Senior Project Policy Officer
CrossBoundary
Lagos, NG
1d ago

Senior Project Policy Officer  

CrossBoundary Energy 

About the Firm 

CrossBoundary Energy (CBE) is the leading provider of clean, renewable, reliable, and affordable electricity directly to African businesses. According to World Bank data, access to reliable and affordable electricity is the most significant constraint on economic growth on the continent. CBE addresses this challenge by providing African corporates with fully financed renewable power. Through this approach, we are building a disruptive, distributed, renewable utility that can unlock sustainable growth in Africa.

We are already making rapid progress towards our vision. CBE is currently delivering a portfolio of over $200M of solar, wind, and storage projects for businesses across Africa. Our clients include Actis, Diageo, Heineken, Rio Tinto, Syrah Resources, Unilever, and other leading regional companies.

But most of our potential impact still lies ahead of us. Now CBE needs your help to convert Africa's largest industries to cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable power. Learn more at www.crossboundaryenergy.com/energy.

CrossBoundary Energy is a member of the CrossBoundary Group, a mission-driven investment firm committed to unlocking the power of capital for sustainable growth and strong returns in underserved markets. Learn more at www.crossboundary.com.

Job Description  

CrossBoundary Energy is recruiting a full-time Senior Energy Policy Officer to support CBE’s pan-African energy regulatory engagement strategy. We are seeking a resourceful and creative analyst to assist in presenting CBE’s vision for changing how African governments view distributed energy. The Policy Officer will identify energy license requirements for CBE’s distributed energy projects in diverse jurisdictions, assisting project teams to perform required analyses, compile documents, and manage licensing timelines. This role is critical to ensuring that the exciting portfolio of CBE projects, with the necessary licensing and approvals, can proceed to system installation and commissioning. This person will also conduct desktop research and consult with in-country experts to validate the business environment for distributed energy resources in new markets. This person will also help carry out strategic activities to secure our solar business models for the long-term across Africa, including advocacy for appropriate net-metering, captive power, and power wheeling approaches across East and West Africa. We expect the Policy Officer’s work to contribute to directly shaping the future of distributed energy deployment on the continent. This person will report to the Head of Energy Policy & Regulatory Affairs, while also collaborating with the business development, project development, legal, and asset management functions of our business. 

Who We Are 

The CrossBoundary Energy team is a unique group of people who are genuinely excited by the opportunity to make a difference in some of the world’s most challenging and exciting renewable energy markets. The chosen candidate will play an important role in a unique team, with the opportunity to make a big impact on the clean energy landscape in Africa. Team members come from diverse backgrounds but share several qualities: curiosity, humility, integrity, a drive for excellence, and a bias for action. 

Who You Are

  • 3+ years’ experience at a leading multinational professional services firm, policy research or consulting institution, or infrastructure firm, including experience in energy projects 

  • Experience advising or implementing distributed energy projects, as distinct from utility-scale (i.e., captive, commercial-industrial, mini-grids) 

  • Existing familiarity with the key terms of power purchase agreements and the business models of independent power producers 

  • You hold yourself to a high standard of “brilliance in the basics” for tasks large and small, and always act as a team player 

  • A diligent, patient researcher; you have the composure and skill to approach a problem from many angles until you can unlock a solution. You persevere until you find a way through any problem 

  • A practical thinker known for choosing the simple, robust solution where more complicated approaches would deliver the same results.  

  • A clear, concise, and accurate communicator   

  • Takes personal accountability for delivering success. Proactively identifies and acts on opportunities to influence outcomes  

  • A person who thrives in a non-hierarchical, collaborative environment and welcomes input on their approach from any teammate 

Required qualifications 

  • 1+ years’ experience at a leading multinational professional services firm, policy research or consulting institution, or infrastructure firm, including experience in highly regulated sectors in underserved markets 

  • 1+ years’ business experience in Africa or on Africa-based projects  

  • Specific insight into how policy engagement by private businesses can successfully shape national market environments 

  • Professional fluency in English. Expert and professional communicator in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.) 

  • LLB, political science, or public policy bachelor’s degree 

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Analyze laws and regulations relevant to CBE's business in existing markets, to advise the regulatory team (of which you will be a part) on potential impacts on the schedule and budget of projects in CBE’s pipeline, to enable proactive team communication to project development colleagues 

  • Analyze laws and regulations relevant to CBE's business in new markets to advise the business development team on product strategy 

  • Lead the preparation and submission of project and business licensing materials in various countries, including required financial analyses where required, working with CBE’s partners where relevant  

  • Develop timelines and process maps to describe routine license procedures and track pending licenses to completion 

  • Proactively investigate emerging policy risks to CBE’s business and share a summary of potential impacts and mitigations with the manager  

  • Identify patterns across energy regulatory frameworks across the continent, to contribute to regulatory team thought leadership and advocacy across the continent   

  • Deepen and maintain personal relationships with officers on energy regulatory commissions and energy decision-makers across CBE jurisdictions in order to facilitate the processing of license applications and gather information on emerging business risks and opportunities 

  • Deepen and maintain existing CBE relationships within the energy industry across CBE jurisdictions. Cultivate new peer relationships with industry stakeholders in these countries 

  • Develop a robust understanding of leading energy companies in all jurisdictions 

  • Populate CBE's internal database and handbooks of laws and regulations across all markets, ensuring that our information is current and relevant to project development teams 

  • Collaborate with local policy consultants and/or energy associations on specific advocacy or project permitting objectives 

Think you have what it takes but are not sure you check every box? Research shows that while men apply to roles when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women often only apply when they meet every requirement. If you're passionate about what we're building, we want to hear from you!  

Location 

Candidates may join our team in any of our Africa office locations: Dakar, Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi, Mapou (Mauritius), or Tunis. Occasional business travel is expected.  

Equal Opportunity Employer 

CrossBoundary is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to  human.resources@crossboundary.com 

Contact 

Interested candidates should apply at https://crossboundary.applytojob.com/apply/y3YLJDRt8D/Senior-Project-Policy-Officer

 

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