Job Title: Legal Counsel

Department: Ethics & Legal

Reporting Line: General Counsel

Hay Grade: 17

Location: Any EEA African Market

About ENGIE Energy Access 

ENGIE Energy Access is one of the leading Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGo) and mini-grids solutions provider in Africa, with a mission to deliver affordable, reliable and sustainable energy solutions and life-changing services with exceptional customer experience. The company is a result of the integration of Fenix International, ENGIE Mobisol and ENGIE PowerCorner; and develops innovative, off-grid solar solutions for homes, public services and businesses, enabling customers and distribution partners access to clean, affordable energy. The PAYGo solar home systems are financed through affordable instalments from $0.19 per day and the Mini-grids foster economic development by enabling electrical productive use and triggering business opportunities for entrepreneurs in rural communities. With over 1,700 employees, operations in nine countries across Africa (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia), almost 1.5 million customers and over 7 million lives impacted so far, ENGIE Energy Access aims to remain the leading clean energy company, serving millions of customers across Africa by 2025.  

www.engie-energyaccess.com 

Job Purpose/Mission 

The Legal counsel will be responsible for providing Legal support to the mini-grid business of ENGIE Energy Access.

Responsibilities

Provide general legal advice on all activities of the and more specifically: 

  • Support the General Counsel in day-to-day responsibilities, especially providing direct and practical legal advise to the internal clients.
  • Work closely with the General Counsel, the local entities and Finance Director to draft, review and negotiate a broad variety of commercial agreements with clients, vendors, and business partners (supply agreements, customer contracts, construction, grant agreements, confidentiality, shareholding and JV agreements, IP licenses, etc).
  • Assist with General Corporate work.
  • Support operational implementation of risk, ethics and data privacy policies.
  • Manage outside counsel on litigation and other matters.
  • Collaborate with other members of the legal team to continually improve. internal client service, build efficient processes and drive business value.
  • Implement operational best practices in respect of discipline.
  • Provide informative and engaging Board level reporting as needed.

Key relations are as follows:

Main Internal Interfaces:

  • ENGIE Group and Engie Energy Access Legal Team
  • ENGIE Energy Access management and business development teams (countries & Global) 
  • ENGIE Energy Access business development, commercial and technical support teams 
  • ENGIE Energy Access Transversal Business function.
  • ENGIE Energy Access Global HR team 

External Interfaces:

  • External Clients
  • External Legal Counsel
  • Strategic Partners

Qualification & Experience:

  • Minimum 4-6 Post qualification experience with a strong emphasis on Business, Finance, International mindset, leadership, commercial contracts, and complex transactions.
  • Combination of law firm and inhouse experience preferred.
  • Qualified to practice law in the country of location.
  • Qualified or working experience in consulting and contract Law.
  • Understanding project development.
  • Experience in drafting agreements in both English and French.

Knowledge and skills 

  • Strong interpersonal, problem solving and communication skills.
  • Ability to understand full scope of business operations and advise on both business and legal implications of various actions.
  • Strong ability and willingness to be flexible and adaptable and build cross-functional and cross-organization relationships in a complex global environment.
  • Proven track record of learning quickly, taking initiative and working proactively.
  • Ability to work with a diverse and international group of people.
  • Good presentational skills.
  • Exceptional drafting and negotiating skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines.

Language(s): 

Excellent command of French and English, including ability to draft without supervision legal documents in both languages.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however due to the large volume of applications we receive, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  

ENGIE is an equal opportunity employer, promoting diversity and committed to creating an inclusive environment for all. All applications are screened based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without any regard to origin, age, name, sexual identity, orientation or preference, religion, marital status, health, disability, political opinions, union involvement or citizenship. Our differences are our strengths! 

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