Project Developer Project Development

Reporting to Senior Director Project Development
Position Purpose
Develop end-to-end Renewable Energy power projects until financial close, including greenfield projects and acquisitions.
Coordinate and lead the engagement and exchanges with lenders and equity investors/co- developers, including the negotiation of the related agreements (financing agreements, joint development agreements, shareholders agreement, etc.).
Lead exchanges with all project stakeholders (Government officials, contractors, advisors, utilities, etc.), including the negotiation of the project contractual documentation (PPA, concession agreement, EPC contract, O&M contract, etc.).
Hand over project to construction team at financial close.
Responsibilities

Feasibility Studies and Due Diligence

  • Manage Feasibility Studies with the support of technical department
  • Manage technical, financial and legal due diligence of project with support from relevant department
  • Identify related project risks and risk mitigation measures
  • Perform project site visits
  • Assess the economic, technical and commercial viability of the project further to the feasibility studies and the due diligence, and make a recommendation regarding the next steps

Land, permits, authorizations and stakeholders management

  • Identify site and secure land
  • Lead environment and social permitting process including SEP/ CSR with support from QHSE
  • Secure local permits and authorizations required for the construction of projects

Codevelopment/coinvestment (when relevant)

  • Identify potential partners for project codevelopment/coinvestment when relevant
  • Support in screening partners for compliance
  • Support in structuring Joint Ventures and Partnerships
  • Negotiate Shareholder Agreements, JV Agreements, JDAs in conjunction with the legal and project finance teams

Structuring and Financing

  • Together with PF team, structure the equity investment by AMEA Power
  • Together with PF team Identify potentials lenders for the project and approach them
  • Review and approve mandate letter negotiated by PF team
  • Support with negotiating the financing termsheet
  • Keep oversight for all topics related to the completion of their due diligence
  • Manage the internal approval process and all related documentation

Project Documents

  • Manage the drafting/finalization of the project documents (PPA, Concession Agreement, Interconnection Agreement, Land Lease Agreement, etc.)
  • Negotiate the project documents with the authorities and/or the offtaker
  • Be the focal point for the counterparty to close the project documents and proceed with their execution
  • In each case with the support of legal team

Financial Close

  • Support with Financial Modeling inputs, assumptions & results
  • Support with negotiation of loan agreements
  • Lead satisfaction of Conditions Precedents (CPs) and achieve Financial Close with lenders for the project

Construction and Operation

  • Shortlist EPC and O&M ( if applicable) contractors with technical team
  • Lead EPC/ O&M Requests for Proposals process
  • Lead Evaluation of technical and commercial EPC/ O&M proposals
  • Lead negotiation and execution of EPC/O&M termsheet then EPC/ O&M contract with support from technical and legal teams
  • Lead the process towards serving Notice To Proceed
  • Organize proper handover to execution team at financial close
Person Specification
 

Experience Requirements

  • 510 years in the renewable energy sector (solar & wind)
  • Experience in utility scale renewable development in Africa
  • Proven track record of having successfully closed at least 1 utility scale project in solar or wind power
  • Must be fluent in French and English
Education Requirements
  • Bachelor or Master’s Degree in engineering or business
  • Professional finance or technical certification is a plus

Required Skills 

  • Proven familiarity with commercial and technical renewable energy contracts
  • Proven experience in project management, working with cross functional teams and on multiple projects at the same time
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Willing to travel frequently to SubSaharan African countries

Interpersonal/ Behavioural Skills

  • Stakeholder Management
  • Negotiation
  • Delivering Results
  • Accountability
  • Problem Solving
Submit CV to: talent@ameapower.com