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Rural Community Energy Fund Project Co-ordinator

12 Month Fixed Term Contract - £34,788 - Home Based

The Opportunity

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Business & Skills Energy directorate at the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

The Authority was established in March 2017 as a result of powers being devolved to it by Central Government most particularly in regard to securing major developments and improvements in respect of Transport, Housing, Education and Skills across the region with a vision to make Cambridgeshire and Peterborough the leading place in the world to learn, live and work.

The Rural Community Energy Fund Project Co-ordinator will work with community organisations in rural areas to help them develop projects that are eligible to apply for grant funding from the Rural Community Energy (RCE) Fund within the eleven Local Enterprise Partnerships that comprise the Greater South East Energy Hub.

The Role        

  • Identify and engage with rural community groups, supporting and enabling them to successfully access the RCEF and work with them to formulate and deliver on community energy related initiatives. 
  • Develop and implement schemes which involve working with rural community groups, network organisations and key public and private sector partners within the wider greater south east region. The role will also involve communicating the RCEF to external stakeholders for example through communication events.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of the low carbon energy opportunities relevant to community organisations and third sector organisations, including policy/regulatory changes and funding opportunities.
  • Identify new ways to proactively engage with rural community groups and work with stakeholders to promote the RCEF, including presenting at events and raising awareness of the scheme via established networks.
  • Identify energy project potential within the greater south east, working with stakeholders to identify viable schemes and associated business cases for investment.
  • Develop robust and transparent processes for engaging with community groups to ensure all interested applicants are treated fairly.
  • The role will require flexible and lone working with potentially unsociable hours in order to maximise the resource available to community groups interested in developing rural energy projects.

Skills & Experience required

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent with relevance to the role
  • A good understanding of the community energy sector and/or social impact businesses.
  • Detailed knowledge of the process to develop investible local energy projects.
  • Knowledge of the capital project development cycle for energy projects.
  • Genuine interest in energy and/or sustainability and the community sector
  • Skill in writing compelling business cases and funding bids.
  • Ability to plan projects, identify milestones and critical success factors.
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a remote working team .
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively and work flexibly including unsociable hours.
  • Experience of applying successfully and managing grant funding or supporting others to do so.
  • Experience of writing tender specifications and evaluating proposals.
  • Experience of project management and contract management.
  • Experience of developing business cases.


  • Good knowledge of existing third sector and community energy networks.
  • Knowledge of energy policy and regulations
  • Experience of performance reporting.
  • Experience of public speaking and presenting.

About Us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer, who values diversity and promotes equality. CPCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, or any other basis covered by Equality Act 2010. All employment is decided on qualifications, merit, and business need and we encourage applications from all sections of society. If you would like any reasonable adjustments or additional arrangements, please contact us via the details below.

Rural Community Energy Fund Project Co-ordinator

Cambridge, UK
Peterborough, UK
Full time

Published on 04/27/2021

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