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Governments across Africa have realized that renewable off-grid solutions (solar-powered energy
systems installed in individual homes, avoiding costly electrical-grid infrastructure) are the fastest and cheapest way to bring energy to a billion under-served consumers. Programs to incentivize this approach through long-term energy sector planning, improved regulation, tax incentives, and subsidy programs are rapidly gaining popularity.
As Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations, you will engage with governments, industry, and multilateral development banks to guide public policy and support programs that influence the expansion of off-grid solar energy in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Reporting to the CEO, you will advise governments and partners on global energy policy and drive development through innovation to impact the lives of a billion under-served consumers and shape the global energy transition to clean energy.
Understand, prepare for, and influence regulation
Build a detailed understanding of potential changes in regulation that will impact sales and end-consumer-financing of off-grid solar products.
Analyse market barriers and deficiencies that slow market development.
Help design policies and regulation that provide an enabling environment.
Engage with governments, multilateral development banks, and other stakeholders
To optimize subsidy programs (typically results-based-financing grant programs designed as supply- or demand-side subsidies) to contribute to the sustainability, clarity, transparency, efficiency and flexibility of these programs.
To develop enabling policies and support programs that help reduce CO2 emissions, drive financial inclusion, support quality standards, and improve consumer awareness to accelerate energy access (SDG7) and the transition to clean energy (SDG13).
Regularly meet with public policymakers (at government energy agencies and in development finance institutions), especially across sub-Saharan Africa including Kenya Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Mozambique.
Attend public policy events.
Contribute to Sun King’s thought leadership in the global off-grid industry
By developing strategies and creating consistent content (in collaboration with Sun King’s communications team) that leverages Sun King’s expertise and ability to innovate for energy access.
Does this sound like you?
10+ years of experience in related fields, impacting public policy in Sub-Saharan Africa (with particular focus in East & West Africa) and/or development/multilateral financing, with a wide network and familiarity with practical engagement in these organizations.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including experience leading conversations with government officials and development-finance institutions / multilateral development banks.
Commercial orientation, ideally including experience working in industry, understanding commercial plans and predicting the future needs of business with an entrepreneurial mindset.
Strong strategic mindset with a proactive attitude while demonstrating cultural and political sensitivity.
A four-year or advanced degree (preferred) in a related field.
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