscape will be an advantage.
  • Strong interest in issues related to the green hydrogen, PtX, the energy transition process and proven willingness to further develop and 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!