GLOBAL POLICY DIRECTOR – UGANDA

Fenix International is a next-generation energy company.  Our mission is to transform our customers’ quality of life through disruptive innovation in energy and financial services. Our flagship product, ReadyPay Solar, is an expandable, lease-to-own solar home system financed through affordable instalments starting under $0.19 per day. We use real-time transaction data to create a unique credit score to finance power upgrades and other life-changing loans and open up a wider world of energy and financing for our customers.

To date, Fenix has sold over 200,000 ReadyPay Power systems in Uganda and Zambia, bringing clean, reliable power for lights, phones, radios, TV and much more to over one million people.  In 2017, Fenix announced that it was joining forces with ENGIE, one of the world’s largest energy companies and a leader in the move to renewable, decentralized and digital energy. ENGIE will make significant commercial investments in Fenix to accelerate the path to our mission. Fenix will operate as an autonomous company within the ENGIE group, with an unrelenting focus on innovation, smart iterative design, strong team culture and exceptional customer experience. Together, Fenix and ENGIE plan to bring life-changing energy and financial services to tens of millions of off-grid customers and to make universal access to modern energy a reality across Africa.

Opportunity

This is an incredible opportunity to work with a high-performing team supporting Fenix’s mission to bring inclusive and affordable energy and financial services to millions across Africa.

The Global Policy Director will be responsible for developing policy frameworks and advocating for favorable government policies, regulations, and standards to support Fenix’s business and customer interests in sub-Saharan Africa. The position is based in Uganda and the portfolio includes East, West, and Southern Africa. The Policy Director will work in close collaboration with local managing directors to support relationships with bilateral and international institutions, trade associations, NGOs, relevant government officials and influencers. This role will report to the Chief Financial Officer and will work cross-functionally with Fenix Global departments and all Fenix country subsidiaries.

 

Responsibilities

  • Leadership
    • Create and execute the Fenix Global Government & Policy strategy to achieve Fenix’s long-term vision and near-term goals.
    • Provide exceptional guidance and support to Fenix Global and Country Leads across Africa in collaboration with CFO
    • Build and lead a high performing, dynamic Global Policy Team serving West/Francophone Africa and East/Anglophone Africa to further support Country Teams and ensure we can achieve Fenix’s long-term goals
    • Serve on the Fenix Leadership Team and drive to achieve Fenix’s mission and values.
  • Policy Strategy and Execution
    • Develop and execute policy strategy to ensure government policies support Fenix’s interests in renewable energy, financial services, data, import tariffs, market access, employment and labor law, and necessary compliance approvals for the company’s products, team, and services, working closely with:
      • Business Development/Market Expansion Team to analyze and drive policy in new markets
      • MDs and their commercial teams facing significant policy challenges and opportunities
      • Talent team to analyze and help inform labor policy where it is a key risk or opportunity; and manage visa and work permit-related issues for relevant employees in-country to ensure long-term retention in-country as necessary
      • Credit to analyze project and financial services/lending regulation
    • Analyze policy framework in all mature markets and high priority new markets and proactively identity key policy risks and opportunities and support country leadership to respond accordingly
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with key government officials in Africa, key industry associations, and bilateral and international institutions that conduct advocacy with governments to advance Fenix’s growth objectives and establish policies to promote profitable growth and minimize adverse actions
    • Be the face of Fenix in meetings with politicians, policy makers, and international institutions, and communicate Fenix’s positions on key policy issues in appropriate forums
    • Support the drafting of papers and articles for media and public relations purposes
  • Crisis Management
    • Develop strategic responses and lead crisis management in event of government intervention in market or elections that require hands-on involvement to safeguard Fenix interests and employees
  • Reporting
    • Own reporting for government-related funding, projects, and grants
    • Provide assistance and work with grantees to ensure successful, compliant execution of grant projects and advocacy campaign.

Skills & Experience

  • Demonstrated passion for the Fenix mission, values and customers
  • 5+ years of advocacy experience in Africa
  • Ability to identify & analyze policy and the implications it has on Fenix’s business
  • Ability to create policy strategy (offense and defense) and drive results through exceptional execution and relationship-building skills
  • Entrepreneurial experience and mindset
  • Very strong critical and analytical thinking skills;  ability to work with large amounts of data to develop strategy and make rigorous decisions
  • Highly organized and able to follow through and prioritize tasks
  • Proven experience as a collaborative, hands-on team player and eagerness to learn new tools and/or roll up sleeves to get the job done
  • Committed to living in Africa for 3+ years
  • Willingness to travel frequently across Africa
  • Excellent written and verbal communication in English (bilingual in French is desired)

 

To Apply

To apply please send a CV and a cover letter answering the following questions:

  • Why do you want to work for Fenix?
  • What leadership and/or entrepreneurial experience will you bring to Fenix in this role?
  • What are the 2-3 ideas/policies you would advocate to governments, parastatals and NGOs across Africa to improve access to affordable energy?

 

Fenix offers a competitive salary and a fun, fast-paced and high-growth work environment. We recognize the value of diversity in our workforce, and encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We thank all candidates who choose to apply, however, only those selected for a further interview will be contacted.

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