External Relations Director, Smart Power Myanmar

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Smart Power Myanmar - Smart Power Myanmar was established to accelerate the spread of decentralised renewable energy (DRE) solutions in Myanmar and transform the long-term economic potential of millions of people currently without access to electricity. Supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and managed by Pact, we connect economically viable and reliable energy solutions, such as renewable energy mini-grids, to demand from rural families, entrepreneurs, farms, and enterprises to boost incomes, grow businesses, and foster economic growth. Smart Power Myanmar is laying the path for a sustainable, integrated approach to electrification in Myanmar.

Position Overview

Smart Power Myanmar is seeking a highly competent national expert for the position of “External Relations Director” with significant experience from both the private and public sectors. Our ideal candidate will be deeply familiar with working in Myanmar, will speak Myanmar and English fluently, and is motivated to improve electricity access and economic growth in rural Myanmar. S/he will have relevant experience in proactive and energetic stakeholder engagement, strategy development and policy support work; will have a proven background in successful fundraising from diverse institutions, and will also have experience in developing and implementing high quality communications strategies, products and tools. In coordination with the CEO and the Senior Energy Services Director, the External Relations Director will also be required to provide technical assistance to investors and financial institutions to increase access to finance for on-grid and off-grid companies and potential customers and testing innovative models for productive uses of energy and rural development.

Key Responsibilities

  • Stakeholder Engagement Strategy & Monitoring — Build on and develop SPM key stakeholder engagement strategy, including development of new public-private partnerships (PPPs) models of engagement, to create a supportive environment for SPM’s integrated planning, financing and demand-side strategies and priorities. Build and maintain strong networks within counterpart government agencies at Union, State and Regional Llvels, and with all priority stakeholders supporting national on-grid and off-grid electrification. Systematically analyse emerging legislation, policies and positions of relevance to SPM, and prepare briefings and quality communications tools. Maintain formal and informal communication with key Government staff, parliamentarians, and other key public and private sector stakeholders, such as The World Bank, JICA, ADB and others, to promote awareness of and support for Smart Power Myanmar’s operations and initiatives.
  • Strategic Communications — Support SPM’s in-house Communications function, working with SPM’s Communications Specialist and the work of our external Communications Agency. Ensure SPM’s institutional communications are highly targeted and appropriate, enabling us to inform local and international audiences of SPM operations and priorities, or to support public engagement efforts of SPM’s senior representatives. Network with local and national media to promote Smart Power Myanmar and build awareness of energy and development issues in We envisage that the successful candidate will in due course assume management oversight of the Communications function.
  • Fundraising – Actively support Smart Power Myanmar’s fundraising strategy by fostering deeper relationships with private sector investors, local development financing institutions, and through helping develop supporting communications and fundraising tools.
  • Policy and Political Economy Dialogue and Coalition-Building — Ensure that Smart Power Myanmar’s research and knowledge work effectively reaches key stakeholders from government, private sector associations (e.g. chambers of commerce), think-tanks, academia and media. Build a coalition of support across a wide range of interconnected sectors. Support relevant research and communications connected to the energy political economy.
  • Technical Support — Work as part of the broader Pact team, including SPM, Pact Myanmar and PGMF, to provide strategic advice that helps to further SPM’s mission. In addition, provide advisory services as required to private sector stakeholders, such as market intelligence, access to finance, policy and regulations and productive uses of energy.

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required in politics, international relations, or other related fields. Advanced degree strongly preferred.
  • Languages: highly proficient / fluent in Myanmar and English (spoken, reading, writing).
  • At least eleven (11) years prior experience in leading high level governmental/policy analyses or advocacy solutions, performing in a politically sensitive or unstable environment. Direct/indirect experience working with the Government of Myanmar is essential.
  • At least five (5) years of experience building high-level, productive relationships with a diverse group of national and international stakeholders, state and non-state actors.
  • Strong analytical mind-set and political sensibility with the ability to deconstruct large, complex policies into clear actionable strategies and
  • Familiarity with political environment and history of Myanmar. Knowledge on energy laws and regulatory frameworks for rural energy access in Myanmar is considered an
  • Experience working in private sector, donor/INGO/multilateral initiatives in Myanmar is advantageous.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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