Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017 as a category 4 storm, wreaking havoc on the island’s residents and its infrastructure. While Puerto Rico is now recovering, the events of 2017 demonstrate why it is so essential to develop more resilient infrastructure that will enable economic and social life to function with minimal disruption, while also keeping people as safe as possible. In every community, there are households and vulnerable individuals who need reliable electricity for critical infrastructure, safety and economic-wellbeing; for example essential medical and health support, emergency shelters, emergency support services, communications and vital local businesses.
The Associate Director, reporting to the Associate VP & Managing Director (Power), will shape and advance a significant new Foundation investment to increase the coverage of decentralized renewable energy in Puerto Rico, especially to support critical facilities, essential businesses and remote / vulnerable communities.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
- Build positive relationships and mutual trust with critical players in government, the private sector, Foundations and NGOs in order to cultivate ownership and support for proposed interventions.
- Engage relevant stakeholders across the energy and resilience ecosystem in Puerto Rico to develop a viable, comprehensive, locally-owned strategy to advance an Island-wide decentralized energy initiative.
- Develop formal partnership arrangements that enable multi-sector collaboration and participation, transparency, and leverage of technical and financial resources (including Federal funds allocated for reconstruction in Puerto Rico) in order to unlock implementation at scale.
- Identify high quality implementation partners and develop an appropriate implementation mechanism
- Ensure rigorous technical work, including needs assessments, technical studies, policy and regulatory assessments, design of financing mechanisms, project pipeline development, bid / tender processes etc.
- Identify and execute a limited number of fast-track prototypes that can act as “proofs of concept” for testing best-in-class models across a range of critical facility types.
- Develop a robust measurement, learning and evaluation strategy with regular knowledge products and communications material being generated.
- Identify and integrate adjacent / complementary opportunities to advance energy security and resilience for vulnerable communities in Puerto Rico.
- Leverage the Foundation’s global network and knowledge on resilience and decentralize energy and bring it to bear on the work in Puerto Rico, while also ensuring that the work there is visible to US and global audiences.
- Actively participate in the development and roll-out of the Foundation’s global Power strategy.
Education, Experience and Skills
- Master’s Degree or higher in relevant field, e.g. Business, Economics, Energy.
- 10 years professional experience working in development finance, resilience and energy.
- A proven track record in leading large, complex projects with responsibility for managing stakeholder engagement at a high level.
- Experience in leading work independently from strategy to execution, ensuring accountability for results along the way.
- Leadership and representational experience in advancing individual relationships and institutions partnerships at the highest level.
- In-depth knowledge of the post-hurricane context in Puerto Rico, especially in relation to the recovery, reconstruction and resilience agendas that have been shaped.
- Strong project management skills, flexibility, and adaptability under uncertain and changing conditions.
- Clear written and verbal communication with the ability to frame complex topics for executive discussion and act as a credible representative of the Foundation’s work and values.
- Excellent judgement and professional standards, with a proven ability to apply appropriate discretion in complex situations.
- The ability to manage complex work and relationships across time zones and locations, using video and other communications tools flexibly in order to be responsive to key stakeholders.
- Fluency in English and Spanish.
- Willingness to travel.
Qualifications and Competencies
- Execution: Strong project management skills, deadline management, sense of responsibility and accountability and the ability to effectively multi-task.
- Partnership and Relationship Building: Strong professional representation of the Foundation, interpersonal relationship abilities, intercultural knowledge and appreciation, strategic partnership building.
- Decision-Making: Ability to evaluate risks and opportunities, using analytical and strong problem-solving skills.
- Integration: Ability to demonstrate inclusiveness, collaboration, respect and broad organizational interests.
- Communication: Strong interpersonal and communication abilities; exceptional listening written and verbal skills.
- Leadership: Vision, innovation, thought leadership, collaboration, integrity, accountability and emotional intelligence.
- People Management: Skills in team building, coaching, mentoring, delegating, inspiring and motivating.
- Strategic Ability: Ability to see opportunities, design innovative approaches backed by strong analysis and planning.
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