Benin Country Representative, Energy4Impact
Location: Cotonou, Benin
Reports to: Energy 4 Impact Regional Director for West Africa
Position Status: Full-time
Expected starting date: Immediate
Salary Level: Competitive
About Energy for Impact and Mercy Corps
Energy 4 Impact is a non-profit organisation that seeks to reduce poverty in sub-Saharan Africa by accelerating access to clean energy, helping businesses and communities make better use of that energy, and working with the private sector to support the sustainability of these efforts. For more information, please see www.energy4impact.org.
Energy 4 Impact has been operating in Benin since 2019. Our programs are focused on promoting productive use of energy (PUE) technologies such as solar pumps, solar fridges, and biodigesters in different agricultural value chains. We support businesses, most of them women-owned, to develop their activities through renewable energy, and we also advise energy access SMEs. We work with financial institutions, suppliers of renewable energy products and the government to build an enabling environment for renewable technologies.
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within, now and for the future.
In 2021, Energy 4 Impact became a 100% subsidiary of Mercy Corps. The merger allows Energy 4 Impact and Mercy Corps to increase impact by building on each other’s technical expertise and reach, opening up new opportunities and funding for placing energy access at the heart of development projects.
We are looking for an innovative and visionary leader to become our Country Representative for Benin. You will be responsible for managing our programs in Benin and developing the overall strategic direction for programming and new business development in cooperation with the Energy 4 Impact and Mercy Corps’ senior management teams and local and international partners. You will also be responsible for developing and implementing systems, policies and procedures for Energy 4 Impact / Mercy Corps’ operations in the country. As a senior manager, you will oversee local financial operations, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, staff security, human resource management and representation in the field. You will be comfortable leading a team of high performers and you will be able to confidently represent us at high-level forums to influence and secure ongoing investment.
You will nurture a culture of shared excellence based on learning and trust and take considered risks in innovating and negotiating within a society that is in rapid change. You will previously have managed energy development programs and have held senior roles in formulating strategic direction within an international development context.