Project Developer – French Speaking

Reporting to Project Development Director
Direct Reports 0

 

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

Co-development/co-investment (when relevant)

  • Identify potential partners for project co-development/co-investment 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 term-sheet
  • 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 off-taker
  • 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 term-sheet 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
 

Minimum Experience Requirements

  • 5-10 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
Minimum 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 Sub-Saharan African countries

Company Values

  • Commitment: commit to organizational goals and objectives
  • Adaptability: be adaptable to competitive and changing environment
  • Self-discipline: exhibit a diligent approach towards goals and objectives
  • Ethics: uphold the best ethical standards and high integrity
  • HSE: ensure 100% adherence to HSE guidelines  
  • Teamwork: strong teamwork spirit and capacity to work efficiently on multiple projects
  • Compliance: adherence to rules and process  
  • Accountability: take responsibility to quality, excellence and timeliness of work.
Submit CV to: talent@ameapower.com