Company Description

We are pioneers in clean energy. We saw that the connections between mobile connectivity, solar PV accessibility and financial technology offered the answer to solving the global challenge of connecting communities living far from the electricity grid.

We worked at the forefront of the solar revolution for several years – developing our skills in 3 leading off-grid companies: Fenix International, Mobisol and ENGIE PowerCorner.

In 2020, the ENGIE Group brought us together into one unified entity so that we can deliver even more transformation to global communities. And so ENGIE Energy Access was born.

We are now one of the leading Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGo) and mini-grids solutions provider in Africa, with a mission to deliver affordable, reliable and sustainable energy solutions and life-changing services with exceptional customer experience. The company is a result of the integration of Fenix International, ENGIE Mobisol and ENGIE PowerCorner; and develops innovative, off-grid solar solutions for homes, public services and businesses, enabling customers and distribution partners access to clean, affordable energy. The PAYGo solar home systems are financed through affordable installments from $0.19 per day and the mini-grids foster economic development by enabling electrical productive use and triggering business opportunities for entrepreneurs in rural communities.  

With over 1,700 employees, operations in nine countries across Africa (Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia), over 1.3 million customers and more than 6.5 million lives impacted so far, ENGIE Energy Access aims to remain the leading clean energy company, serving millions of customers across Africa by 2025. 

Job description

Role brief 

The Global Head of Strategy & Policy will play a critical role in ENGIE Energy Access (EEA). This role will be responsible for defining the overarching strategic vision, direction and priorities for EEA, leading market expansion, overseeing business and competitive intelligence, and leading strategic partnerships. This role has full responsibility for leading three functions: (i) strategy; (ii) strategic partnerships; and (iii) policy. The role will be part of EEA’s Executive Leadership Team, reporting to the CEO, and working closely with other Global Heads of Department and Country Directors.

 

About the role

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide exceptional and inspirational leadership and support to the Strategy, Strategic Partnerships & Policy Teams, creating a high-performing team of strategic leaders, thought partners, analytical thinkers and problem-solvers.
  • Lead the development and management of EEA’s overarching strategic direction, priorities and focus areas over the short, medium and longer term, cascading and ensuring alignment throughout EEA.
  • Oversee EEA’s holistic geographic footprint, lead any efforts to expand into markets (through B2C), determine market exit criteria and co-ordinate exit (if needed).
  • Lead the assessment, establishment and management of strategic partnerships, joint venture and other M&A targets.
  • Oversee EEA’s policy efforts, including developing the overarching policy strategy and focus areas, then coordinating EEA’s engagement to advance policy outcomes.
  • Manage the department’s work plan, budget and resources to ensure delivery of agreed goals, with full responsibility for recruitment, coaching and development.

Detailed Responsibilities

Strategy & Planning

  • Develop and manage the strategic planning framework and process for EEA.
  • Lead the development of the annual strategic plan, the medium-term 3-5 year strategy and the long-term 5-10 year vision.
  • Develop the strategic inputs required for the annual business planning process, including collaborating with the CFO to ensure alignment between the budget and strategic plan.
  • Lead the communication process of cascading and embedding the strategy throughout the organisation, including support the CEO with communicating externally.
  • Conduct quarterly reviews of the annual plan and develop quarterly strategic priorities.
  • Provide general thought partnership and strategic support to Global HoDs and CDs with undertaking strategic plans and initiatives, and act as a key stakeholder on cross-functional decisions and governance committees.
  • Lead ad-hoc strategic initiatives and projects agreed with the CEO.
  • Support the CEO with preparation for internal and external presentations and events.

Strategic Partnerships & Deals

  • Identify and execute new key strategic group-level partnerships to unlock value in key areas, including product, branding, payments, data and distribution.
  • Continuously monitor the overarching health of ongoing strategic business partnerships, working with the departments to track and identify group-level partnership synergies.
  • Define and execute organic growth initiatives, including monitoring M&A and joint venture opportunities, developing business cases in coordination with Finance, and managing the deal process. from start to finish, engaging with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Coordinate EEA’s external engagement, and act as a key representative in industry forums, representative bodies and committees.

Market Entry & Exit

  • Continuously assess and monitor our overall geographic footprint and determine the highest priority markets for entry and the ideal channel (B2C vs B2B).
  • Lead efforts to expand into new B2C markets, including conducting the market assessment, developing the entry strategy and business phase, then working with the Regional Director to operationalise.
  • Determine the framework for market health monitoring (including exit criteria), and if necessary, coordinating the exit.

Policy

  • Develop and manage EEA’s overarching policy strategy, including developing core priorities, partner and stakeholder mapping and engagement strategies.
  • Work closely with HoDs and CDs to identify key country and global policy priorities and support to influence policy / regulatory framework progress to achieve EEA’s strategic and financial success.
  • Provide support on ad-hoc policy related initiatives, including policy briefs and position-papers, written and verbal communication to stakeholders, and thought leadership.
  • Lead and coordinate EEA’s involvement in institutional working groups and policy initiatives aimed at pushing for regulations that are favourable to EEA’s business (GOGLA, ADEME, Power Africa, USAID etc.

At EEA, we have high expectations for our managers. Each manager plays a key role in creating an exceptional experience not only for our customers but for every person on our team. Our managers help EEA realise our ambitious goals while developing their own leadership skills and facilitating growth for their direct reports.  

We believe that great managers: 

  • Deliver ambitious results: As a high-performing and accountable leader, you create an enabling environment for effective action and bold decision which contribute to successful delivery of results. 
  • Act with integrity: As an ethical leader you are honest, respectful, objective, and transparent. You create and build upon a foundation of trust and openness. 
  • Inspire and mentor the team: As an inspirational leader you walk the talk. You empower and coach your team with trust and humility. 
  • Are accessible: as an accessible leader, you develop and maintain deep connections with stakeholders through approachability and active listening. 
  • Ensure diversity and inclusion: as an inclusive leader, you ensure diversity and foster a sense of belonging. 

 

About you

Experience, Knowledge & Skills

  • 15+ years of relevant experience, ideally in similar senior strategy roles, in a B2C environment in Africa, particularly in FMCGs, MNOs or financial institutions.
  • Strong strategy, visioning and engagement skills, with the ability to set and communicate and align the organisation around a strategic vision.
  • Exceptional judgement and decision-making skills, with the ability to independently assess situations, and take appropriate action to achieve results.
  • Significant people leadership experience, leading and motivating large and diverse teams across countries and the ability to create a high-performing culture.
  • Strong strategy skillset, with knowledge of core strategy and planning frameworks, but also ability to solve any problem from first principles.
  • Outstanding stakeholder engagement and communication skills, with the ability to develop meaningful relationships with internal stakeholders (especially other Global HoDs and CDs) and external stakeholders (e.g. partners, suppliers, funders, government, etc.)
  • Strong project management capability and a strong ability to lead a project through from concept, to framing, structuring, design and execution.
  • Outstanding ability to leverage data analytics to identify insights, then build action plans and execute against them.
  • English is mandatory, with French, Portuguese or Swahili a plus.

Source

Deadline:

As soon as possible