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Head, Interconnected MiniGrids (IMGs) and Public Partnerships

Division / Function: IMGs & Public Partnerships

Location of the Job: Abuja, Nigeria

Reports to: Country Director

About Us

Husk Power Systems (“Husk”) is an award-winning clean energy company serving rural India and Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2023, it was named “World’s Best Challenger Brand” in the energy industry and is a 3-time Global Cleantech 100 company. The company’s AI-powered rural energy platform provides 24/7 renewable power to rural households, commercial customers, institutions, and small factories. It also delivers a range of other products and services, including e-commerce and credit financing of branded appliances for home and commercial use, as well as community-based solutions for e-mobility and the agricultural value chain. Husk’s mission is to supercharge economic growth and social well-being in rural communities that are unserved and underserved. 

Husk Values

Safety; Honesty and Integrity; Mutual Respect; Frugal Innovation; Quality and Reliability; Excellence as an attitude; We > I; Fail Fast and Learn Faster.

Husk is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes all applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, or religion. Husk is committed to improving gender balance within its teams in India and globally. Female candidates are therefore highly encouraged to apply even if not all requirements are met.

Benefits

Husk offers flexible working conditions with employee benefits that are in line with global best practices. These include clear career growth planning, transparent annual review processes that are gender inclusive, maternity, and paternity leave, gender-inclusive workplace conditions, family health insurance, and frequent training to assist the employees to grow in and to the next roles. Husk does not believe in micromanagement and encourages its employees to have a healthy work-life balance, hence giving them the freedom to manage their workload to be compatible with their lives.

Role Summary

Husk is recruiting for a Head, Interconnected Minigrids (IMGs) & Public Partnerships to coordinate and drive high-level stakeholder engagement efforts within Nigeria. This role is a leadership role that requires a strategic thinking individual, who will drive engagement strategies with national and sub-national stakeholders in alignment with functional leadership whilst providing support in driving best practices across the business.

The candidate will also have a track record of proven leadership abilities (communication, relationship building, training & development, commercial acumen etc.) as well as in-depth industry knowledge with a robust industry and stakeholder network. The individual should also be passionate about contributing to solving one of Nigeria’s most critical challenges – the energy access deficit.

Key responsibilities: 

General

  • Work closely with the Country Director and other members of the Nigerian Management Team to deliver on country business objectives.
  • Support the optimization of various Husk activities in Nigeria to ensure best practices are entrenched towards more efficient processes.
  • Support in driving “Best Practices” across the business. Once a “Best Practice” has been identified, ensure that the practice is visible nationally and to another subsidiary.
  • Understand the priorities of the country operations and support the Country Team when required.
  • Other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

 

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Develop, drive and implement a robust Stakeholder Management Strategy and supporting processes with structures for Husk in Nigeria.
  • Own stakeholder mapping efforts towards identifying relevant stakeholders within and outside the industry for structured engagements with commercial outcomes.
  • Engage with stakeholders at national and sub-national levels to drive active policy advocacy efforts and ensure a conducive regulatory and business environment.
  • Coordinate external relations efforts with the host state governments, supporting agencies, and traditional and local institutions to strengthen working relationships with these entities.
  • Monitor the wider policy environment to identify and exploit opportunities for future work supportive of Husk’s strategic plans.
  • Develop leads to establish relationships with policy makers, critical influencers etc and identify opportunities for collaboration where possible.
  • Share intelligence gathered via stakeholder engagements to relevant internal stakeholders.

 

Interconnected Mini-Grids (Business and Project Development)

  • Drive and co-ordinate a data-driven actionable strategy for engagements with power distribution companies (DisCos) within focus areas.
  • Lead and drive project development engagements for the IMGs’ portfolio in alignment with set objectives.
  • Regularly interact with various high-level internal and external stakeholders on IMG project development.
  • Work with relevant teams to set relevant site selection criteria, for viable IMG locations.
  • Ensure support for other Business Units to drive alignment with IMG-related activities.
  • Own market research activities across the IMG business, including but not limited to business development, stakeholder mapping, and IMG landscape analysis.
  • Prepare and deliver commercial proposals to internal and external stakeholders, DisCos, communities, etc.

 

Portfolio Growth and Business Support

  • Identify possible inorganic site portfolio growth opportunities within focus areas.
  • Coordinate with the relevant teams and external stakeholders on inputs regarding inorganic site portfolio growth.
  • Prepare and deliver site acquisition proposals to internal and external stakeholders, communities, etc. where suitable opportunities are identified.
  • Support efforts for business communications internally and externally, including project press releases, case study development, and videos.

 

Funding Submissions

  • Own site-specific submission process for funding where Husk is already pre-qualified to access.
  • Seek out potential funding sources for IMGs, stakeholder management support and the source’s conditions within agreed time frames and within Husk’s funding objective framework.

 

Thought Leadership

  • Drive thought leadership engagements to ensure Husk maintains local visibility as an industry leader amongst stakeholders within the off grid power space.

 

Required Skills & Attributes

  • 10 years of work experience with at least 5 years of experience in engaging high-level stakeholders and fostering synergies for a conducive business environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Sciences, Management, Business, or related degree from a top-rated institution. Postgraduate degree or relevant business certifications; a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving and time management skills required.
  • Excellent people skills, and ability to engage in a multicultural and diverse environment, with multiple internal and external industry stakeholders.
  • This position requires commercial acumen, experience in ideating and conceptualization, critical thinking, and the ability to negotiate with high level industry stakeholders for positive outcomes for Husk.
  • A clearly defined strategic thought process and a continuous improvement mindset with excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrates a high level of accountability and ownership of tasks.
  • Ability to influence through data and business analysis.
  • Confident in liaising at all levels, articulate with good presentation skills.
  • Ability to work and lead effectively in cross-functional teams.
  • Excellent skills with MS Office, Google Suite, and relevant tools
  • Most importantly, the candidate must fit a company spirit where people work smart, play hard, have fun, and are dedicated to success.
  • In-depth knowledge of the power sector in Nigeria and experience working with a company within Nigeria’s power generation, transmission and distribution space, highly desired.

 

Location and Travel

This role is based in Abuja, Nigeria requires 50% travel in and across multiple states in Nigeria on a monthly basis.

Salary

Based on the candidate’s experience and qualifications, salary can be negotiated, if required.

Mode of Application

Interested candidates should send a resume with relevant job experience and a one-page cover letter to bizdev_ng@huskpowersystems.com, with role title as subject. 

Women candidates are encouraged to apply.

 

DISCLAIMER:

This description indicates the general nature and level of the qualifications and duties required of employees in this job classification, as well as the essential functions a person must be able to perform to do this job. It is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of all duties and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. 

Husk Power Systems and its subsidiaries are equal-opportunity employers and make employment decisions on the basis of merit and business need. We hire without consideration of race, colour, religion, citizenship, political activity or affiliation, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex or gender, or any other basis protected by law.

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