The Energy for Development Team in collaboration with the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network is delighted to announce that applications are open for a paid placement opportunity at Community Energy Malawi, Lilongwe Malawi, further details below and on the LCEDN website here

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Supported by in-country partner Community Energy Malawi (CEM) and The University of Strathclyde, Energy for Development team, there is an opportunity for a three month placement to help define social and economic ‘indicators of impact’ that can be monitored and analysed before, during and after the introduction of decentralised energy governance in Malawi. The successful applicant will be supervised by The University of Strathclyde and the LCEDN and will be based at CEM offices in Lilongwe, Malawi.

From previous surveys, the University of Strathclyde has a wealth of data on community priorities in Malawi. The placement will involve working closely with the CEM team in analysing these data, seeking the views of stakeholders and liaising with local communities in helping to determine effective social and economic ‘indicators of impact.’


  • Review of work history on District Energy Officers in Malawi and energy impact factors
  • Review of community priority area data from the University of Strathclyde
  • Regular site visits to Balaka District Council meetings with CEM staff (possible survey opportunity as required)
  • Development of an analytical tool (‘indicators of impact’) to measure energy development impact within specific communities
  • Report writing and training of CEM staff in using the ‘indicators of impact’ tool.


  • Academic background in decentralized (or sustainable) energy (PHD/Post-Doc – minimum of a Master’s degree qualification)
  • Exposure/experience with conducting qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques
  • Exposure/experience with report writing

Duration: 3 months. The timing of the placement is negotiable, but it must fall between November 2017-May 2018.

Other: We are looking for a sociable, good-humored, dedicated person with exposure to African and European environments, who is able to adapt and integrate at high speed into new tasks and teams.

Stipend: The successful candidate will receive a stipend of 2000 GBP per month, and will also receive a travel expenses stipend up to the value of 1500 GBP.

Application process: To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter explaining how you meet the candidate profile, to .  The deadline for applications is 17:00 GMT on Friday 22nd September 2017.