To maintain and strengthen its role as the voice of the industry, GOGLA seeks to appoint a Regional Representative for West Africa (ECOWAS). Note: the final hiring decision is subject to funding available for the position.


Location: Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Reporting to: Policy Director
Starting: as soon as possible

GOGLA members are increasingly expanding their business into West African countries. Many markets in ECOWAS offer vast opportunities for off-grid solar business and business expansion. The launch of new off-grid solar companies can be observed in Ivory Coast, Senegal, Nigeria, Togo and other markets. Important industry stakeholders such as governments and investors are taking note of the private sector activities. However, many misconceptions among government, investors, donors mean that many possibilities for public sector to leverage the industry’s potential remain unused or could even lead to adverse policy measures. To ensure an enabling environment is created in which businesses can fully thrive, these stakeholder groups need to be actively engaged. To this end, the industry needs to develop capacity to organize itself to speak with a harmonized and forceful voice.

The responsibilities of the Regional Representative include:

  1. Representation of industry interests and advocacy:
  • Represent the industry’s interest vis-a-vis all stakeholders, including regular participation in local events and workshops
  • Promote national level policy change and develop industry positions in line with GOGLA’s global positions, in close alignment with national industry associations and other national and regional private sector representatives
  • Monitor national level policy environments to obtain warning signals about possibly changes in regulation at an early stage

2. Member coordination:

  • Keep regular contact with GOGLA members operating in the region, ensuring GOGLA has up-to-date information at all times on its member activities and key market developments
  • Coordinate regular meetings and calls to facilitate exchange among GOGLA members

3. Liaise with existing and new partners:

  • Contribute to extending the GOGLA stakeholder network
  • Deepen and sustain relationships with existing partners
  • Develop relationships with important local policy makers and regulators

4. Contribute to the development of ‘content’ for advocacy or sector support work by providing local perspectives on questions around enabling environment, access to finance, business development, and quality assurance

Additional ad-hoc responsibilities include:

  • Support in the implementation of GOGLA led events in the region
  • Support to GOGLA fundraising efforts
  • Support the delivery of the three GOGLA programs

The regional representative will formally report to the Executive Director and coordinate its activities closely with the three Program Managers. The position will require regular travel within the East-African region and to Utrecht.

Required qualifications:

  • A high level of passion for GOGLA’s mission and objective
  • A minimum of seven years progressively responsibly experience in the field of international business development; working experience with an industry association is highly desirable; experience in policy and advocacy work is a requirement
  • Excellent and proven networking, communication, and presentation skills in English and French; command of other regional African languages is considered an asset
  • Strong moderation and coordination skills and ability to facilitate outcome oriented meetings with diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to think strategically and analytically, and work creatively
  • Ability to communicate professionally and convincingly with counterparts at various levels of seniority

Note: the final hiring decision is subject to funding available for the position.

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