- Reporting to: Public Affairs & Communities Manager
- Department: Corporate Affairs
- Job Location: Chile
- Travel Required: Intermittent travel to sites and Santiago
Mainstream Renewable Power is the leading independent developer of utility-scale wind and solar power plants. The company is focused on delivering a high-quality portfolio of more than seven gigawatts of wind and solar assets across high-growth markets in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
In Chile, Mainstream owns 1.3GW of fully contracted wind and solar projects in operation, in construction or at late stage development, due to its unprecedented success in government auctions.
Summary of Role:
The Public Affairs & Communities Coordinator North is a graduated professional preferably from the social or environmental sciences. He/she will have at least 8 years of laboral experience with more than 4 years of recently experience on communities’ issues to extractive or renewable energy industry in Chile. Knowledge in environmental law and experience with indigenous communities is a must.
The candidate will be based in Antofagasta / Calama in Antofagasta region. He/she will be a part of the Corporate Affairs Team, reporting directly to the Public Affairs & Communities Manager and will be responsible for maintain a proactive and permanent relationship with institutional, political and communities stakeholders in the project’s area of influence and identify potential conflicts early.
He/she will collaborate with the corporate affairs and project´s team to socio-politically enable the projects in the territory during development, construction and operation phases, ensuring all Mainstream values are present.
- Social Risk and Impact: Evaluate social risk and socio-economic impact, identifying mitigation and prevention measures, and ensure their implementation on projects.
- Public Affairs and Stakeholders Engagement: Represent the company in instances of local positioning and build relationships of trust with political authorities and key actors in the community.
- Community Investment: Prioritize social investment initiatives according to available resources and social investment focuses to contribute to reputation of the company in the territory.
- Social Management System SMS: Ensure implementation of SMS and Mainstream standards, ensure an adequate level of registration and reportability of social performance, and define and manage social budget of each project.
- Social Team: Oversee social performance and maintain a good work environment.
What will you do?
- Identify key stakeholders and keep the stakeholder map updated for each phase of the projects (development / construction / operation) in the region.
- Identify actors and socio-political scene of the territory.
- Identify and manage socio-political and reputational risks of the territory.
- Identify and generate local support networks (local institutional relationship).
- Advise the communications, environmental and projects team on socio-political issues to consider in each phase of the projects.
- Define methodologies according to the local context that allow the incorporation of the vulnerable population and encourage the consultation and participation of all key stakeholders (community / IP)
- Define annually a Community Engagement Plan of the project.
- Oversee compliance with social commitments (voluntary and associated with RCAs).
- Prepare annually budget associated with each phase of the projects and manage payments associated with community investment funds and local initiatives.
- Review reports on time and ensure to keep monthly updated records associated with socio performance (traceability).
ON SITE FUNCTIONS
- Maintain permanent relationship with key stakeholders in the project´s territory.
- Oversee Community Engagement Plan of the projects.
- Oversee compliance of collaboration agreements with the community.
- Oversee execution of initiatives and community investment funds that contribute to the local development of the area of influence of the projects.
- Ensure that the social commitments are fulfilled on time (volunteers and associated with RCAs).
- Ensure the implementation of Complaint’s Procedure in territory of the projects.
- Promote the local workforce associated with each phase of the projects in coordination with contractor companies and municipal employment offices.
- Collaborate with communications, environmental and projects team in the preparation of communications, human environment baselines for processes of environmental evaluation, citizen participation and indigenous consultation.
- Collaborate with the environmental and projects team in their socio-political enable in the territory (definition of negotiation strategies with owners and obtaining permits).
- Represent the company in instances of local institutional relations.
- Put on value the company's contribution to local development with the key stakeholders in the territory.
What we require?
The candidate should be equipped with the following key skills:
Educational, Knowledge and Experience Background:
- Professional degree in environmental or social sciences, 3 years of recent experience working with local authorities and communities in representation of companies.
- Experience working with indigenous communities.
- Knowledge of participatory methodologies and community engagement.
- Knowledge of environmental legislation and mining or energy projects.
- Knowledge of English preferred.
- Have knowledge of regional and municipal authorities and their roles.
Soft skills and Organisational Fit:
- Ability to engage with individuals of different cultures and socioeconomic background.
- Ability to perceive the non-written rules and dynamics of the community organization.
- Patience to adhere to other people´s and cultures´ timeframes.
- Capacity to engage in dialogue with individuals and group leaders of a diversity of backgrounds.
- Have good organizational skills.
- Able to think strategically and prioritize tasks.
- Able to perceive cultural norms and unwritten rules.
- Able to analyse problems and propose a viable solution.
- Able to anticipate social risks that may affect a project.
- Count with initiative to propose work methodologies.
- Have a courteous and helpful manner.
- Able to maintain respect and confidence with others.
- Be a good team worker and work well with others.
- Able to communicate clearly to varied groups of people.
- Must be based in Antofagasta region and must be able to travel periodically to Tarapacá region, Atacama region, and Santiago.
What we offer?
We offer you the opportunity to work in a dynamic and entrepreneurial organisation, a diverse workplace with regards to gender, age and cultural background in a growing market in a fast-paced industry. You will receive a very competitive total benefits package including an excellent base salary, bonus scheme and share options.
"This job offer encourages the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace."