Position: Renewable Energy Specialist
Employer: Aga Khan Foundation Canada
Location: Islamabad, Pakistan
Deadline: August 31, 2023
Employment Type: Employment
Position Level: Mid Level
Closing Date: August 31, 2023
Renewable Energy Specialist
Host Agency: Aga Khan Agency for Habitat Pakistan (AKAHP)
Placement: Islamabad, Pakistan
Duration: 9 months
About AKF Canada
Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) is a leading global development organization and registered charity
working to tackle the root causes of poverty. Since 1980, we have helped create strong community
institutions that support sustainable, locally-driven initiatives to improve the lives of millions of people in
Africa and Asia. By combining local knowledge with global best practices, we strive to bring about
transformative and long-lasting improvements to quality of life. In Canada, AKFC mobilizes funding and
expertise, and promotes awareness of global issues. In all of our work, advancing gender equality,
inclusion and pluralism are key objectives and approaches.
Working alongside the agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network and through partnerships with
local communities, civil society, and business as well as governments and international aid agencies, we
are building a future where we all thrive together.
About Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, Pakistan
The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat Pakistan is an apex agency of the AKDN. It aims to create safe,
sustainable and resilient habitats with the opportunity to thrive, whether in a remote mountain village, a
town, or a densely populated urban centre. We work with communities to help them prepare for and
respond to natural disasters and the effects of climate change. AKAHP has touched and improved the lives
of millions of people in its four key thematic areas: safety, resilience, services, and opportunities. It has
served over one million people through proactively conducting habitat assessments and plans,
strengthening climate resilient critical community infrastructures, supporting nature based solutions for
reducing risks and climate change adaptation, providing robust technical assistance for maintenance and
improvement of 20,000+ households, constructing 4,000+ shelters and constructing pre-fabricated homes
for internally displaced people, as well as and training 40,000+ volunteers on Community-Based Disaster
Risk Management who have responded to 200+ disaster events. AKAHP’s efforts have made WASH services
accessible to 500,000+ individuals in some of the most remote and isolated regions of Pakistan. It has also
installed 100,000+ energy-efficient products, provided technical assistance for construction of 2,400+
housing units and trained 3,000+ artisans on habitat-related skills. AKAHP’s far-reaching developmental
impact has earned international recognition and prestigious international and national awards.
The consultant will be responsible for strengthening AKAHP’s flagship Building and Construction
Improvement Program (BACIP) with a focus on energy efficiency. The consultant will be responsible for
proposing innovations and improvements in the BACIP portfolio, to ensure it is kept abreast of the current
needs and market dynamics. This undertaking would entail research on the housing improvement needs
for energy efficiency, current products, market gaps, and subsequent proposal/design of solutions to fill
• Assess studies on emerging technologies, understand environmental impacts of energy production,
transfer their understanding to practical business strategies and action research.
• Extensive review of all the hitherto BACIP interventions including products, publications, case
studies and impact assessments reports.
• Conducting extensive research and analysis of the current housing challenges and needs with a focus
on energy, BACIP products, and contemporary market gaps and solutions – domestically and
• Exploring energy efficient (EE) products used in similar geographies and climatic conditions.
• Assessing the feasibility of such products for remote communities in Pakistan and identifying the
most suitable products for these communities while considering the relevancy and sustainability of
such products in medium to long term period in targeted areas.
• Developing a priority list and designing energy efficient solutions to reduce the organization’s
operational carbon footprint.
• Proposing upgrades or enhancements to existing EE/BACIP products.
• Recommend further adjustments based on the pilot results.
• Developing customized training module(s) and training internal staff on EE/BACIP products and
building local capacities on product design and improvement keeping supply chain and circularity at
the core of entire process.
• Identifying opportunities and development of concept notes & proposals to support larger scale
launch of the proposed solutions.
Note: The position may require the incumbent to travel to remote areas and interact with people in often
distressing and marginalized settings.
Required Qualifications & Experience
• Strong academic background (preferably masters or PhD in engineering) along with relevant
professional experience (>5 years) in:
o Action research in product development with reputable organization or institutions
o Designing and developing EE/ home improvement products following well established
standards and best practices.
o Experience working in a developing country with a focus on mountainous regions and rural
English proficiency required; some understanding of Urdu would be considered as an asset
Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by clicking the link below.
Deadline: August 31, 2023 by 11:59pm EDT
Please note that due to the nature of funding for this position, the placement is only open
to Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
AKFC is committed to advancing gender equality and inclusion through our programming and
operations in Canada and overseas. AKFC requires all employees to review and abide by the AKFC Gender
AKFC recognizes the importance of safeguarding and is committed to ensuring it manages a wide range
of risks such that beneficiaries, staff, other associates and the organization as a whole are kept safe from
AKFC welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are
available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.