Energy Efficiency Adviser

Closing Date: 11 November 2020

Location: Tonga

Category: Renewable Energy, Science & Technology

The Organisation
The Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) is part of a wider network of regional sustainable energy centres for small island developing states (SIDS) in Africa, Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Ocean. It aims is to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and energy efficient economies by empowering the private sector to lead and invest.

The Opportunity 
As the demand in the Pacific for clean, reliable energy and a desire to better understand efficiencies grows, the volunteer will have opportunity to further increase the profile and awareness of energy efficiency. The volunteer will work alongside PCREEE staff to build their knowledge and capacity in the areas of energy efficiency. You will support them to carry out energy audits and make recommendations to local businesses, commercial enterprises and the public sector in reviewing and improving their energy consumption.

We are looking for a volunteer with: 
  • Tertiary qualification in sustainability, building science, energy management, engineering, environmental management, or related discipline
  • Relevant technical experience and knowledge of energy auditing and energy efficiency
  • Experience in conducting training workshops
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
VSA volunteers receive a living allowance and accommodation, insurance, and medical costs are provided. Travel arrangements are organised and funded by VSA along with other costs.

VSA’s response to COVID-19
Although we have temporarily put our deployment of volunteers on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainties both within New Zealand and across the wider Pacific, we’re continuing to recruit and build our talent pool of prospective volunteers so we can return to supporting our partner organisations and communities in the wider Pacific as soon as we can.
The Volunteer Recruitment team is continuing to work through all our current applications and keep in touch with applicants.

Recruitment will continue although our usual processes will be amended where necessary to ensure social distancing requirements are maintained, such as a greater emphasis on carrying out interviews remotely.
Meanwhile, Programme Managers are working with partner organisations and on updating assignment descriptions. This work will help us determine which skills and experience our volunteers will need once we begin to redeploy people in the Pacific.

VSA covers flights, accommodation, insurance and some expenses. A living allowance is also provided.